Archive for March, 2010

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Councilman Ricki Barlow at Western High School

March 30, 2010

Please welcome our newest volunteer blogger Brandon!  He is an AmeriCorps member and will be contributing his experiences to our blog.  We hope you enjoy hearing more about what AmeriCorps is doing in our community.  Check out his first article and let us know what you think.

Last Friday, I had the great pleasure of bringing another elected official to speak with the group of kids I work with as part of my AmeriCorps service at Western High School. Councilman Ricki Barlow was very dynamic as he used his time with the kids to take them along for the ride through his anecdotal journey to success. The speech was powerful in that it illustrated that a child can go from having a proverbial chip on their shoulder and really not believing that they can make a significant impact to becoming an elected official.

The speech was also very poignant in how it demonstrated that all a child needs is one person to truly believe in them to make a dramatic shift in their lives, however this belief is not a one way transaction, the individual who is on the receiving end must also have the initiative to build up upon the opportunities which are given to him or her.

It has been a pleasure to see a handful of the students I work with take the time to utilize and take advantage of the opportunities which have come before them, and it has been a defining moment in my life that I have been able to do so as part of AmeriCorps.

To find out more about the AmeriCorps program click HERE.  If you are an AmeriCorps member or AmeriCorps Alumn become a fan of our AmeriCorps Facebook page HERE.  Want to know what AmeriCorps members are doing in southern Nevada click HERE.

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Random Acts of Kindness – Helping a Neighbor in Need

March 10, 2010

Today’s Random Acts of Kindness Story:

My neighbor just recently had her third baby and was feeling very overwhelmed, so I took her kids for a couple of hours so she could workout and have some alone time. It felt good to make her feel good!

Remember acts of kindness don’t need to be big or cost money.  Sometimes it’s the most simple things that can truly make someones day.  Check out this list of ideas from the Acts of Kindness Foundation.  Their website also has ideas and inspiration so you can share acts of kindness all year long.

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“Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” programs ends.

March 10, 2010
Red Rock n' Roll Project On Tuesday, March 9, it was announced that an astounding one million people are making an impact on their local communities by volunteering through the “Give A Day. Get A Disney Day.” program. The goal of inspiring one million people to serve was reached in less than ten weeks time. Thank you for your tremendous spirit, dedication and passion for civic change, and for helping make this program such an overwhelming success. 

Volunteers who previously completed the sign-up process at DisneyParks.com and are signed up to volunteer during the next 60 days will still be able to complete their service and receive a ticket to a Disney theme park.

Thanks to all of you who participated! And to those of you new to our website — welcome! You’ll be able to continue to search and sign up for volunteer opportunities here year-round. Just use the same email address and password you used on the Disney site. If you’re new to our website check out our FAQ page to get some helpful tips on using our website.

We appreciate all that volunteers have shared with organizations in southern Nevada.  If you have a Disney “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” success story we want to hear it! Share your stories and pictures on our Facebook page or by emailing HeatherM@uwsn.org.  You could be featured in our newsletter, on our website or through our social media networks!

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Random Acts of Kindness – Say YES to mentoring!

March 9, 2010

Today’s Random Act of Kindness Story:

I mentor high school girls in a pilot program called Yes, Inc.  It stands for Young Entrepreneurial Students and teaches kids to be more professional.  Some of the activities I participate and help with include; mentoring, job shadowing and mock job interviews.  The girls are very appreciative and get wonderful life experiences!

For ways to get involved with mentoring in the community click HERE.

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Random Acts of Kindness – Give a pint, save a life.

March 8, 2010

Today’s Random Act of Kindness Story:

For the past 3 years I have donated blood, at least 3 times per year, at various blood drives hoping to help others in their time of need.  I know how valuable a pint can be, especially my rare type of blood so I give it freely.

Many others reported that for their act of kindness they donated blood or platelets.  Did you know that 50 minutes spent donating blood can save 3 lives?  Yep every donation counts!  To volunteer with United Blood Services click HERE or visit their website to find out how you can donate blood.

If you’re on Facebook become a fan of United Blood Services – Las Vegas HERE.

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Random Acts of Kindness – Soles 4 Souls

March 5, 2010

Today’s Random Act of Kindness story:

I’m a teacher at Desert Oasis High School, and one of my students gave me the idea of collecting used shoes to give to a local shoe store participating in a Soles 4 Souls shoe drive. The shoes will be sent to survivors of Haiti’s earthquake. My classroom and car became shoe-donation centers. I’ve made two trips to the shoe store, and more shoes are in my car waiting to be dropped off (no thanks, I don’t want more shoes ;). In all, about 150 extra pairs of Las Vegas shoes will head to Haiti because of the kindness and generosity of my DOHS students!

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Random Acts of Kindness – Students Helping Haiti

March 4, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness week produced many great stories that we will be sharing through our social networking outlets.  Be a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or follow our blog for different stories of how volunteers are helping make our community great!

Today’s story:

I teach fifth grade in a local public school.  Even though my students don’t have much, I encouraged them to try to donate $1 each to the earthquake victims in Haiti.  In a class of 22, my students raised $100, which I donated to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.  I myself wrote a $25 check to the Red Cross and am so proud of my students’ sympathy.

For opportunities to volunteer with the American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter click HERE.