Who Is ACES North America?

Advancing Communities
Through Education and Service

ACES, an acronym for Advancing Communities by Educating and Serving is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of impoverished people in the Dominican Republic.

We realize that eliminating poverty will not be accomplished by just one method, so we don't limit ourselves by having a narrowly constrained formula for helping communities in the DR. Rather, through our connections on the ground in the Dominican Republic, we work to build rapport with communities and identify their most pressing needs. Then we design solutions to solve these needs in a sustainable manor. While we realize the necessity of temporary relief at times, we primarily focus on sustainable solutions that will eliminate poverty and improve the standard of living for the long-term.

ACES embraces a variety of techniques and opportunities for poverty alleviation in the Dominican Republic.


Many schools lack basic supplies like books, paper, computers, and software. Our relationships within the communities help us identify the best way to help.

Community Projects

Sustainability is only achieved when the community is able to work together toward a common goal. We help establish community centers through construction projects and working with community leaders.

Medical Outreach

We realize that before people can even think about educating themselves and starting businesses, they need to have their immediate health concerns met. We sponsor clinics and volunteer groups.

The Arts

Inspiring people through music, painting, and creating can happen in any number of ways. Providing reading materials, mentors, project supplies, workshops, sporting equipment, and most importantly, treating the people of the Dominican with the respect they deserve.

Our Mission

Advancing Communities by Educating and Serving (ACES) is a charitable organization dedicated to making the world a better place by supporting sustainable grassroots projects and programs in impoverished communities. We strive to empower individuals and communities for sustainable development.

Our Vision

Our vision is that people and communities who have limited resources will have the opportunities to improve their quality of life through efforts such as education, health initiatives, and entrepreneurial programs. We believe that this will positively impact neighboring communities, nations, and the world. We will strive for that vision with sensitivity to each culture and with a determined respect for human dignity.

Dominican Service Trips

Your Adventure Awaits

When you join one of our travel groups, be prepared to experience the Dominican in all of it's beauty and wonder. Our experienced travelers will guide you through the nuances of the Dominican culture and help you see the true beauty of the island and it's people. 


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How Can You Help?

Your donation will help us save and improve lives with education, medical care, and sustainable community projects.

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