Background:

The St. Augustine-Baracoa Friendship Association was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in November of 2000. Our name was shortened to The Friendship Association when our mandate expanded to include a wider territory of Cuba.

The Friendship Association is an all-volunteer organization that relies on donations, both direct and in-kind, and grants to fund our projects. Since 2000 we have accompanied over 50 delegations to Cuba.

Representatives from the Friendship Association make an average of four trips a year to Cuba. During the past 15 years we have formed and maintained warm working relationships with key individuals and organizations in many of the communities of Cuba.

We hold a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce to deliver material aid to Cuba. To date we have shipped 23 forty-foot containers to eastern Cuba as well as hand-delivered numerous donations, including hard to find medicines and educational materials.

Mission Statement:

To establish, promote and foster a spirit of friendship between U.S. citizens and the citizens of Cuba through people-to-people educational exchanges and participation in meaningful projects that benefit Cuban communities and the environment.

Support:

The Friendship Association is a non-profit organization that is funded by broad-based public support and its membership. The Friendship Association sponsors delegations to Cuba and educational and cultural events in Cuba and in the United States.

Friendship Association projects have received support from the ARCA Foundation, the Florida Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Idea Wild, The Christopher Reynolds Foundation, BirdsCaribbean, Optics for the Tropics, and Caribbean Heritage Concepts.

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Get Involved:

All local Friendship Association events are publicized by public service announcements on local TV and radio stations and through our emailings.

To receive notices about delegations and cultural events, please add your name to our mailing list:

To renew your membership, please send your contribution to our mailing address.

  • $25 for individuals
  • $45 for families
  • $100+ to become a “sponsor”.
Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Since its inception the Friendship Association has had a close relationship with artists, musicians, and intellectuals in Cuba.

    Tracking bird in Cuba

    Tracking bird in Cuba

    The Cuban avifauna includes more than 370 species, with a high level of endemism, both local and regional.

      Across the Straits

      Across the Straits

      An initiative to celebrate the normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.

        Musicians Across the Straits

        Musicians Across the Straits

        This project will serve to promote social inclusion of intellectually challenged youth.

          Delegations

          Delegations

          Each year the Friendship Association sponsors several trips to Cuba with the purpose of meeting with members of civil society for meaningful exchanges that benefit both sides.

            With My Paddle Board Across the Straits

            With My Paddle Board Across the Straits

            An international exhibition of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) to be held in Baracoa, Cuba.

            Project under construction

              Humanitarian Aid

              Humanitarian Aid

              A series of initiatives to improve conditions and relieve suffering.

                Art Exhibits

                Art Exhibits

                Presentation of Cuban art and artists to the public in the U.S.

                  Containers to Cuba

                  Containers to Cuba

                  The Friendship Association has sent 23 40-foot containers to Cuba (as of Dec 31, 2014).

                    The Friendship Association

                    The Friendship Association

                    Goal: to establish, promote and foster a spirit of friendship between U.S. citizens and the citizens of Cuba through meaningful people-to-people educational exchanges and participation in meaningful projects.