Archive for February, 2013

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Teen Volunteer Recognition- Deadline April 1st!

February 28, 2013

NGAGE is a program designed to encourage and recognize volunteerism among Clark County high school students.

As part of United Way of Southern Nevada’s NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience program, Clark County teens will be recognized for their outstanding service to the community through volunteerism this April.  High school students from around Clark County who regularly volunteer in their community are encouraged to be a part of this recognition program.  Students who have volunteered 100 hours or more between April 2012-March 2013 will receive special recognition at the annual recognition celebration at The Fashion Show mall on April 18th.  Graduating seniors will earn a special community service graduation cord.

Check out information about NGAGE on 8 News Now’s Community Pride website.

Do you know a teen volunteer who deserves recognition for their contributions to the community?  Encourage them to sign up for NGAGE!  The deadline to submit volunteer hours for this year is APRIL 1st at 5pm.  To sign up for NGAGE and download the timesheet, click here.  

Questions?  Email Blythe at United Way of Southern Nevada.

NGAGE is sponsored by United Way of Southern Nevada; Clark County School District; 8 News Now and their Community Pride Partners:  NV EnergyFindlay Automotive Group and Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez; and The Fashion Show mall.

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Celebrate Read Across America Day!

February 22, 2013

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Next Friday, March 1st, is Read Across America Day and there are many ways to share the love of reading with youth in the Las Vegas Valley!  Check out these opportunities:

“Seussical” Ooblick  with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas at First Friday

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas volunteer program presents a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration activity and informational booth for First Friday of Las Vegas. The booth’s purpose is to educate the community on ways to become involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas as well as be introduced to our arts program. During the First Friday activity families and volunteers will have the ability to create Ooblick in a very “Seussical” science activity, as well as hosting a corner area where volunteers and children will be encouraged to read the stories of Dr.Seuss with a microphone in honor of his birthday month.  Come out and participate in the event at 7:00 pm in the Kids’ Corner First Friday pavilion.

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Reading Week Readers at M.J. Christensen Elementary School

Celebrate Reading Week by volunteering at M.J. Christensen Elementary School as a guest reader!  Take a break from your day to volunteer for a 30 minute interval between 9:00-3:00pm during the week.  In those 30 minutes, you’ll help further lifelong learning and the enjoyment of reading with a classroom of students.  Volunteers will read to children in their classes and help count reading tickets.  Click here to see availability and sign up!

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Earn it, Keep it, Save it!

February 20, 2013

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If your household income was less than $51,000 last year, you may be missing out on thousands of dollars in tax credits.  In the last two years, United Way of Southern Nevada has prepared over 11,500 returns, bringing back over $15 Million in returns to the community.  IRS certified and trained “Earn It, Keep It, Save It” volunteers will prepare your tax return for FREE, helping you maximize your refund!

Want to get involved?  There are also opportunities to volunteer as event support for these two SUPER SATURDAY tax preparation events this spring!  Click here to see the shifts and sign up as a volunteer for this great community effort!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

HopeLink

178 Westminster Way, Henderson, Nevada 89015

 Saturday, March 16, 2013

9:00 am-5:00 pm (*Individuals must be in line by 4:15pm)

Heinrich YMCA

4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107 (Across from the Meadows Mall between S. Decatur Blvd. and S. Valley View. Blvd.)

 

If you are JOINT FILING, BOTH parties MUST BE PRESENT.

Make sure you bring:

  • Valid identification (Valid Driver’s License or photo identification)
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification cards for you, your spouse, and your dependents
  • All 2012 W-2 and 1099 forms you received
  • Daycare payment records
  • Optional: voided check for direct deposit
  • Any other tax documents that you will need

If you want to take advantage of this service, but can’t make it to a Super Saturday event, check out the many locations that offer this program during the week:  CLICK HERE.

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Random Acts of Kindness — Be Kind to the Environment

February 14, 2013

 

  • Make an effort to separate your recyclingImage
  • Use a reusable bag when you go to the store
  • Take extra plastic bags to the store for recycling
  • Pick up litter when you see it
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Shop at a community garden.

 

“One cannot give up hope; incredible things do happen, and no one can know what the final contributing factor might be . . . No one can predict when that critical point will be reached when one additional grain can be the final agent that will cause an enormous shift. Each person, group or organization working towards a different world may seem powerless and insignificant, but all of them can add up to a force that can become irresistible.”  

– David Suzuki

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Random Acts of Kindness– Say Something Nice

February 13, 2013

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  • Give sincere compliments
  • Compliment the person, not their possessions (you have a great sense of style vs nice outfit)
  • Praise the cook
  • Praise a co-worker’s job performance
  • Send a thank you card to someone who made a difference to you

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”   -Mother Teresa

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Random Acts of Kindness– Be Kind to a Stranger

February 12, 2013
Leave a dollar and a note on a vending machine.

Leave a dollar and a note on a vending machine.

It’s Day 2 of Random Acts of Kindness Week!   Here are some ways that you can be kind to someone you don’t know:

  • Take flowers or treats to someone in a nursing home who doesn’t get many visitors
  • Pay the tab for the person behind you
  • Leave a thank you note for your mail carrier
  • Return a cart in the parking lot
  • Let someone merge in traffic

“A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward” — William John Bennet

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 7, 2013

Valentine’s Day is one week from today, but it’s not the only reason to celebrate love.  Next week is Random Acts of Kindness Week!  As you go into the weekend, think about planning ways of spreading kindness and love to your community.  Here are some ideas from the Points of Light blog to get you started.  Find even more ideas on the United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center website: click here.

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Maybe you like Valentine’s Day, maybe you don’t. Regardless- here are certain acts of kindness/social good activities you can partake in your daily life to spread love to your community…

1. Plan ahead and mail fun Valentine’s Day cards to your friends, neighbors, or strangers (email ecards are second best). If you don’t like Valentine’s Day, just send a nice letter and become a pen pal.

2. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in ages. Reconnect.

3. Recognize someone who’s been a “point of light” in your life. Nominate them for a Daily Point of Light Award.

4. Be a visitor and reach out to the local animal shelter, children’s hospital, or nursing home.

5. Wash your car and go out of your way to wash your neighbor’s.

6. Donate food or time to the local food bank.

7. Teach someone something new.

9. Make and send care packages to service men and women overseas.

10. Set up a carpool with your neighborhood families for afterschool activities.

11. Plant flowers instead of giving cut flowers.

12. Pay for the person’s cup of coffee behind you in line.

13. Cook a meal for co-workers or friends, host a Sunday Supper.

14. Give up your seat on the bus or train to someone who looks like they need it more than you.

We don’t doubt that by doing one of these things, you could be making someone’s day.