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Corazon. In Spanish, heart.

It's a heartfelt name for a non-profit, almost entirely volunteer organization that has offered shelter, education and community to thousands of our neighbors in northern Baja California for more than 30 years.

Comunidad. Community.

Comunidad is the philosophy behind Corazon's work. People in need do not receive handouts; rather, they participate in programs of assistance that allow people to help themselves. In the process, they help their neighbors and their community to grow and prosper. Robert Louis Stevenson once observed: "No man is useless while he has a friend."

There are six program areas. The most well known is the construction program: Thousands of Corazon volunteers have built more than 1,000 homes for Mexican families. But building is interdependent with the other program areas, which are equally important. They are: - Academics: Educating the Future. - Adult Program: Training for Success. - Youth Program: Inspiring a New Generation. - Sustained development: Strengthening and Unifying. - "The Corazon Experience": Sharing, Learning, Understanding.

Corazon always welcomes individual volunteers and groups. If you are interested, please contact the Corazon office. If you're not sure what you might offer or how you might fit in, don't worry; there's room for everyone in a community.

Corazon is about service, but its impact is not one-sided. Sponsors and volunteers receive much more in return for what they give-not least, heart and community. Corazon and comunidad.