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There are several ways you can give to others this holiday season. The following organizations are seeking donations, volunteers, and other support.

 

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 and 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 for transportation, house cleaning, or administrative work. 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, clerical work, and preparing clothing donations. Sponsor or donate to the diaper bank. Volunteer: 702-485-2229, babysbounty.org   

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BEST BUDDIES NEVADA

Best Buddies International works to enhance the lives of people with and without 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; purchase items from the shop. 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 toys for ages 7+, 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. Consider donating your vehicle. 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: 702-367-2582, 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: Frozen turkeys, nonperishable food, hygiene items, winter clothes; donate your car. All in-person volunteering is suspended because of COVID. Volunteer: 702-405-0597, 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: Volunteers to help participating children in selecting brand-new shoes and socks. 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: Write for various publications; assist in fostering, adoption programs, administrative and clinical work; donate your car. Volunteer: 702-655-4800, 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 coordinate food drives; administrative duties; and assist with the food pantry and delivery services — 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. Also assist with veterans and food delivery. Volunteer: 702-732-0304, jfsalv.org  

 

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; assist with transport rescues; socialize with cats; assist in fundraisers; help with administrative work; and donate 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, and mentor recovery clients. 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; help with the emergency services food pantry, office tasks, maintenance at housing units; and participate in children’s toy and clothing drive. Volunteer: 702-639-1730, lssnv.org  

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The PEF offers literacy programs to children and families. Needs: Donate used electronics (less than 5 years old). 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, become a toy drop-off site, host an event. Volunteer: 719-317-4336,
las-vegas-nv.toysfortots.org

 

NEVADA PARTNERSHIP FOR HOMELESS YOUTH

NPHY provides youth services, including street outreach, 24-hour crisis intervention, a fulltime 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 and assist in fourth annual “It’s a Wrap” holiday block party. Volunteer: 702-383-1332, nphy.org  

 

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: Donations. All volunteer programs are currently suspended. Volunteer: 702-888-3377, 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: Donations. All volunteer programs are currently suspended. Volunteer: 702-252-4663, rmhlv.com

 

THE SALVATION ARMY

This 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

 

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; conduct activities with children; organize arts and craft projects; provide transportation; sort donations; data entry; assist with résumé writing, financial literacy, and other life skills. 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: Book cleaning; all other volunteer programs are suspended until further notice.

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 for community holiday events; 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 Hunger Program. Volunteer: 702-644-3663, threesquare.org  

 

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: Varies by location. Volunteer: lasvegasymca.org

 

SAFE NEST

Safe Nest provides emergency and legal services, safe housing and long-term counseling to victims of domestic violence and abuse. Needs: Donate gently used household items; donate funds. Volunteer: 702-821-2736, safenest.org

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