The Paricutin Civic & Educational Foundation, Inc. works with visionary leaders and organizations round the San Antonio community. We were founded to assist charitable causes, and scholarships through our endowment fund for young Hispanic students. All of our work flows from this fundamental commitment.
Chartered in 1943 and re-focus on 1999. More than $250,000 have been distributed in the San Antonio community. Annually, a minimum of $5,000 up to $25,000 endowment contributions is given to young Hispanic students to attend a University.
Our mission is to provide assistance to Hispanic students and charitable relief within our community through our civic and educational undertakings. Our mission is one that each and every member holds dearly and works diligently to achieve.
Consider this, when donating to the local charitable chapters of the Down Syndrome Association, San Antonio Food Bank, Alzheimer's Association, The Rib Foundation, American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association, Cancer Research, Oblate Madonna Residence, Mujeres Unidas, Inc., the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Los Sembradores de San Antonio, the homeless and others, even helping a high school senior (scholarship recipient) participate in her dream prom by providing her dress, shoes, make-over, transportation, dinner (out of our own pockets), helping families pay funeral expenses, medical bills and Care Link Ins. premiums, we fulfill serving our community. But, it all comes with conditions set by the Federal, State, County and Municipal Governments Laws and Ordinances. We meet those restrictions with legal and professional accounting safeguards. Our focus, to the community, is to maintain or improve our commitment to the needy.
Since we became a 501(c)3 organization (1999), we have been able to assist individuals and/or organizations in need and provide scholarships to deserving Hispanic students, either in a partnership with a national organization or individually (granting scholarships terminated with the introduction of our endowment program). In 2008, we began an endowed scholarship fund with The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). It maximized the potential of providing and continuing more opportunities to incoming Hispanic San Antonio freshmen. This decision guaranteed the continuance of financial aid even if we cease to exist. We are proud, grateful and eager to continue this relationship with UTSA.
I applaud and convey my sincere appreciation to the membership for adhering to their sense of duty and compassion and to our many (some long-standing) supporters for "Helping us Help Others."
To continue our philanthropic purpose we need your support. When you navigate through the available tabs you are exposed to our History, Goals and Event(s) and invite you to support or join our organization. "Whatever you do for the least of my brethren, you do for me."
We mark February 20, 1943 as the founding date of our organization. It is the date in which the volcano Paricutin erupted in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, from whom this organization derives its name and whose image is reflected in our logo. In the midst of World War II, a few young Hispanic bachelors formed the Paricutin Social Club whose main focus was purely social. It soon became the premier Hispanic bachelors' club in the San Antonio community. Its annual Sweetheart Ball and Collegiate Dance were the most sought after invitations. In the early 1970's, the club ceased to exist as did all other Hispanic social clubs.
In 1986, four former members of the club, at a social function, recalled the club's old times and expressed the idea of a reunion of former club members. The idea was put into motion and it was soon learned that other former members had the same thought and the desire to activate the club again. The second eruption of the Paricutin Social Club occurred in October 1987 with the "Grand Reunion Dance" honoring former members and recognizing former social clubs. The club evolved into a men's social club whose membership was made up of former members of the club. The focus of the club was to raise funds through social functions, to award scholarships to deserving disabled high school graduates (until 2002). In 1999, we again changed our focus as well as our name. We became The Paricutin Civic and Educational Foundations, Inc. (501(c)3 non-profit foundation). We are a mixed gender organization whose goal is to assist charitable causes and fund scholarships for young Hispanic students. Many community, business, and political leaders have passed through our ranks. Their energy as members and life-long support has endured over the years. However, it has been our many dedicated followers throughout the many years that have kept the spirit of the Paricutin alive.