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Expiring Unemployment Pushes Families Toward Homelessness

Expiring Unemployment Pushes Families Toward Homelessness


Non-profit organizations throughout southern Nevada feel the pinch of the struggling local economy. No group finds itself more squarely in the middle of the situation than HopeLink of Southern Nevada, which attempts to help families confronting homelessness.

As expiring unemployment benefits force more families into that predicament, HopeLink needs more donations to support its efforts. Its requests for aid have increased 35 percent from last year.

HopeLink is seeking donations of all sizes, including businesses willing to host a special event and/or designate a percentage of a day’s sales to the cause. HopeLink receives between 500-800 requests per month for assistance, mainly with shelter or rent and utility payments, and has increased its volunteer program to help fill requests. HopeLink served more than 7,000 people over the last year.

Henderson Libraries Look to Fill Budget Gap


Henderson Libraries need just $15,000 more to reach a goal of $100,000 by April 30.

The library system has lost $3 million in annual revenue. That has left a big gap in the budget that would normally be used to buy books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and other materials.

The Henderson Libraries Foundation has been working to fill that gap. While $100,000 sounds like a lot of money, it is only between 10 and 12 percent of the library district’s materials budget. The foundation is looking for individuals and businesses willing to take the Grand Challenge. The challenge is to commit to raising $1,000 in a month’s time. To participate, go to hendersonlibrariesfoundation.org and fill out the challenge form, then turn it into the foundation.

Some suggestions for raising the money include:

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Stylists Give Free Haircuts to Students

Stylists Give Free Haircuts to Students

Hair stylists from a Henderson salon stood behind their chairs for several hours to make sure every child, who wanted a haircut, at one elementary school got one.

Six stylists from Revv Illusions Salon gave free haircuts to students at Robert Taylor Elementary School, 144 Westminster Way. The school has more than 633 students. The stylists agreed to stay until every child, who brought in a permission slip, got a haircut.

“I do not have the ability to give big sums of money. So, we decided at the salon that we have the ability to do what we can do and change a kid’s life,” organizer of the event Randie Gorbena Revv Illusions Salon said.

Gorbena says simple haircuts can improve how children feel about themselves. She says when people look good, they feel better about themselves. When people feel better, they are more likely to succeed.

Food 4 Less, "Mammovan" Team Up for Breast Cancer Prevention

Food 4 Less, "Mammovan" Team Up for Breast Cancer Prevention


Free and low-cost breast cancer screenings will be offered at local Food 4 Less stores throughout 2012.

Food 4 Less has teamed up with Nevada Health Centers to offer low- to no-cost breast mammograms at selected Food 4 Less locations through the Centers’ Mammovan program.

The Nevada Health Center Mammovan is a mobile mammography van designed to travel to underserved areas of the state to provide mammogram screenings to geographically isolated and/or uninsured women who otherwise might not seek out the service on their own.

The program was made possible in part from a $10,000 grant from Food 4 Less to Nevada Health Centers.

The Mammovan will be offering breast cancer screenings at the following Food 4 Less locations throughout the year:

Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Homeless Pets

Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Homeless Pets


Golfers won’t mind going in the ruff – er, rough – at one upcoming charity golf tournament.

The “Golf ‘Fore’ the Love of Pets” tournament tees off Monday, Feb. 13 at The Golf Club at SouthShore at Lake Las Vegas. The event benefits Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a nonprofit with a mission of eliminating animal and pet overpopulation in Southern Nevada. 

Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

 As many students are in need of math remediation when they enter Nevada State College, the college has created unique solutions to encourage math mastery, including a math skills challenge program, known as Math Boot Camp, as well as a modular remediation course. NSC will now be able to expand both of these math programs thanks to an $11,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The grant from Verizon will fund the conversion of the current NSC Math Boot Camp skills challenge into a web-based, interactive, real-time challenge as developed by NSC math professor, Dr. Aaron Wong. 

Station Casinos Turns Pink for October

Station Casinos Turns Pink for October


Station Casinos is going pink this month to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Restaurants at several of the company’s casinos will be offering dessert treats in pink with money raised going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Nevada. Some of the desserts available at all Grand Cafes include pink and white chocolate caramel apples, pink ribbon éclairs, strawberry shortcake and fresh fruit tarts.

Red Rock Resort in Summerlin is offering special Pink Sampler Platters on the dessert menus at T-Bones Chophouse, Terra Rossa Italian and Hachi.

As part of the pink campaign, this past weekend 11 Station Casinos’ properties set up pink blackjack tables with winnings from that tables going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.