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.
Every year, Legacy High School robotics team The IncrediBULLS builds a working robot from scratch. With raw materials such as aluminum and screws, they brainstorm and build a mechanical creation, programming it to respond to the world. Six weeks is all they have though, so they work hand-in-hand with professional scientists and engineers as they explore the fundamentals of STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering, and mechanics—and dip their toes into scientific-career fields. Once they complete the robot, the team showcases it at community events, such as the Las Vegas Science Festival, to spread the word about the program and the brightness of their futures. Then, they compete against other high-school teams from around the country at the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition, striving for the national title.
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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.
Whether tailoring care to keep babies on the same schedules they're on at home, preparing kids for kindergarten, or assisting grammar-school students with homework in afterschool programs, First Christian Academy acts as a support system for other education and childcare efforts outside its walls. Because the academy views parents as crucial to their kids' education, parents can take part in the advisory board or take advantage of the open-door policy and stop by the classroom. There, they'll see kids aged 6 weeks to 12 years cared for by licensed professionals. These teachers do everything, including helping infants develop their senses, teaching older children to recognize coins and dollar bills, and what mortgage is most beneficial when putting a down payment on a blanket fort.
Opened in 1991, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum presents a collection of wildlife, historical, geologic and prehistoric exhibits. Nine galleries fill the two-story building with lifelike replicas of extinct and present day fauna, including animals that once roamed the area that is today known as Las Vegas. The Marine Life Gallery features a vast assortment of sea life, with full-sized whales hanging from the ceiling, an interactive display of sounds from several species of oceanic creatures and a pool filled with live baby sharks and sting rays. In another area, dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and Ichthyosaur transport visitors back to the time before humans walked the earth. And not far away is Treasures of Egypt, a 4,000-square-foot monument to King Tut’s tomb, which houses more than 500 replicas of the boy king’s burial chamber.
When the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center polled its inpatients in the early 1990s, it discovered that 25% of the treated veterans had no place to go when they were discharged. A veteran of the Marines, Judge Harry Pregerson formed U.S.VETS to address the lack of housing available for veterans who are homeless. Today, U.S.VETS – Las Vegas operates housing programs such as residential back-to-work program and finding permanent and affordable housing for veterans.
At any one time, U.S.VETS – Las Vegas houses about 260 veterans its two facilities and works with them to find permanent employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Each veteran receives intensive case management, health services, transportation, and life-skills development to help them gain a strong footing in civilian life. They learn about budgeting, healthy relationships, and resumé building while living among their peers, helping out in facility tasks, and receiving daily living essentials. U.S.VETS – Las Vegas helped 140 veterans return to full-time work in 2011.