Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’


Magical Forest Elves

December 19, 2012

Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” in Las Vegas like the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village!  United Way of Southern Nevada staff members volunteered at the forest’s daytime program, Cheyenne’s Magical Bus Tour, for low-income students last month, and had a blast!

The good news is that there is still plenty of time for you to help spread the joy of the season as a Magical Forest Elf!  Opportunity Village needs volunteers to help run forest from Dec. 25th- Jan. 6th.  Volunteers help keep kids and their families safe and help everyone enjoy the amusement rides, Santa’s gift cabin, and of course, the Magical Forest!

Grab some family members and friends and sign up to volunteer this holiday season!  Click here to see available dates and sign up.  Please note that volunteers must be 18 years or older.


Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match!

November 5, 2012

Are you an organization looking for volunteers this holiday season?  Let the United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center help you find your match!

Inquiries for holiday volunteer opportunities are pouring in to Volunteer Center and we want to connect businesses, community groups, and individuals with your organization’s holiday needs. Volunteers are looking for donation drives, ongoing projects, and one-time events.  Let’s LIVE UNITED this holiday season to help serve our community!

Download and submit an Opportunity Form to let us know what your volunteer needs are this holiday season: UWSNVol.Volunteer_Opportunities_Form

Volunteers– check out the Opportunity Calendar on the UWSN Volunteer Center website for updated volunteer opportunities!


Engaging Family Volunteers at the Holidays

August 23, 2011

The summer is almost over and before you know it the holiday season will be upon us.  It is not too early to be thinking about the volunteer opportunities your organization will have during this season. The holiday season has become a time when more and more families are creating the tradition of volunteering together. A recent Gallup survey indicated that more than a third of American households volunteer together as a part of family life. As volunteering together becomes a holiday tradition for many families, it is important to make sure your organization plans ahead and structures those holiday season opportunities to allow families to work together. The HandsOn Network has created a checklist for organizations that wish to provide these opportunities to family groups. The checklist found at goes over different aspects of a project and allows the organization to determine whether or not a specific project is family friendly. This tool can be a great resource and will help alleviate any potential pitfalls to family volunteering. 

As your organization makes plans for the holiday season, please make sure to let HandsOn Nevada know what your volunteer needs will be. We can post these opportunities weeks in advance so that individuals and families can plan ahead and your organization can be prepared. Please contact us if you would like more assistance in making a project or experience more family friendly.


Santa Claus WAS in Town! (Town Square that is…)

December 13, 2010

Looking at Town Square from the freeway, the sight appeared monotonous.  However, I already knew that wasn’t the case.  As my son, two friends who made the trek from California and I pulled into the parking lot, we saw a family, all of which were dressed as Santa Claus.  I turned around and saw another family, this one with a dog, all of whom were also dressed as Santa Claus.  We got out of our vehicle and raced to the congregation area to check in and retrieve our own Santa Claus costumes.  Ah, The Great Las Vegas Santa Run had finally arrived!

The Great Las Vegas Santa Run is an annual event hosted by Opportunity Village.  The event is simple.  You can either participate in a 5K run or a 1-mile walk.  Nothing strenuous, just a fun run.  Local bands entertained the crowd and Mayor Goodman offered words of praise to the organization and words of encouragement to the participants.  The Fox 5 News team was present to air from the event and kick the run itself off.

We chose to partake in the 5K course.  The course was simple; three 1-mile loops around Town Square wearing a Santa Claus costume.  As an added bonus, participants have the opportunity to register with the Guinness Book of World Records in an attempt to dethrone the Irish for the “largest gathering of Santa Claus” held since 2007.  Our Santa’s came in all sizes from adults to infant children.  The courses are also easy enough for children to be pushed along in strollers throughout the course.

Overall, the event was a great one.  Simply put, it’s a gathering of individuals in a fun, festive environment who are dedicated to helping change the lives of Opportunity Village’s clients.  The primary idea behind the event is to raise money and awareness for the programs offered by the not-for-profit organization.  Opportunity Village focuses their efforts on those with intellectual disabilities.  They provide vocational rehabilitation, social events, and employment services for thousands of clients annually while fulfilling the clients’ sense of belonging within the greater community.

~ Jason

If you’re interested in volunteering with Opportunity Village click HERE for a list of their available opportunities.

Also don’t miss out on Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest:

The Magical Forest is celebrating its 19th year of providing holiday joy to the Las Vegas community. More than 150,000 people visit the Forest every year, basking in the glow of more than three million lights on hundreds of decorated trees, riding the Forest Express passenger train, taking a spin on the Carousel and visiting with the Man in Red himself.

Click HERE for more details, directions and to see some pictures.  Bring your family and friends and check out this annual tradition.