Posts Tagged ‘Donation Drive’


Kids Serving Kids

April 26, 2013

WWYBT Affiliate Logo NVOn Wednesday, April 25th, the Symbolic Youth Networking Council (SYNC) of the Symbolic Art Center program at Becker Middle School completed a month long campaign focused on child hunger in Southern Nevada.  With their SYNC the Ship of Child Hunger project, SYNC collected 398 pounds of food that was donated to Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.  NPHY serves thousands of local youth annually who suffer from food and shelter insecurity.

Gina, a staff member at NPHY, had great things to say about SYNC’s efforts.  “The kids did a great job. It was the perfect amount of food to completely restock our food pantry. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as spring is when we start to go through a lot more food and get a lot less donated.”

SYNC students had the support of staff at Symbolic Art Center and United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center, but they are the true stars of the project.  We love seeing kids serving kids in our community!

This project was made possible by a GenerationOn mini-grant as part of their national “What Will You Bring to the Table?” initiative.  Thank you for helping us make an impact in our community, GenerationOn!


What Will You Bring to the Table?

April 10, 2013

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Did you know that 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger?  Nevada is no exception.  In fact, over 100,000 students in Clark County School District suffer from food insecurity, not knowing where their next meal will come from.

As part of GenerationOn’s national initiative to raise 1 million meals for kids, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center and Las Vegas nonprofit, Symbolic Art, have teamed up for an awareness campaign and food drive to benefit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY). The Symbolic Art Youth Networking Council (S.Y.N.C.) has designed, marketed, and coordinated a donation drive that is running for three weeks in April at their host school site, Becker Middle School.

The campaign started with a kick-off event during the students’ Spring Break Camp.  A representative from NPHY shared with the camp group about what child hunger looks like specifically in Southern Nevada.  After learning more about the problem in our community, students worked on a picnic table that will serve as a place to collect donations during their food drive and be given to the NPHY drop-in center, where it will continue to serve Las Vegas youth long after the donation drive is over.

Want to join the fight to end child hunger in Southern Nevada?  Email for more information about how you can help out in our community!



Stuff the Truck

August 30, 2012

Give your time. Give supplies. Give a child the tools to succeed! Through the collaborative efforts of UNLV’s Rebel Service Council, Adopt-A-School Program, CSUN Student Government, United Way of Southern Nevada, Findlay Toyota and others comes Stuff the Truck. Join us as we stuff FIVE Findlay Toyota trucks with donated school supplies. All supplies will go to the following sponsored schools: Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School, Dean Petersen Professional Development School, Oran K. Gragson Elementary School, Paradise Professional Development School, and Ruth Fyfe Empowerment Elementary School. Help a child succeed and excel in school by giving him/her the necessary school items!

School supplies include (but are not limited to):
– backpacks
– notebooks
– pencils/pens
– erasers
– markers
– crayons
– toiletries
– binders
– folders
– paper
– clothes (new to gently-used)
– undergarments (new and packaged)
– shoes
– Box Tops for Education
For questions, or to get involved as a volunteer for this event, please contact Rebel Service Council Youth Coordinator Alexis Villanueva at (702) 895-5609, or at more information about the UNLV School Supplies Drive, please visit:

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

June 5, 2012

ImageThe 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is a wrap.  A grand total of 404,028 pounds of food was collected this year!  Glenn Norton, president of the local NALC, said, “Thanks to United Way for all of your help, and all of our great agencies and their volunteers!  You guys are the best and we could not do it without you.”

The food drive has become a collaborative effort in southern Nevada with the partnership of the letter carriers, Albertson’s, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, ValPak, 22 local pantries, and United Way of Southern Nevada.  The collaboration has been highlighted by Albertson’s parent organization and was replicated this year in southern California.

For a video recap of the drive, click here.  To see how O’Roarke Elementary School students helped out this year, click here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this annual event, which supports our community pantries and the individuals and families they serve!


NALC Food Drive

May 2, 2012

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive will be held nationally on Saturday, May 12.  Participate by leaving nonperishable food items next to your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up.  Each postal station is partnering with a local pantry for the drive.  The pantry partner will receive all donations picked up by their station’s carriers on May 12.

For the last few years, United Way of Southern Nevada has partnered with 34 local Albertsons stores to expand the reach of the drive.  This year, pantries have also been assigned to a store and will begin collecting donations there on Wednesday, May 2.  Assigned pantries will be able to collect donations through May 12, so please visit your local Albertsons store and donate!  The goal is 500,000 pounds of food, and every contribution is appreciated.