On January 22, Robert Half (RH), a premier staffing agency that believes it is essential to reach out and give back to the community, set out to make a difference at the Park Elementary School in Las Vegas. During the special day, 100 RH volunteers painted murals, assembled athletic equipment and picnic tables, painted computer labs, assembled pencil boxes with school supplies, cleaned up the landscaping and read new books in classrooms.
Each year the organization holds a conference and the attendees take time to give back to the Las Vegas community. This year they chose to make their mark by donating 30 laptops, a laptop recharging cart with 30 sets of headphones, 280 new books, 1,000 pencil boxes, school supplies, two goal posts for soccer/football, basketball hoops, athletic equipment, bleachers, picnic tables, and gift cards for each teacher to purchase additional classroom supplies. The amount of the generous donation totaled $55,000.
“Robert Half was pleased and excited to work with the United Way of Southern Nevada to dedicate an afternoon of volunteer work at John S. Park Elementary,” said Reesa Staten, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Robert Half. “Our employees are still talking about what a rewarding experience it was. Thank you for helping us make it happen!”
According to Nancy Radke, Director of Staff Development, RH International Operations, RH received a memorable warm welcome by the entire school population as they arrived.
“When I think back, I am not sure who got more from the event, the school or Robert Half. It was at least a tie!” said Nancy.
School improvements which provide safer, more attractive places for children to play and learn help promote civic pride, cooperation and can be a catalyst for change. The Robert Half volunteers had a hand in truly transforming not only a school, but a pocket of the Las Vegas community in need of an injection of hope, pride and beauty.
Principal of John S. Park Elementary School, Lorna James-Cervantes, was touched by the difference that RH made in their school. She explained that now their students will be able to play football and soccer on the school’s field instead of traveling to another location. In addition, the school’s hallways and computer labs are bright and motivating since the murals have been completed and the computers, books, and school supplies will be instrumental in helping John S. Park Elementary students succeed and reach their goals as 21st Century learners.
“Our school community is deeply touched and forever changed due to the contributions of Robert Half to our school,” said Lorna. “Our students have always deserved these opportunities and, now, through the generosity of Robert Half and the dedication of the United Way staff and volunteers, they will realize these benefits. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our community!”
Over 250 Community Volunteers Participate in 2014 MLK Day
On Monday January 20th, over 250 community volunteers joined together at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. Groups from local schools, churches and small businesses volunteered at the project coordinated by United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) Volunteer Center and its partners the Outside Las Vegas Foundation and Friends of Craig Ranch to build garden plots, clean wind-blown trash and beautify this amazing new regional park. Volunteers also distributed 1,000 flyers highlighting UWSN’s free tax preparation program to the surrounding neighborhoods. Other volunteers wrote over 500 inspirational notes that will be distributed to local elementary school students in Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT) “survival kits” during April and May. These notes will let students know that the community cares about them.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a day for southern Nevada residents to join together to make a lasting impact on their community. MLK Day is also, importantly, a launching pad for an entire year of service. This year the Volunteer Center supported the nationwide theme of creating economic opportunities by improving education, strengthening health care services, and improving financial literacy.
This event was made possible with funding from the Cesar Chavez Foundation through a grant received by the Volunteer Center at United Way of Southern Nevada.