American volunteer groups
Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
Due to the long presence of so many Americans in Panama, there are many non-profit, volunteer organizations here with American roots. The groups vary in size and activities but still have many members and supporters in Panama.
The most prevalent examples are the Rotary Club and Lions Club International. The Canal’s 100th Anniversary or (prompt students for word Centennial) offers us a good point to reflect on the positive legacy of these groups, many of whom I’ve worked with as Ambassador. These, like other American organizations aim to create social awareness projects and help people with limited resources.
Other worthy organizations here in Panama are the Boy and Girl Scouts and the Elks.