Archive for July, 2012

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Moving Day!

July 6, 2012

ImageUnited Way of Southern Nevada is moving!  Our new headquarters will be at 5830 West Flamingo Road.

We hope this more centralized location, near the intersection of Flamingo Road and Jones Boulevard, will allow us to better serve our partner organizations as well as the rest of the community.

The move will occur at the end of July.

Please stay tuned to ww.uwsn.org for updates.

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Host a Partner Staff Technology Training

July 6, 2012
ImageWith our impending move, we are looking for hosts for our Technology Trainings during the months of July & August. If your organization has more than three staff members who would like to be trained on how to use the UWSN Volunteer Center Website and/or you are willing to have staff from other organizations attend, we are more than happy to bring this Technology Training to you. The trainings are two hours long, and we need a room with seating for 10, a computer, and projector. If you would like to host a training, please contact Jacob at JacobM@uwsn.org or 892-2321.
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Call for National Day of Service Projects

July 6, 2012
ImageThough summer just recently arrived, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center would like to get its fall calendar together as soon as possible.  Each autumn, the Volunteer Center plans large scale volunteer projects for 9/11 Day of Remembrance and for Make a Difference Day.

The theme for Make a Difference Day 2012 is “24 Hours of Service in a 24 Hour Town”!  To truly embody this theme, we need volunteer projects which occur every hour of the day and night on October 27.  Projects can be done on-site, at home, outside, etc. and can involve large groups, small groups, or just a few individuals. The more opportunities and the more varied their times, the better!

If your organization would like to plan a volunteer event with the Volunteer Center for either one of these service days, please contact Robin Kelley at RobinK@uwsn.org.  If you already have an event planned, please contact Jacob Murdock at JacobM@uwsn.org so that we can get your opportunity posted as soon as possible!  We look forward to partnering with you this fall!

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VISTA Host Sites Announced!

July 6, 2012
ImageUnited Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center is pleased to announce the results of the AmeriCorps VISTA host site selection process for the 2012-2013 term of service!

A new grant has allowed us to host four summer associates and 15 full-term members, who will start on June 5 and August 13, respectively.  More than twenty-five organizations submitted requests for VISTA members.  The following organizations have been notified that their organization will host a member this next term:

The Arthritis Foundation

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas

Child Focus / St. Jude’s Ranch

Clark County School District

Goodwill of Southern Nevada

Nevada Health Centers

Nevada Partners

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

Outside Las Vegas Foundation

The Salvation Army

United Way of Southern Nevada

West Care

UWSN will also host the VISTA Team Leader. Congratulations to all the 2012-2013 AmeriCorps VISTA host sites! For more information on the AmeriCorps VISTA program, click here.

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Using Social Media to Your Advantage

July 6, 2012
It seems like every day there is a new social media platform that claims to help non-profits reach new volunteers, donors, or supporters. Instead of scouring the internet for the latest tech news, we’ve put together a list of three must read articles about social media for our partners.

If your organization has not been using social media, or is just starting out, Laura Howe from the American National Red Cross explains the basics of social media in Setting Yourself Up for Social Media Success from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

One of the hottest and newest social media platforms is Pinterest. Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board of ideas, pictures and thoughts that other individuals and organizations have collected from around the web. NetSquared, an initiative of TechSoup presents 4 Ways to Use Pinterest to Encourage Corporate Volunteerism

Learning the newest technology can feel a lot like learning a foreign language. The Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog breaks it down in the articleSocial Media for Social Good: Your Nonprofit Checklist. This article lays out a clear plan and covers a variety of different social media components.

As with any technological advance, an organization should determine its needs in regards to social media. It can become a great benefit to an organization, or a waste of time and resources.

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School is Out for Service

July 6, 2012
ImageOn May 2, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center partnered with the School-Community Partnership Office to honor Clark County’s most dedicated high school volunteers at the 2012 NGAGE (Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience) Ceremony. Ninety-three students from 27 high schools were recognized for giving over 12,000 hours of service to their communities!  The event was held on the runway at Fashion Show, and Dana Roselli of 8 News Now served at the Master of Ceremonies.  Both Fashion Show and 8 News Now are dedicated supporters of the NGAGE program.

The 2011-2012 school year officially ended on June 7, bestowing the students of southern Nevada with more time to volunteer. NGAGE participants have been encouraged to do the bulk of their service hours during the summer, so if your organization has projects coming up that are good for or geared toward teen volunteers, please contact Tiegen Kosiak at TiegenK@uwsn.org or 702-892-2318.

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VISTA Spotlight: Continuum of Care

July 6, 2012

“I became a VISTA because I wanted to gain some hands on experience,” said Divya Narala, who moved to Las Vegas in January 2012 to serve at the Clark County Regional Initiatives Office (RIO). A recent and very proud graduate of University Nevada, Reno, Divya thought the VISTA program would be “an excellent opportunity to dive right into the workforce.” And she was right!

Her small six-person office is the primary convener of all homeless provider agencies in southern Nevada. The RIO deals mostly with the Continuum of Care process, meaning they collaborate closely with agencies to ensure a complete system of care is provided to homeless individuals. They conduct the Homeless Census Count every other year, and coordinate Project Homeless Connect, an annual event where over 100 agencies come together to serve over 3000 homeless individuals in just one day.

The RIO recently wrapped up Registry Week, their contribution to the national 100,000 Homes Campaign, which is striving to (as its name suggests) find 100,000 permanent homes for the most chronic and vulnerable homeless individuals and families. As a partner in this initiative, the RIO coordinated and trained over 150 community volunteers who canvassed the streets for two days to identify homeless individuals. 312 surveys were conducted, and 108 of those individuals were identified as chronic and vulnerable, meaning they may not last much longer on the streets. RIO-supported outreach teams will work closely with those individuals to provide strategic intervention and assistance.

“It’s rewarding to say that we truly are making a huge impact in the way the whole system of care is provided to our targeted population,” Divya said, and we couldn’t agree with her more!