Robin and Kathy, Shaggy Shaggy Shake's owners and groomers, have fallen head-over-heels for canines, even the shyest and most difficult specimens. At their pet salon, Shaggy Shaggy Shake, they treat dogs as members of their family with pampering services and a calm, safe, and loving environment. Instead of cowering in cages, dogs rest in cubbies atop cushy beds as they await services such as haircuts, manicures, and dental cleanings. Many grooming services include a bath, during which the pup is lathered with premium shampoo and conditioner. Robin and Kathy also specialize in dog and cat massage, which can promote calmness, ease pain, and reduce the risk of injury from energetic play or competitive figure skating. To make grooming sessions as convenient as possible, the duo can also shuttle pets to and from their owners' homes.
The volunteers—who are called in by police officers, paramedics, firefighters, or hospital personnel—assist family members and other witnesses by providing emotional support, helping arrange necessary follow-up services, and notifying family and friends of the crisis. Volunteers can also work as liaisons between victims and emergency or hospital authorities, and they provide information, referrals, and other resources to ensure that individuals receive ongoing assistance. They also supply these trauma survivors with useful resource guides containing support-group and counseling recommendations, funeral-planning assistance, contact information for crisis hotlines, and other valuable information.
GTSF’s staff members measure kids’ feet on-site to ensure a proper fit before sending children to explore a large traveling inventory of shoes. A community volunteer leads children through the stock, which is made up of high-quality and name-brand athletic shoes to ensure students can select the same styles that their schoolmates are wearing. Children pluck their favorite pair and wear it home, and for many kids, the shoes they choose from Goodie Two Shoes are the first new shoes they have ever owned. By providing children with new shoes, the foundation aims to eliminate an identifiable sign of poverty, provide children with a sense of empowerment by letting them choose their own pair, and improve their self-esteem and performance in school.
Helping Hands's food pantry provides baskets packed with traditional Thanksgiving food to low-income seniors to ensure they have a nice holiday meal they can share with others. The baskets bear traditional holiday fare including a small whole chicken, stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, two cans of fruit, and two cans of vegetables.
Although Mauricia Baca grew up among the skyscrapers of New York, one of her favorite things to do was hike, she explained in an article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She would spend hours journeying through Manhattan and combing Central Park—activities that led to summer jobs with the National Park Service, a degree in environmental law, and a profound appreciation for the benefits of nature. So it's hardly a surprise that she's now the executive director of the Outside Las Vegas Foundation.
The Las Vegas Valley dazzles with more than 600 miles of trails through the Red Rock National Conservation Area, the Valley of Fire, and Tule Springs, and Baca strives to connect Nevada residents to each. To do so, her foundation organizes adopt-a-trail efforts, get outdoors programs, and onsite health initiatives. Seeing these places instills a love for the environment, but it also helps promote healthy lifestyles. "All you need is a pair of shoes" to exercise in nature, Baca says in the article. "You have to pay money to join a gym."
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