Posts Tagged ‘National Day of Service’

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Celebrate Family Volunteer Day!

November 16, 2012

Grab your family members and make a difference this Saturday! November 17th is Family Volunteer Day! Family volunteering encourages the members of a family to volunteer as a unit. It can be done by the whole family together, by one parent and one child or teen, or with extended family such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It can be as simple as creating cards for children in the hospital or as complex as bonding hundreds of families together in a day of service at a community park. However families choose to do it, families engaged in service can help mobilize thousands of new volunteers and instill in the next generation a lifelong commitment to volunteering.

Need some help getting started? Check out the GenerationOn website for ideas and resources: www.generationon.org and go to the United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center website to find volunteer opportunities in our community!

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Make a Difference Day

October 22, 2012

Transplants and tourists alike quickly find out what all Southern Nevadans already know: We are a 24 hour town. Gas stations, casinos, supermarkets, and more are all open around the clock to serve the needs of our diverse community. On October 27th, 2012, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center and their partners are celebrating Make a Difference Day by embracing the non-stop energy of Southern Nevada with “Service 24,” an around-the-clock series of volunteer projects designed to engage all Southern Nevadans from all walks of life.  Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of community service, in which millions of volunteers around the country unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

We are excited to partner with Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Spread the Word Nevada, White Horse Youth (WHY) Ranch, Toys 4 Smiles, Next Step Ministries, Get Outdoors Nevada, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Clean The World, Foreclosed Upon Pets, The Lili Claire Foundation, and many more organizations serving Southern Nevada.

Find a project and sign up!  Projects in our community can be found on the Opportunity Calendar on the UWSN’s Volunteer Center website. 

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Honor First Responders!

August 30, 2012
September 11 is right around the corner, giving us all an opportunity to reflect and remember.  This year, the Volunteer Center is coordinating an opportunity for individuals, groups, families, and classrooms to thank a first responder.

Our project is simple.  We are asking participants to write a simple thank you.  We have sample messages (below) for those of you who might need a little nudge to get started, and we have information on where to find your local fire or police station.

Sample messages include:

  • Thank you for making our community a safer place to live.
  • Thanks for protecting our community.
  • Thank you for caring for our community.
  • Thank you for your discipline, honor and bravery every day.
  • Thank you for making our community a better place to live.

Ideas for work places/groups:

  • Create thank you cards or bake cookies for your local first responders.
  • Find your nearest fire station/police station and deliver lunch.
  • Volunteer to make dinner for your local fire/police station.
  • Spend your lunch hour writing thank you notes
  • Post a thank you message and picture on your company website

To find your nearest police station or firehouse:

North Las Vegas PD: http://bit.ly/OrPgnK

Las Vegas Metro PD: http://bit.ly/JxOZyk

Henderson PD: http://bit.ly/O3L9xo

Clark County FD: http://bit.ly/RsTGxo

Las Vegas FD: http://bit.ly/SSgDeU

North Las Vegas FD: http://bit.ly/OrRR0M

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Call for National Day of Service Projects

July 6, 2012
ImageThough summer just recently arrived, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center would like to get its fall calendar together as soon as possible.  Each autumn, the Volunteer Center plans large scale volunteer projects for 9/11 Day of Remembrance and for Make a Difference Day.

The theme for Make a Difference Day 2012 is “24 Hours of Service in a 24 Hour Town”!  To truly embody this theme, we need volunteer projects which occur every hour of the day and night on October 27.  Projects can be done on-site, at home, outside, etc. and can involve large groups, small groups, or just a few individuals. The more opportunities and the more varied their times, the better!

If your organization would like to plan a volunteer event with the Volunteer Center for either one of these service days, please contact Robin Kelley at RobinK@uwsn.org.  If you already have an event planned, please contact Jacob Murdock at JacobM@uwsn.org so that we can get your opportunity posted as soon as possible!  We look forward to partnering with you this fall!

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National Volunteer Week: 8 Days of Service

March 9, 2012

National Volunteer Week encourages people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  This year United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center is celebrating National Volunteer Week by sponsoring eight days of service.  Each day features volunteer opportunities that revolve around a different social cause. Volunteers can choose their preferred impact area and sign up for an opportunity that is just right for them:

Sunday, April 15  – Health

Monday, April 16 – Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, April 17 – Hunger & Homelessness

Wednesday, April 18 – Youth & Education

Thursday, April 19 – Potpourri

Friday, April 20 – Arts & Culture

Saturday, April 21 – Environment

Sunday, April 22 – Animals

Partnering agencies are asked to provide awareness about the importance of volunteerism and services offered in Southern Nevada. In addition to receiving new volunteers and advocates, partners will also gain media exposure and public relations surrounding the event.

To be a part of National Volunteer week, contact Beth Greco at BethG@uwsn.org.

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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 TiegenK@uwsn.org.