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Loyal Contributor | Francine Mazza, PHR

Francine Mazza, PHR is originally from Southern California and moved to Southern Nevada in 1996. She has two daughters; Shelby (17) and Sophia (16), who have grown up in Southern Nevada.

“This is a great community and we really love living here,” said Francine.

Francine has worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car since graduating from California State University, Northridge in 1992. She started out as a Management Trainee in Southern California and has progressed in the company to her current role as a Talent Acquisition Manager in Nevada.

“My daily activities range from career fairs, working with our local colleges and universities, interviewing for top talent and working with our employees to help them achieve their career goals,” said Francine.

Growing up, Francine was taught the importance of giving back and this value has stuck with her throughout her life.

“As a mother, I am now raising my daughters to believe and understand that every little thing that they can and will do may have a major impact on someone out there in need,” said Francine. “It warms my heart when I see one of my daughters run back into a store to get a bottle of water or dog food for a homeless person out in the streets with their dog.  It is comforting to know that my family has the means and opportunity to support our community by being a United Way Templar member and being involved in United Way functions.”

Thanks to Enterprise and their partnership with United Way, Francine has been a United Way donor and supporter since she was a new employee back in 1992.

“I have always felt that it is important to give back to the community that I live in and have been to several events throughout the valley to help support the charities that the United Way supports,” said Francine. “I feel fortunate to have been able to continue giving back to the community where my daughters have been raised through my involvement and donations with United Way.”

Campaign Spotlight | William Hill

William Hill is one of the world’s largest betting and gaming companies with 17,000 employees working together as one team worldwide and locally in Nevada. Based on the philosophy that customers are the heart of everything the company does, William Hill invests in the communities in which they do business. “Our colleagues are passionate aboutMore

Education | Lily and Gabriel Receive a Strong Start

A doctoral student at UNLV, Holly Schneider had almost given up hope in finding resources for sending her children, Lily age five and Gabriel age three and a half, to preschool. After some research, she was relieved to receive a United Way Tuition Assistance Preschool Scholarship. When Holly found out about the scholarship, her resourcesMore

Dynamic Duo Leads Largest Volunteer Force in Southern Nevada

They are only a two-person team, but together they manage the largest volunteer force in southern Nevada. Comprised of Chris Cappas, Senior Director and Jacob Murdock, Manager, the dynamic duo leading United Way’s Volunteer Center helped to connect over 24,000 volunteers to unique community wide service projects in 2011-2014. With over 20 years of human resourceMore

Cass’ Corner | July 2014

Dear Friends, Last month we celebrated the successes of our children; from our own children, to children we have watched grow up, to the children whom we have supported through our programs. It was an emotional and moving month. It has come to a close with the feeling that comes with every July. July bringsMore

16 Creative Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

When you can fry an egg on the asphalt you know it’s getting hot out there. Even the shade doesn’t provide relief! The summer sun is heating up the dry desert of Las Vegas and many of us are looking for an escape. We hear you loud and clear so we thought we would shareMore

Community Calendar | July 2014

7.13.14 Gardens Guided Walk Join the experts at Springs Preserve for a free, guided walk through beautiful botanical gardens.  Tours take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  All ages are welcomed and the event is free of charge.  For more information visit   7.14.14 Star Struck –More

United Way of Southern Nevada Welcomes New Campaign Partners to the Family

Campaign year ’13-‘14 brings new faces and enthusiasm from esteemed corporations United Way of Southern Nevada eagerly welcomes 37 new campaign partners to the United Way family. These organizations join the ranks of over 360 active workplace campaign partners, many of whom have been part of the United Way family since its founding in 1957. TheseMore

Me & My Recipe | Chris Cappas

Chris Cappas describes herself as a focused, energetic and goal-oriented individual with a passion and endless commitment to her family and her work at United Way. She’s also known by her family and friends as a caretaker and a party planner. Her passion for giving back began at an early age. “When I was eight, myMore

Tocqueville Society Spotlight | Susan and Warren Best

Susan Best was born and raised in Nebraska.  She met her husband, Warren, when she opened a new Enterprise Rent-A-Car group in Winnipeg, Canada. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado. The couple has been married 17 years and has two wonderfulMore

Me & My Recipe | Creamy Fruit Frost

This Creamy Fruit Frost is so refreshing in the heat of summer and easy to make. It takes less than 10 minutes to create and guests always comment on how tasty it is! 1 3oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 12 oz. container of non-dairy whipped topping 1 21 oz. can cherry fruit filling 1 11More

United Way of Southern Nevada Receives a $160,000 Lumina Foundation National Grant to Increase Postsecondary Attainment Rates

United Way of Southern Nevada Receives a $160,000 Lumina Foundation National Grant to Increase Postsecondary Attainment Rates

UWSN – Only Nevada organization to receive funding from the prestigious Lumina Foundation United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) was the only organization in Nevada selected to receive a $160,000 Lumina Foundation national grant to help increase postsecondary degree attainment in southern Nevada. To increase postsecondary degree attainment in southern Nevada, UWSN is collaborating withMore