Posts Tagged ‘Success Stories’

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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!

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Partnering Up to Make an Impact

April 15, 2013

This post comes from AmeriCorps VISTA member Steven Nichols, who is serving at Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas would like to extend a huge thank you to the Neon Museum & Outside Las Vegas Foundation for involving us in a tour and art workshop. Our Club kids had the opportunity to use their imaginations and create neon signs that would attract visitors to the natural resources and parks in the Las Vegas Valley. Everyone had a great time engaging with the museum and spending some time outside! Both the  Lied Memorial Clubhouse and our Downtown Clubhouse enjoyed their trip and would like to extend a thank you to our Boys & Girls Clubs volunteer and foster grandparent, Ms. Johann for working with us to coordinate this experience. The event was a great success, and an indication that there is an appetite for these types of community programs in the future!

Steven@NeonMuseum

 

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My Service Experiences

March 19, 2013

By Seelypon Phanthip JFAD 1

Service is a part of who I have become. Prior to going to college, I partook in community service projects in which a few of my high school clubs participated. I would help build a house, wrap presents for the holidays, tutor kids in math, or cleanup a wash to make a walking trail. I knew it was the “right” thing to do. However, it was not until I had the opportunity to be a part of the Social Action and Justice (SAAJ) Colloquium at Pepperdine University that I began to scratch the surface of what service truly is. Within SAAJ, I got a taste of what social justice entails. It opened my eyes to the different populations that need services and the vast variety of programs that could be offered.

PVC retreat

In addition to SAAJ, I spent all four of my college years taking part in an AmeriCorps program called Jumpstart, which works with early childhood education. With Jumpstart, I had the opportunity to learn about the need for quality education from a young age and how a simple program like Jumpstart could help bridge the education gap. Through Jumpstart, I gained a position in the Pepperdine Volunteer Center (PVC) staff as a Team Leader for Jumpstart. As a staff member, I was able to dig deeper in social justice and how it relates to the service that I was doing. I led groups on service projects and exposed them to nonprofits in the Greater Los Angeles area. I lead groups of college students in preschool classrooms to try to bridge the education gap. I traveled to Costa Rica to help build a multipurpose center, rebuild habitats for animals, and work with children in an orphanage. I spent time on Skid Row to experience one night as a homeless person. I could not imagine what kind of person I would be if I did not involve myself in all these service projects.

 

Costa Rica

Service is every experience you are giving to another person. As a VISTA, living on a stipend gives me an insight of those who have to endure the struggles of everyday life, paycheck to paycheck. It provides the motivation to make any project I am a part of better than it was before. Service comes in all forms; it is all about seeing every experience in a different light.

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Serving Our Community

January 22, 2013

Yesterday, hundreds of volunteers came out to serve the community for MLK Day of Service.  AmeriCorps members served in many ways– including canvassing neighborhoods with fire safety information with the American Red Cross, assisting in an art program at Boys and Girls Club, and cleaning up a local elementary school with UNLV volunteers.  We were happy to make the day off a day of service!

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MLK Day Parade

One Southern Nevada AmeriCorps VISTA, Seelypon, helped spread the word about important services that her site offers to the community.  Nevada Health Centers staff and volunteers participated in the 2013 Martin Luther King Parade held in Downtown Las Vegas on January 21st, 2013. NVHC’s Mammovan was present as the organization’s float in the parade while NVHC staff and volunteers held posters about the different services that it offers as well as passed out incentives and information about NVHC.

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Serving the Homeless in Southern Nevada

December 11, 2012

PHC LogoThousands of Southern Nevadans came together on Thursday, December 6th, to serve the community through the annual Project Homeless Connect.  The event was a remarkable demonstration of the power of collaboration!  Thank you to all who made this event a HUGE success!

Project Homeless Connect 2012:
Over 100 participating organizations and departments
Over 360 community volunteers
Over 400 booth volunteers
AND most importantly: Approximately 2,800 individuals served, including 239 families

You can get involved next year!!  Project Homeless Connect happens every year in November or early December.  Check back with the United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center in fall 2013 to sign up to be a part of this amazing event!

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Setting Students Up For Success

September 19, 2012

Autumn in Las Vegas may not bring crisp, cool air and leaves changing color on the trees, but it does usher in the beginning of a new school year.  Each fall, thousands of students in Clark County School District head back to class, but many of them don’t have the tools they need to succeed.  As they headed back to school themselves, UNLV students saw an opportunity to serve five elementary schools through their Adopt-A-School programRebel Service Council, UNLV CSUN Student Government, United Way of Southern Nevada, and Findlay Toyota teamed up to sponsor a school supply drive and Stuff the Truck event.

With amazing support from the community, Stuff the Truck was a success and little Rebels around the valley are off to a great start this school year!

Some of the many donated supplies included:                  

Binders: 133                                  Folders: 454

Backpacks: 43                               Glue: 127 bottles

Calculators: 33                              Markers: 136 boxes

Colored Pencils: 19 boxes              Notebooks: 362

Crayons: 193 boxes                       Paper: 153 reams

Dividers: 118 sets                          Pencils: 350 boxes

File Folders: 100                             Pens: 169 packages

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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!