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ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS OF LAS VEGAS AND HENDERSON

As an alternative to expensive in-home care, this organization helps keep your loved one home longer through visits, day centers, and social programs. 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, prevention, housing, and nutritional services for adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Needs: Host a holiday fundraising event. Volunteer: 702-382-2326, afanlv.org

 

BABY’S BOUNTY

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. Volunteer: 702-485-2229, babysbounty.org

 

BEST BUDDIES NEVADA

Best Buddies International works to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 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

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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.” Also consider donating a new bicycle or skateboard for their Holiday Bike and Board Bonanza. 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: Volunteer at a local club. Each location has its own needs. 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

 

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 ANIMAL 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: 702-633-7264, 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 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

 

Human Society dogLAS 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

 

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

 

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE

Opportunity Village

Photo courtesy Opportunity Village.

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

 

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The PEF 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

 

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: 702-632-1519 or 702-632-1524, 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 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

 

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, 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: 702-294-7100, stjudesranch.org

 

THREE SQUARE

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 US 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. Volunteer: 702-791-9134, volunteer.va.gov

 

YMCA

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, coach sports teams, chaperone field trips, teach classes, fundraise. Volunteer: lasvegasymca.org

 

YWCA

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.Volunteer: ywcanevada.org

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