NV Energy Helps Homeless Kids through Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
NV Energy officials and employees joined Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth representatives to help youth in crisis and donate a truck, toiletries and canned goods, and $20,000, the latter through the NV Energy Foundation. The announcement was made at NV Energy’s Ryan Operations Center.
“We’re pleased to expand our relationship with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth on multiple levels and to be able to help more of these vulnerable kids,” said Frank Gonzales, NV Energy Vice President, Electric Delivery. “NV Energy’s role in the community goes far beyond keeping the lights on — and we hope our support of this organization will help make a meaningful difference in the community.”
The gently used, well-maintained Chevrolet Colorado is being retired from the NV Energy fleet for a new mission transporting NPHY youth clients, primarily Independent Living Program clients. These transports include trips to the DMV, UNLV, educational field trips and other activities, and to the NPHY Drop-In Center at 4981 Shirley St. near UNLV, the hub for many services encompassing intake processing, tutoring, counseling, extracurricular classes, life skills, legal services, recreational activities, and more.
The donated truck comes “fully loaded.” During the past few weeks, NV Energy employees have embarked on a “fill-the-truck” drive to stuff the truck with needed items for homeless kids.
Through the NV Energy Foundation, the $20,000 donation will be applied to direct service costs resulting from more homeless youth accessing NPHY with the expanded Drop-In Center hours and additional emergency shelter beds. Needs include additional food, clothing, hygiene items, bus passes, fees for identification documents, school fees, and other direct service resources.
“We’re extremely grateful for the generosity of NV Energy, NV Energy Foundation and NV Energy employees, and for their recognition of our needs and the different ways they are helping us help kids in crisis,” said Arash Ghafoori, executive director of NPHY. “We simply couldn’t provide the comprehensive programming and 24-7 assistance we provide without their support.”
Clark County/Las Vegas was ranked No. 3 in the nation for prevalence of homeless youth, and Nevada was ranked No. 1 in the nation for rate of homeless youth living unsheltered on our streets, according to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. During the 2015-2016 school year, there were more than 14,000 homeless students enrolled in Clark County schools. In 2016, there were more than 1,500 unaccompanied homeless children and youth living on the streets or in homeless shelters on an average night in Southern Nevada.
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth is the most comprehensive service provider for homeless youth in Southern Nevada, serving hundreds of youth through its core programs and by touching the lives of thousands more through outreach each year. Programs stabilize homeless teens’ lives, meeting their immediate needs and providing a safe, supportive environment and a path to self-sufficiency. They include: Outreach, Safe Place Mobile Crisis Intervention, Operation Go Home Family Reunification, Drop-In Center, Emergency Shelter, and Independent Living Program. For information and to support NPHY’s critical work to get homeless youth off the streets, visit www.nphy.org or follow NPHY on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nevadapartnershipforhomelessyouth.
Dragon Boat Races Attract International Teams to Henderson
Hundreds of international athletes will make waves at Lake Las Vegas next month. Athletes from as far as Dubai will compete in a number of dragon boat races as part of the Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival. The event, which is hosted by the Dragonboat Racing Association Group of Nevada, is scheduled for May 20 and May 21. Admission for spectators is free.
This is the second year the nonprofit organization has hosted the event. The Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival is one of three dragon boat races held in Nevada. According to organizers, the number of race teams has doubled this year in comparison to its inaugural year. More than 30 teams, representing such states as Washington, Oregon and California and such international destinations as Canada and Dubai, will paddle in this year’s competitive, community and corporate dragon boat races.
“We are thrilled to welcome the hundreds of international and domestic athletes and their families to Henderson,” said Barbra Coffee, Director of the City of Henderson Economic Development & Tourism Department. “Hosting the Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival in Henderson is a great opportunity to showcase the destination to a new audience. It is also sure to give a boost to our local economy.”
The Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival includes cultural music and dance performances, including dragon and lion dances, children’s activities, FlyBoard demonstration and a silent auction. It is also an event that supports important causes – children’s cancer and breast cancer awareness – and will incorporate a breast cancer ceremony as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To date, the Dragonboat Racing Association Group of Nevada and its teams have raised over $44,000 for a number of local breast cancer patient services.
“The dragon boat races bring the community together,” said Sherri Weaver, president of the Dragonboat Racing Association Group of Nevada. “A number of local causes will benefit from the event. The compassion and generosity of the competitors will forever change the lives of those who are in need of it.”
For more information about the Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival, visit dragonboatnv.com or call 702-596-5800.
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Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation during Trauma Awareness Month
During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or platelets.
According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.
“A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma.”
O negative red blood cells and AB plasma can be transfused into any patient, regardless of blood type, making donors with these universal blood types an important part of the Red Cross trauma team. Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.
Platelets may also be needed to help with clotting in cases of massive bleeding. Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, there is a constant — often critical — need to keep up with hospital demand.
“As a trauma surgeon, I know that a readily available blood supply can mean the difference between life and death for patients in the most serious situations,” said Dr. Gregory J. Jurkovich, board chair, National Trauma Institute; fellow, American College of Surgeons; and professor and vice chairman, Department of Surgery, University of California Davis Health. “Blood products can only be provided by generous donors, so I urge you to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.”
In 2014, donated blood helped save Ethan Moser’s life after his personal watercraft collided with the boat carrying his family. He suffered massive blood loss due to a severed femoral artery and other serious injuries. Moser received 160 transfusions of blood and blood products.
While his recovery continues, Moser remains grateful to the generous donors who provided the blood he received. “I’m here simply because there was enough blood available to replenish what I lost,” he said. “You never know when an accident’s going to happen, so please donate today to be sure blood is available for those who will need it.”
Blood and platelet donors of all types are currently needed. Those who come out to donate blood or platelets by May 14 will have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift card shopping sprees from GiftCertificates.com. Donation appointments can be scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities: May 1 to 15
5/4/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Art Institute of Las Vegas, 2350 Corporate Circle
5/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Destinations To Recovery, 9089 S Pecos Rd #3500
5/1/2017: 9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Las Ventanas Retirement Community, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.
5/2/2017: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Student Union, 4505 S Maryland Parkway
5/3/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Brightwood College, 3535 W. Sahara Ave
5/5/2017: 10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter, 1771 E. Flamingo Rd. Suite 206B
5/6/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Walmart – West Tropical Parkway, 8060 West Tropical Parkway
5/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Trails Community Center, 1910 Spring Gate Lane
5/8/2017: 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Lowe’s, 851 South Pavilion Center Dr.
5/8/2017: 12 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
5/9/2017: 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6325 S Rainbow
5/9/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Chamberlain College of Nursing – Covington Cross, 9901 Covington Cross Drive
5/13/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Las Vegas Nevada Lone Mountain Stake, 8801 W. Alexander
5/13/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane, Suite 10
5/15/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N Buffalo Dr.
5/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Laughlin Government Center, 101 Civic Way
How to help
Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can save time at their donation appointment by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
The Fabric of Rhythm — An Exhibition by Steve Smith of Journey
The Gallery of Music & Art in Las Vegas is proud to welcome The Fabric of Rhythm, an exhibition by Steve Smith of JOURNEY. All Artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition May 1st through May 31st, 2017 during Gallery Hours 10 am to 11 pm daily. The gallery is located within the Forum Shops at Caesars, Terrace Level 3. Steve Smith will be making three very special Artist appearances at the gallery on Thursday, May 4, May 11 and May 18 from 6:00-8:00 pm. All appearances are complimentary and open to the public, however, RSVPs are strongly suggested: http://stevesmithdrum art.com/vegas.html. Call 702-366-9904 for additional information.
Non-Profit Organization is seeking local host families for High School Exchange Students
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.
ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.
The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.
To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!
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