Our mission is to revitalize distressed communities by improving the living conditions of underprivileged children, the elderly, people with special needs, and low-income families; as well as to further and strengthen the education of college/university and K-12 students through hands-on service learning and civic engagement.
Community Improvement Organization History
Community Improvement Organization Inc. (CIO) was established on July 11, 2008 as a 501(3) nonprofit organization with a public charity status, in Miami, FL. Iris Paguada and Juan Paguada are the original founders of CIO. Iris Paguada currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and Juan Paguada currently holds the position of Chief Operations Officer. CIO has provided services to over 13,600 members of the local communities of which include: providing food to residents in need, rebuilding of homes, and several park beautifications.
Our current activities include the ongoing implementation the Basic Needs & Emergency
Assistance Program & Hand-On Service Learning Program. Through our Basic Needs and
Emergency Assistance Program, we are providing emergency services & basic necessities to
low income seniors, people with special needs and low income families. Through this program
we provide assistance to over 4000 individuals yearly. Basic Needs & Emergency Assistance
services include, provisions of food, clothing, blankets, bed linens, utility payments, household
products, furniture, infant needs, prescriptions, rent down payment, shelter for homeless
people (thought-out our partners), bus fare, gasoline gift card, small car repair, transportation,
personal hygiene products, assistance with letter writing or completing applications, household
items, etc. Our Hands-On Service Learning Program is a year round program which enrolls over
250 students from College/Universities, High Schools, Middle Schools, Elementary Schools &
foster homes. Some of our Hands-On Service Learning Partners include Miami-Dade College,
Florida International University (Medical & Law school), American Advanced Technicians
Institute, Florida National University, Hialeah Gardens Senior High, Mater Middle-High School,
Miami Killian Senior High & foster homes. This program appoints tasks & duties participants to
further develop skills in the areas of their interest & academic requirements, by participating in
the development & implementation of our community improvement projects. Our organization
is currently running our daily operations from the city hall of Hialeah Gardens. In our efforts
acquire the necessary resources to enable our organization to provide assistance to needy
members of our community our organization is engaged in a year round fundraising campaign,
as well as building strategic partnerships with local organizations & local charities, as well as
continuously searching for new sponsors.
Our vision is to become a very successful nonprofit organization highly accessible to the members of our community. We envision a South Florida community where everyone has an opportunity to live in a safe and clean environment and regards of income or social status.
In pursuit of our goals, our organization will conduct our business practices with integrity and ethical treatment towards all of our community members, clients and affiliates. We will provide our community with a sense of responsibility and accountability. We want to show our community that we are an honest and responsible organization with strong values. Our organization values team work and keeping a sense of unity, among our staff, Officers, company affiliates and community members. Our organization is focused and determined to help revitalize communities in need, and we believe that our organization can play a role in improving the life of under privileged children, the elderly, people with special needs and low income families.
Board of Directors
7707 NW 103RD Street
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016
Pastor Pablo Lago
19146 NW 78TH CT
Hialeah, FL 33015
Mayor Yoiset De La Cruz
10187 N.W. 130TH
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018
825 E 35 STREET
Hialeah, FL 33013
3164 Caledonia Ave
Naples, FL 34112
Officers and Staff
President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Founder
Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Founder
Community Improvement Organization Inc. (CIO) Mission
Our mission is to revitalized communities in need, by improving the living conditions of children, the elderly, veterans, and families in need. Our organization currently has three programs in place, the Hands-On Service Learning Program, low Income Housing Repair Program and Basic Needs and Emergency Assistance Program. Firstly the Hands-On Learning Program helps high school, and college students gain real world skills through hands on experience. The Hands-On Learning Program will coincide with the current lesson plans of each instructor, to further enhance the learning process of each student participating. This program appoints assignments to the students, to further develop and fine tune their skills in the areas of their interest, career, and academic requirements. Our Service Learning partners include Miami-Dade College, Florida International University (Medical and Law school), American Advanced Technicians Institute, Florida National University, Hialeah Gardens Senior High, Mater Middle-High School, Miami Killian Senior High and His House Children's Home. Secondly, the Low Income Housing Repair Program’s primary focus is to give our beneficiaries the opportunity to have a safe, healthy and better life, by improving the living conditions of low income families, people with special needs and seniors. The low Income Housing Repair Program is carried out in an environmentally friendly manner, emphasizing energy efficiency by using green products, appliances and recycled materials. Lastly, the Basic Needs and Emergency Assistance Program provides services to low-income families/individuals that are experiencing a financial emergency and cannot help themselves. For example some of the assistance provided may include: food, utilities payments, clothing, blankets, infant needs, prescriptions, rent down payment, shelter for homeless people (thought-out our partners), bus fare, gasoline gift card, personal hygiene products, etc. Our goal is for CIO to become a highly accessible and successful community based organization and consistently provide provisions and services to needy members of our local communities. Community Improvement Organization's goal is to become the leading provider in humanitarian community development, and improvement services.