Archive for May, 2012

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2012 NGAGE Recognition Ceremony

May 3, 2012
On May 2 at Fashion Show, 93 students from 27 high schools were honored by United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center for serving their communities.  Combined, the participants volunteered over 12,000 hours between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012!  NGAGE (Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience) is a program designed by UWSN’s Volunteer Center to both encourage and recognize the outstanding service of high school students in their communities.  To register for the NGAGE program, click here.
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Spend Your Summer in Service

May 2, 2012
ImageUnited Way of Southern Nevada is currently recruiting three Summer Associate VISTAs who will serve from June 5 through August 13. These VISTAs will promote education and volunteerism in one of three southern Nevada non-profit organizations.

Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference and find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances.

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center is looking for an individual with a passion for volunteerism and education to help in the creation of a multi-tiered volunteer program that assists children in becoming more successful in school. To find out more about this opportunity, and to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/JK0ujR.

The Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF) is searching for a dedicated individual with a passion for education and the natural environment to help build relationships with schools, community groups, and local businesses. The VISTA will build capacity within OLVF by enhancing current programs, creating evaluations, and developing new systems of work. To find more about this opportunity, and to apply, please visithttp://bit.ly/Ip2rEL.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas is looking for a committed individual to help expand volunteer programs and build a strong foundation for increased volunteer engagement. This VISTA member will create new partnerships to further improve organizational community relations. To find more about this opportunity, and to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/Ip2f8q.

Potential VISTA applicants must:

– Fully complete an application on www.AmeriCorps.gov

– Be at least 18 years of age

– Agree to not have outside employment

Summer VISTA members will be eligible for:

– A living allowance of $2388 paid in installments every other week during service

– An educational award of $1174.60 paid at the end of the term that can be used to pay student loans, or for future education

– Training and professional development opportunities

If you have questions about these opportunities, please contact United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center at 892-2300 or email Robin Kelley (RobinK@uwsn.org) or Jacob Murdock (JacobM@uwsn.org).

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Self-Reporting Service Hours

May 2, 2012
Did you know you can now tell us where you’ve volunteered even if it was not an opportunity listed on the Volunteer Center website? It is easy to self-report your hours, just follow these steps:

1) Log on to your volunteer account at http://Volunteer.UWSN.org.  If you’ve not logged on for a while, your email address is your username. If you have forgotten your password, you can click “Forgot Password?” link in the login box.

2) Now that you are on your profile screen, click “Self Report Your Volunteer Service” on the left menu.

3) Select the organization you served. If the organization is not currently listed as a partner with UWSN’s Volunteer Center, you can click below the selection box to enter in the organization information.

4) Provide us with information about the name of the service (if there is not a specific name for the project, just tell us what you did, e.g. cleaned up the park). Let us know the date of the project, and then the start and end time as well as the area of service.

5) Submit the information to UWSN’s Volunteer Center. If the organization is a partner of UWSN’s Volunteer Center, they will be asked to verify your service. If they are not a partner, the organization can contact UWSN’s Volunteer Center to confirm your service.

6) Immediately after submitting the information, your hours total will be updated. All unverified hours will be noted under “Total Hours Served.” Verified hours will show up in “Verified Hours.” Once an organization has confirmed your service hours, those hours will show up as “Verified Hours.”

7) Recording all your service hours on UWSN’s Volunteer Center website will allow you to keep track of all volunteering, and be able to print out an official record when needed for a job application, resume or college application.

If you have any trouble self-reporting your hours, please contact UWSN’s Volunteer Center at 702-892-2300.

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Take Steps Against Digestive Diseases!

May 2, 2012
Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) hopes to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases.  Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is a fundraising event that celebrates the steps that have been taken towards a cure.  Click here to volunteer at Take Steps, and join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases!
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Calling All Writers!

May 2, 2012
Showcase your  talents by submitting volunteer-centered blog posts  to TiegenK@uwsn.org.  Posts should be about 2-5 paragraphs in length.  A guest blogger will be showcased every week, so keep the material coming!

Write about your first volunteer experience ever, or the time you were a Project Leader during a National Day of Service, or perhaps compile a list of pointers for perspective volunteers… It’s all blog material! Also, please include any photos associated with your story in the submission email as well.

Thank you for your volunteerism, dedication, enthusiasm, and (of course) your composition!

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NALC Food Drive

May 2, 2012

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive will be held nationally on Saturday, May 12.  Participate by leaving nonperishable food items next to your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up.  Each postal station is partnering with a local pantry for the drive.  The pantry partner will receive all donations picked up by their station’s carriers on May 12.

For the last few years, United Way of Southern Nevada has partnered with 34 local Albertsons stores to expand the reach of the drive.  This year, pantries have also been assigned to a store and will begin collecting donations there on Wednesday, May 2.  Assigned pantries will be able to collect donations through May 12, so please visit your local Albertsons store and donate!  The goal is 500,000 pounds of food, and every contribution is appreciated.