Archive for January, 2013

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View from VISTA: Alexis at United Way of Southern Nevada– Immediate Needs

January 25, 2013

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I have to admit, I was extremely envious of the VISTAs I met during Pre-Service Orientation that were relocating for their terms. I was jealous of the new people they would meet, the new community they would call home, and the new places they would see. I wasn’t born in Las Vegas but I have lived here for the majority of my life.  Little did I know that my VISTA term in my hometown would give me all of those experiences and so much more. My coworkers at the United Way of Southern Nevada welcomed me in with open arms and it wasn’t long until I was able to witness a new side of Las Vegas that I had never before been exposed to.

I have been able to meet individuals that are driven by their passion to leave a positive impact on our community because of my VISTA position. One of the greatest lessons I have learned in my VISTA term is that I did not need to relocate to experience a new community, meet new people, and see new things. In all my years growing up in Las Vegas I had never witnessed such a generous and caring side of our community. I am so happy that I made the decision to become an AmeriCorps VISTA in Las Vegas because it has given me a new sense of pride for my community!

This is the eighth in a series profiling the 15 AmeriCorps VISTAs serving in Southern Nevada during the 2012-13 year.  For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA and national service opportunities in Southern Nevada, click here.

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Serving Our Community

January 22, 2013

Yesterday, hundreds of volunteers came out to serve the community for MLK Day of Service.  AmeriCorps members served in many ways– including canvassing neighborhoods with fire safety information with the American Red Cross, assisting in an art program at Boys and Girls Club, and cleaning up a local elementary school with UNLV volunteers.  We were happy to make the day off a day of service!

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MLK Day Parade

One Southern Nevada AmeriCorps VISTA, Seelypon, helped spread the word about important services that her site offers to the community.  Nevada Health Centers staff and volunteers participated in the 2013 Martin Luther King Parade held in Downtown Las Vegas on January 21st, 2013. NVHC’s Mammovan was present as the organization’s float in the parade while NVHC staff and volunteers held posters about the different services that it offers as well as passed out incentives and information about NVHC.

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MLK Day of Service

January 17, 2013

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is a National Day of Service, and a time to re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities. On MLK Day, Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the MLK Day of Service will include thousands of projects spread across all 50 states. As a CNCS grantee United Way of Southern Nevada is proud to work with CNCS to honor Dr. King by creating opportunities to serve on MLK Day and throughout the year.
mlk_Day of Service LogoThe MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. National Days of Service provide each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.

AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps VISTA members in Southern Nevada will serve with the American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter to canvass the four neighborhoods in our community who report the most house fires to distribute fire safety tips and educate residents on fire prevention.  The goal of the event is to educate residents about the danger of home fires to minimize accidents and save lives.  Please feel free to sign up and join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering on MLK Day, you can find the American Red Cross opportunity and others on the Volunteer Center website. 

You can find opportunities to serve throughout the year on the United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center website through the Opportunity Calendar and Opportunity Search. Instead of taking a day off on January 21st, join volunteers around the nation to make it a DAY ON!

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2013 Southern Nevada Homeless Census

January 8, 2013

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Ring in the New Year by volunteering with Help Hope Home and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s 2013 Southern Nevada Homeless Census on January 24th or January 25th!  Work during the day?  No problem!  This volunteer opportunity takes place in the early hours of the morning, with volunteers reporting to their deployment station at 1:00 a.m. for the urban census on the 24th and 4:30a.m. for the rural census on the 25th.  The census is a point-in-time count performed to assess the number of people experiencing homelessness in the region. An accurate count allows funders and service providers to determine the types and level of services needed.

You can learn more about this opportunity from the 2013 Census Volunteer FAQs.

Sign up to volunteer on the Volunteer Center website.   CLICK HERE

Need help signing up?  Check out this tutorial.