Community Partners, Inc. - COPA - is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit corporation. There is a sister
organization in England (COPA UK). We have
many sponsors across the United States that
make COPA's education, health and Christian
outreach possible. By working together with
COPA DR leaders and having the Rev. Connie
DiLeo on our board, we are able to pursue
our mission of building Christian caring communities
by developing educational opportunities and
providing health education in the Dominican
COPA's new project director Bob
Hampton and his wife Alison are greeted
by members of the COPA staff on their
arrival in the Dominican Republic in
October 2013. Left to right: Ruth, Teressa,
Fiona, Bob, Alison, Gracie, Alice, Bryony
Founded in England and Florida, COPA works
in support of communities in the Dominican
Republic. Since 1991, volunteers from the
U.K. and the U.S., alongside the people from
the villages, have built two schools, two
pre-schools, two dining shelters and two kitchens.
gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little
ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth,
he will certainly not lose his reward"
- Matthew 10:42 NIV
It can be easy to take for granted that the children
in our lives have all the clothing they need, and
more. Their schools are held accountable for providing
quality education. They have choices in their beliefs,
and at a very basic level, have more water and food
than they could ever consume. In short, these special
children have all they need to shape their future.
We know that many children exist in a poverty we
will gratefully never experience. They lack the
resources needed to shape their future. For them,
the future is the same as the present: existence
and survival amidst hope.
In each of us lies a human desire to help. It can
be difficult to know how to make a difference. COPA
provides a way.
Through COPA, you have the unique opportunity to
be a cupbearer to a child of LaHoya or Bombita in
the Dominican Republic. By sponsoring a child through
COPA, which in Spanish means "cup," your gift of
only $15 each month will provide a child with an
education that will not only change his and her
life, but the lives of future generations to come.
In the Dominican Republic, education is compulsory
but many children cannot attend because of a shortage
of schools, schoolbooks, and the lack of suitable
Caring for People
Resident volunteer advisors assist local
staff with training and resources. Funding
for school operations is dependent on the
COPA runs a clinic in two villages. Along
with health education and immunizations,
basic health care is given to the students.
The communities also have access to medical
School assemblies bring Bible stories and
teaching of Jesus to life. Youth Groups
and after-school programs reach out in the
name of Jesus Christ.
Community Partners, Inc. * 4726 N. Tamiami Trail
* Sarasota, FL 34234 * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org