Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category


Fall into Fun!

October 10, 2012

Looking for some free family fun this weekend?  Look no further!  The Arthritis Foundation, Nevada Office, invites your entire family to join them for a day of fun and discovery at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum.  This event is open to all community members, and there is no cost for you to attend!  

Saturday, October 13th

12:00-3:00 pm

Lied Discovery Children’s Museum

833 Las Vegas Boulevard, North

Las Vegas, NV 89101

Please RSVP to Crystal from the Arthritis Foundation at 702-575-7669 or

See the flyer for this community event here: Free Family Fun

This event information comes from Tarman Aziz who is serving at the Arthritis Foundation, Nevada, as an AmeriCorps VISTA member.  Check back for his View from VISTA blog post about the great work the Arthritis Foundation does in Nevada!


Kids Count!

September 28, 2012

What’s better than teaching kids about volunteerism and getting them involved in the community?  Encouraging young volunteers to recruit adults to volunteer!  Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas is doing just that with their Project Learn and Applause programs.

Applause is a creative educational art program that involves the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas to create positive recognition billboards designed to act as outreach material that celebrates the volunteerism experienced by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. 

Club members will create their billboards during the program, Project Learn.  Project Learn introduces club members to varying forms of community service and serves as an educational program that seeks to increase members’ motivation to learn, improve their grades, and increase their ability to graduate from high school and attend post-secondary institutions.

As part of the collaboration, club members and current volunteers will discuss a particular aspect of volunteerism and illustrate their own experiences of volunteerism in their community and the outcomes it yields.  The artwork will be collected and displayed in each of the eight Las Vegas clubhouse locations.  A few illustrations will be enlarged and printed professionally to be displayed throughout the community in local businesses, schools, libraries and the Boys and Girls Clubhouses of Las Vegas and will serve as marketing and informational pieces to recruit potential volunteers interested in the tutoring and literacy programs inside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

You can find more information about the great work Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas is doing with their club members and find volunteer opportunities on our website.

This blog post is brought to you by one of United Way of Southern Nevada’s AmeriCorps VISTA members, Steven Nichols.  Steven is a Volunteer Coordinator at Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.


Setting Students Up For Success

September 19, 2012

Autumn in Las Vegas may not bring crisp, cool air and leaves changing color on the trees, but it does usher in the beginning of a new school year.  Each fall, thousands of students in Clark County School District head back to class, but many of them don’t have the tools they need to succeed.  As they headed back to school themselves, UNLV students saw an opportunity to serve five elementary schools through their Adopt-A-School programRebel Service Council, UNLV CSUN Student Government, United Way of Southern Nevada, and Findlay Toyota teamed up to sponsor a school supply drive and Stuff the Truck event.

With amazing support from the community, Stuff the Truck was a success and little Rebels around the valley are off to a great start this school year!

Some of the many donated supplies included:                  

Binders: 133                                  Folders: 454

Backpacks: 43                               Glue: 127 bottles

Calculators: 33                              Markers: 136 boxes

Colored Pencils: 19 boxes              Notebooks: 362

Crayons: 193 boxes                       Paper: 153 reams

Dividers: 118 sets                          Pencils: 350 boxes

File Folders: 100                             Pens: 169 packages

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Summer Family Friendly Volunteering

June 6, 2012

School is out and summer is upon us. The time is right to get the kids out of the house and spend some time volunteering. Here are a few ways to give back with your family this summer.

19 Kids & Counting
The Shade Tree
Thursday June 28th 8:00am-5:00pm
Ages 10 & up with parent

Count for the women, children and pet residents of The Shade Tree! The Shade Tree needs volunteers to assist with semi-annual inventory. Help us to count and track donation items. Please dress for casually and for comfort. Lunch will be provided.

Bottle Sorting
Clean the World Foundation
Every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday during the summer
9:00am & 12:00pm
Ages 8 and up with parent

Clean the World needs volunteers every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to help sort bottle amenities to recycle and reuse. An orientation will be provided and casual dress with no offensive language and an orientation is required. This opportunities is a perfect summer activity for teens. Families are also encouraged to participate.

Soup & a Smile
Las Vegas Catholic Worker
Two Saturdays a month during the summer
Ages 5 & up with parent

Brighten the day of an individual in need by serving breakfast with Catholic Worker. Volunteers will serve food to individuals, and have the opportunity to directly interact with the people they are serving.

To find other opportunities, visit United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center.


Youth Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

March 30, 2012

NGAGE (Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience) wrapped up its first year of service hour submissions on April 1, 2012. The program is open to all high school students in southern Nevada who participate in community service. A recognition ceremony for these participants will be held at Fashion Show in May.

For more information on the NGAGE program, click here.  To schedule a presentation at your school or community organization for the next year of service, please contact


Global Youth Service Day

March 5, 2012

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, GYSD is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

United Way of Southern Nevada is celebrating GYSD April 20-22, 2012 by sponsoring a “That’s How We Roll” Paper Drive.  Many needy families in the Las Vegas Valley visit UWSN’s partner agencies in search of food or clothing.  These families are also in dire need of paper products: toilet paper, diapers, paper towels, etc.

UWSN’s Volunteer Center is encouraging its network of high school volunteers to organize paper donation drives at their schools.  These students are part of the NGAGE program (Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience), which encourages volunteerism as well as recognizes high school students who give a minimum of 100 service hours per year.  If you would like more information on the NGAGE program, click here.

Does your organization utilize volunteers under the age of eighteen?  Do you have a project that would be perfect for this age group?  Or does your organization need the items collected during the “That’s How We Roll” Paper Drive?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, please contact the NGAGE Coordinator at


United Way of Southern Nevada Honors MLK Jr with ‘A Day ON, not a day OFF’

January 23, 2012

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center hosts thousands of service projects throughout the year. From soup kitchens to clothing drives and everything in between, Las Vegans have so many opportunities to give back. Of all the current projects available, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day beautification project at City Impact Center caught my attention.

For some, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is a free day from school or work. Most forget the actual purpose of the day. Martin Luther King Jr Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. It is reserved as a time for Americans from all walks of life to work side by side to strengthen and improve their communities.

More than 200 volunteers pitched in to continue Dr. King’s legacy of equality, justice and peace for all.  Children as young as five years old, UNLV students, Starbucks street teams and adults joined in the effort to celebrate the holiday by painting murals, cleaning apartments for senior citizens, landscaping the grounds and picking up trash around the campus at City Impact Center (950 E. Sahara Ave). I spoke to several volunteers to find out why it was important to serve on their day off and a single message resonated: to follow Dr. King’s footsteps by helping and serving others.



Helping the Community Go Back To School

August 22, 2011

On Saturday, August 20th, the City of North Las Vegas held their 13th Annual Community Back to School Health and Education Fair at the College of Southern Nevada-Cheyenne Campus. Thousands of participants starting arriving as early as 5:30 a.m. to register their school aged children for this amazing event. Once making their way through the line and receiving wristbands to pick up their new backpacks; which were donated from Wal Mart; they joined the crowds inside various CSN buildings. Numerous vendors such as Sam’s Club were on hand to give kids free haircuts, dental exams, eye exams, immunization shots, physicals and other services necessary to enroll in school! Not only were parents able to get these services at no cost, but vendors such as Lowe’s were on hand to do craft projects which the kids could enjoy on site or take home and build with their family at a later time. In addition to the necessities, a variety of businesses were on hand to make families aware of what great activities that Clark County has to offer. Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead Recreation Area and camps for children dealing with hardships were just a few of those distributing information. Finally, parents also had the opportunity to gather information to help their child grow at each stage of their life. From specific instructions on how to help their child succeed at each grade level, to problems they may encounter such as drugs and alcohol. Overall this day was an overwhelming success. Parents and kids were wearing huge smiles, drinking loads of water to stay cool, gathering tons of information and accomplishing everything necessary to enjoy that first day of school!


If you’d like to volunteer for other Back to School events or find other volunteer opportunities, visit the HandsOn Nevada Website at to find the right opportunity for you today!


Volunteering During High School Matters

August 16, 2011

Volunteering during High School Matters

High School is a time of socializing, learning, and exploring. These four years can have a great impact on the future lives of students. A great way to explore, learn and socialize is through volunteering. Volunteering allows students to explore different career fields, learn new skills and meet new people. It is easy to volunteer and there are opportunities throughout southern Nevada to participate in. There are also many other benefits of volunteering.

Studies show that students who are active while in high school make better grades, are less likely to be involved in negative behaviors, and are more likely to be successful later in life (The Case for High School Activities). Additionally, we know that colleges and universities look highly at meaningful volunteer experience during the admissions process. While it may not be as important as GPA or entrance exam scores, it is often the deciding factor between two students who have the same GPA and/or entrance exam score. This meaningful volunteer experience can also be added to the resume. Employers like to see diverse experiences and skills. Finally, volunteering fulfills needs in our community. Now more than ever our community is in need of individuals who volunteer their time and energy to make southern Nevada a better place.

Visit the HandsOn Nevada website at to find opportunities to make a difference, meet new people and to gain new skills. Also, be on the lookout for more opportunities for high school students to volunteer.