On August 17, National Nonprofit Day (NND) recognizes the goals and positive impacts nonprofits have on communities and the world. Through nonprofits, awareness, research, and aid reach the people who need it most.
Here are some was to observe this special day in Las Vegas with donations, volunteerism and giving back to the community with local charities:
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 makes breakthrough research, free rides to treatment, free places to stay near hospitals, and other critical patient services all possible. $100 donation can provide 4 patient rides to a treatment or to a follow up appointment. Save the date for the upcoming Making Strides of Las Vegas Presented by OptumCare Cancer Care on October 27 at Red Rock Hotel & Casino, 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 the upcoming events, including the Sharpen Your Senses – Drink, Dine and Dance fundraiser on Sept. 14. 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. Join us for the upcoming 5Chefs 5Farms 5courses event on Sept. 29. For more information or to donate, visit, createachangenow.org.
Folded Flag Foundation – 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. #GoldStarFamilies. The mission of the Folded Flag Foundation is to provide scholarship and educational support grants to the spouses and children of the United States military and government personnel who have lost their lives as a result of hostile action. Join the organization in New York City for their Salute to Service Gala on 9.11. Visit the website for upcoming Vegas events, donate or volunteer atfoldedflagfoundation.org.
Lion Habitat Ranch – The habitat is an educational wildlife sanctuary and is the home to more than 30 lions. Additional animals includes Ozzie, a painting giraffe, emus, tortoises and birds. It costs $25 to feed one lion per day. The habitat is opened to the public Thursday – Monday, 10am – 2pm at 382 Bruner Ave. To attend the upcoming 1 hour gentle lion yoga class on Oct. 12, donate, or volunteer, visit the website at lionhabitatranch.org
Project Marilyn is a new non-profit organization in Southern Nevada and 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 as-risk children. The foundation, relies on volunteers, and helps to feed more than 63+ Clark County School District classrooms and collects 3,000 meal bags for kids each week. Grab your clubs, and support the upcoming The 8th Annual Centennial Toyota Golf Tournament on Nov. 9. Visit the website for volunteering and bagging opportunities, Sam’s Club collection days and food drives. (It costs $10 to feed 3 children per week). Servingourkids.org
Sunrise Children’s Foundation provides free programs for children ages 0 – 5 years, support 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. Visit the website for upcoming fundraising events and to volunteer at sunrisechildren.org
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – 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 on Sept. 14 at Town Square. stjude.org
The Just One Project – is Nevada’s largest food pantry; combating food insecurity through our innovative mobile food pantry, stationary pantry, and grocery delivery program. To volunteer or learn more about the pop up and give, smile project or senior pantry, purchase charitees, or to donate, 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.
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.
Veterans Village – is dedicated to the creation of an environment that is home to United States Veterans. This is a unique and innovative approach to holistic and comprehensive housing with 24/7/365 crisis intervention center intensive support services. To provide food and water donations, volunteer and to give, visit the website atwww.veteransvillagelasvegas.org.