Author Archives: LaurieM

YPS Spotlight | Josh Swissman

Las Vegas is undeniably the place most visitors come for glitz, glam, fine dining, entertainment and almost anything else their hearts desire. What tourists are not always privy to is the fact that Sin City remains quite the paradox. The pulse of our city and its true inner workings lie within a tightknit community with…More

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Changing Perspectives | Early Childhood Education

Erin Peace was not convinced that early childhood education was important until she sent her two children, Jaxon age five and Jaydon age two, to a quality early childcare center. Now she has a different perspective. “I have seen such a significant development in both of them,” explained Erin. “It’s completely changed my mind about…More

On the Campaign Trail | July 2015

It’s heating up all over the Valley as the summer descends and companies wrap up their 2014-15 campaigns. It’s been a year of engagement as companies and organizations stepped up like never before to create impactful change in the community. We saw motivated employees participate in dunk tanks, barbecue cook-offs, bake sales, jeans days and a…More

WLC | Helping Young Women Succeed

They come from two different worlds but Alyssa Mayor and Megan Thompson have one distinct commonality, both were in need of help to attend college and received the United Way Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) Emerging Leadership Award for Women. Alyssa was born in Quezon City, Philippines and moved to Las Vegas in the summer of…More

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Get Wet Las Vegas! Make a Splash this Summer

Temperatures are rising and school is out so it’s the perfect opportunity to check out some of the Valley’s water parks, pools and splash pads and also some homemade ideas to cool down your family. In Henderson, Cowabunga Bay (900 Galleria Drive) provides an opportunity to drift down the lazy river and get your surf…More

Me & My Recipe | BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

With over 20 years’ experience in bringing together technology and marketing, Kris Smith is United Way of Southern Nevada’s unsung technology hero. At 6’5”, Kris can be easily spotted walking down the halls at United Way. With a fresh dose of energy and enthusiasm for each challenge, Kris uses his skills to help bring the…More

Me & My Recipe | Kris Smith

With over 20 years’ experience in bringing together technology and marketing, Kris Smith is United Way of Southern Nevada’s unsung technology hero. At 6’5”, Kris can be easily spotted walking down the halls at United Way. With a fresh dose of energy and enthusiasm for each challenge, Kris uses his skills to help bring the organization…More

Engage Employees | Encourage Young Minds

Encouraging young minds to read and develop their interest and knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math is critical. Remember your first science experiment? How about your first book? United Way’s Community Engagement Team can to provide an opportunity to inspire children to learn and build employee camaraderie and teamwork all in one volunteer opportunity. Challenge…More

Community Calendar | July 2015

7.4.15 Fourth of July Parade in Summerlin        The entire Las Vegas valley is invited to celebrate Independence Day at the 21st annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, Southern Nevada’s largest and most colorful Fourth of July parade from 9 to 11am at Trails Village of Summerlin (parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Rd. and Hills…More

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Ed Skonicki

With a giving spirit and a passion for helping Las Vegas, throughout the years Ed Skonicki has been deeply involved in the community but says the one organization that holds a special place in his heart is United Way. With a history steeped in memories and community work, Ed has participated with United Way since it was…More

Me & My Recipe | Brandi’s Delicious Summer Pasta Salad

An extremely creative, giving and motivated person, Brandi Catlin loves to fill her life with new adventures. As United Way’s AmeriCorps Program administrative assistant, Brandi is constantly inspired AmeriCorps members to reach out a helping hand to the community. When Brandi cooks, she turns to simple healthy recipes that can be shared with all of…More

Me & My Recipe | Brandi Catlin

An extremely creative, giving and motivated person, Brandi Catlin loves to fill her life with new adventures. As United Way’s AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Brandi is constantly inspired by the AmeriCorps members’ service in the community. As the youngest child in a family of five, when her father retired from being an attorney in Los Angeles Brandi’s family moved to Las Vegas. After…More