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Centro Infantil Volunteers Make a Difference for Generations to Come

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By Mireille Grovier, photos by Jay Grovier

The recent merger of Casa de Los Angeles (a free daycare for primarily single mothers) with Centro Infantil San Pablo (a free preschool for children from low income families) opened multiple doors of opportunity on many levels.

Now known as Centro Infantil de Los Angeles, (CILA), the program now provides children from low-income families with high-quality personal care and educational advantages that take them from infancy to first grade. At present, 160 children benefit from this remarkable program.

For local expatriates who have been attracted to San Miguel de Allende by its overpowering artistic, musical, and cultural magnets, CILA is the perfect volunteer outlet for the expression of these gifts.

The experience of volunteering at CILA brings residents and visitors closer to the local community of San Miguel and provides an opportunity to improve the lives of the most economically vulnerable children and families in our beloved city.

Since their founding, volunteers have been an integral part of operations at the daycare and the preschool. Aside from providing an extra set of hands for the teachers, volunteers also provide more hugs, dancing partners, and reading buddies for all the children of CILA.

There is an application process, orientation, and minimum time commitment for volunteers. This is in place so that volunteers are actually useful for the teachers rather than creating more work. For local volunteers, a minimal competency in Spanish is desirable.

Those who are unable to donate their time can consider visiting the center for an event or a tour. There is also an opportunity to participate in a child-sponsorship program for children in either the daycare or preschool.

To volunteer or to learn more about the sponsorship program: email info@centroinfantil.org; website:www.centroinfantil.org

“The risk of pity is that it kills with kindness; the promise of passion is that it builds on the hope that the poor are fully capable of helping themselves if given the chance.” Nancy Gibbs

 

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