Archive for August, 2009

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Insider Point of View

August 28, 2009

My co-worker, Danny (as seen above with his Best Buddy), leads the Project Leader Trainings that the Volunteer Center hosts. I’ve attended one and definitely came out of it with more ideas and a better understanding of the tedious-ness that goes into leading a project. It’s a great way to learn more, get your creative juices flowing and meet people with similar interests. To attend the next session click here. Below is a blurb he wrote, check it out!
Project Leader Training is a very useful tool for all past, present, and future volunteers. Once a month I take 2 hours or less to bring together those interested in finding out about the next step in volunteering. I always stress that there is no obligation to go any further than the training itself, because even if a volunteer never leads a project, they will have a better grasp of what goes into the projects he or she participates in. The quick, informative session is aimed at shedding light on the thinking and organization that must accompany a quality project idea. Organization is a must, and communication is at an all time high when making an idea come to life. I always emphasize the need for adaptability. Obstacles arise with any project, especially in the nonprofit world. Being flexible (and showing up extra early) will allow project leaders to face these obstacles and turn them into opportunities to deliver under pressure. Having fun is very important, but balancing that fun with managing tasks is of utmost importance. For me, I enjoy the trainings because I see the folks taking time out their day to learn how they can better serve the community. No two sessions are the same (even though the material does not change), and the questions from volunteers are always intriguing and well thought. The main focus is to remember that when it’s all said and done, every act of volunteerism is a great achievement for those involved. You cannot fail when you volunteer your time to improve the lives of others.
-Danny Horen
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This Weekend

August 28, 2009
TGIF! Another week has flown by (with a new month fast approaching!) and it’s finally time for some R & R this weekend. Or if you’re like me, it’s finally time to do some hands on volunteering!
Today Friday August 28, 2009
There is helped needed at a nonprofit today from 10-2 click here to view the opportunity.
There is disaster service training hosted by The Salvation Army. Pre-registration is required, but there are on-going dates if you’re interested. Click here for more info.
Tomorrow Saturday August 29, 2009
Las Vegas Catholic Worker
is serving soup! Volunteer a small amount of your time and make a huge impact. Click here if that’s up your alley!
There is disaster service training hosted by The Salvation Army. Pre-registration is required, but there are on-going dates if you’re interested. Click here for more info.
The Lied Animal Shelter is having a bbq and adoption fair from 12-4! Adoptions are ONLY $60 for select animals. They are located at 655 N. Mojave Rd. LV, NV 89101
There is a ***FREE***concert @ Thomas & Mack on Saturday. Doors open @ 6 pm. There will be a stunt show outside w/ Metal Mulisha beforehand. Flyleaf, Blindside, Brian Head Welch are playing with special guest Sonny of P.O.D.

Sunday August 30, 2009
The Lied Animal Shelter
is in need of volunteers. I will be there from 11 am – 7 pm walking and brushing dogs! If you want to spend some time (8 hours is not required) with Fido and Fluffy – click here to find out when the next orientation is!
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Special 911 Event

August 25, 2009

This September 11th, get involved, live united, and show support! This year the Volunteer Center and United Way of Southern Nevada are living united by sending our troops positive thoughts and wishes! They constantly work hard, devote selfless service on a daily basis and deserve appreciation.
On April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed legislation officially establishing September 11 as a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance. Join us in supporting this historic and forward-looking observance by participating in our Thoughts and Wishes for Our Troops event. Get your family, friends, and co-workers together and assemble cards/notes/letters for our troops! Then snap a photo of your group putting together these well wishes! Drop off your thoughts and wishes at United Way of Southern Nevada!
United Way of Southern Nevada
1660 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119
702-892-2300
Office Hours Monday—Friday 8:30AM—5:00PM
Donations must be received at United Way on or before
4PM on Monday, September 14, 2009
(Please do not seal cards in envelopes.)

For more information or to sponsor the shipping of these thoughts and wishes please contact Natalie Minev, AmeriCorps Vista, at 702-892-2384.
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Back to School Crew

August 25, 2009
On Saturday August 22, 2009 The City of North Las Vegas hosted a HUGE back to school fair at the CSN Cheyenne campus. And when I say HUGE, I mean HUGE. Two hours before the event there were already attendees lining up and an hour before the event, there were around 1,000 people waiting! We were told that 5 – 6 thousand people would be coming through the doors looking for information, immunizations, and goodies. I was skeptical… until the 1,000 person auditorium in which I was helping was packed full of people! Not to mention the thousands of other attendees in other buildings, auditoriums, and classrooms. The event offered services including dental, immunizations, Medicaid, foreclosure, and college planning. There were, what appeared to be, at least a hundred community organizations present giving out fabulous information and yummy treats! (My favorite). There were also many volunteer groups! I was so excited to see that companies, organizations, and even meet-up crews came together to help at this event.

(some Volunteers from Hope Court)
For the first part of the day I assisted Advanced Behavioral Care with the set up of their tables and distribution of information. Advanced Behavioral Care is an organization that aims to provide mental and physical health services to children and families.

ABC deserves a HUGE shout out for their impeccable planning, organization of materials, and amazing team. Every single employee was friendly and helpful. AND there were literally piles of snacks like doughnuts, croissants, banana loaf bread, sandwiches, and cookies for employees and volunteers! So you know how excited I was to be there! ABC passed out t-shirts, pamphlets, and treats to the attendees and I can honestly say I think they were the most popular table! Way to go team! For more info on Advanced Behavioral Care call 702-629-6000.

I was really shocked at how many people attended the event and I was also pleasantly surprised at the flow of things with such a large crowd. No event with 5,000 attendees can be seamless, but it was a great event and seeing THAT many of my neighbors receive information and assistance was a great way to spend my Saturday morning!

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Fantastic Fall Events

August 24, 2009

My first class of the semester was this morning and it got me thinking about the upcoming months. There is fabulous weather, my birthday, Halloween, and TONS of awesome opportunities to volunteer to look forward to! Even if I, or you, don’t volunteer at these events, they are sure to be a great time if you want to attend. Check out some special events below and if YOU hear of anything fun and fabulous – keep me posted!

On September 5th AND October 17th there will be a wine walk hosted by New Vista Community. They are a non-profit committed to providing the intellectually challenged of all ages with equal opportunities and support so they may experience life to the fullest. For more info click here.
On September 26th the Las Vegas Weimaraner Club & Rescue is hosting their third annual Weim & Wine. It’s a great event which raises funds to support the dog’s basic needs such as food, medical bills, and training. If you’re interested in volunteering for this event click here. If you’re interested in attending the event click here.
On Saturday October 3rd The American Cancer Society is having their “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” – this is benefiting a fantastic organization and will be a great way to spend a beautiful fall morning! A few of my co-workers, friends and family will be there too! For more info click here.
On Saturday October 3rd the March of Dimes is hosting their annual Signature Chef’s Special event. This event is always a blast and supports a great cause. They need outgoing, dedicated volunteers and also, have a great surprise in store for those who participate! Click here for more info.
On Saturday October 3rd the Foundation for Recovery is hosting a golf tournament. The Foundation for Recovery hosts programs and services for clients who struggle with varying addictions. (I volunteered at their art auction about a month ago – so much fun and very well organized!) Click here to find out more info on how YOU can help!
On Saturday October 3rd The American Diabetes Association is hosting “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes”. This event helps raise funds to support the mission of preventing and curing diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected. If you’d like to volunteer for this event, click here. For more info on participating, click here
On Saturday October 3rd the YMCA of Southern Nevada is hosting it’s 1st Annual Family Festival! Fun for everyone of all ages! It’s guaranteed to be a great time and not only do they want you to enjoy the festival, but you can volunteer for it! Click here to learn more.
Mark your calendars for Friday October 30th for the Easter Seals of Southern Nevada “Great Pumpkin Run”. This is a 5k unlike any other AND the first Great Pumpkin here in Las Vegas! Start at Cashman Center, head through a cemetery, and back to Cashman for a Halloween themed after party! For more info click here.
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Animal Adoptions!!!!

August 21, 2009

So today I met with The Animal Foundation and I found out some really cool upcoming events going on over there!

August 29Lucky Casino BBQ @ The Lied Animal Shelter 12 pm -4 pm ($60 adoptions on all animals!) This is a FABULOUS price and very hard to beat!
September 11 & 13 Adoption Event 10 am – 2pm Petsmart @ Lake Mead & Rainbow
September 12 Adoption Event 11 am – 2 pm The District @ Green Valley Ranch
September 12 & 19 Volunteer Orientation 11 am @ The Lied Animal Shelter
I learned that The Lied Animal Shelter is the largest, single regional no-kill shelter in the United States! Lied tops cities like Chicago, NYC and L.A. – where pet owners would have to travel to up to 10 different shelters just to find Fluffy or Fido. We have 3 shelters here in Las Vegas, but Lied is the only one with animal control officers who bring animals in rather than letting them roam the streets or wait to be turned in. Lied utilizes volunteers Monday – Sunday 11 am – 7 pm and emphasizes the consistency and commitment they see from many volunteers. Volunteers are needed for everything from paperwork to dog walking to playing with cats to animal intake. Being a huge animal advocate myself, I am amazed at what The Animal Foundation has done and continues to do within our community. Kudos to them! I’ll definitely be updating you all on my experiences with the shelter and I so look forward to the upcoming events!
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Graduation! (and a little bragging)

August 21, 2009
So on Wednesday August 19, 2009 my wonderful and fabulous AmeriCorps members and I graduated from our program! Such an exciting time and a huge accomplishment for us. Combined, over the past year, we served over 16,000 hours to our community! AND if that were to be converted into a dollar value it would be over $320, 000! Can you believe that?! I can not express in words my deep pride to be a part of such a spectacular team of individuals. Although I entered the program late, and will continue to serve for an additonal month, this experience has meant more to me than any other I’ve ever had. I’ve grown as a person, as a volunteer, and as a team member. My fellow AmeriCorps peeps have all been crucial players in that growth process. Above all else, the people I work with in the Volunteer Center have been AMAZING!!!! Which some of them already know, so I won’t list names and add to their egos ;] Check out the pics below of the Volunteer Center before the graduation (more to come soon!) and thanks again!