The American Society of São Paulo is dedicated to supporting the American traditions of education, philanthropy, and volunteerism. We harness the efforts of our staff and volunteers to positively impact the lives of those most in need of assistance. Our primary focus is on helping children. We would love for you to join us in helping to improve the situations of people in need.
Community Action Committee (CAC)
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 our community support and assistance will enable 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.
The Little Cow Fund has been created to help us quickly cover emergency financial situations at the charities. For example, with this fund in place, when new babies with special needs arrived at one of the charities, within 90 minutes we were able to purchase and deliver the critical items these infants needed to settle in to the home.
AmSoc’s SMILE (Share, Mentor, Impact, Love, Engage) program connects our members with kids from the charities throughout the year. We host volunteer events for our members to create fun and engaging activities both within the homes & offsite that build interpersonal skills, life skills, and confidence.
Key activities have included trips to the movies, the Football Museum, pool parties, Halloween & Easter parties, cooking classes, and arts and crafts.
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. Please click on one of the numbers below to help others.
What can you do?
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SPONSOR A CHILD
Sponsor a child, or even volunteer to help on the day of the event. Sponsoring a child is as simple as buying (or donating money to buy) a bag full of brand new and beautiful Christmas presents, which include useful items such as clothes and shoes, as well as more fun items, such as a toy and a sweet treat.
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. Click below to donate now.
When you become a member of AmSoc, please consider becoming a Helping Hand Member. Your extra membership donation will be used directly to help us support our SMILE volunteer program
For Legal reasons 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.
DONATE LIGHTLY USED USED ITEMS
We have a very well-structured item donation program that makes it easy, secure, and fast to donate your items to the homes. From the donation of a piano to a laptop to a onesie, we will help you get your items out of your home, and into charities where they WILL make a difference.
Since the year 2000, the American Society of São Paulo has sponsored the Angel Party event. Approximately 250 children from local orphanages and daycare centers in extremely poor areas of São Paulo are invited to participate in this day of fun.
This event isn't about providing something small. This is something big. Children who live without extra get to experience abundance: food, music, games, decorations, gifts, and people who care.
The Angel Party is also a fun and rewarding way for community members to help needy children in São Paulo. Local companies help support the event financially and with in-kind donations.
It Starts with the Will to Make a Difference
SPONSOR A CHILD
Sponsoring a child is as simple as buying (or donating money to buy) a bag full of brand new and beautiful Christmas presents, which include useful items such as clothes and shoes, as well as more fun items, such as a toy and a sweet treat. After a day of playing games, eating great food, and watching special live entertainment, each child then receives their bag from Santa Claus.
Sponsoring a child is as simple is donating R$550 or buying a full bag of new and beautiful Christmas presents from this list. (hysperlink to list) The items include useful items such as clothes and shoes, as well as more fun items, such as a toy and a sweet treat. After a day of playing games, eating great food, and watching special live entertainment, each child then receives their bag from Santa Claus
The sponsorship of a child can also be achieved with a few simple clicks. The bonus is that ANY discounts we achieve as bulk buyers is invested back into our supported charities. The value per child for 2021 has been set at R$ 550,00.
"With Charity work, a dollar or a Real goes a really long way"
Consider participating in our
"Little Cow program"
In Brazil a collection of donations is called a "vaquinha" this translates as "Little Cow" and in the spirit of our Brazilian hosts we have created the Little Cow program. By donating to our Little Cow Fund, you will help give AmSoc the agility to quickly help the homes in emergency situations. These charities don’t always have the funds on hand to handle crisis situations like microwaves breaking, or kids coming into the home that need special equipment. We build up our Little Cow fund, so that when these situations arise, we can quickly help resolve the issue and minimize the stress in the home. However much you can contribute, we can assure you that it will have a major impact on the lives of many.
If you use PagSeguro, your contribution must be a sum chosen by yourself. Your donation will be reviewed and you may be contacted by our team or our payment processor (PagSeguro) to confirm your transaction. It is very important during check-out that your cell phone number is correct. Click the button or the cow to start the process. It will be in Portuguese.
When you become a member of AmSoc, please consider becoming a Helping Hand Member. Your extra membership donation will be used directly to help us support our SMILE volunteer program. Thanks to the Helping Hands Membership we are able to do activities like bring arts & crafts into the homes, supporting, adolescent career training workshops, bring kids to the zoo and much more., Becoming a Helping Hands member is a sure way to bring joy to many kids in Sao Paulo.
Requesting Your Support - Please Consider Volunteering
Volunteering is a great way to meet others and it is the only way we can survive as an organization!
Want to make a difference and build a brighter future for those in need?
AmSoc’s Community Action Committee (CAC) works to make a lasting difference in the lives of the less fortunate in São Paulo. Support selected charities by volunteering to find sponsorship, collecting donations, organizing fundraising efforts, and offering educational enrichment and worker bee support at one of our charities or fundraising events.
We are currently looking for volunteers for the Community Action Committee. Drop us a line at and let us know how you’d like to make a difference!
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 workdays
Commit to a reoccurring volunteer position at one of our organizations
Donate "lightly-used" Items
From an item as big as a playground to as small as a onsie, we make it easy for members to donate items to our charities. We have a very well structured donation program that makes it easy, secure and fast to donate your items to the homes. Just send us an email at and will reach out to our charities to find a home for your new items. Usually, the charities can come and pick up the items at your place within just a few days.
Find out more about the Charities we Support:
The American Society 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.
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.
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.
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.