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Caritas Smile

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Causes: Economic Development, Family Services, Human Services, International, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance, Philanthropy

Mission: To educate, inspire and empower women and children worldwide. Caritas Smile is a non-profit organization that connects intent with action. We work with individuals looking to volunteer and change their own lives by positively influencing the lives of women and children in need in Latin America and the United States. The volunteers make a difference by imparting education, training, resources, and myriads of vision, cheer and hope.

Results: Since 2010 we have touched the lives of thousands of children and women living in poverty by surprising communities in need with school supplies, holiday gifts, rebuilding schools, offering art lessons, dance lesson, health and English. We have held an annual fundraising event geared towards spreading our mission and collecting supplies for US families and Dominican communities in the Dominican Republic. We have created a university volunteer chapter to engage service learning programs with students We have donated funds to Women entrepreneurs in Dominican Republic battling cancer. Launched a service learning program called Take A Trip Change A Life for volunteers looking to help women and children

Target demographics: women, children, economic growth

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1000 kids in the Dominican with art, dance, re-building homes with community members,

Geographic areas served: Service learning programs, volunteer, teach, community engagement,

Programs: arts programs, English language, home improvement, health education, technology and technical assistances

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My adventures with Caritas Smile began about a half a year ago, when I was first introduced to its founder and creative director Sixcia Devine. Indefatigably brave, highly educated, charismatic and empowering, Sixcia, has been working on bringing joy, happiness, and smiles to thousands of children for over six year. Collecting toys in the US and distributing them in poor, devastated villages of Latin American countries sounds simple, yet, when you experience it first-hand, it makes you realize how strong and special the driving force behind this whole organization must be. This force, represented by Sixcia and an extensive group of caring, loving volunteers both in and outside of the US, is truly extraordinary. I am proud to be a part of this non-profit and watch how it changes the world one little smile at a time. Hands down: it's Beautiful and Amazing! Please, check out their page and show your support as Cartias Smile is unrolling a bigger plan on transforming the third-would countries! @inspiredtraveler_caritasmile ; Facebook: www.facebook.com/caritasmile Twitter: www.twitter.com/caritassmile yourtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZOJn_OcGwNTsqIVock6WQQ

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with Caritas Smile to the Dominican Republic last March and all of my expectations were exceeded. The mission of Caritas Smile is to educate, inspire and empower women and children and we achieved that in our trip there. We went to the local school in Moncion and worked with the children and teachers there doing a painting activity. It was incredible to see that the simplest of things made these kids so happy. It was so humbling. I can't wait to go back and work with the amazing staff at Caritas Smiles again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being one of the founders for the Carita's Smile chapter at URI was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had to date. I was always looking for something bigger than myself, and I found that in this organization. I hope this organization continues to grow and welcome more volunteers and donations for the countries it helps!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with a team of seven college students at the University of Rhode Island to promote the organization within the school and help it reaching out to more students who would be interested in being a part of the program. It has been such an honor to work with Sixcia and her team and being able to see her compassion and inspiration being put into actions. She has been working non-stop to build the organization further and her works as well as others is being paid off. I haven't been to the trip myself but I know several people who had been to the DR with Caritas Smile and they all spoke highly of their experiences when they came back. I am planning on going as a volunteer in a near future and I am very much looking forward to it!

1 Ben M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took my first trip with Caritas Smiles in March 2018, and am going back often. Caritas Smiles changes the lives of local people and the lives of the volunteers who go on the trips. Traveling with Caritas Smiles empowered me and inspired me, showing me that anyone can make a positive impact on this world by doing nice things for others. You don't need to be rich, famous, or meet any other criteria. You only need the desire to help people. Yes, there are huge problems in this world. But we won't solve anything by sitting around talking about how big the problems are. Solutions develop when normal people take action. That's how momentum builds and true progress is made. Caritas Smiles is an organization that takes the mission of selflessly helping others to heart.

1 Nicole B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with Caritas Smile for my spring break trip, looking to do something different than the normal spring break. I was delighted to see the difference that we made within the community and within the lives of so many families and children. The program is undeniably an amazing experience, learning about another culture by full immersion and making a difference really adjusted my perspective. This experience was life changing.

Emma L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Caritas Smile for over a month now and it's been such a great experience! This organization does so much good and everyone involved is so passionate and giving. I definitely recommend donating or volunteering!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began working with Caritas Smile, and I already have found a home as well as a hope to create a better tomorrow through this nonprofit. The experiences gained through this organization are so incredibly powerful and unique, and I am so thankful to be a part of something with such spirit, enthusiasm, and accomplishment. It's truly an amazing nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Caritas Smile for a short while. Yet, I have experienced the passion, vigor, earnestness, and vision the founder and other volunteers share, to help women and children in need. The organization is working tirelessly to grow their service learning program through which students and volunteers help with providing education, training, and valuable resources in Dominican Republic and Honduras. The programs already in place are great and the ones in the pipeline are extremely promising. This organization is expanding its scope of service at a fast pace and is truly deserving of all the attention and help it can get to aid in its noble work.

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Sixcia 06/15/2018

Our work has been profoundly impacted because of selfless volunteers like you. Thank you Shashwata for all that you do for Caritas Smile!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experienced Caritas Smile for a number of years. I have attended numerous events and travelled to Dominican Republic with their programs. I cannot say enough about the quality and devotion of all of the people associated with the organization. The leadership sets the tone for a no frills, maximum effort organization with one goal of doing good for others. It is a tone that is infectious and runs through all associated with them. They back up their words with actions and continuously look for new ways to spread their message. A top notch organization.

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Sixcia 06/15/2018

Thank you for your compassion and support throughout the years! Our organization would not be where it is now without your commitment:)!

1 Talia V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been working with Caritas Smile for a short time, but I have met wonderful people and shared very interesting experiences with them. Everyone is so incredibly focused on doing their best to help the at-need communities of the Dominican Republic and Honduras that I'm inspired every day and I try to push harder to make a difference.

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Sixcia 06/15/2018

We're so grateful to have your feedback and your wholehearted contributions that you have made thus far! THANK YOU!