UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF)
The UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) is a U.S. based non-profit organization committed to supporting grassroots, community-based development work primarily in Guatemala. We approach development as a holistic and empowering project, committed to the protection of human rights and the creation of communities that offer safety, opportunity, and democratic participation for their residents. We focus, in particular, on working with women and children in low-income, violent urban areas, especially through our support for UPAVIM, a women’s non-profit association in Guatemala City whose name is a Spanish acronym for “Unidas para Vivir Mejor,” or, “United to Live Better.” We also support indigenous groups and other marginalized populations elsewhere in Guatemala and other Latin American countries. The groups we support offer access to quality services in medicine and education, in addition to opportunities to work for cooperatives that are self-governed. UCDF is made up of a volunteer Board of Directors who work collectively in a fundraising and advisory capacity to these projects with the goal of helping groups to eventually achieve sustainability.
Interested in joining?
Learn about our general expectations and responsibilities.
Board members commit to raising at least $1000 annually for UCDF and more if possible. This can be accomplished through a personal donation or through a personal fundraising project.
Organize Fundraising Campaigns
Assist the board with fundraising campaigns throughout the year. Share UPAVIM’s needs to those in your social network. Be an ambassador for UPAVIM’s education programs!
Build Local Partnerships
Build partnerships with local community groups (churches, civic groups, schools). Approach a local group and seek a donation for UPAVIM either from the group as a whole or from individual members. Seek out opportunities to share the story of UPAVIM in your local community.
Attend Online Meetings
Attend quarterly virtual board meetings and work closely with, and get to know, amazing people who are equally committed to UPAVIM’s mission.
Join a Committee
Our committee work currently focuses on keeping the UPAVIM community up-to-date on news and needs, fundraising, and supporting the work of the education programs. How will your unique skills and background join with our efforts to support the women?
Board members are expected to follow through on any commitments they make to the group including: providing updates on projects, working on fundraising campaigns, updating progress charts, and responding promptly to emails concerning UDCF business.