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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Incred-A-Bull's goal is simple: it works to "end canine discrimination" by educating the public about pit bulls and other misunderstood dogs. By providing information and advocacy for these dogs, the organization hopes to drastically reduce the number of dogs who are unnecessarily euthanized. As part of its efforts to dispel pervasive stereotypes about such dogs, it sponsors events like community walks to showcase friendly dogs interacting with fellow canines, adults, and kids.
In addition, Incred-A-Bull supports all of the community's dogs regardless of breed through owner-support programs. For owners dealing with financial hardship, it provides food and basic supplies like leashes and collars at no cost. It partners with local veterinary clinics to pay for all or part of the cost of spay or neuter procedures for pit bull and pit bull mixes, which help prevent overpopulation. For frustrated owners having trouble dealing with their dogs' behavior, Incred-A-Bull offers one-on-one training consultations and builds dog runs to release activity-starved outdoor pups from their tethers. All of these programs are united under the goal of reducing the possibility that dogs will be abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters already stretched to the limit.
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The Salvation Army Family Store collects and resells donated items ranging from vintage clothing to antique furniture. Patrons can search for wardrobes, tables, and couches to fill out their home, plates and silverware to stock their empty kitchen, and VCRs to feed their pet robot. All proceeds from the Family Stores support The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Centers. Located across the country, these centers provide faith-based residential and transitional rehabilitation programs for men and women dealing with alcohol and substance abuse.
Though the best way to contribute to the organization's mission is with monetary donations, the Salvation Army accepts donations of used goods and clothing to sell in the network of Family Stores. All sales of these donated items support the funding of the organization's programming. People can donate goods at convenient drop-off locations or schedule a free truck pickup of the donated items.
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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In 2013, more than 14,000 volunteers and a fleet of 20 trucks rescued and delivered more than 30 million pounds of food on behalf of Three Square Food Bank—the equivalent of more than 25 million meals. They delivered these to nonprofit organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations that maintain regular feeding programs. And they provide Kids Cafe meals, a Feeding America program, every week during the school year, distributing more than 8,000 meals per day. Three Square gathers everything from canned foods to surplus meats and produce from grocery outlets, then redistributes it to those who face food insecurity, working to ensure every person has regular access to a complete meal. By doing this, Three Square Food Bank strives toward its mission: "To provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community."