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Baja Give And Take

Baja Give And Take is a network for travelers to connect with, support and otherwise engage with great individuals and organizations that are making Baja a better place! The goal is to provide opportunities for travelers to either GIVE their time in volunteering or to TAKE specific needed items they can donate to support local non-profits throughout the Baja peninsula.

In conjunction with the Wander to Baja meetup, Baja Give And Take participants can earn additional raffle entries by either volunteering or donating goods or financial support.

EARN RAFFLE TICKETS ALONG THE “BAJA GIVE-AND-TAKE” ROUTE!

  • Volunteer at participating organizations (3 hrs per Raffle Ticket)
  • Donate $25 (~400 pesos) per Raffle Ticket
  • Show up to the RV Meetup in your Wander To Baja t-shirt (1 Raffle Ticket)
  • Show up to the RV Meetup with your copy of our Guide Book (1 Raffle Ticket)
  • Show us that you have purchased your Mexican auto insurance through Baja Bound Insurance (1 Raffle Ticket)

* Raffle tickets will be good for entry into the Raffle Giveaway on the evening of Thursday, February 22. Check out this page to see the different prizes that are available!

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

Here’s a list of organizations that are participating in Baja Give And Take:

HAVE AN ORGANIZATION THAT YOU’D LIKE US TO HELP PROMOTE ? SEND US AN EMAIL AND WE’LL ADD IT TO THE LIST!

Horses in Baja (San Felipe)

About: Horses in Baja, formally known as Centro Equestre Caballerizas Paraiso, is an equine-assisted therapy program that focuses on helping disabled children improve their physical, mental and emotional health through riding horses. Located in San Felipe, the program has a huge impact in working with students at the local CAM school and is open to accepting volunteers and donations. Currently, the program is campaigning to raise increments of 4,000 MX pesos (~$225 USD) to sponsor a child through the 6-week program.

Specific Needs: See the Amazon Wish List for specific needs.

Contact: Reach out to Lynn to coordinate a stay or volunteer opportunity.

San Felipe chapter of Volunteers Without Limits (San Felipe)

About: San Felipe Chapter of Volunteers Without Limits serves over 200 meals a day to communities of people in need in San Felipe. All donations should be dropped off at The Sweet Spot Bistro next to the San Felipe Brewery

Specific Needs:

Contact: Reach out to find out how else you may be able to contribute

San Felipe Dog Rescue (San Felipe)

About: San Felipe Dog Rescue is just that…a rescue that is supported by its dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and community members to help address the overpopulation of community street dogs. We are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted, homeless, neglected, and abused dogs. Every dog should know what it feels like to be loved until the end of their lives.

Specific Needs:

  • Costco (Natures Domain) Dry Dog Food (Puppy Food or Adult)
    (red, green, and blue for adults – yellow or light blue for puppies)
    Dog Chow or Purina
  • Canned Food (beef or chicken only) Purina, Costco
  • Veterinary Canned Food (for our sick puppies) Gastrointestinal, ID, EN 
  • Dog Biscuits (no rawhides please)
  • Milk Replacer for Puppies: Pet Ag or PetLac powder or Colostrum
  • Doxycycline (50, 100 and 250 mg)
  • Bravecto (any size), Nexguard, Frontline, etc
  • Dog Toys 
  • Collars and Leashes
  • Dog Beds (medium and large)
  • Mexican Blankets
  • Fleece blankets for the puppies
  • Lysol spray
  • Spray bottles
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dog dishes (metal) 
  • 1 gallon plastic pails 
  • Garden Hoses & nozzles

Contact: Reach out to find out how else you may be able to contribute

Casa Hogar Orphanage (Mulege)

About: Casa Hogar is a privately run orphanage in the heart of Mulege that is responsible for the day-to-day needs of dozens of children.

Specific Needs: Reach out directly for how you can assist or to provide financial assistance.

PAW Animal Clinic (Mulege)

About: The clinic provides a very low-cost program for assisting in spaying and neutering local dogs and cats and provides vaccination services and basic health care. It is run exclusively by volunteers and operates seasonally between December and April.

Services offered to travelers and ex-pats are done at a fraction of the cost of comparable services across the border and these fees help to subsidize the cost to locals. Each year PAW treats approximately 500 dogs and cats, 80% of which belong to local Mexican families. Of these, between 200 and 300 are sterilized. Each season, 600 to 800 doses of vaccinations are administered.

A large majority of the animals seen are also treated for parasitic infestations, including intestinal worms, heartworm (a locally common, mosquito-borne parasite), fleas, ticks, and mange.

Specific Needs:

  • Large 1-Door Humane Catch and Release Live Animal Trap Size: 32″L x 13″H x 11″W
  • Flea, Tick and Heartworm treatments
  • Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol
  • Nail clippers, Flea Combs, Flea Shampoos, Ear Cleaners
  • Food bowls, Leashes, Collars
  • Medication: the clinic can use any outdated meds especially antibiotics, anti-inflammatories; eye, ear and skin ointments
  • Crates of all sizes
  • Towels, toilet paper
  • Laundry soap, bleach

Contact: For other ways to connect, reach out here.

Mulege Rotary Food Bank & Health Clinic (Mulege)

About: Mulege Rotary is actively involved in the Mulege community through

Specific Needs:

  • Food
  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Personal Hygiene products
  • Adult diapers
  • Baby diapers
  • Household goods
  • Portable commodes

Contact: Reach out for other ways to get involved in their Fire Department and Health Clinic.

Mulege Animal Rescue (Mulege)

About: Mulege Animal Rescue (MAR) has the goal to greatly reduce the number of unwanted dogs in Heroica Mulegé through their four-point approach: Sterilization, Care/Rescue, Adoption, and Education. Operating throughout the entire year, MAR is a staple in the Mulege area and has a goal to raise $1,000 per month to sustain its efforts.

Specific Needs:

  • Dog Food (Dry and canned)

Contact: Reach out to find out if you can volunteer or help in other ways!

Soft Paws Cat Sanctuary (Loreto)

About: Soft Paws Cat Sanctuary is an all-volunteer not-for-profit cat sanctuary that takes in some of the many unwanted cats and kittens in this small village on the Sea of Cortez. All cats taken in are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and vet checked before being put up for adoption. They are either raised in foster homes or held in the sanctuary facility, where they are visited daily by volunteers. In addition to finding good homes for the cats, they also provide spay and neuter services and vet assistance to anyone who feels they can’t afford it. The organizations can also assist with the paperwork needed to transport cats to the United States or Canada.

Specific Needs:

  • Pee pads
  • Tide pods or liquid Bounce
  • Purina pro plan cat and kitten food
  • Cat treats – prefer cat nip flavor
  • KMR brand kitten formula – liquid or powder
  • Soft baby blankets
  • White bar towels
  • Clorox wipes
  • Baby wipes – free and clear
  • Mr clean spray – lemon scent
  • Downy – any scent
  • Cat beds
  • Cat toys – scratch pads, mice, etc.
  • Clump-able cat litter
  • Ziplock baggies for food storage (gallon size and quart sizes)

Contact: Reach out to find out other ways you can support Soft Paws Cat Sanctuary! The Sanctuary is available for visits by appointment. The kitties love visitors!

Mi Amor Loreto (Loreto)

About: Mi Amor Loreto is an informal organization that supports the poor and homeless population in Loreto. They do a variety of activities to assist those in need in Loreto and are constantly in need of financial support as well as in gathering much-needed items to distribute to the poor.

Specific Needs:

Contact: Reach out to see how you can be more involved in helping Mi Amor Loreto!

New Creations Kids Orphanage (La Paz)

About: New Creations Kids is located in La Paz and serves dozens of children at a time who are escaping broken homes where parents are either gone or imprisoned. With separate accommodations for both boys and girls, the property supports neighborhood children providing a safe place for them to grow up. The organization partners with local leaders and is always in need of financial support as well as volunteer opportunities from time to time.

Specific Needs:

Mexico Marine Wildlife Rescue Center (La Paz)

About: The Mexico Marine Wildlife Rescue Center (MMWRC) is an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and reintroduces stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. These stranded animals may be injured, entangled, malnourished or suffering from disease or illness. Each rescued animal is treated and rehabilitated at their La Paz, BCS facility and their services extend to include dolphins and whales. The MMWRC is constantly seeking donations to support its rescue operations and awareness programs.

Specific Needs:

  • Towels
  • Tarps
  • Refrigerators
  • Power Tools
  • Paint
  • Pop Up Canopies
  • Washing Machine / Drier
  • Boat parts and accessories

Check out their Wish List.

Contact: Reach out to find out how else you can help out!

Rancho El Camino (La Paz)

About: Rancho el Camino serves the people of La Paz, Mexico, and around the world through recreational therapy programs and community development initiatives. They work alongside the local churches and the local government in providing programs for children, teens, and families. 

The Ranch has a strong missional focus among teens in Mexico and the US. They host short-term teams who come to learn how to live a life of service and compassion and work alongside and through our already existing programs. 

Additionally, the Ranch hosts a summer internship program focused on raising up the next generation for a life of service and missions. Another goal for the Ranch is to see it reach it’s full agricultural and sustainable energy potential. 

Plans are underway for the Ranch to become a model for modern-day missions using renewable energy and sustainable agricultural systems to extend the gospel of compassion to those in need.

Specific Needs:

The ranch could use your support in dropping off the following items:

  • Sports equipment (soccer, basketballs, volleyballs), 
  • New in-package toys for twice annual toy giveaway, 
  • School supplies (coloring books, colored pencils, crayons, blank lined notebooks, printer paper, pencils),
  • Big items: new computers bought in Mexico with office compatibility (no Chrome books)

You can also make cash donations that help with program sponsorship: 

  • Ranch school, summer camp, 
  • Easter camp (camps cost about 2000 pesos/student/week which includes food & program supplies etc), 
  • 500 pesos covers needed counseling sessions for troubled youth, 
  • 300 pesos covers a student who is in our work/study program, 
  • and 2500 pesos covers 3 months of a university scholarship for a student studying at local universities.

Volunteer opportunities: maintenance and landscaping on Ranch property, trail and disc golf course maintenance, kitchen work and other assistance work during kids programs on Saturdays, for Spanish speakers there are tutoring opportunities (conversation/interview with Ranch director a requirement for this opportunity)

Plus, Rancho El Camino has a world-class disc golf course where you can play for a small donation that supports their programs! 

Check out the disc golf tournament taking place Feb 1-3: https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Abierto_de_la_Baja_2024 

Contact: Reach out to find out how else you can help out! WhatsApp +52 1 612 159 3770

Kids Up La Paz (La Paz)

About: Kids Up is a horse-assisted therapy program that uses the loving touch of horses to assist in helping kids with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. The program offers riding lessons for kids on property and also works on-site at the local CAM school as well. 

You can be involved in a variety of ways, from helping with lessons to donating much-needed equipment. 

Contact: Reach out to find out how you can be involved! 

Cortez Rescue (Los Barriles)

About: Cortez Rescue is a fantastic dog rescue in Los Barriles, BCS that aims to connect rescued dogs with new homes in the US and Canada. Offering a foster program in addition to its on-site rescue, the organization has placed over 2,100 dogs in forever homes since 2018. Baja is notorious for the number of stray dogs that roam the streets and Cortez Rescue has made a huge impact. They are constantly looking for volunteers and donations to support the program as well as local connections to foster networks and partner rescue agencies in the US and Canada.

Specific Needs:

  • Flea/tick and any meds (expired or not). Most vets will gladly donate expired products. 
  • Used but usable dog crates for flight transportation.
  • Dog toys, preferably non-destructible, like Kong products.
  • Collars, small and medium and leashes.
  • Towels, lots of towels. They are used for baths, crate lining when flying and vet services.
  • Poop bags

Check out their wish list on Chewy.

Contact: Reach out to find out how else you may be able to contribute!

Cerritos Beach Dogs (Cerritos)

About: Cerritos Beach Dogs was founded by a group of dog lovers who want to do their part for the stray dogs in Mexico. With our collective voice, we not only match dog owners with stray pups who need homes, but we can also educate and fund future spay + neutering. We decided to create a space that allows people to support our local dogs, all while ordering their favorite morning drink. Why not come by for a cafecito and play with some adoptable perritos? Proceeds from your coffee go directly back to the dogs!

Specific Needs:

  •  Collars and leashes.
  • Dog crates all sizes
  • Dog food (Kirkland brand only) puppy and adult

Contact: Reach out to find out how else you may be able to contribute

Ecorrrevolución A.C. (Todos Santos)

About: Ecorrrevolución A.C. Is a non-profit environmental organization based in Todos Santos that manages environmental projects and promotes programs under the Zero Waste approach. Consequently, less and less waste reaches landfills, roads, streams, and ultimately the ocean. Our fight towards a peninsula without garbage is in collaboration between sectors (households, companies, NGOs and government) to jointly promote a change in habits through the three Rs : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and separation at source

Specific Needs:

  •  Volunteer and learn how to recycle in Baja

Contact: Reach out to find out how else you may be able to contribute

HAVE AN ORGANIZATION THAT YOU’D LIKE US TO HELP PROMOTE ? SEND US AN EMAIL AND WE’LL ADD IT TO THE LIST!