Vegas does charity. Really well. The generosity of the Las Vegas community, especially when it comes to those in need, is truly amazing. The following are local, non-profit charitable organizations that are always grateful for help in many forms, including donations, volunteerism, attendance at fundraising events, and simply helping to spread awareness of their missions and programs.
American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Donations help make breakthrough research, free rides to treatment, free places to stay near hospitals, and other critical patient services all possible. A $100 donation can provide 4 patient rides to a treatment or to a follow-up appointment. To donate or volunteer at a local chapter visit cancer.org.
The Andson Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that offers three programs, Andson Academics, homework help and financial literacy, in-class lessons, as well as the Piggy Bank Program. A $10 donation will pay for Andson’s Openvest Financial Literacy lessons for a child for an entire school year. Visit the website to donate or to attend upcoming events. www.andson.org
Create a Change Now is committed to educating and empowering children and their families by providing the resources needed to promote healthy living and guard against diseases to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. It is well known that unhealthy children do not do well in school. Clark County is the 5th largest school district in the country with abysmal drop-out and graduation rates that are the worst in the nation. Hungry, poorly fed children rarely excel in the classroom. For more information or to donate visit createachangenow.org.
Folded Flag Foundation is a non-profit organization that enlists the public’s financial support for families of those fallen heroes who have lost their lives as a result of hostile action. The mission of the Folded Flag Foundation is to provide scholarship and educational support grants to these #GoldStarFamilies. Visit the website for upcoming Vegas events, to donate or volunteer at foldedflagfoundation.org.
Lion Habitat Ranch is an educational wildlife sanctuary and is home to more than 30 lions. Additional animals include Ozzie, a painting giraffe, emus, tortoises, and birds. It costs $25 to feed one lion per day. The habitat is open to the public Thursday – Monday, 10 am – 2 pm. To donate or volunteer visit lionhabitatranch.org.
Opportunity Village is dedicated to helping adults with disabilities become the very best version of themselves. Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts, and social recreation, these individuals are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration, and unleash creative passions. Visit opportunityvillage.org
Project Marilyn is a non-profit organization in Southern Nevada that provides monthly feminine hygiene products to homeless women and teens in need, and partners with several non-profit agencies including Project 150, Safe Nest, Salvation Army, Just One Project, Las Vegas Rescue Mission and more. The themed bags contain tampons, maxi pads, and hygiene wipes. To volunteer, assemble bags, attend events, or to donate visit projectmarilyn.com.
Serving Our Kids Foundation is dedicated to feeding and serving the needs of Clark County homeless and at-risk children. The foundation relies on volunteers and helps to feed more than 63+ Clark County School District classrooms by collecting 3,000+ meal bags for kids each week. Visit the website for volunteering and bagging opportunities, Sam’s Club collection days, and food drives. Go to servingourkids.org
Sunrise Children’s Foundation provides free programs for children ages 0 – 5 years, supporting a myriad of critical areas focusing on optimal child development including prenatal care and breastfeeding education, including Early Head Start, Home Visiting, and WIC (women in children). They provide the best education bright from the start. A $10 donation will provide books for every child in the classroom to promote literacy and parental bonding as parents read to their children; $20 supports meals for an entire classroom. For upcoming fundraising events and to volunteer visit sunrisechildren.org.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude, as they pay for treatment, travel, housing, and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. September is childhood cancer awareness month, create a team, and join the St. Jude walk/run. stjude.org
The Just One Project is Nevada’s largest food pantry; combating food insecurity through their innovative mobile food pantry, stationary pantry, and grocery delivery program. To volunteer, donate, or learn more visit the website at thejustoneproject.org.
Save Red Rock is a group of concerned citizens working to preserve the safety, serenity, and scenic nature of Red Rock Canyon. The group strives to protect the rural character and prioritize recreational and environmental needs over other uses not conducive to the primary uses as determined for the canyon area. For more information, to volunteer or to donate visit www.saveredrock.com.
Share Village is dedicated to the creation and development of affordable housing villages. This is a unique and innovative approach to holistic and comprehensive housing with 24/7/365 crisis intervention center services complemented with intensive supportive services. Visit the website at www.veteransvillagelasvegas.org.
Vegas PBS uses television and other technologies to educate and empower individuals and to extend and amplify the effectiveness of community organizations. For programming, information on the special needs resource library, online education, resources, and to donate, visit vegaspbs.org.