Posts Tagged ‘Organization Profile’

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Miracle League of Las Vegas

October 20, 2011

This month our Featured Partner is Miracle League Las Vegas.  Volunteering with Miracle League is a unique and rewarding experience, as volunteers motivate and assist physically challenged participants in playing non-competitive baseball.  To learn how to get involved, click here.

There is nothing more heartwarming than to see children playing the game that is America’s pastime. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities, that opportunity isn’t always the easiest to achieve. Baseball diamonds are not exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind. The Miracle League of Las Vegas removes these barriers and allows these special athletes to experience the joy of playing baseball.  By using custom-designed, rubberized surface field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices, Miracle League teams avoid the obstacles that arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth facilities.

In addition to playing the game, Miracle League helps its participants make new friends, build self-esteem and enjoy being treated just like other kids. Miracle League uses a “buddy” system — pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The resultant bond is something that has to be seen to be believed.

The Miracle League of Las Vegas serves children ages 3 and up who live with any physical or intellectual disability. The program serves children from the entire Las Vegas Valley.  The players may not be able to run the bases or hit the ball as well as their healthy peers, but the dreams of baseball greatness now live at the Miracle League of Las Vegas.

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Featured Partner Organization – Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

September 14, 2011

Stephanie Lowrey, Volunteer Coordinator Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

As I settle into my role as the Volunteer Coordinator at Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, I am more enthusiastic than ever. My volunteers always give me such joy. I used to think that I was allowed to witness the growth of my volunteers but really they are the ones that inspire me to grow. There is an ugly truth that Nevada has one of the lowest volunteerism rates in the nation. I try to turn this into a positive statistic, as a way to challenge people to commit to a cause. HHOVV’s purpose is humbling; imagine working your entire life only to find yourself struggling in your retirement in need of food, companionship or transportation. Our volunteers whole-heartedly believe in bettering the life of a homebound senior. As we build our program, I feel lucky to be a part of an organization that is truly innovative. The Executive Director and staff are working hard to bring about progressive change and new diversification to HHOVV. It is exciting to be a part of this organization with its energy and growth. Every day, this agency has given me a sense of empowerment to challenge myself. I get to find creative ways to recruit, retain, and manage our volunteers. We have a great community here in Las Vegas, with the help of organizations such as Hands on Nevada, I get to witness the heart of it!