Community Action Committee
The human nature of giving is one of the most powerful forces. At The American Society of São Paulo, we harness the efforts of our staff and volunteers to positively impact the lives of those most in need of assistance. We’d love for you to join us in helping to improve the situations of people in need from the São Paulo community.
The CAC supports our selected organizations through multiple channels:
Financially- through sponsorship, donations, and fundraising efforts
Socially- though social engagement and recreational activities
Manually- through cleaning and facility improvement projects
Educationally- through tutoring and enrichment programs
The goal is that community support and assistance enables these organizations to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children at-risk. This, in turn, provides a solid foundation for these children to build a successful future.
Events and social engagement provide children with unique and enjoyable social experiences to enrich their lives and connects them with the community, which broadens their social experiences, social maturity, and community network. Perhaps most importantly, the goal of these experiences is to bring joy into their lives. Another fortunate outgrowth of these events is the benefit gained by those who volunteer to help. In some ways, they are equally impacted by the time shared with these amazing children.
FEATURED CAC EVENTS
It Starts With the Will to Make a Difference
Requesting Your Support
Every person has the chance to make a change for good — no matter how big or small. Whatever amount you can give, or time you are willing to dedicate, know that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of others. Your donation, together with those of our other supporters, brings us ever closer to our goals.
If you feel moved by the causes The American Society of São Paulo promotes, we would very much appreciate your support. Set up your donation to The American Society of São Paulo today. It’s easy and most importantly, it will make a major difference in the lives of so many who are in need of help. Contact us today to learn more or click below to donate now.
Are you looking to support The American Society of São Paulo? We’d love to receive your help, and so will the community we provide for. Contact us to learn about donation opportunities. However you are able to help, we can assure you that it will have a major impact on the lives of many.
Volunteer Your Time
For Legal reason all AmSoc organized volunteering at our charities is for registered members only. We have many events that require volunteers including helping at fundraising events open to the community at large.
Purchase a membership plan and come volunteer at our events
Coordinate corporate work days
Commit to a reoccurring volunteer position at one of our organizations
Find out more about the Charities we Support:
Our team is dedicated to the mission of helping those in need in the São Paulo area. Get to know the people who make The American Society of São Paulo what it is. Our team is an unbelievable source of information and we are ready to share our events, activities, and the ways for you to get involved.
Casa Limiar serves vulnerable children that are brought into the home through the judicial system who have suffered ill-treatment, abandonment, living in situations of risk, among other reasons and are sheltered until they can be reintegrated with their families, adopted, or age out of the program at the age of 18.
Criança Brasil is an educational day care for 340 small children aged from 6 months to 4 years, and an after school program for 240 children from age 6 up to 15 years old.
It was founded in 1987 by Liana Borges and is currently run by an active volunteer Advisory Board and Board of Directors. Criança Brasil supports 580 children in the neighborhoods of Jardim Panorama in Morumbi, Real Parque and Vila Dalva and depends on its volunteers for day-to-day expenses and on financial support for added value programs such as physiological psychological support, computer and art programs and cultural outings.
Maria Helena Drexel
Maria Helena Drexel is an organization which maintains seven independent homes for neglected and abandoned children, from 1 to 18 years of age.
Founded 35 years ago by Father John Drexel and a group of friends, this entity is maintained solely through donations and fundraisers. Currently, 49 kids, all referred by Social Services and the Juvenile Court, live in each of the 7 homes with their social parents.
The mission of Vida Jovem (VJ) is to serve young people, ages 14 to 17, and their families in a situation of social vulnerability, offering them complementary education and professional training for full social development. Courses include, among others, Administration with emphasis in Hotel Management and Tourism, Computer Maintenance with CISCO System certification and Web Design.
This is a community center that provides crucial educational assistance, career training, and social guidance to 480 at-risk youths in Campinas.
Established in 1981 by Jade Sieh, Chinese-American Sociologist, the NGO was originally designed to help women in Campinas escape prostitution. Sieh quickly learned that most of the prostitutes were from Jardim Sao Marcos, and after acquainting herself with the community, shifted her focus to prevention. Grupo began offering continuing education and vocational programs to the school age girls in the community.
Mission Abba is a Christian community that rescues youth at risk. Its goal is to reunite street children with their own families, and remedy the situation that led to a breakdown.
Founded in Interlagos in 1993 by an association of churches, ABBA is now led by Thomas and Susanna Smoak and a team of missionaries and volunteers. ABBA runs multiple programs including, 2 community centers, a shelter for children, as well as other social outreach programs aimed to strengthen families and keep children off the streets. It is funded by churches and individual donors, with occasional donations from corporations.
Lar Tia Edna
Founded in the 50's by Edna Deakins, an American missionary, Lar Tia Edna provides a warm, loving home to approximately 15 children, most of whom will remain there until they reach adulthood or are legally adopted. Subsidized entirely by charitable donations, LTE is run by Henry (one of Edna's first adoptees) and his wife Nilma, who live on the premises and zealously care for their family. Their primary focus has always been the childrens' education; Henry and Nilma work with inexhaustible enthusiasm, pursuing every opportunity for their advancement.
The children who demonstrate interest are offered music lessons and a few have scholarships at Cultura Inglesa, where they study English.
Projeto Sol began in 1982 when Sister Angela, an american nun, and Luis Carlos dos Santos, a social worker, opened a small activity center in a shack located in an Interlagos "favela". The center was developed to offer an alternative to juvenile delinquency and a life of drugs and violence found in this neighborhood. The whole community enjoys performances, games and socials hosted by Projeto Sol. Some children who have attended Projeto Sol are university graduates and some have returned as teachers. The new center was inaugurated in March 2008 to better serve the community.
Vivenda da Criança
Vivenda da Criança is a community center located in Parelheiros, in the outskirts of São Paulo. The community center receives some government funding and runs three programs: the “Social Education Program” (Programa Sócio Educativo), which offers complementary schooling to 150 children, ranging from 7 to 14 years old; and the “Family Action Program”(Programa Ação Família), which provides social assistance to more than 1,000 local families, and “Project Transformation”(Projeto Mutação), which provides computer training and other classes to help young people enter the job market.