Las Vegas needs volunteers like you to help the Valley thrive. There are hundreds of worthy causes just waiting for your time and special brand of caring. From helping abused and neglected animals to helping out at a rugby match, we have found dozens of ways for you to have fun while selflessly spending your time, giving back to the community.
Volunteering is easy. Find a cause that you are passionate about then reach out and let that organization know that you are available to help! Don’t forget: most volunteer organizations require you to fill out an interest application, attend volunteer orientation and/or training to make sure that you are a great fit for their organization.
While we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible, our list is nowhere near complete. For more opportunities, The United Way of Southern Nevada has a wonderful list of accredited agencies that you can volunteer or donate to at uwsn.org/list-of-accredited-agencies. You can also check out www.volunteermatch.org or www.volunteercentersn.org for even more volunteer opportunities. You can even meet someone while giving your time with Single Volunteers Las Vegas singlevolunteers.org/LV.
What are you waiting for? Be selfless. Be inspirational. Go make a difference today.
If you enjoy spending your time with animals, then think about volunteering at any one, or all, of these great animal philanthropies. Come on, walk a dog! Clean a cage! Cuddle a kitten! Mend a broken heart with your gentle touch and reassurance. Make an introduction that can complete a family like no other. Pets are a very good thing. They keep us active; they make us feel better when we’re feeling down. Help a special pet find a forever home, or just be their pal until they find one.
o Animal Foundation – animalfoundation.com/get-involved/volunteer
o Animal Network Las Vegas – animalnetwork-lv.com/get-involved
o Las Vegas Valley Humane Society – www.lvvhumane.org/volunteer.php
o Nevada SPCA –www.nevadaspca.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer
Employment Assistance and Support
Remember when you were struggling to find a job to make ends meet? Yeah, we do too. Finding and holding onto that perfect job is a tough thing to do, even more so if life has unfortunately dealt you not-so-favorable cards. We all know what it’s like to have a job that doesn’t quite fit the bill of what we love to do, much less paying us enough to do it. Help someone less fortunate attain that dream job that allows them to follow their bliss so they can have a taste of success and inspire others to do the same.
o Dress for Success Southern Nevada – www.dressforsuccesssouthernnevada.org/donate/volunteer-opportunities
o Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow (FIT) – lasvegasfit.org/volunteer
o Goodwill of Southern Nevada – www.goodwill.vegas/volunteerservices
Volunteering at a hospital is never a bad idea. You could be the smiling face that gives hope to someone who is fighting for their life, or just that one selfless person who props someone up with an extra pillow to make them more comfortable. It’s not the most glamourous of volunteering jobs, but if you think about it, it is just as necessary as the healthcare professionals working at the hospital. The beautiful part of living in a city as large as ours is that we’ve got plenty of hospitals to choose from; odds are that you don’t live far from one that could use your help. What are you waiting for? Go make a difference and use your smile to make someone feel better.
o Centennial Hills Hospital – www.centennialhillshospital.com/community-information/volunteers-at-centennial-hills-hospital
o Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospital – www.dignityhealth.org/las-vegas/ways-to-give/volunteer-information
o Nathan Adelson Hospice – www.nah.org/volunteer-information
o Spring Valley Hospital – http://www.springvalleyhospital.com/community-information/volunteer-services
o St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – stjudesranch.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities
o Sunrise Children’s Hospital – sunrisechildrenshospital.com
o Valley Health System Volunteers – www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com/community-information/volunteering
o Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada – www.vmsn.org/volunteer-info
All around the city, the arts and sciences could use your help. From volunteering at the library and sorting books to helping out at Vegas PBS, if your heart is in the arts, there is a cause worth your valuable time.
o Las Vegas-Clark County Library District – www.lvccldfoundation.org/volunteer_jobs.cfm
o Discovery Children’s Museum – www.discoverykidslv.org/about-us/volunteer
o Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center – www.lasvegascac.org/volunteer
o Las Vegas Film Festival – www.lvff.com/volunteer-sign-up
o Las Vegas Natural History Museum – www.lvnhm.org/volunteer
o The Smith Center – www.thesmithcenter.com/donate/volunteer
o The Springs Preserve – www.springspreserve.org/support/volunteer.html
o UNLV – www.unlv.edu/service/volunteer
o Vegas PBS – www.vegaspbs.org/volunteer
If parks and recreation or outdoor activities suits your volunteering needs, there are terrific opportunities all around the valley. From helping out at a farm to helping people enjoy the outdoors, these organizations just might be for you:
o The Farm – thelasvegasfarm.com/volunteer
o Get Outdoors Nevada – www.getoutdoorsnevada.org/volunteer
o National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) – www.nrpa.org/volunteer
o Vegas Roots Community Garden – vegasroots.org/volunteer
o USA Sevens Rugby – www.usasevens.com/las-vegas/event/volunteer
o YMCA Southern Nevada – www.lasvegasymca.org/giving/become-a-volunteer
Elder abuse is one of the most heartbreaking things to think about. Help protect our community’s seniors by going out and giving your time to them. You have an opportunity to help a senior feel like they still have control over their life. Empower them by driving seniors to their appointments; deliver food to home-bound seniors or just sit down and spend time with them. Just think about the stories they can tell and how they can share oral history and wisdom learned over a lifetime of extraordinary experiences.
o Helping Hands of Vegas Valley – www.hhovv.org/volunteer.html
o Lend a Hand of Boulder City – www.lendahandbouldercity.org/volunteer.html
o Nevada Senior Services, Adult Day Care Centers of Las Vegas and Henderson – www.nevadaseniorservices.org/volunteer.cfm
The veterans who have fought for our freedom deserve our respect and care. From issues ranging from paralysis and amputation to PTSD, support our troops by caring and helping them readjust to civilian life.
o Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America – nevadapva.org/volunteer-information
o United Service Organizations (USO) – www.uso.org/ways-to-volunteer.aspx
o United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – www.lasvegas.va.gov/giving/index.asp
o Veteran’s Village Las Vegas – veteransvillagelasvegas.org/how-to-help/volunteer
Wellness Support Groups
From AIDS to Breast Cancer, Red Cross to The Ronald McDonald House, you can make a difference in the life of someone fighting for theirs. All it takes is giving a small amount of your time to make a huge difference in someone’s life.
o AFAN: Aid for AIDS of Nevada – AFAN lends assistance and provides support programs for over 3,000 Valley residents afflicted with AIDS. www.afanlv.org
o Alzheimer’s Association – Empowers and supports individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia in Southern Nevada. www.alz.org
o American Red Cross Southern Nevada – Hurricane and tornado relief isn’t all the Red Cross does. It also provides relief for families that have suffered a disaster, such as losing their home to a fire or flood. www.redcross.org/nv/las-vegas/volunteer
o Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada – A non-profit support group for families of children with cancer. Assist in activities such as Art Therapy to bring joy and much needed stress-relief for those battling cancer. www.candlelightersnv.org
o Easter Seals – Make a difference in the lives of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, special needs or other disabilities. www.easterseals.com/nevada
o The Ronald McDonald House of Greater Las Vegas – Watching a child fighting for their life is a heavy burden. Help families enduring a child’s illness and treatment at local hospitals. Help those carrying that burden by providing a great place to rest and call home while enduring the difficult time they are going through. www.rmhlv.com/volunteer
o Send Me On Vacation – Help make a vacation or stay-cation possible for women with breast cancer who have undergone treatment and need the opportunity to rejuvenate and heal their body, mind and spirit. www.sendmeonvacation.org
o Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada – Imagine life without breast cancer. Support those who are fighting to make breast cancer history. www.komensouthernnevada.org/get-involved/volunteer
Women’s, Children’s, and Family Support
Domestic violence is an epidemic that can be eradicated if we support those who need us most. From families coping with grief and loss to children in desperate need of food, clothing and role models, along with so many other noble causes, give the gift of your time to give a brighter future to a young person or a person in need of a second chance at life.
o Adam’s Place for Grief – Founded to empower children, teens and families coping with grief and loss, this support group is staffed by trained volunteer facilitators. www.adamsplaceforgrieflasvegas.org
o Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada – Take time out to mentor a young person and be a guide on their journey to greatness. www.bbbsn.org
o Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas – Invest time into a young person to help them reach their potential in a safe after-school environment. www.bgclv.org
o CASA Las Vegas – Be a voice for an abused or neglected child and give them a chance at a brighter future as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. www.casalasvegas.org
o Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada – www.catholiccharities.com/get-involved/volunteer
o Communities in Schools Nevada – Join the fight to prevent young people from dropping out of school and remove a barrier from a child’s path to success. www.cisnevada.org
o Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas – Lend a hand in creating affordable homes for working families. www.habitatlasvegas.org
o HELP of Southern Nevada – Assist a homeless Nevadan find a new home and get into the mental health counselling they need. www.helpsonv.org
o Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Metro Volunteer Program – Help Metro by volunteering your unique skills and cultural diversity. Positions available include the Volunteer Chaplain program, Bike Rodeo Teams, McGruff Safekids and other unique programs that keep our community safe. www.lvmpd.com/communityprograms/metrovolunteerprogram.aspx
o Las Vegas Rescue Mission – Started as a men’s shelter, it now houses the homeless regardless of gender, age, race or religion. www.vegasrescue.org/volunteer
o Safe Nest – The demand for domestic violence services in the Las Vegas Valley is growing and volunteers are needed to help victims break the cycle of abuse and provide direct support and services. Volunteers engage in prevention efforts and increase public awareness of domestic violence. www.safenest.org/give-help/volunteer
o The Shade Tree – A women’s shelter whose mission is to shelter, empower and provide support for victims of domestic violence. It is not affiliated with any national organization, nor does it receive any support other than through local donations and volunteerism. www.theshadetree.org
o Salvation Army – From helping out at summer camps to serving meals or helping out in the vocational computer lab, there is something your skills can shine while helping someone in need. volunteer.usawest.org
o Three Square – Work to end hunger in Southern Nevada by volunteering at Three Square Food Bank. www.threesquare.org/how-to-help/volunteer