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Me & My Recipe | Lemon Rice Parsley Salad

As a new Research Development Officer for United Way of Southern Nevada, Barb Mundt works with corporations to make their employee campaigns successful. She is responsible for generating new and expanded business opportunities and fundraising. Barb likes promoting the spirit of volunteerism and the mission of United Way throughout the community.

“When I started volunteering years ago, I saw the difference an individual could make,” said Barb. “Just by offering a person a hand up instead of a hand out and showing them the value that they can add to the world is life changing. It takes you beyond your own world to see one that you could never imagine.”

Barb shared her recipe for Lemon Rice Parsley Salad that doesn’t need refrigeration, can be made the day before and served either in a bowl or individual containers. “It goes with everything but is particularly good with grilled chicken,” said Barb.

Lemon Rice Parsley Salad

938161 cup Arborio rice

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 cup packed parsley leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons cherry peppers, diced

1/3 cup Kalamata olives, chopped

1 tablespoon capers, drained

1 ½ tablespoon grated lemon zest

Salt and pepper


Cook the rice until just tender, or slightly undercooked. Drain thoroughly.

In a large bowl, toss the rice with the olive oil and lemon juice. Add the parsley, pepper, olives, capers and zest. Toss well, then add salt and pepper to taste. Let set about an hour before serving. You may want to add more olive oil or lemon juice at this time depending on how it tastes.

Me & My Recipe | Barbara Mundt

Barb Mundt grew up throughout the Midwest, including Nebraska, Minnesota, Chicago and then back to Nebraska. After graduating from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she moved out to Wyoming to start a career in media sales and has since lived throughout the western United States. She and her husband just returned from a three year stint in Laramie, Wyoming…More

“Flip Through Summer”

Take a walk down storytime lane and bring the whole family to this fun-filled, community event FLIP THROUGH SUMMER will be a special day of celebration, imagination and the magic of some of children’s most beloved books and characters. The event encourages summer reading, since children can lose as much as three months of reading comprehension during the summer. As…More

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Dan Schwarz

A Midwesterner through and through, Dan Schwarz may be  officially a native of Las Vegas by now, but his Midwestern roots are never far away.  Born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs, this father of four leads a robust life of philanthropy, creativity, faith and family. A loving and involved grandfather, Dan has worked in…More

Community Calendar | April 2015

4.10.15 21st Annual Glass Craft & Bead Expo to be Held at South Point Hotel & Casino The largest glass and bead expo in the country, the art Expo will feature 250 classes taught by professional artists and innovative industry leaders. The Expo also will also offer nearly 150 booths and 70 tabletops in the…More

On the Campaign Trail | April 2015

Hello from the Campaign Trail. With temperatures in the 90’s, the trail is feeling a bit like summer! In the last quarter of our fiscal year, Boyd Gaming spiced it up with its first Chili Cook Off benefiting United Way. With 50 participants, 20 different chili samples and $500 raised for United Way, this event was a…More

WLC Spotlight | Karie Hall

Even though she is new to United Way Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), Karie Hall has been embraced by the members. With a hectic work schedule and a busy family life, becoming a WLC member has helped Karie connect with other women in the community and contribute in a meaningful way to the future of southern Nevada. “After losing…More

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The “Piggy Bank” Program | Teaching Young Children How to Save

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Children at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy are dreaming early and setting lofty goals like being doctors, teachers and veterinarians. Through the “Piggy Bank” program these children can accomplish their dreams by starting to save while they are young. United…More

Treat Your Best Friend | Vegas Dog-friendly Destinations

Spring has officially sprung and with it the temperatures are rising just enough to venture outdoors. With plenty of options to explore, southern Nevada abounds with dog-friendly, family destinations. Whether it’s a hike you seek, a friendly dog park, restaurant or hotel accommodations there are options from one end of the Valley to the other. Whether…More

Nevada College Kick Start Program | Planting the Seed Early

Nevada College Kick Start Program Nevada College Kick Start Program is a visionary program that is automatically establishing college savings accounts, with an initial deposit of $50, in the name of all Nevada public school kindergarten students. Administered by the Nevada State Treasurer and the Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plans of Nevada,…More

United Way’s YPS Derby Day

Join us for United Way’s YPS Signature Event on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 2pm – 5pm at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas. Watch the Kentucky Derby in high Southern style with hosted signature drinks, a photo booth and brass band entertainment. This will be the event of the season! Be sure to wear your…More

Agency Spotlight | Bridge Counseling Associates

Agency Spotlight | Bridge Counseling Associates

With a legacy of rebuilding lives and restoring families, Bridge Counseling Associates provides a wide range of counseling and therapy services that address marriage and family issues, drug and alcohol addictions, mental health issues, co-occurring mental health and addiction issues, and vocational challenges. Bridge Counseling Associates is a United Way of Southern Nevada Accredited Agency and has been…More