Meet America Developing Smiles of Puerto Rico
After 10 years of continuous work at America Developing Smiles of South of Florida (ADS), Mariangel González-Longo decided to expand its organization’s mission to Puerto Rico. Together, with a group of women volunteers, they set out to meet the educational and social challenges of the island’s most poverty-stricken communities.
Then, in the year 2007, they organized as a nonprofit foundation, America Developing Smiles of Puerto Rico and embarked on a labor of love to promote education and human development of Puerto Rico’s needy children. We believe in the transformational capacity of education to develop better individuals and communities.
We develop educational and recreational extracurricular activities and after-school programs as preventive measures for the needy and children at risk. To support our work, we raise funds through special events, individual and corporate gift-giving campaigns, and NGOs.
In six years of work, America Developing Smiles of Puerto Rico…
- Has impacted more than 800 children per year, and more than 2000 families
- Has invested close to $150,000 in social projects.
In 2011, America Developing Smiles of Puerto Rico obtains federal 501(c) 3 recognition.
Our Sister Organizations
America Developing Smiles is part of a humanitarian and social network of nonprofit and autonomous organizations that work with less fortunate communities. America Developing Smiles of Puerto Rico and sister organization America Developing Smiles of South Florida have joined Asociación Damas Salesianas’ mission to promote human development of those less fortunate. Asociacion Damas Salesianas, with headquarters in Caracas Venezuela, includes over 130 health and educational centers located in 27 Latin American countries. Almost 2 million individuals benefit from services.
Our Mission and Values
America Developing Smiles of Puerto Rico wants to motivate women who care for others to help to conquer our social challenges by uniting hearts, talents and resources for change.