Rescate Playas Borinquen began as a community service initiative in 2013 and was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization with the Department of State on August 26, 2014.
The organization's mission is to restore Ramey's recreational areas and protect nature (Surfer's Beach, Borinquen Beach, Las Ruinas and Wilderness Areas).
Rescate Playas Borinquen believes there is a strong correlation between health, the local economy, recreational areas and natural protected areas we have adopted.
Since 2013, we have been solely responsible for the restoration and transformation of Punta Borinquen, which had been transferred to the Puerto Rican government and abandoned for decades.
After witnessing the deterioration of the area after years of neglect, Mario Torres, the founder of Rescate Playas Borinquen, decided to coordinate the work of cleaning up the area with friends. Taking advantage of his upcoming birthday on July 31, 2013, Mr. Torres asked his friends to "gift" him their time in lieu of presents.
On that date, they trimmed the overgrown vegetation at the entrance to the Borinquen Beach park. The rest is history.
Rescate Playas Borinquen strives to maintain the highest standards of transparency, earning the Guidestar Seal of Transparency. This distinction indicates that a nonprofit organization has provided verifiable financial and operational information in its nonprofit profile.
By providing up-to-date information, nonprofit organizations enable potential donors and funders to make informed decisions about the work they do.
This is particularly important in Puerto Rico, where donors may lack information and tend to gravitate toward larger entities that may not be committed to bottom-up transformative empowerment that improves living conditions for those who need it most, the community.
Counts with the IRS 501(c)(3) certification of Good Standing certification from the Department of State and certification from the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury for section 1101.01 as a non-profit organization. Recently, 2023 Rescate Playas Borinquen updated all records. Please refer to the link below
Rescate Playas Borinquen was initially launched on July 31, 2013, by its founder and president Mario Torres.
After nine frustrating months of trying to get permission for this proposal from the local government and many other local entities without success, he was finally able to receive verbal permission from the mayor to begin the project. Taking advantage of his upcoming birthday, he used this day to his advantage and recruited his friends to "gift" their time in exchange for gifts to help clean up and restore the park areas. After several years, and with the help of the local community and a non-profit organization, he has been in charge ever since. He emphasizes that this is not about him, but about individuals. He believes that individually we have more power to change the world than we think, and all we need to do is have faith and act.
Most recently, on August 9, 2020, the corporation was granted Resolution 709. This law passed unanimously in the House of Representatives, the Senate and was signed by Governor Wanda Vázquez, and authorizes the non-profit organization to have formal administrative capacities to be in charge.
We are honored with this achievement!