Featured Cochise Classic Beneficiary: Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
A warm welcome to the Sierra Vista Regional Health 26th Cochise County Cycling Classic’s newest beneficiary, the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation ~ a multi-national, secular, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization of volunteers committed to the democratic redistribution of opportunity.
“At Rancho Feliz, we understand the dynamic between the material need to receive and the spiritual need to give,” says Gil Gillenwater of Scottsdale, Ariz., the organization’s co-founder. “Operating under this philosophy, we all receive.”
Since 1987, Rancho Feliz has changed thousands of lives on both sides of the border. The organization brings together volunteers from the United States to assist people living in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Their programs emphasize education and opportunity, not welfare or handouts.
And they’ve done it efficiently ~ 94 cents of every dollar raised goes directly into their food, housing and educational programs.
Rancho Feliz has established a volunteer exchange program with a dorm for extended stay. They’ve also built housing for community members. The Rancho Feliz Learning Center ~ open to all ages in the community ~ provides affordable educational and training courses.
This year, Rancho Feliz has partnered with Perimeter Bicycling to include participation in the Cochise County Cycling Classic as part of their “Bigger than Borders” Ride & Fandango weekend, October 11 – 13th. After riding the Cochise Classic, “Bigger than Borders” participants will cross the border for a post-ride party at the San Antonio Ranch in Agua Prieta, Mexico. On Sunday, the group will participate in a community food distribution effort and clean-up campaign. The proceeds of the “Bigger than Borders” weekend will fund educational scholarships that support bilingual education and computer literacy.