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LOVE-UNITEDWe wanted to give you a chance to share the most meaningful way that someone demonstrated their love for you or you have demonstrated your love to someone or something on Valentine’s Day.

Did they give you something special like a handwritten poem, a special homemade dinner together or a really good bottle of French Rosé wine? Was this a gift your mother gave you every year on this special day that truly made an impression on you? Did you volunteer for a project on this day, as a way to show your love for your community? To help inspire you, we are sharing our first “LOVE UNITED” story below.

We invite you to send us an email and let us know your favorite “LOVE UNITED” story. A selection of “LOVE UNITED” stories submitted by March 1, 2015  will be featured in our next newsletter.

Vanessa’s Story

My mother was never a highly expressive or super mushy person. The ways she expressed her love were more subtle, but consistent, generous, and sweet. She did things in her own way.

We weren’t a big candy family, but every Valentine’s Day I was given a huge Hershey’s kiss. It was the size of a lacrosse ball, and it took weeks to savor and eat. I loved that tradition, and it continues to touch me to this day. Now, we have our own tradition with our children, which is to give them something special on this day to remind them that we love them.  We can’t find the giant kisses in stores, but that’s okay. Thanks Mom for showing me your love, your way.

Me & My Recipe | Julie Hoffmann

With a flair for adventure, Julie Hoffmann is a former Peace Corps member who has traveled to many foreign lands and now directs United Way’s accounts receivable department. Julie grew up in Cincinnati and was originally a high school math teacher. When she met her husband, the bold couple decided to join the Peace Corps…More

MLK Day | A Day of Service and Remembrance

United Way of Southern Nevada staff and AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service, a day on not a day off, by working with The Outside Las Vegas Foundation and Get Outdoors Nevada to clean up Lone Mountain Discovery Park on Saturday, January 17, 2015. AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps…More

Me & My Recipe | Julie’s Heavenly Dipping Dessert Sauce

11 ounce package milk chocolate chips 10 ounce package peanut butter chips 12 ounce can evaporated milk 2/3 cup butter 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Mix all ingredients except for vanilla in a heavy saucepan.  Melt over low heat until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla.  Serve hot in a fondue pot (optional) with anything…More

Community Calendar | February 2015

2.13.15-2.14.15 Opportunity Village’s Valentines Celebration at the Magical Forest   Join Opportunity Village for its first ever Valentines Weekend Celebration at the Magical Forest! The Forest will be decked out in Valentines decorations and will have a prom to compliment each day: Zombie Prom on Friday the 13th and a Redo and Renew Prom on Saturday the…More

On the Campaign Trail | February 2015

Hello there Partners! The Campaign Trail continues to see warmer temperatures and great energy from our friends and volunteers. Planning is currently underway for the DRI second annual national campaign which will kick-off in April.  We have been talking with 24 other United Ways and they are energized and excited to be working with the…More

YPS Spotlight | Lanea Hyland

With a heart to provide excellent customer service and help others, Lanea Hyland has excelled in her career managing four Raising Cane’s restaurants and she also dedicates her time to volunteering as a United Way Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) member. Growing up in a small town in Oregon, Lanea developed a passion for playing softball.…More

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YPS Piggy Bank Media Update

It was a day of pride and excitement, as the media and community partners gathered to cut the ribbon for the second YPS “Piggy Bank” at Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary on January 21, 2015. Through this financial literacy program, students saved over $600 during the first day of the “Piggy Bank.” For a glimpse into this unique…More

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Piggy Bank Helps Students Save!

During the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) launch of the second “Piggy Bank,” students saved over $600 during the first day of this unique financial literacy program designed to teach over 650 students of Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School how to save money by simulating a traditional banking experience and providing financial education in…More

Valentine’s Inspiration | Unconventional Ways to LOVE UNITED

Whether Valentine’s Day gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling or you choose not to celebrate cupid’s favorite day, February 14 is right around the corner. Not only a day marked by candy, cards, pink hearts and red roses, it’s a chance to show those around us how much we care. We wanted to give you a chance to share the most…More

WLC Luncheon Fashion Show, Feb. 20, 2015

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) will host its Luncheon Fashion Show at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featuring Punam Mathur as the event emcee, the event will recognize WLC’s impact in the community and women community leaders who demonstrate a…More

Cass’ Corner | January 2015

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! I hope that the end of 2014 brought you time with family, rest and reflection. I spent some time in the deep freeze of Wisconsin, visiting family and enjoying my wife, daughter and son. I know many of you received your college bound freshman home for the first holiday season.…More