Charity & Grassroots in West Sahara

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With resum?s that list extensive travels from venue to venue, the instructors at The Pointe Dance Center embody Shakespeare's famous sentiment, "All the world's a stage." Owner Donna Frias has appeared on television and in famous venues?Madison Square Garden and the Civic Light Opera among them?as a member of Bella Lewitzky's dance company.

At their Las Vegas studio, professional instructors combine their experiences to spark a passion for dance in students of all age groups. They concentrate on the dual development of technique and confidence, leading classes in ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and acrobatic disciplines including gymnastics and cheer. They acclimate tiny legs to new rhythms with sessions for toddlers, and they also host Stretch, Turn & Leap seminars that help with general poise. By relying on positive reinforcement rather than giant, screaming metronomes for motivation, they encourage pupils to view choreography as a flexible medium for self-expression.

9340 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas,
NV
US

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.

7764 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Solutions Foundation approaches teen drug use from both sides of the problem. Its education efforts deliver hard facts to kids, teens, and parents about the dangers of illicit and prescription drugs, and its CLOUD (Choosing Life Over Using Drugs) program reaches out to youths already dealing with chemical abuse or dependency.

An intensive, eight-week program, CLOUD brings kids and adolescents together five times each week to engage in individual, group, family, and recreational therapy. The teen-friendly, therapeutic environment provides a safe space for recovery and personal growth. Solutions Foundations makes targeted efforts to reach out to Nevada's uninsured and at-risk populations, giving them a place to turn and the resources with which to change their lives.

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9811 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas,
NV
US

The critters at Wild Adventures Zoo range from the familiar—turtles, hedgehogs, and geckos—to more exotic species such as kinkajous and blue-tongued skinks, but they all have one thing in common: they are in need of human care. Some of these animals were injured in the wild and some were neglected as house pets, but the staff of volunteers cares for each of them equally. The zoo is raising the funds it needs to open to the public, but that hasn't stopped the staff from sharing the animals' stories with the greater community. The Zoo to You program takes rescued animals on the road to schools and scout meetings to raise awareness about exotic animals.

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PO Box 401532
Las Vegas,
NV
US

In December 2011, a local television news show reported on the 5,000 students who were homeless in the Las Vegas Valley, and focused on the 150 teenagers attending Rancho High School who were homeless or displaced. The community responded by sending aid to many of the teens’ families. Moved by their plight, a team of concerned individuals founded Project 150 to help garner support for the 17 families who had not yet received aid as the holiday season approached. The founding effort of Project 150 successfully raised three truckloads of supplies for these families.

Today, Project 150 provides material support for more than 850 homeless and displaced students at 15 area high schools. It distributes a range of necessities including underwear, food items, and school supplies to homeless youth throughout the region.

8912 Spanish Ridge Avenue
Las Vegas,
NV
US

New Vista supports individuals with intellectual disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. The organization tailors its techniques, therapies, and methods to each individual, with the goal of helping them reach a higher level of independence. Its group homes offer a welcoming and residential-like setting with staff members onsite 24 hours a day, and it also runs a youth program that supports children with intellectual disabilities and educates their families. New Vista offers skills training, ranging from cooking and cleaning to job development, to assist individuals in becoming self-aware community members. To help fund its programs, the organization also operates a thrift store that is open to the wider community and helps to fund its programs.

PO Box 80025
Las Vegas,
Nevada
US