Archive for February, 2012

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Super Saturday Success, Part I

February 27, 2012

ImageThe first of two UWSN Super Saturday events was held at Doc Pearson Community Center on February 11.  Sponsored by Earn It Keep It Save It (EKS), this event utilized over 50 volunteer tax preparers and another 30 event volunteers who help participants navigate the process.  Over 80 individuals and families had their income taxes prepared for free.

The next Super Saturday will take place March 3 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas Lied Memorial Clubhouse. Households that make less than $50,000 per year are eligible to have their taxes prepared for free by IRS trained volunteers.  For more information on EKS and Super Saturday, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering for the next Super Saturday, click here.  If you are interested in volunteering to help set-up the event on March 2, click here.

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VISTA Spotlight: Man on a Mission

February 27, 2012

Image“To be a part of something greater than yourself helping others better their lives is in honor, especially helping those in the military community,” said brand new AmeriCorps VISTA Matt Haynes, a Las Vegas native and member of the Nevada National Guard.  With nine years in the military under his belt as well as two deployments overseas, Matt was the perfect candidate for the new position created by United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center:  Advocate for Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their Families.

Matt’s first order of business in his new office is building partnerships with other organizations that service this unique population.  After connections are made, projects, programs, and events will be created for the military community including a Resume Resource Workshop, a Women Veterans Symposium, and the ongoing Operation Homecoming.  Operation Homecoming is a joint effort with the USO of Las Vegas where returning service members are welcomed home from deployments with handmade signs, heartfelt cards, and many, many thanks.

Matt said, “During my VISTA term, my main goal is to help as many veterans, active duty military, and their families as possible, but also to give them the ability to empower themselves in the future.”  He added, “The military community needs a lot of help in today’s world.  If I can educate the public on their endeavors and help veterans turn their lives around, my mission has been accomplished.”

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Youth Volunteerism & Recognition Program: Deadline Approaching!

February 27, 2012
ImageNGAGE (Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience) was designed by UWSN’s Volunteer Center to encourage and recognize the incredible service work high school student are doing in their communities.  A ceremony honoring these outstanding volunteers will be held on May 2 at Fashion Show Mall.  To be considered for the program, students need to submit timesheets by April 1, 2012 outlining 100 service hours from June 1, 2011 onward.  For more information on the NGAGE program, click here.  To schedule a presentation at your school or community organization, contact TiegenK@uwsn.org.
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Mentor Across America

February 27, 2012

ImageThe theme is green for a very special 2012Read Across America campaign! The National Education Association’s year-round program focused on motivating children and teens to read is celebrating its thirteenth year on March 2, 2012.  Not only is this Dr. Suess’s birthday, it is also the release date of the animated film based on his book, The Lorax, which teaches children and adults alike about the power of conservation. Help young people retain this message and many others by becoming a mentor!

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Give a Little Bit

February 1, 2012

Don’t forget to observe Random Acts of Kindness Week February 13-19, 2012. This happy almost-holiday is brought to us by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, which since 1995 has aimed to inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others.

Visit www.randomactsofkindness.org for kindness ideas, inspirational stories, and more!

One of the greatest ways to embrace and participate in the pay-it-forward kindness concept is by becoming a mentor!  United Way of Southern Nevada has set a goal of recruiting 10,000 local volunteer mentors this year.  To browse our current list of mentoring opportunities, click here.
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Young Social Entrepreneur Awards

February 1, 2012
Do Something is a national nonprofit organization that inspires young people to believe that change is possible.  It trains, funds, and mobilizes youth leaders to measurably strengthen their communities.
The Do Something Award identifies exceptional young social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who have made a significant social impact.  The Grand Prize winner will receive a total of $100,000 towards his or her cause or organization.
The application deadline is March 1, 2012. Visit www.dosomething.org for more information.