Posts Tagged ‘Volunteer Center’

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Now Hiring! Summer AmeriCorps Opportunities

May 3, 2013

Looking for a great way to give back this summer?  Look no further!  United Way of Southern Nevada has just posted a number of exciting AmeriCorps positions with four local nonprofits that will give you the opportunity to make a big difference this summer.  These national service positions are volunteer-based, but each offers a living stipend and education award that can be used toward future educational expenses or paying back student loans.

Check out these fantastic opportunities and click on the link to apply for any/all of the opportunities that are of interest.

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AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

Outside Las Vegas Foundation – For many years, Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF) facilitated the development of open space & trails resources. OLVF is now focusing on connecting the community, with an emphasis on children & families in less advantaged communities, to these resources. As a result, OLVF is expanding into several program areas that will need a variety of capacity building & organizational assistance. The OLVF believes that building connections to southern Nevada’s outdoor places contributes to strong community ties, better familial bonds, & increased economic vitality. OLVF provides new opportunities, inspirations & goals for children & families through outdoor experiences either by educational experiences including supplementing curriculum, stewardship & civic engagement events, or by focusing on health & fitness improvement. These experiences directly benefit young people by improving physical & mental health and have been shown to improve scholastic achievements. The Summer VISTA Member will be involved in the educational efforts of OLVF. For more information and to apply visit: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50141

SHARE Las Vegas – SHARE Las Vegas is currently developing housing for Veterans, families, seniors and individuals with special needs who live in chronic poverty or who are homeless. The Summer VISTA will primarily be working with one of SHARE’s new initiatives, Veteran’s Village. This facility provides housing to veterans of the armed forces and brings social services from other non-profit organizations and government agencies to the veteran’s who live on-site. For more information and to apply visit: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50142

Volunteer Center – As part of United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) national service program, the VISTA member assigned to UWSN’s Volunteer Center will design & implement signature volunteer opportunities that fall within the three impact areas of United Way of Southern Nevada: Education, Health & Financial Stability. The VISTA member will interact with schools, businesses, & nonprofits in the development of these projects. The Summer VISTA Member will also be engaged in the development of large scale service projects for groups who are interested in voluntourism. For more information and to apply visit: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50134

Questions about VISTA positions can be directed to Jacob Murdock at jacobm@uwsn.org or 702-892-2321.

 

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AmeriCorps State Position:

Boys and Girls Clubs of Henderson Program Associate- The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults. As an AmeriCorps member, you will be responsible for providing educational games and activities for school-age children, most of who come from disadvantage circumstances. You will gain experience in coordinating programs, supporting a successful nonprofit team, working with at-risk youth and engaging in public speaking!  https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=36668&fromSearch=true

Questions about the AmeriCorps State position can be directed to Erick Ramirez at erickr@uwsn.org or 702-892-2351.

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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 volunteer@uwsn.org for more information about how you can help out in our community!

 

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NGAGE Fall Service Project

November 2, 2012

What better way to spend a fall afternoon than to volunteer?  Just ask the high school students who participated in the NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience fall service project last week.  We had a great time teaming up with Clean the World Foundation and sorted two pallets of donated toiletries from local hotels that will be sanitized and recycled into hygiene kits that are distributed around the globe.  These high school volunteers are awesome workers!

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NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience is an initiative of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center that encourages and recognizes high school volunteerism.  Students from around Southern Nevada track their volunteer hours to be honored at our annual recognition ceremony in April.  Students who volunteer 100 hours each year receive special recognition, and seniors who complete 100 hours can earn a community service graduation cord.  For more information about NGAGE or to get involved, check out the Volunteer Center website or contact Blythe Cherney at blythec@uwsn.org.

 

 

 

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View from VISTA: Blythe at United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center

October 16, 2012

Name: Blythe Cherney

Hometown: Visalia, California

Host Site: United Way of Southern Nevada– Volunteer Center

What is your favorite aspect about your AmeriCorps VISTA position?  My position as a VISTA at United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center has thus far offered an incredible introduction to the Las Vegas Valley.  I have served at events all over the city, met many wonderful people, and learned so much about this new community of mine in just a couple months of serving here.  Part of my introduction to the community has involved presenting about volunteerism to area high school students, which I love.  High school students have so much to offer this community. 

What’s one reason you think people should volunteer with the organization where you’re serving?  UWSN’s Volunteer Center is very unique in that it helps facilitate volunteer opportunities at many nonprofits around the Las Vegas Valley.  I think people should really take advantage of the Volunteer Center website to find volunteer opportunities and learn more about local nonprofits.  It is a great tool for volunteers and nonprofits to connect.

What project or event are you really looking forward to this year and why?  A central part of my VISTA service at the UWSN Volunteer Center is coordinating a high school volunteer and recognition program called Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience (NGAGE).  I am really looking forward to the recognition event in April so we can acknowledge the accomplishments of area high school students.

If you’re new to Las Vegas, what are your first impressions of the community?  One of the more odd first impressions I had about Las Vegas was how central cars are to life here.  Before moving to Las Vegas, I used to commute by bike and bus.  I realize that that is not necessarily the norm in the US, but I was still surprised when I looked up how long it would take me to get to work by bus in Las Vegas—it would take 3 hours!  By car it takes just 20 minutes.  I’m fortunate to have access to a car, but I can’t help but think about the challenge it would pose to individuals who don’t, especially because Las Vegas is a very spread out city. 

What is something you want people who don’t live in Las Vegas to know about this community?  I am still completely in awe of the size of Clark County School District, which encompasses Las Vegas.  I don’t think many people outside Las Vegas know that CCSD is the fifth largest school district in the U.S.  You can imagine the challenges that would arise in a district of such size.

What do you wish other people knew about the nonprofit or its cause?  I think a lot of people have heard of United Way, but don’t know exactly what it does.  In Southern Nevada, its impact areas of education, health, financial stability, and immediate needs cover a lot of ground.  UWSN makes an impact in so many different ways, from early childhood education centers to free tax preparation for low income individuals.  This video explains it in a way that is much cooler than I can:  

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does? As you can probably tell from my earlier answers, I think that education is central to a community’s success, and nowhere more so than in Las Vegas.  I think that the resources UWSN provides in the area of education are incredible and diverse and so fully represent the mission of United Way.  And, better yet, all the impact areas reach into education.  For example, UWSN has created a program to provide financial literacy to elementary school students, trains early childhood teachers, engages families to encourage academic success and help their high school students graduate, and established dental and health clinics at low income schools.  And, I’m lucky enough to be part of the team that is helping to teach the importance of community service to high school students and recognizing them for their achievements in volunteerism. 

This is the scond in a series profiling the 14 AmeriCorps VISTAs serving in Southern Nevada during the 2012-13 year.  For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA and national service opportunties in Southern Nevada, click here.

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Now Recruiting for AmeriCorps VISTA Positions in southern Nevada

June 11, 2012

Always wonder what it might be like to live in Las Vegas, Nevada?  Known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city for entertainment, shopping and fine dining.  A growing retirement and family city, Las Vegas is the 28th most populous city in the United States.

Las Vegas is also home to a large nonprofit sector working diligently to improve high school graduation rates, end childhood hunger, save the environment and eradicate poverty. United Way of Southern Nevada is currently recruiting for 14 VISTAs and one VISTA Team Leader to serve 8/6/2012 – 8/9/2013 in the Las Vegas area.

The positions include:

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center, VISTA Leader

By increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations, we ensure that these key organizations are able to survive the economic downturn & continue to provide for the clients which rely upon them. AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve in capacity building assignments: building and strengthening the overall capacity of local nonprofit organizations, i.e., resource development capacity & volunteer management capacity. The VISTA Team Leader will support these efforts by providing one-on-one support to VISTA members. This support will be provided via regular site visits, team meetings, trainings and service projects for members. To be eligible to serve the VISTA Team Leader, applicant must have successfully completed at least 1 term of VISTA service.

Arthritis Foundation

The VISTA member will partner with Arthritis Foundation staff to develop Life Improvement exercise classes for low income individuals living in southern Nevada. The member will also research & develop grants to sustain & grow existing programs designed to decrease on the job injury. These programs for employees not only reduce on the job injuries, but keep employees at work & able to perform their job duties. Targeted employees are generally low income, 78% of which are Hispanic, earning $8-$12 an hour. The VISTA member will explore avenues to increase funding for needy families affected by Juvenile Arthritis to enable them to attend educational conferences as well as enable children affected by JA to attend medically supervised summer camps. The VISTA member will cultivate community partner relationships to increase in-kind and monetary support for programs to benefit low income populations in southern Nevada. The VISTA member will additionally develop relationships with system partners who currently offer Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement classes to the public at low- or no-cost. The VISTA member will implement these strategies which will increase the organizational capacity of the Foundation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas (BGCLV) serves an average of 1,000 kids per day, ages 5-18, and has a special focus on children and teens from challenging or disadvantaged circumstances. Members often come from low income/single parent households and face challenging obstacles to succeed. The BGCLV strives to provide positive roles models that can have a meaningful impact on these lives. Volunteers are essential to the organization, in not only becoming role models for members, but also bringing new skills & services that allow them to provide quality programs for the kids benefit and enjoyment. Volunteer involvement, whether individual or corporate, also creates strong relationships with the community that seeks to invest in the future of youth. The VISTA member will be responsible for continuing to develop the capacity of the BGCLV newly established Volunteer Management Program. Duties will include building on the existing program & evaluating the effectiveness/success of its current components. In addition, the VSITA member will work with all agency volunteers to provide ongoing opportunities to serve Club members and the organization. The VISTA member will work closely with BGCLV staff to identify volunteer needs and professional development training for staff on best practices when working with volunteers.

Child Focus @ St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

Within the foster care community there exists the primary need to strengthen families. The Child Focus program connects separated siblings in foster care, providing opportunities for them to heal, grown and maintain their sibling bond during a very difficult chapter in their life. The experience of the individual placed at the Child Focus office would include helping families (primarily children & youth in foster care) strengthen their family bonds. Strengthening families is a key tenant in helping families to break the cycle of abuse & neglect. The VISTA member would work with staff from St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Child Focus program to balance capacity building projects in three program areas: Cyber Siblings, Mentoring and Academic Success. The VISTA member would help siblings communicate with one another without direct contact via cell phones and computers as part of the Cyber Sibling Program. In the event a brother or sister moves from their current foster home, they would be able to continue communicating via technology at their new placement. The VISTA member would recruit potential volunteer cyber mentors to support the Cyber Sibling program. Additionally, the VISTA would recruit volunteer academic mentors to help youth involved in the program graduate high school. The VISTA member would help St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Child Focus, work towards the goal of breaking the cycle of abuse and create healthy, independent & family oriented individuals as they leave the foster care system. The capacity building that the VISTA member will provide will help meet this need in southern Nevada.

Clark County School District

The VISTA member will outreach to new & existing partners in the community to identify opportunities for youth to volunteer as well as to identify opportunities for community members to volunteer in activities which promote education and student success. The VISTA will develop key talking points & guidelines for conversations, coordinate trainings, place volunteers in school settings as well as develop & maintain a database of volunteer opportunities and completed activities. The VISTA will develop systems to ensure the sustainability of service initiatives beyond the VISTA program. In addition, the VISTA will maintain & enhance a social media campaign to bring community-wide awareness to education themed volunteer opportunities. The VISTA will develop volunteer opportunities that enable community members to become involved in school programs that promote economic development in southern Nevada. Volunteers will be trained and placed in school settings that will prove them with successful & engaging experiences and ones that will also enrich the lives of students. The VISTA will help enable more caring adults to be involved in and positively influence student lives with the goal of helping youth achieve success in school as well as graduate from high school.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada

The VISTA opportunity at Goodwill of Southern Nevada has two primary strategic objectives. First, the VISTA member will help Goodwill develop sustainable programs for financial stability (VITA/EITC, Financial Education & Asset Development) to be integrated long-term into the organization’s workforce development mission. Secondly, the VISTA member will help Goodwill secure grants to support these financial stability programs, Goodwill’s VISTA member will support volunteer outreach, recruitment, training & certification as well as provide necessary oversight to ensure volunteer retention. They will also develop & implement volunteer recognition activities. The VISTA member will conduct asset development outreach, identify asset development tools to be utilized by Goodwill’s clients and act as a liaison with United Way of Southern Nevada & the Internal Revenue Service. The member will also provide feedback & evaluate financial stability programs, coordinate VITA & Asset Development site(s). The VISTA will research asset-building services and research & evaluate funding leads, assist in grant-writing and help cultivate relationships with prospective funding sources to diversify funding streams for Goodwill’s financial stability programs. The ideal candidate will be creative, self-starting, highly organized, professional, personable, patient & flexible. Bilingual candidates with prior volunteer experience are desirable. Successful candidates will be able to interact & work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Nevada Health Centers

NVHC currently has a small but effective volunteer program and are in need of a VISTA member to devote time and energy into making the program robust and sustainable. The VISTA member will be responsible for enhancing training materials, recruiting volunteers and keeping them engaged. The VISTA member will be charged with growing the volunteer program through strategic recruitment, volunteer orientation and monthly volunteer training. The VISTA member will create a team of volunteers who will reach the underserved & poverty-stricken residents of the Las Vegas community to help eliminate health disparities and poverty by referring them to affordable health services. The VISTA member & core volunteers will attend community events included but not limited to health fairs, nonprofit events & various meetings in order to reach people living in poverty who need access to affordable health care services. The VISTA member will work toward the NVHC mission by deepening their impact within the underserved community through health education, health advocacy & referral to health services. The VISTA member will play a vital role in identifying opportunities & partnerships to best educate NVHC target populations, such as those living in poverty, regarding access to affordable health care.

Nevada Partners

The VISTA member will address the need for greater financial stability in Nevada. According to the Corporation for Enterprise Development, 45% of Nevada households are asset poor, or lack the ability to live at poverty level for three months in the absence of income. This presents a significant challenge for the stability of Nevada families, communities and schools. By supporting the establishment of a year round asset development center, the VISTA member will decrease poverty in Nevada by mitigating asset poverty. The VISTA member in partnership with Nevada Partners staff will build organizational capacity and support many aspects of their poverty mitigating programs. In particular, the VISTA member will play a central role in establishing long term sustainable financial stability programs & services. The member will recruit, retain & recognize volunteers for the VITA/EITC (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Earned Income Tax Credit) program as well as ensure they receive the training and certification necessary to volunteer with the program. Through the member’s efforts, Nevada Partners anticipates a reduction in financial instability & an increase in its financial stability service array. Currently, Nevada Partners operates a VITA site during tax season. With support from a VISTA member, they would establish a year round asset development center proving free tax services; year round financial literacy education & asset develop programming.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work in partnership with NPHY staff to extend, expand and enhance current multi-pronged outreach & volunteer programs to ensure homeless youth get off the streets. NPHY’s outreach program includes preventative outreach to youth in schools, intervention outreach to youth living on the streets, and training & outreach to community stakeholders. The VISTA will focus on further developing youth-centered outreach program thereby enabling NPHY staff & volunteers to make a real difference in the lives of more homeless youth. The VISTA will coordinate & expand the current in-school preventative & educational outreach program where NPHY volunteers staff information tables at southern Nevada high schools and provide information on Safe Place (a 24/7/365 mobile crisis intervention service assessable to any youth in crisis) and other NPHY services. The VISTA will be responsible for working with school administrators to schedule these events as well as to recruit and coordinate volunteers to staff the tables. The VISTA will also take the lead on a new outreach program with Village of Hope and Whitney Elementary School to establish a “remote outreach center” at Village of Hope, an intensely at-risk, low-income neighborhood with a large population of homeless youth. The VISTA will be responsible for collaborating with Village of Hope & Whitney elementary to develop & execute the project. Once implemented, the VISTA will recruit & coordinate volunteers to staff the outreach center and to canvass the neighborhood to advise residents of NPHY services. The VISTA will also coordinate a lecture program that teaches youth in youth groups, school clubs, recreation centers and more about youth homelessness and challenges young people to volunteer & become an active part of the solution.

Outside Las Vegas Foundation

For many years, Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF) facilitated the development of open space & trails resources. OLVF is now focusing on connecting the community, with an emphasis on children & families in less advantaged communities, to these resources. As a result, OLVF is expanding into several program areas that will need a variety of capacity building & organizational assistance. The OLVF believes that building connections to southern Nevada’s outdoor places contributes to strong community ties, better familial bonds, & increased economic vitality. OLVF provides new opportunities, inspirations & goals for children & families through outdoor experiences either by educational experiences including supplementing curriculum, stewardship & civic engagement events, or by focusing on health & fitness improvement. These experiences directly benefit young people by improving physical & mental health and have been shown to improve scholastic achievements. The cycle of poverty is complex & the OLVF approaches the solution through innovative community & family investment. Their programs compliment others that address housing, food, & basic needs by providing mental & emotional nurturing. The VISTA will coordinate field-trips & other programs are throughout the year, assist with grant writing to secure funds for transportation for future outings for children & families, & provide volunteer event coordination for the programs with the City of Las Vegas. A formal partnership agreement with the National Park Service will assist the OLVF in their efforts to connect more urban community members to public lands through education & environmental outreach. The VISTA will play in important role as outreach strategies are built. The OLVF is working with funding partners to develop capacity to effectively expand communications & outreach efforts. The VISTA will implement the recommended strategies & provide vital investment in building organizational capacity.

Salvation Army

The VISTA member will coordinate all volunteer aspects of The Salvation Army programs & services that assist low-income & homeless people in order to alleviate poverty, obtain or increase income and achieve or retain permanent housing to lead them to lives of self-sufficiency and independence. The VISTA will revise and update current volunteer policies & procedures, serve as a liaison with departments and survey staff to assess their volunteer needs. Additionally, the member will generate appropriate volunteer projects and descriptions, provide appropriate support & training for volunteers, recruit, assign & schedule volunteers to appropriate tasks as well as monitor, support, motivate & recognize their efforts. The VISTA will make presentations to colleges, businesses, and community organizations regarding the volunteer needs and keep up to date on legislation & policy regarding volunteerism. The VISTA will monitor & track volunteer activities and design & implement appropriate systems of recognition. The VISTA will work with staff & volunteers to support the Women’s Auxiliary events, support the Angel Tree toy distribution program and manage all aspects of the Community Garden including ordering supplies, developing grants and recruiting and supervising garden volunteers.

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center

As part of United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) national service program, the VISTA member assigned to UWSN’s Volunteer Center will design & implement multi-tiered programs to engage individuals in education-themed volunteer opportunities. The VISTA member will interact with schools, businesses, & nonprofits in the development of these projects. Additionally, the VISTA member will coordinate a high-school volunteer & recognition program in partnership with Clark County School District and area high schools. VISTA member will also assist in building the capacity of UWSN’s Volunteer Center in a variety of ways including nonprofit partner recruitment, volunteer opportunity development, recruitment & recognition of individual, family, group & corporate volunteers. VISTA member will participate in the development, implementation & evaluation of multiple large events including but not limited to Project Homeless Connect, the NALC Food Drive, Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, Make A Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, etc. Successful candidates will have volunteer recruitment experience, strong computer & writing skills, the ability to multi-task and work as part of a team. Organizational, leadership & time management skills are a must.

United Way of Southern Nevada, Immediate Needs

The VISTA member would serve in the United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) Community Development Dept. providing program management for projects classified as Immediate Needs provision. Among the projects included are Project REACH, a utility assistance program; the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (federal grant fiscally managed by UWSN) and the Immediate Needs grant program. All three of the programs are specifically aimed at assisting homeless, low and moderate income members of the community with the basic needs of food, shelter, rent & utilities through funding of partner organizations in Clark County, NV. The work of the VISTA member would directly impact the lives of southern Nevadans living at or below poverty level, as those who seek assistance with basic needs are those most affected by financial instability, including poverty. Specifically, the VISTA will develop a more effective system of reporting & monitoring grants and communicating this system to partner agencies, including providing technical assistance to Local Recipient Organizations and grantee agencies to ensure effective use of grant awards. The VISTA will implement the new system, which will lead to development of effective reporting results for the benefit of agency marketing and communications. Also, the VISTA will be involved with the UWSN Accreditation process which measures local agencies ability to meet standards of excellence in governance, financial accountability and program delivery which is required of agencies prior to applying for financial assistance through UWSN. By working in partnership with a volunteer committee, the VISTA will consult with applicant agencies, conduct site visits and grant awards of accreditation to successful agencies.

United Way of Southern Nevada, Earn It Keep It Save It

The VISTA member will provide support for volunteer recruitment, training, certification, retention & recognition as well as implement an outreach plan for the Earn It Keep It Save It (EKS), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs in the Las Vegas Valley. The VISTA member will develop additional asset development tools that the VITA site clients can utilize as well as provide in-kind support of marketing materials, office supplies & equipment for VITA and asset development coordination. Additionally, the VISTA member will maintain relationships with VITA sites and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

WestCare Nevada

The VISTA member will identify resources and links for veterans and their families, including but not limited to behavioral health, housing, employment, transportation, and medical services. The member will work in partnership with staff to develop new initiatives for veterans & military families, identify and build new partnerships, as well as research and develop resources, write grants, etc. The VISTA will provide support to programs that educate the community on specific populations, i.e., veterans, military families, re-entry, and homeless families. The VISTA will represent WestCare at health fairs, Vet fairs and provide community presentations marketing the scope of services provided by WestCare. The VISTA will create training for new staff & volunteers working with special populations.

Living Allowance & Educational Award

AmeriCorps VISTAs in Southern Nevada  will receive a modest living allowance of $1016 each month (before taxes). The Team Leader will receive a living allowance of $1216 each month (before taxes). After the successful completion of a term, VISTAs may be eligible to receive a $5,550 education award.

Questions?

Contact Robin or Jacob at (702) 892-2300.

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Be the Change by Being a Leader

March 30, 2012

In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center is excited to launch our new training program: Volunteer Leader Institute!

VLI empowers individuals to lead service projects for a group, organization, or corporate team. Volunteer Leaders learn relevant leadership skills and theory that will enable them to manage diverse groups of volunteers. Upon completion of Volunteer Leader Institute, individuals will understand how to coordinate the logistics of a project, manage volunteers, track volunteers, and debrief the service experience.

This two-hour training is a must for volunteers who want to take their commitment to the next level. All VLI graduates will receive a certificate, and must be willing to serve as a project leader for future UWSN Volunteer Center days of service, corporate service projects, and other events.

Volunteer Leaders are vital to helping create and facilitate large-scale service opportunities in southern Nevada. The skills gained through the VLI will empower individuals to lead projects with the Volunteer Center and other organizations.

The Volunteer Leader Institute kicks off on April 19. Make sure to register early as space is limited to 20 participants. To register, click here.

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VISTA Spotlight: Man on a Mission

February 27, 2012

Image“To be a part of something greater than yourself helping others better their lives is in honor, especially helping those in the military community,” said brand new AmeriCorps VISTA Matt Haynes, a Las Vegas native and member of the Nevada National Guard.  With nine years in the military under his belt as well as two deployments overseas, Matt was the perfect candidate for the new position created by United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center:  Advocate for Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their Families.

Matt’s first order of business in his new office is building partnerships with other organizations that service this unique population.  After connections are made, projects, programs, and events will be created for the military community including a Resume Resource Workshop, a Women Veterans Symposium, and the ongoing Operation Homecoming.  Operation Homecoming is a joint effort with the USO of Las Vegas where returning service members are welcomed home from deployments with handmade signs, heartfelt cards, and many, many thanks.

Matt said, “During my VISTA term, my main goal is to help as many veterans, active duty military, and their families as possible, but also to give them the ability to empower themselves in the future.”  He added, “The military community needs a lot of help in today’s world.  If I can educate the public on their endeavors and help veterans turn their lives around, my mission has been accomplished.”