Thursday, December 17, 2009

Opportunities to Serve

Often, but especially in this season of reflection, we are asked for suggestions on opportunities to serve. Groups, families and individuals want to express their gratitude for their blessings through giving of them selves. Some of these listings come from our experience with these groups and others by their reputation for doing good in the community.

The Blind Center of Nevada

The Blind Center provides work opportunity and social activities and strives to create a positive social setting and support system for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

1001 N. Bruce Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89101

Phone#: 702-642-6000

Contact: Elise Leos or Ronnie Wilson

Individuals welcome, Groups also.

Types of work tasks for volunteers:

Assist at front desk or with art and music classes, read to clients, help assemble projects, host guests and escort clients to activities. Volunteers with knowledge of computers are also needed.

The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation works side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of children with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders and other immunologic diseases.

6070 S. eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV., 89119

Contact: Barbara Porter,

Phone #: 702-735-8434,


Individuals and Groups are welcome.

Min/Max number: All welcome

Types of work tasks for volunteers:

Volunteers are needed to assist with many of the events throughout the year.

Family Promise of Las Vegas

(formerly, Interfaith Hospitality Network) is committed to helping homeless achieve lasting independence, by mobilizing our community to help provide safe shelter, meals, and support services. (a 30-day program to get the children into school, help families acquire housing and employment, and provide healthcare, clothing and furniture.)


320 South 9th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101-5511
Phone #: 702-638-8806


Volunteers fix or deliver food to host sites, to families, help with general chores and more.

Shade Tree

The Shade Tree meets two needs. First, homeless or abused women and children are offered immediate protection and safety. Next, we help our clients return to a life of stability, dignity, and self-reliance.

#1 West Owens (at Main St.), N.L.V., NV,

Phone #:702-385-0072-ext.105 ,


Individuals welcome, Groups also.

Min/Max number: All welcome

Types of work tasks for volunteers:

Tutor GED preparation, banking, math, reading and computer skills and there is also a need for bilingual volunteers as Client Advocates, in Parenting Classes and Life Skills Classes.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House aims to meet guest families’ daily needs by offering a caring environment where sharing families help each other to relieve feelings of isolation and helplessness.

Services include transportation; clothing and personal items; counseling referrals, memorial or legal services; and communication resources with friends and family.

2323 Potosi Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89146

(off of Sahara, west of Decatur)

Contact: Sarah Crichlow,

Phone #: 252-4663, ext 3,

Individuals are welcome. Groups up to 10

Types of work tasks for volunteers:

Volunteers help in preparing meals, light house keeping and help facilitate events.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

The NPHY is a volunteer based program designed to help abused, runaway, homeless youth who may have been subjected to, or are at risk, of sexual exploitation achieve self-sufficiency, stronger independence and reduced isolation through on-going support.

4800 S. Maryland Pkwy, Suite E

“The Safe Place” (at Reno, next to the 7-11)

Las Vegas, NV, 89119

Contact: Larry Lovelett,

Phone#: 702-383-1332.


Types of work tasks for volunteers:

Staff information desk, answer questions, refer clients to resource facilities, tutor GED preparation, banking, math, reading and computer skills and serve refreshments. Volunteers may also help canvass neighborhoods circulating NPHY flyers for events and services.

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, (UMC), is a non-profit level 1 Trauma hospital run by Clark County, founded in 1931 and affiliated with the University of Nevada, School of Medicine.

1800 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89102

Contact: Suzanne Fain

Phone#: 702-383-2388


Individuals or small groups welcome.

Types of work for volunteers: (14 yrs old min.)

University Medical Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for those wishing to make a difference, from patient care to clerical, volunteers can find the right fit for their personality and lifestyle.

Street Teens

Street Teens is dedicated to meet the survival needs of the homeless, abandoned, and at risk youth, ages 12 and up, in the Las Vegas Valley, by providing basic necessities in a safe, compassionate environment. They provide access to educational, health care, and employment services through the drop-in center and collaboration with community partners.

Contact: Executive Director Lisa Preston
Phone#: (702) 215-4171


Fax: (702) 215-4187

Postal address: PO Box 70478
Las Vegas, NV 89170-0478

Individuals or small groups welcome.

Types of work for volunteers:

Administrative duties, including filing, phones, copying, data entry, preparing mailings. Assist with computer usage, tutoring, job searches, mock interviews, employment applications.

If you are interested in providing our homeless teens with a hot meal once a week, month or special occasion, please contact Lisa Preston.

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