Alegría Means
Alegría Gri Gri is a non-profit organization primarily dedicated to bringing assistance to the people of Río San Juan and the Dominican Republic. We believe that the idea of community is not limited by geographical borders, but instead lives in the hearts of those who have the means to help.
Alegría Means
Though many people in the Dominican Republic live in poverty, the residents of Rio San Juan believe in a wealth beyond the material. The strong sense of community among its residents is felt from the smallest donation to the largest sponsorship.
Alegría Means
Our team is comprised of passionate experts who have close ties to the Rio San Juan Community. They live both in Rio San Juan and internationally, ensuring that the message of family and happiness is being spread across the world and channeled to those who truly need it.
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“I volunteer because is a double satisfaction for me to serve since I am part of this community”

— Francis Ferreira, Resident of Río San Juan

“I first flew down to volunteer in Alegría’s Holiday Toy Drive in the city of Bonao and it was an enriching experience. We later went to do work in Río San Juan, in the North. To this day I continue to support and participate in the foundation’s projects, big or small.”

— Gabriel Guadalupe, Assistant Professor, Westfield State University

“I enthusiastically support all the beautiful invaluable outreach done by Alegría Gri Grí and I am honored to be an amigo of the foundation.”

— Jerome “Jerry” Perzegian, writer and producer “The Jeffersons,” “The Golden Girls,” “Frasier,” “The Nanny,” and “Married…with Children.”

“I’m glad to see good work being done and being a part of it”

— Craig William Macneill, Film Director of “The Boy”

“Not only do we commend and support the efforts of Alegría Gri Grí of bringing a little joy into the life of people who need and deserve it, but we encourage others to join the foundation in this rewarding experience of giving”

— Colbert I. Nepaulsingh, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Albany and Marla Henríquez Nepaulsingh, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

“I donate because what the Alegría Gri Gri Foundation does is essential for the development of the minds of our little ones, and because it helps to set the course for the future of our country. I donate, I support, I celebrate!”

— Kianny N. Antigua, Writer, El tragaluz del sótano: Cuentos, 2014