There are several charitable organizations in Jamaica, where any individual who wants to volunteer time or resources can do so and feel a tremendous sense of good. I usually recommend that you spend the first 3-6 months after arriving on the island, getting yourself and family settled. Once you feel settled and know your way around somewhat, your networking can begin especially if you have not done any networking prior to moving to Jamaica.
I now belong to a few different groups, so once you are ready you can simply reach out. Listed are a few organizations that I am most familiar with. Do contact me or contact any of the following groups if you are interested in getting your service work started.
The Canadian Womens’ Group ( see Canadian High Commission for details), The American Womens’ Group ( see the American Embassy), Women International Club ( WIC), IPP ( International Proxy Parents), Womens Inc., and the Jamaican Aids Support Society.
The following charitable notice was sent to me via a friend for posting:
The TRC is a Non-Profit, No Fee
Community Library, Reading Room & Education Centre
… a place where life is enriched by learning…
Sponsored by Non-Profits:
FACE Jamaica: Friends Advancing Community Education (2006 Jamaica)
Friends of the Trench Town Reading Centre (1995 Van Canada)
PHYSICAL PLANT: Two adjacent buildings:
– The Library: Main room: Book collection & Kids Korner, Tutorial rm, 2 bathrms
– Community Classroom/ Art / Performance Space
Open:Tues-Friday Noon-8pm. Sat: 11am-6pm. Sun: 2:30-5:30pm. Closed Monday.
Literacy, read aloud, huge variety of language art activities, book of the week, tutoring …
Spelling Bees: Feb 10 Jamaican Culture & History (65 spellers 5 groups)
Aug 08 Family & Community (70 spellers 5 groups) Scotia Bank sponsors with FACE Jamaica & FTRC
Summer School; 3wks July 08. Focus: Literacy, comprehension, research writing skill combined with art. ‘Puppets for Peace’ each Friday. Two shows & a puppet-making workshop.
Cultural Program..spoken word & songs. Writing & performing
Art & Craft several times a week
Job Search & Skills series, parenting, seniors meeting, and other community group’s use