Help Them Flourish In 2017


A Bridge To Opportunity Video

Have you seen our new video yet?! We’re really excited about it! Thank you to our wonderful team members who shared their experiences with us for this project. It was fun working with you!

Would you like to join an upcoming team? Our next scheduled, open team will be from March 24th-April 2nd, 2017. Board Member and Team Leader Cecelia Monto will be having an info session about the trip on June 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm in Building 5 Room 250 at the main Chemeketa Community College campus.

Thank You to Our Generous Event Sponsors!


2016 Program Sponsors

We are so grateful to all our event sponsors for our upcoming Cinco de Mayo Celebrations! A huge thank you to Advanced Economic Solutions, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Landmark Professional Mortgage Company, Martinez Contracting Inc., Sandy Melhorn CPA PC, and VIPs Inc.

It’s Coming! Save the Date for Cinco de Mayo 2016

Cinco de Mayo Salem 2016 Invitation

Seeking Additional Team Members!

We’re looking for two more people to join the Spring 2016 Chemeketa Community College Team to Oaxaca, which will be led by Friends of Pimpollo Board Member Cecelia Monto. The group will travel to Oaxaca from June 10-19, 2016. Says Monto about the class, “Students participate in a class on campus that meets only six times, and then the bulk of the class takes place with the project in Oaxaca. We will have guest lectures from the field and a trip to Medical Teams International, so it’s a truly interesting class. Plus it gives four transferrable credits in HUM 120, which is part of the requirements for the AAOT (the two year transfer degree in Oregon).” 

The deadline to apply has been extended to March 14th. Sign up today! Learn more by visiting the Chemeketa Study Abroad website. An informational brochure about the course can be found here and the application can be found here.

CCC June 2015 Team

February 2016 Newsletter

Check out the latest happenings with Friends of Pimpollo! Read our most recent newsletter here!

Share the Love (All Year Long!)

Are you looking to do something sweet for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Flowers and chocolate are always nice, but why not give a gift that lasts more than one day?

You can share the love all year long by signing up today as a monthly sustainer with Friends of Pimpollo in the name of your loved one, and you will be supporting education programs for students of all ages in southern Mexico. It’s a gift in their honor today that lasts throughout the whole year. Plus, we’ll send a custom-made, Oaxacan-inspired valentine by artist Nico Inzerella to your valentine!

Friends of Pimpollo Valentine

To sign up as a monthly sponsor, click the donate button below. You can choose to donate securely via your PayPal account or by credit card. (Note: Desktop users may select “Don’t have a PayPal account?” towards the bottom of the webpage upon accessing the donation site to checkout without a PayPal account). To set up a recurring (monthly) payment, select “Make This Recurring (Monthly)” and enter in the amount of your desired monthly gift, then continue with the normal checkout process. In the memo line, include the contact information of your valentine (full name and mailing address or email), and we will send them this special valentine. [Don’t worry, we won’t add them to our mailing list!]

Rather send your gift through the mail? Send the contact information of the person you would like to receive the valentine with your check, and we’ll do the rest. Please send donations to:

Friends of Pimpollo
P.O. Box 1107
Salem, OR 97308

*Already have big plans for Valentine’s Day but want to add something special? Make a one-time gift in the name of your loved ones, and we will send them something special too!

Nico Inzerella is an artist based out of Seattle.  He has spent time in Juchitan at Pimpollo and is still in contact with many people associated with Pimpollo.  Being Chicano, he uses influences of Mexican art.  He traveled through Mexico for a year studying art in 2013 and uses this influence in his art today. You can check his work at or his art on Facebook at Nico Inzerella Art

Invest in a Brighter Tomorrow Today

Adolfo Lopez Mateos Students

ThermometerAt Friends of Pimpollo, we believe that education is key to affecting change in the world. With your support, we have accomplished a lot, but we’re not satisfied with stopping there. We hope to see all our students graduate with a diploma from High School, College, or the Adult Literacy Program. Please join us today and support our efforts to provide opportunities to education in southern Mexico. We are hoping to close 2015 in a big way, and you can help us reach our goal of raising $59,691 by contributing right now.

We think the future looks brighter when the present is filled with education.Will you invest in education today for a brighter tomorrow? Browse our website to learn more about our education programs, or click the link below to donate today.


Thank you for believing in the power of education!


An Abundance of Gratitude

Dear Friends,Thank You Gracias

‘Tis the season for sharing what we are thankful for, and I am filled with an abundance of gratitude–and that’s not just because Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! For me, each and every day offers its own unique opportunities to give thanks and express gratitude. However, I just recently returned from my first visit to Oaxaca, where I had the chance to visit some of our programs and meet many incredible people. Since the timing happens to coincide with Thanksgiving, I would like to share my appreciation for the people who inspire and sustain me in my work with Friends of Pimpollo.

  • I am grateful for everyone who helps to make the Oaxaca Kids Can Program the tremendous success it is. Here at FOP, we are beyond excited to announce that a third school, Porfirio Diaz, is launching the OKC breakfast program three days a week for 56 students.
  • I am grateful for the parents in the communities we support who take initiative and work hard so their children (and they themselves) can benefit from opportunities that can come with education.
  • I am grateful for all the teachers who give of their time and energy so that they can plant the seeds of knowledge and encourage curiosity in their students.
  • I am grateful for all the members of our 66 teams who have accompanied the communities we work with and who have shared their experiences and our mission with others upon their return.
  • I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of all of our program coordinators in Mexico.
  • More than anything, I am grateful for all the students in our programs, whether they be a preschooler just starting their educational journey, or a 70-year-old grandmother receiving her certificate from the Adult Literacy Program. Your motivation to learn and grow inspires me every day.

I firmly believe the future looks brighter when the present is filled with education, and we couldn’t do all we do without the incredible support of people like you. Thank you. Please know that I am abundantly grateful for you.

All the best,

Laura Ruggles
Executive Director

October 2014 Newsletter

Have you been wondering what’s been happening in the Friends of Pimpollo world the past three months? Well, then, it’s your lucky day! Check out our October 2015 newsletter here!