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Welcome Our Newest Blogger!

August 5, 2010

We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our blog team Jason!  He brings some great experiences to our team and we can’t wait to hear about his adventures in volunteering.

Tell us about you?:  I am an 8-year veteran of the US Air Force who is now employed in the gaming industry as a network engineer for wide area progressive slot machines. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree from Park University in Information Systems Management and I’m currently a graduate student in the schools MBA distance learning program. I also have a 10-year-old son who attends the majority of volunteer opportunities with me.

How long have you been a part of the southern Nevada community?:  I moved to southern Nevada in December 2006 on orders from the Air Force. Upon my separation from active duty, I decided to make Las Vegas my permanent residence.

What types of volunteer opportunities have you participated in?:
  I have participated in roughly 6 volunteer opportunities over the past two months. My typical agency is the Las Vegas Catholic Workers Soupline program (which I found through your website!) and I have made it a habit to participate at least weekly.  I’m also not sure if this qualifies as a volunteer opportunity, but I typically find a fundraising or awareness distance run and participate in those. A few that I have completed are the Ronald McDonald House 5k, the Fight for a Cure 5k, and the LVPD DARE 5k.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?:
  What I enjoy most about volunteering is the gratitude of those who are helped. It really brings those who are fortunate back to reality so we can appreciate the small things that we regularly take for granted.

Where is your favorite place to eat in town?:
  I love food which makes it difficult to name one place. In my opinion, different restaurants excel at different dishes so it really depends on what I’m in the mood for and what I order. Overall, I think Pepe’s Tacos is one of the best places I’ve eaten here. 

What do you like most about the community?:  I like the closeness of the Southern Nevada community! In all honesty, when I initially received orders to come here, I wasn’t exactly thrilled because Las Vegas is displayed as a gambling, party city with crime levels to match. A few months later, I was gladly proven wrong. Every neighbor I’ve ever had has been awesome and the people I’ve met around town have been just as splendid! Anytime a helping hand was needed, I’ve seen people ready and willing to make a sacrifice for others.

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