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2014 Homeless Census

January 14, 2014

Be a part of a regional response to homelessness, by volunteering with the 2014 Homeless Census occurring on January 29th during the early morning hours.

This opportunity takes place from 1:00a.m.-6:00a.m. Volunteers will report to one of five deployment stations across the Las Vegas Valley by 1:00a.m.

Make sure you sign up for the correct deployment station area:

  • Downtown
  • Central
  • Northeast
  • West
  • Henderson

Training for volunteers will be on January 23rd at 8:30am and 6:00pm at the Clark County Chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

Click Here to Register to Volunteer

Since there are multiple locations for this opportunity, please note the opportunity title and the zipcode to select the area in which you’d like to serve.

Need assistance signing up as an individual or a team? Click here to access a tutorial.
The census is a point-in-time count performed to assess the number of homeless living in the region. An accurate count allows funders and service providers to determine the types and level of services needed.

Volunteers will travel into our census tracts and perform a visual count of our homeless population. Volunteers with cars and flashlights are needed. Training will be provided just prior to volunteering.

There are two volunteer duties: 1) Drivers (must have a car), who will drive around the census tract with a partner volunteer to gain accurate counts and 2) Walkers, who will walk in pairs through the census tract and perform a visual count.

Youth ages 14-17 may volunteer if accompanied by an adult.

View the Volunteer FAQs here.

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United Way of Southern Nevada’s BE THE CHANGE Opportunity of the Week!

December 19, 2012

Helping Ranch Hands (Saturday 12/27)

Be a gem for the Diamonds in the Rough Program at the White Horse Youth Ranch! Volunteers are needed to support the growth and confidence of underprivileged youth as they learn the techniques of horsemanship training.  You’ll help around the ranch by setting up and participating in pre-riding teambuilding activities, checking in kids and parents, and ensuring the property is clean and tidy.

 

Trendy Thrifters (Weekdays)

Volunteers are needed to help out in the NextStep thrift store. Volunteers will sort donations, and organize the store. This is a perfect opportunity for a family or a group to give back together.

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United Way of Southern Nevada’s BE THE CHANGE Opportunity of the Week!

December 4, 2012

Cheyenne’s Magical School Bus Tour Guides (T/W/Th throughout December)

Help give first and second graders from Clark County School District’s at-risk schools the chance to revel in the spirit of the holidays and take part in a disability awareness and anti-bullying program through Cheyenne’s Magical School Bus Tours at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forrest.
Volunteers will help with amusement rides, a mini golf course, food and beverage booths, visits with Santa, holiday entertainment, Santa’s gift cabin, and much more!

Suite Holidays with Junior Achievement (December 15th)

Volunteers will help guide guests to the secret locations of ultra exclusive high-roller suites at six luxury resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.  As an added bonus, volunteers will get to tour the suite where they are stationed.

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United Way of Southern Nevada’s BE THE CHANGE Opportunity of the Week!

November 28, 2012

Project Homeless Connect (December 6th)

Project Homeless Connect is a collaborative effort connecting homeless families and individuals to services they need to get off the streets and into housing and jobs. Volunteers are needed to help individuals navigate the event.

Stocking Stuffer (December 8th)

Join Olive Crest to stuff stockings and wrap donated gifts for their youth clients this holiday season.  You’ll have a ball and your efforts will help ensure these deserving youth enjoy the magic of this holiday season.

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Homelessness is a circumstance, not a choice

December 10, 2010

“I have a [college] degree, but so do thousands of others in this city. What I don’t have is a job; therefore, I don’t have income and now I don’t have a house.”

This is just one of the many stories I heard during the Project Homeless Connect event on November 10. Listening to this one client’s story helped me realize that I could be the next homeless person receiving services, rather than the next volunteer in line to escort this client to her destination to receive service. Walking around Cashman Center and seeing all of the businesses and organizations that came out to help was an overwhelming experience. There were quite a few services provided that day, including: dental, cosmetology, social services, free clothing, food, health… the list goes on and on.

I had the awesome pleasure of working with the volunteers, clients and service providers, so I was able to gain a much greater understanding and appreciation for the event and what inspired everyone to come out. Stories on how people became homeless, stories from volunteers regarding how they feel that they might be next because they have been unemployed for months and stories from service providers how this is a passion and why they are in the field they’re in, which is to help whoever they can, whenever they can.

My story… my volunteer experience started as a job requirement and quickly became a reality check. No one is untouchable. Homelessness is ignorant and blind. Homelessness does not know gender, age, ethnicity or heritage. However, homelessness is only someone’s situation, it is NOT who they are. Out of all the stories I heard, not once did I hear someone say they chose to be homeless. Homelessness is just a circumstance that happened to the hundreds of people served that day.

The overall volunteer experience was extremely worthwhile and I would encourage any and everyone to volunteer in some capacity. By doing something as small as donating one clothing item that you no longer wear to someone in need, spending time at nursing home or cleaning your neighborhood park, you are making a big difference in someone’s life.

A big thanks to our guest blogger Kalah who is also participating as an AmeriCorps VISTA member.  Kalah was a part of the Volunteer Center team checking in volunteers for the Project Homeless Connect event.  We hope she’ll share more of her experiences with us here so check back to see what new adventures are happening in southern Nevada!

If you are interested in sharing your time and talents in a way that can benefit the homeless click HERE to see the opportunities that are currently available.

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Preventing Homelessness Connect – Summer 2010

June 3, 2010

WHAT
ONE – DAY:
The biggest collaborative agency provider and community wide volunteer event in Southern Nevada.

ONE-STOP:
Where individuals and families get connected with the resources they need, from legal resources, to jobs, to   services, to housing. PHC Families and Prevention gives them the resources they need to overcome housing/economic barriers and increase sustainability.

WHEN & WHERE

DATE & TIME:
Tuesday, June 29, 2010; 8am – 4pm

WHERE:
Cox Pavilion

WHY:
We have over 13,000 homeless individuals and families at any given time in our community who need assistance. The number has increased due to the current economic situation, resulting from high rates of foreclosure and unemployment in Las Vegas and across the country today.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
600 volunteers are needed to help individuals and families in need get connected to the resources that are available.  Volunteers must be 18 or older to participate.  To volunteer click HERE to sign up.