Great Shape! Inc. – 28 years of One Love!

Great Shape! Inc. empowers the children and families of Jamaica and the Caribbean by providing access to education and health care.

  • 501 c 3, non-profit that facilitates humanitarian projects in Jamaica and the Caribbean serving more than 40,000 people each year
  • Over 500 volunteers a year come from all over the USA, Canada and beyond to lend critical skills, talents, time and love
  • Founded in 1988 in response to Hurricane Gilbert, now operates 3 major programs: dental, eye care and literacy

Programs

  • 1988 Founded: built schools, community centers & roads, sponsored students & uniforms
  • 2003 Launched: world’s largest, international, humanitarian, dental project – 1000 Smiles
  • 2008 Launched: literacy-enhancement program (incl. computer literacy & lab builds) – SuperKids
  • 2009 Launched: eye-care program – iCARE
  • Also: Dental Sealant Project and Teacher Computer and Literacy Training

Where

  • Operate throughout Northern and Western Jamaica. Exploring opportunities in St Lucia and other Caribbean nations.
  • Founded: Ashland Oregon. Main office: Modesto, California. Leadership: across the USA, Canada and Jamaica.

Why

  • Schools we partner with have only a 40% literacy rate
  • In rural Jamaica, there is only one dentist for every 100,000 people
  • There is only one public health eye care provider for every 250,000 people
  • We believe our purpose in life is to look after those in need
  • It’s great fun and deeply rewarding work

How

  • Great Shape! is a volunteer based nonprofit that matches skills and talents with communities in need
  • Great Shape! partners with Jamaica’s Sandals Foundation and Jamaicans from every corner of society to delvier meaningful solutions
  • YOU! can volunteer in Jamaica, fundraise, Donate, Sponsor a Smile, Corporate Sponsorships, etc.

Thanks To Our Amazing Partners & Sponsors

  • The Sandals Foundation, Sandals Resorts International: logistics, accommodations, meals (pro-bono)
  • Jamaican Ministries of Health and Education: strategy support and collaboration
  • First Book: donates thousands of books to SuperKids
  • Souls4Soles: shoes and uniforms
  • Patterson Dental: equipment, volunteers, internship program
  • Let It Shine Media: internal and external communications (including PR & video production)
  • Thousands of individual donors, sponsors and volunteers adds up to one big wave of love

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