There are no handouts in Corazón; in an effort to promote self-sufficiency and a strong social support system, everything is earned through community service.
Participants gain hours for community service by participating in a variety of different projects. They can teach a class to their neighbors or provide tutoring for young children in the community center. They can help repair a neighbor's home, work in the daycare center, clean a local school and much, much more. All projects are pre-approved by the leadership committee in each community.
As participants perform community service, they earn hours they can exchange for in-kind donations and construction projects. More importantly they build friendships, alliances and support systems, a true sense of community and belonging. This social network provides a long-term solution to many of their immediate needs and empowers families to create a better future.
In order for the Communidad Corazón program to operate effectively, a community center is built in each of the communities. These centers serve as the operational hub for the people of each community by providing the following services: