Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Liberace Museum Celebrates The Holidays

LAS VEGAS - Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, the Liberace Museum will kick off a ''Twelve Days of Christmas'' event with their annual holiday lighting ceremony. Each day after, the Liberace Museum will host live entertainment, holiday decorations, and hot chocolate. Proceeds will benefit charity.

In addition to holiday activities, Wes Winters, Rod Russell, and the Nevada Opera will perform their ''Holiday Tribute to Liberace'' on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. There is a $12 admission for each show.

Charities that will benefit from this event include Marine's Toys for Tots, Loving Hands Sewing Ministry, Street Teens, United Blood Service, Golden Rainbow, Shade Tree Shelter, and Aid for Aids Nevada. Each day will benefit a different charity. For more information, contact the Liberace Museum at 702-798-5595.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Make A Difference This Sunday

WASHINGTON - Families across America are building healthier communities by volunteering to help others on National Family Volunteer Day, Saturday, November 19. Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, National Family Volunteer Day is designed to demonstrate the power of families who volunteer.

Since its inception in 1999, more than 250,000 volunteers have participated in this National Day of Service. Celebrated the weekend before Thanksgiving, National Family Volunteer Day kicks off the season of giving and encourages families to work together and give back to their community. Families will coordinate holiday food and clothing drives, visit residents in nursing homes, coordinate fund raisers and revitalize area parks and schools.

"There are myriad benefits of family volunteering. It strengthens family communication and increases shared time among family members while addressing key issues in local communities," said Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. "It helps create a culture of caring that connects families, communities, businesses and nonprofit organizations."

In addition to individual families, Volunteer Centers, nonprofit agencies, corporations and businesses around the globe, spearhead projects. In groups as small as four and as large as 500, families are gathering to celebrate National Family Volunteer Day.

To support families and organizations in the development of National Family Volunteer Day activities, Family Cares, a program of the Foundation, offers an on-line resource, http://www.familycares.org/ designed for families interested in strengthening their local communities through family volunteering. Familycares.org features hands-on project ideas, resources and games. Many of the project ideas can be adapted for National Family Volunteer Day.

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network also honors family volunteering through the National Family Volunteer Award. The award recognizes significant family volunteering activities that have taken place over the previous year by families, Volunteer Center, nonprofit agencies and businesses.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Business Bank of Nevada Funds Diabetes Research

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced that it has donated over $6,000 to the Nevada Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its annual Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising events recently held in Reno and Las Vegas.  The money donated by the Bank was comprised of a corporate donation, branch and department sales of the ever-popular JDRF Sneakers, and employee pledges.

This is the sixth year that Business Bank has been participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes events.  Over this six-year span, the Bank and its employees have donated in excess of $50,000 to this worthy cause.  In addition to the monetary donations, the Bank has provided human resources support to helping find a cure for this devastating disease through board involvement, corporate recruitment chairmanship, graphic design, volunteer outreach, and much more.

“JDRF is one of those nonprofit organizations that is near and dear to the hearts of everyone here at the Bank, which is why we enjoy supporting this wonderful organization each year in one way or another,” said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Business Bank, and who also serves as chairman of the board for United Way of Southern Nevada.  “As a small company it’s hard to be all things to all people, but from a philanthropic standpoint I’m proud to say we support quite a few nonprofit groups and worthy causes throughout Nevada.”

Charlton added that the Bank looks to support those nonprofit organizations that its employees are a part of through board involvement and volunteer outreach.  The Bank earmarks its monetary support for these organizations, while its in-kind and volunteer support is targeted to help a larger number of philanthropic programs beyond the limited dollars it has to support the communities it serves.

“Our corporate partners are one of the reasons why JDRF has been so successful over the years, and with the continued support of philanthropic minded companies like Business Bank I’m confident we’ll find a cure for this disease in the not too distant future,” said Colleen Ashworth, executive director for the Nevada Chapter of JDRF.  “The key to finding a cure for this disease is research, and the more money we can raise the quicker we’ll cure this and many other devastating diseases caused by diabetes.”

Ashworth added that this year’s walk events in both Reno and Las Vegas raised a combined total of nearly $800,000 with over 6,000 walkers participating in these annual fundraising events.  JDRF is one of the premier nonprofit organizations in Nevada and is the leading diabetes research group in the world.  November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  For more information about diabetes and JDRF, go to www.jdrf.org.

The Bank contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business.  The four main areas of the Bank’s philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Commission Announces 06-07 Funding Opportunity

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. announced the availability of funds for 2006-07 AmeriCorps grants. The program year begins September 2006.

AmeriCorps grants fund and support high-quality programs that develop an ethic of civic responsibility in those who participate, strengthen communities by volunteer management, and help meet local needs through service in the areas of environment, public safety, homeland security, and other human needs. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance and an education award for post-secondary education expenses upon the successful completion of their service.

Agencies sponsor AmeriCorps member to implement local community service initiatives. Eligible agencies include non-profit community and faith-based organizations; state and local government entities; colleges and universities; school districts and Indian tribes.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the capacity to administer federal funds; implement a detailed plan of action to address a local unmet need; present strong connections to the community it serves; and have the ability to raise the required cash match, which average $25,000. Only applications submitted by agencies who attend one the technical assistance conferences listed below will be accepted. Applications are available. The submission deadline is Jan. 5, 2006.

To download an application packet, visit americorpsnevada.org or call 702-808-4020. The commission is also hosting statewide simulcast technical assistance video on 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 29 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5 in Elko. To make arrangements to attend the video conference, please e-mail Bryan@americorpsnevada.org.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Company Uses Opening To Raise Funds

RENO, Nev. - As reported by the Reno Gazette Journal, Cindy Rumbaugh, owner of Galena Curves, focused her fitness center's opening on raising funds for the American Red Cross last September. Curves, along with Starbucks, Baskin Robins, Aqua, and other companies raffled goods and services for the benefit of the Red Cross.

Curves is a women's health club with one-on-one training and members support. The total amount raised by Gelana Curves was matched by Curves International. The new fitness center opened at 16560 Wedge Park, Suite 100 in Reno.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Nevada Federal Supports Jump Start


LAS VEGAS - Nevada Federal Credit Union is an active supporter of the National Jump$tart Coalition and the Nevada Jump$tart Coalition.

The dual mission of both the Nevada Jump$tart Coalition and Nevada Federal n is to improve the financial literacy of young adults in Nevada. Executives at the credit union believe that all young adults need to develop financial literacy to make informed financial decisions.

Nevada Federal’s volunteer speakers and committee volunteers work closely together with the Jump$tart Coalition to improve the financial literacy of Nevada’s youth through evaluation of financial literacy of young adults; developing, disseminating, and encouraging the use of standards for grades K-12; and promoting the teaching of personal finance.

For more information regarding the Jump$tart Coalition, visit Nevada’s Jump$tart website at www.nvjumpstart.org.

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