Your time and donations can help make this winter merrier and brighter for those in need
ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS OF LAS VEGAS AND HENDERSON
This organization helps families avoid or postpone nursing home admission by bridging the gap between home and nursing home with compassionate and professional care.
Needs: Donations, visits, entertainment, event planning, facilities support, class leadership.
Volunteer: 702-648-3425, adultdaycarelv.org
AID FOR AIDS OF NEVADA
AFAN provides medical case management, medical transportation, education, housing, and nutritional services for adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Needs: Donate new, unwrapped toys and games; assist with gift-wrapping and the annual Kids’ Holiday Party.
Volunteer: 702-382-2326, afanlv.org
This active group provides new and gently used infant clothing and gear to babies born to victims of domestic abuse, teen mothers, and low-income families.
Needs: Help with collecting, sorting, cleaning, and preparing clothing donations
BEST BUDDIES NEVADA
Best Buddies International works to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through socialization programs, job coaching, and tools in leadership development.
Needs: Donate money and office supplies; assist with special events; become a “Buddy” to offer mentoring, friendship, or jobs to persons with IDD
Volunteer: 702-822-2268, bestbuddies.org/nevada
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
BBBS is a mentoring network that provides children facing adversity with professionally supported, positive relationships.
Needs: Donate, volunteer as “Bigs” who are interested in playing sports, hiking, reading, and other fun events with their “Littles”
Volunteer: 702-731-2227, bbbsn.org
BLIND CENTER OF NEVADA
BCN assists the blind and visually impaired by focusing on personal development, social interaction, and meaningful employment.
Needs: Assist with various daily programs and activities
Volunteer: 702-642-6000, blindcenter.org
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence.
Needs: Assist in clubhouse clean-ups and events; collect donations of art and school supplies, clothing, and toys
Volunteer: 702-253-2801, bgcsnv.org
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
Regardless of faith, the charity provides counseling services, services to pregnant women, immigration legal assistance, transitional housing, aid to low-income families, and a food bank.
Needs: Prepare Thanksgiving baskets, stock pantry shelves, assist with Meals on Wheels, and serve community meals
Volunteer: 702-385-2662, catholiccharities.com
By improving parenting skills and strengthening relationships, their mission is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, and lay the foundation for generations of safe and nurturing families.
Needs: Assist in classrooms, group projects, events, and fundraising
Volunteer: 702-366-2081, http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/family-services/Pages/Donations.aspx
CLARK COUNTY READS
An initiative of the Public Education Foundation that offers literacy programs to children and families.
Needs: Tutor students in reading, help with general clerical work, pick up and deliver books
Volunteer: 702-799-1042, thepef.org
GOODIE TWO SHOES FOUNDATION
The organization provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks, as well as other items deemed essential for good health and positive development.
Needs: Help participating children select properly fitted shoes, assist with filling of backpacks, serve lunches
Volunteer: 702-617-4027, goodietwoshoes.org
HEAVEN CAN WAIT ANIMIAL SOCIETY
Heaven Can Wait works to eliminate companion animal suffering and pet overpopulation through aggressive spay/neuter programs, adoptions, community outreach, and education.
Needs: Work tables at events, write for various publications, assist in fostering and adoption programs, administrative work, clinical work
Volunteer: 702-227-5555, hcws.org
HELPING HANDS OF VEGAS VALLEY
A nonprofit with the mission to provide free assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada, allowing them to maintain their dignity and independence while improving health and daily living.
Needs: Drive seniors to their appointments, help with admin duties, assist with the food pantry and delivery services, distribute pet food — bilingual volunteers particularly needed
Volunteer: 702-507-1850, hhovv.org
HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
HELP assists the poor, the homeless, and those in crisis to receive emergency services and holiday gifts through its three signature programs: Adopt-A-Family, Turkey-A-Thon, and Toy Drive/Holiday Assistance.
Needs: Host a donation drive, sponsor an event, assist in events planning and execution, adopt a family
Volunteer: 702-369-4357, helpsonv.org
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY
JFSA supports people of all backgrounds by providing professional social services, including counseling, senior services, adoptions, and emergency assistance.
Needs: Help with daily administrative tasks, the food pantry, driving seniors, and events held throughout the year
Volunteer: 702-732-0304, jfsalv.org/volunteer
LAS VEGAS VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY
The Humane Society is dedicated to improving the welfare of animals, particularly those that are stray or abandoned.
Needs: Foster or sponsor an animal; transport rescues; walk dogs or socialize with cats; assist in fundraisers; help with administrative work; donate blankets, pet food, or toys
Volunteer: 702-434-2009, lvvhumane.org
LAS VEGAS RESCUE MISSION
The Las Vegas Rescue Mission provides people in need with shelter and services without regard to religion or origin. During the holidays, it provides children with Christmas gifts, as well as food and other essentials.
Needs: Help serve meals, sort and price items for the thrift store, assist in toy and food drives, mentor recovery clients, provide life skills training
Volunteer: 702-382-1766, vegasrescue.org
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF NEVADA
LSSNV provides professional social services to people of all backgrounds, including counseling, senior services, adoptions, and emergency assistance.
Needs: Assist with assembly and distribution of holiday baskets; join the Adopt-A-Family program; help with the emergency services food pantry, office tasks, maintenance at housing units, and fundraising
Volunteer: 702-639-1730, lssnv.org
TOYS 4 TOTS
This program run by the U.S. Marines collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children.
Needs: Gather toy and financial donations, help with the transportation and storage of donated toys, assist in the warehouse, help with meals
Volunteer: 702-222-8697, las-vegas-nv.toysfortots.org
NEVADA PARTNERSHIP FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
NPHY provides youth services, including street outreach, 24-hour crisis intervention, a full-time drop-in center, and an independent living program.
Needs: Donate food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies and other needed items; assemble and distribute sack lunches; join or host events; assist with clerical tasks; help in the food pantry and clothing closet
Volunteer: 702-383-1332, nphy.org
OV helps people with severe intellectual and related disabilities seek independence by providing vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts programs, and social recreation.
Needs: Work with men and women with intellectual disabilities; assist with various events including the Magical Forest
Volunteer: 702-259-3741, opportunityvillage.org
THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF GREATER LAS VEGAS
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, transportation, and support to families while their children receive medical treatment.
Needs: Become a Family Room host at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, assist in the office, drive a shuttle van or make deliveries, help with cleaning and maintenance, decorate lunch bags and caring cards, wrap gifts, cook holiday meals
Volunteer: 702-252-4663, rmhlv.com/volunteer
THE SALVATION ARMY
This well-known organization offers adult rehabilitation, emergency disaster relief, victim and veteran services, and youth programs.
Needs: Sponsor and assist with toy drives, food drives, and Christmas Angel Tree programs; participate in the Adopt-a-Kettle program through the holidays
Volunteer: 702-870-4430, salvationarmysouthernnevada.org/volunteer
THE SHADE TREE
The Shade Tree provides a safe shelter for homeless and abused women and children in crisis — along with their pets — and offers services promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance.
Needs: Help prepare and serve daily meals; assist in the clinic; tutor children or teach life skills classes to adults; organize arts and craft projects; provide transportation; help with cleaning, painting, and yard work; assist with special events
Volunteer: 702-385-0072, theshadetree.org
SPREAD THE WORD NEVADA
The goal of Spread the Word Nevada is to promote early literacy by giving books to children in at-risk, low-income communities.
Needs: Help prepare books, become a mentor or reading companion at an elementary school, assist with Breakfast/Snack Time with Books programs and at community events
Volunteer: 702-564-7809, spreadthewordnevada.org
ST. JUDE’S RANCH FOR CHILDREN
SJRC works with abused, neglected, and at-risk children and young adults through residential foster care, transitional living, housing, services for homeless 18-25 year-olds, child-focused sibling preservation, emergency placement, and child nutrition programs.
Needs: Volunteers in the thrift store and mailroom; help with maintenance of the grounds and buildings, holiday decorating, and donations from the holiday wish list
Volunteer: 702-294-7145, stjudesranch.org
Three Square’s mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. The Backpack for Kids program provides Clark County schoolchildren in need with bags of nourishing food for after school, weekends, holidays, and school breaks.
Needs: Donate funds; sort and package meals for school programs; help out at special events; box meals for the Senior Share Program
Volunteer: 702-644-3663, threesquare.org
VA SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs honors America’s veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their well-being.
Needs: Donate new clothing and hygiene items, help transport patients to medical appointments, assist with admin duties
The YMCA provides personal and social change through Christian principles and opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive side-by-side regardless of age, income, or background.
Needs: Assist in sorting and wrapping toy donations, set up and help during the annual Reindeer Rock event, coach sports teams, chaperone field trips, teach classes, fundraise
The YWCA focuses on eliminating racism and empowering women in Nevada.
Needs: Tutor international visitors in English, teach teens financial literacy, assist in preschool classrooms, join the Youth Mentor Program, become part of the Eracism Seminar leadership, fundraise