CORAZON DE VIDA FOUNDATION
Rating: 4.97 stars 59 reviews
Issues: Human Services, International
Location: 14252 Culver Drive, A800 Irvine CA 92604 USA
Target demographics: Financial support for children living in orphanages in Baja, Mexico. Volunteer opportunities for teens and adults in the US.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 700 children
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This is an organization that really makes a difference. Incredibly low overhead so you know almost every dollar you donate goes to the cause. The orphanages in Mexico are all private homes that get no government support yet the government sets the standards for care and has the right to shut them down. Without Corazon de Vida, these kids would have no where to go. The organization provides donors with the opportunity to visit a home every month, visit with the children -- so many who just want to be held or hold a hand. A visit will change your perspective and will make such a difference to several children.
I have been involved with Corazon de Vida for the last 2 years and everyone in this organization is incredible: the founder and the management staff all do this for the right reasons! The non profit is truly transparent and you know exactly where your money goes. The cause is extremely valuable and the kids are fantastic. They all need love and care and it feels incredibly good to be able to provide them with a place to grow safely. They are also very strong on pushing these kids to be educated by locating sponsors and paying for their education after they turn 18. All in all, it's an amazing organization that deserves 5 stars!
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I was first made aware about Corazon de Vida over 5 years ago through word of mouth within my alumni club - University of Notre Dame. I had expressed interest on volunteering with an organization that helps children. The 1st visit still resonates with me. I didn't know what to expect and didn't know much about the organization and its impact it has on the orphaned children of Baja. What makes this non profit so unique is that it's founder was in the exact same situation as these children that it helps. She also grew up in one of the orphanages in Baja. Her success and generosity in creating an organization to help other children growing up the way she did is a positive reminder to the children it helps that there is hope and there are people that care for them. Today I'm not just a volunteer, I'm also a donor and enjoy doing what I can to raise money for CDV. The fact that such a small org can help over 720 kids is amazing. I love the kids as if they were my own. In fact my son was named like one of the kids we love visiting. He knows that too so when my son visits, big Diego takes my little Diego by the hand and in my heart they are brothers. All children are blessings from God and all deserve the best in life. CDV is doing what they can to give them a better life. Spread the message on what they do so that so that more children can realize their dreams too
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