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The Shade Tree provides three full meals every day to the women and children staying in its shelter, and in the 2009–2010 fiscal year the organization's kitchen served more than 109,000 meals. Since it provides meals free of charge, The Shade Tree relies upon donations and funding raised from outside sources to cover the cost of food. The number of women and children seeking shelter at The Shade Tree has risen in recent years, and the organization requires additional funds to continue to offer meals to all those who stay at the shelter.

1 W Owens Ave
North Las Vegas,
NV
US

For job seekers, transportation aid such as bus passes and gas cards can be a vital means of getting to job interviews and job fairs and utilizing resources such as those offered by Goodwill’s workforce-development services. Because people are less likely to be able to afford transportation the longer they’re unemployed, most job seekers coming to Goodwill for help need transportation aid. In the past year, Goodwill has distributed 314 gas cards and 2,900 single and monthly bus passes to clients seeking jobs.

1280 W Cheyenne Ave
North Las Vegas,
NV
US

The Monkey Gym's founders—Kerry Cutler, a former YMCA gymnastics instructor, and Tony Cooper, a wrestling coach and teacher—opened their nonprofit, 6,500-square-foot rumpus room to provide healthy playing opportunities for children regardless of economic or ergonomic barriers. At twice-weekly open-gym sessions, kids can tumble, bounce, sprint, and gambol under the watchful eye of coaches trained in the arts of gymnastics, wrestling, and cheerleading. Junior gymnasts can imitate the facility's namesake simian by swinging from rings or by hurling themselves into the Monkey Pit, a playpen filled with hundreds of yellow foam cubes. Artistically inclined youngsters, meanwhile, can add to their oeuvre in the on-site studio, the walls of which are bedecked with student-made art and encrusted with Swarovski crystals that possess no magical powers.

1999 Whitney Mesa Dr
Henderson,
NV
US

Through the Kids to Kids literacy program, Spread the Word Nevada works with book distributors to purchase gently used and new books and distributes them to children in 24 Clark County elementary schools. In the last decade, Kids to Kids has donated more than one million books to these schools. Participating schools have noted an increase in the number of students who meet or exceed reading standards, which can lead to greater academic and economic success for these children.

260 E Desert Rose Dr
Henderson,
NV
US

With the mantra of "leveling the playing field," The Ogden Foundation works directly with schools and area nonprofit organizations to provide academic and athletic programs for students from low-income households. Its literacy and afterschool enrichment program, known as CAAMP Ogden Club, provides classes with books to dissect through daily readings and a book report. Once a week, participating students also take part in afterschool activities such as book discussions, antibullying workshops, and boxing classes.

At the end of CAAMP Ogden Club’s weekly programs, students receive a healthy snack and drink, which program manager Stacy Smith hopes will encourage them to make better, healthier choices when they’re at home. And the students and teachers who participate in CAAMP Ogden seem to love it. As fifth-grade student Bianca G. said, "I love CAAMP Ogden. … I like how we go inside and talk about the book, eat a snack, and relax after all that exercise. I simply cannot wait to go to CAAMP Ogden."

"Seeing what we are doing is making a difference," Smith said. "It’s my hope to help set a student on a path to reach for more in life, to learn as much as they possibly can while having fun doing so, and to become an all-around healthy, happy, productive member of society."

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10740 S. Eastern Ave Ste #150
Henderson,
NV
US

Although today Black Rock Solar empowers nonprofits, schools, and underserved populations by providing low-cost energy, its beginnings were less defined. In the sweltering Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada a volunteer group installed a solar array for the 2007 Burning Man event—themed that year as the Green Man. Their giant array provided more than 50,000 people with energy while they partied, but afterward, when the ash of the burning figure settled, the solar panels remained. The group donated the array to the school system of Gerlach, the tiny desert town nearby, and the seeds of Black Rock Solar were sown.

From those beginnings, Black Rock went on to build solar arrays at reduced prices for partners such as Pershing General Hospital, Pyramid Lake High School, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and other organizations that could benefit from low-cost energy but lacked the means to procure it. The arrays help reduce the organizations' utility bills so they can devote more resources to their central causes. Also by spreading solar power, Black Rock actively involves these organizations and the public at large in environmental stewardship, spreading clean energy and education.

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1637 Orange Daisy Place
Henderson,
NV
US