Posts Tagged ‘Clean the World’

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NGAGE Fall Service Project

November 2, 2012

What better way to spend a fall afternoon than to volunteer?  Just ask the high school students who participated in the NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience fall service project last week.  We had a great time teaming up with Clean the World Foundation and sorted two pallets of donated toiletries from local hotels that will be sanitized and recycled into hygiene kits that are distributed around the globe.  These high school volunteers are awesome workers!

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NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience is an initiative of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center that encourages and recognizes high school volunteerism.  Students from around Southern Nevada track their volunteer hours to be honored at our annual recognition ceremony in April.  Students who volunteer 100 hours each year receive special recognition, and seniors who complete 100 hours can earn a community service graduation cord.  For more information about NGAGE or to get involved, check out the Volunteer Center website or contact Blythe Cherney at blythec@uwsn.org.

 

 

 

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Corporate Partners Make a Difference

September 14, 2012

Las Vegas plays host to hundreds of conferences every year among the glitz and glam of the strip.  Amidst the meetings, sessions, and networking, some companies have made it a priority to expand their conferences to make a positive impact in the community outside Las Vegas Boulevard.  This last week, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) had the opportunity to work with two businesses that are making community service a priority.

Propak Cleans the World and Spreads the Word

Last Thursday, UWSN teamed up with Propak to work at two nonprofits making a big impact in Las Vegas and beyond: Clean the World and Spread the Word Nevada. 

At Clean the World, a team of 30 worked to separate pallets of discarded hotel toiletries in order to assemble hygiene kits that are distributed domestically and internationally to reduce waste and prevent hygiene-related illnesses.  The team worked up a sweat, separating eight enormous pallets of supplies!

The second group of Propak volunteers did some heavy lifting at Spread the Word Nevada.  Two pallets of books were sorted and counted.  They also cleaned and repaired books that will make their way into the hands of low-income children.  Some lucky volunteers also helped out in the preparation for Spread the Word’s upcoming fundraising gala.

Both groups made a huge impact in their afternoon of service and we were incredibly impressed with their teamwork and efficiency!

Advent Software Serves Students

 This Monday, UWSN headed down to the Bellagio, where Advent Software was holding their annual conference.  As a part of their exhibit hall, Advent incorporated a space for service.  Advent employees were lined up and ready to volunteer!  Hundreds of volunteers stepped up to assemble 2,000 dental hygiene kits.  Four local elementary schools serving a large population of low-income students were presented with 500 kits to distribute to their students.

The dedication of the Advent employees was clear and we know the impact of the dental hygiene kits will be felt long after they return to their offices around the world! 

UWSN would like to recognize the Propak and Advent employees who served this week and call out for other companies to think about incorporating service into their conferences.  As Advent and Propak found, there is time to work and enjoy this great city while giving back to the people who call it home.

You can find more information about how your business can partner with UWSN to get involved in the community on the UWSN Volunteer Center website.  Check out individual volunteer opportunities on the website, too!

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The Gist of Going Green (by Shae Hagen)

June 5, 2012

ImageWhat is going green? Recycling plastics and paper? Buying household products that are mindful of toxins? Spending more time connecting with nature and appreciating the great outdoors? While it could be composed of any of these, going green is simply this: a lifestyle. At the annual Green Fest on April 21, 2012 (a day shy of Earth Day), vendors from all walks of the green life came together as a community to share ideas and inspiration on environmental sustainability.

There are few better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than listening to a live band in which every instrument was constructed out of another item: construction buckets as drums, gently used cymbals (cracked, but still noisy), and different plastic parts fused together to make an electric guitar! Other events included a fashion show with stylish recyclables that were trendy and fun, and drawing contests for kids on their visions of a more sustainable world.  Also, I will never look at a garbage can the same way; there were trash bins transformed into beautiful canvases using their once discarded contents (junk turned to art).

The Kid’s Zone consisted of free coloring books from Republic Services on education for the three notable R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) as well as live music, face painting, recyclable collectibles, a picture with Smokey the Bear himself, and free snacks supported by the Local Farmer’s Market and Whole Foods. Having the pleasure to volunteer alongside Whole Foods, I saw the delight of kids obtaining apples, bananas, and organic graham crackers!

Besides entertainment, there was a wealth of information to be found among the vendors. Local Farmer’s Markets set up samples of their organic produce, the water district and Nevada Energy Star provided ways to be conservative, non-profit organizations collaborated to spread awareness, and many organizations who are turning to greener initiatives were found. If you are curious on ways to go green, this event is the perfect opportunity to network, learn, and grow.

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Clean the World

June 5, 2012
Clean the World has a two-part mission: (1) recycle soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry, and (2) distribute these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people.  To learn more about Clean the World and how you can help prevent the millions of deaths caused every day by hygiene-related illnesses, please visit www.cleantheworld.org.  To volunteer, click here.