SOMOS FOUNDATION: UNITING COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS
Author: Adrianne Chandra-Huff
If you’ve spent any amount of time in Costa Ballena, then you’re likely to have felt it — there’s just something about this place. Something magical, something special. It’s most likely a combination of factors: the stunning, natural beauty, the friendly and engaged community members, exciting activities, and restaurants and eateries to enjoy. The list could go on.
Another quality that sets this region apart is residents’ willingness to come together to serve, preserve, and improve the community — places and spaces we all share. It is a widespread occurrence here to see individuals, businesses, and other types of organizations raising their hand and saying, “How can I (or we) get involved?”
In 2019, SOMOS Foundation was founded by a group of local leaders to help formalize this sense of community responsibility.
By connecting the dots between local needs, skills, and talents and various forms of regional, national, and international support SOMOS Foundation has been able to help mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic. After mobilizing an immediate response with food aid and assistance, SOMOS transitioned into working alongside community organizations to bolster tourism — the main economic driver in our communities.
While it is important to have a trusted community organization to address crisis moments, the long-term vision of SOMOS Foundation is to be less of an executor and more of an enabler, convener, and catalyst.
Maintaining a clean and beautiful place to live, ensuring the safety and security of all here, and supporting a thriving and diversified economy are all core values of the SOMOS Foundation. It acts as an umbrella organization to unite individuals and organizations, the public and the private sectors, inhabitants of the community, and those looking to come and visit.
SOMOS Foundation has a unique way to bring together all community stakeholders: it’s a 1% Pledge.
By taking the pledge, individuals and businesses agree to make a monthly contribution to community responsibility and development that fits their monthly budget and intention. Pledge members also commit to asking their guests and client networks to contribute, thereby significantly amplifying the overall contribution.
In real terms, if you become a 1% Pledge member today, your contributions will be supporting the significant and hard work of organizations like the Costa Ballena Lifeguards. This crew works tirelessly to keep us safe as we enjoy the beautiful beaches of our area. Their focus on prevention and rescue has kept thousands of ocean bathers safe for the past six years.
We encourage you to take the SOMOS Foundation 1% Pledge and help this community go the distance. As the adage says — it may be true that we can go faster alone, but we can certainly go a lot farther together.
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