Eagles Wings Foundation is a non-profit organization conceived by Jim McCarthy, a long-time Board of Directors member of Universal Vacation Club. It was approved by IRS in l999, and donations may be included as part of your income tax deductions. The mission of EWF is to provide assistance to charitable groups in the Puerto Vallarta area, the nearby state of Nayarit, and Cabo San Lucas. In some life-threatening situations, we try to aid individuals as well. We call our efforts “Taking Care of our Home Away From Home.” Since its inception, EWF has made over $1,000,000 (US) in grants, currently maintaining an overhead expense rate at less than 2%!
Many people who visit Mexico and stay at the beautiful resorts do not realize that ten minutes away people are living in poverty. These people do whatever they can to take out a meager existence, even scavenging for items they can sell and sometimes even for food.
We try very hard to help children through our scholarship program. In Mexico, children who finish their primary school (elementary and junior high levels) no longer receive any state support, making the drop-out rate very high. In some schools, the teacher has to sign out a blackboard eraser and return it at the end of the school day, and the students even have to pay for the paper on which to take tests. In many schools, textbooks are non-existent and libraries are only in their dreams. In one school, for example, we learned that many of the students worked in the fields in the morning and went to school from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Some of the students were walking up to two hours each way. EWF has bought them two school buses, and now they have four times as many students attending school coming from a wider area.
EWF makes a yearly donation to an organization in the nearby community of Bucerias (Manos de Amor) where a combination orphanage and day-care center is being constructed.