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Navy League History

President Theodore Roosevelt founded United States Navy League in 1902. The Puerto Vallarta chapter was legally constituted as a non-profit organization in 2006. It was founded by retired Americans twenty years ago who desired to collaborate in the improvement of the quality of life of the inhabitants of Puerto Vallarta.

The geographical location of this port allows assistance and medical supplies for distribution to be brought into Mexico by sea, substantially lowering transportation costs.

The Navy League of Puerto Vallarta is a non-profit organization whose main activity is to arrange for gifts of medical and educational supplies to be brought to Puerto Vallarta via the US Navy and Coast Guard services.

Working in conjunction with the Mexican Armada to support various activities and events for the benefit of Vallarta’s less privileged children through programs such as the now famous “Toys for Tots,” the PVNL leads the way in building productive relationships within our community.

In addition, the Puerto Vallarta chapter of the Navy League offers a warm welcome, valuable information and discounts to crew members of the ships that visit the Bay of Banderas, in order to make they stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.

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Community Service

The Puerto Vallarta Navy League A.C. recognizes that we are located in the host country of Mexico. In the beginning our priority was the distribution of toys to needy children through our Toys 4 Tots program.
We then saw an additional need for our efforts and developed our ComRel program using the sailors from visiting ships and workers from the NL to refurbish aging buildings such many schools, Medical facilities such as the Santa Barbara Clinic, and the Asilio, an elderly people’s home. Those ships were also bringing medical supplies and other items needed here in Puerto Vallarta.

We then saw an additional need for our efforts and developed our ComRel program using the sailors from visiting ships and workers from the NL to refurbish aging buildings such many schools, Medical facilities such as the Santa Barbara Clinic, and the Asilio, an elderly people’s home. Those ships were also bringing medical supplies and other items needed here in Puerto Vallarta.

Two years ago we recognized the need to expand our efforts to include more extensive upgrades and so we established the Community Services group within the NL. Our new Community Services group goes beyond a one day ship visit for painting and minor repairs, which will stay with our Comrel group, to a far wider need for extensive upgrades to much larger facilities such as the rewiring of buildings to more modern standards, installing or repairing of fans, providing ventilation to cooking areas, planting trees and shrubs, repairing or replacing fences & gates, repairing or the installation of masonry construction, painting, roof repairs and many other efforts to improve the welfare of those in need. With the additional help of the American Legion and the governmental agencies of Puerto Vallarta, we are constantly expanding our efforts to make Puerto Vallarta an even better place to live.

We work with the local municipal government, school system and recognized charities to establish priority for the various projects. Our funding is generated through various fund raising efforts throughout the year. Everyone is welcome to join us for a few hours as we help those in need.

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The Puerto Vallarta Navy League is open to anyone interested in supporting the Sea Services of Mexico and the United States, while importantly assisting the people of Puerto Vallarta. We accept members of all nationalities – Mexico, U.S., Canada and elsewhere. No prior military service is required. We’re a dynamic group of full and part-time residents, male and female, of all ages and nationalities who simply enjoy welcoming and assisting visiting mariners, organizing and overseeing community relations projects with local schools, orphanages and other non-profit organizations, and running our hugely successful Toys for Tots program.

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