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KaBoom looking for volunteers to build playground at Child Haven

KaBoom looking for volunteers to build playground at Child Haven

help build a playground at Child Haven, the temporary home for children run by the Clark County Department of Family Services.

Child Haven sees about 300 different children per month have been put into DFS custody because of suspected abuse or neglect. Now, KaBoom wants to build a playground for those children. KaBoom is a national nonprofit which has built or improved more than 15,000 playgrounds around the country.

The organization is looking for volunteers to plan and prepare the playground area and volunteers to actual build. The preparation days will be April 11 through April 14. The building day will be April 15.

For more information, please contact the Department of Family Services Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit at (702) 455-1196

Any individuals or businesses interesting in volunteering must register by April 4 by emailing: dfspartnership@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

Peggy's Attic Taking in Donations for Kids in Need

Peggy's Attic Taking in Donations for Kids in Need

Peggy's Attic at Child Haven is holding a donation drive to collect supplies for kids in need.

The charity is looking for new and gently used items. The items go to the kids who are transitioning from Child Haven to foster care or kinship care. They also go to children that are involved in the family court system. Especially, families that are in crisis.

The thing the charity needs the most is backpacks.

"There is a need out there. I have a lot of families come in, and I had one mom, in particular, was selling her plasma on a weekly basis in order to be able to put food on the table for the children," Audrie Rosenstein with Peggy's Attic said.

They are also accepting school supplies and personal hygiene products. When children are taken from their homes by the Department of Family Services, they are often without any personal items.

Three Square Opens New Food Stamps Help Center

Three Square Opens New Food Stamps Help Center

Nevada Senator Harry Reid helped commemorate the opening Tuesday of the new Three Square Center.

The center is for people looking for help with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is referred to as food stamps. Workers at the center will help people fill out applications for the program.

In 2008, more than 144,000 people in Nevada received SNAP benefits compared with more than 354,000 in 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture. The average monthly benefit for individuals in 2012 in Nevada is $123.35, the USDA reports. For households, the benefit was $258.81.

Three Square Food Bank already collects and distributes food to food banks around southern Nevada. According to the nonprofit, it currently provides more than 24.5 million pounds of food and grocery product to its charity partners every year.

 

Hundreds of Volunteers Help Pack Food for Three Square Food Bank

Hundreds of Volunteers Help Pack Food for Three Square Food Bank

Hundreds of volunteers showed up Wednesday to help Three Square Food Bank pack meals for people in need in southern Nevada.

About 1,400 volunteers from Astella Pharma US, Inc. descended on the charity's warehouse at Pecos and Craig roads to pack 120,000 meals to serve the approximately 340,000 people who are food insecure in southern Nevada.

The company is holding a conference in Las Vegas this week and wanted to give back to the community.

The group of volunteers is the largest to work at Three Square since it opened in 2007. 

Resource Fair Offers Help for Families in Need

Resource Fair Offers Help for Families in Need

Homeless and low-income families in southern Nevada are invited to an event designed to help them find resources they need.

The Family Connect Summer Resource Fair will be hosted by Clark County at the East Las Vegas Senior Community Center, 250 North Eastern Avenue.

From 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, families can come to the center and talk with local agencies and organizations that provide help with childcare, housing, health care, jobs and more.

Event organizers are also looking for donations that will be handed out at the fair. Items like toys, first-aid kids, canned food, diapers, formula and personal hygiene items are needed. To donate, contact organizers at fortheleastofthese@cox.net.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help at the event. To register as a volunteer, go to volunteercentersn.org.

Charity Wants Help if You Were Dumped by a Chump

Charity Wants Help if You Were Dumped by a Chump

If it’s time to forget about that lost love once and for all, Goodwill wants to help.