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Opportunity Village Clients Holds its Annual Board of Directors Dinner at The Palazzo Las Vegas May 22, 2017 00:00

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                    May 22, 2017

 

Opportunity Village Clients Holds its Annual Board of Directors Dinner at

The Palazzo Las Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, May 16, Opportunity Village held its annual Board of Directors Dinner, hosted by The Palazzo Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas and Sands Expo. Destinations by Design Las Vegas and Southern Wine and Spirits also donated their services and products.

 

The evening commenced with a performance from the OV Elvi, the ‘World’s Only All Elvis Dance Troupe.’ Local radio personality Chet Buchanan was the Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the evening, which kicked off with Bill Oakley, Board Chair on Opportunity Village’s Foundation Board of Directors welcoming the guests and recognizing Opportunity Village board members. Jeremy Aguero, Board Chair on Opportunity Village’s ARC Board of Directors, then spoke about the positive financial impact Opportunity Village has on Southern Nevada.

 

Special guest speakers included Foundation Board Member Lauralyn McCarthy and ARC Board Member Erin Morrissey, who both spoke about their relationship with Opportunity Village and the affect the organization has had on their families. Two Opportunity Village clients were highlighted throughout the program – Dana, a talented artist in Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program and Michael, a student in the Job Discovery Program.

 

Throughout the evening, funds were raised for the Opportunity Village Scholarship Program through a silent auction where guests could bid on unique pieces of art created by Opportunity Village artists, and through donations. The Opportunity Village Scholarship Program supports individuals who would otherwise not have the opportunities they need to achieve their dreams and become integrated paycheck-earning citizens in the community.

Photo 1: The OV Elvi performed at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

Photo 2: Erin Morrissey stood beside her brother and Opportunity Village client, Sean, at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

Photo 3: Lauralyn McCarthy stood beside Michael, a Job Discovery Program student, at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

 

Photo 4: Local radio personality Chet Buchanan was the Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

  

About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.
 
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.
 
Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
 
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $37.4 million annually.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Mallory Hanneke
Preferred Public Relations
702-254-5704
mallory@preferredpublicrelations.com

 


Watch Opportunity Village President and CEO Bob Brown's Acceptance Speech at the 2017 SourceAmerica Awards! May 09, 2017 11:14

Opportunity Village was honored with the prestigious AbilityOne Network Award for Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy on May 3, 2017, which recognizes a nonprofit agency's effective, creative approach for engaging and educating public policymakers on a local, state or federal level about the Federal AbilityOne Program. Watch Opportunity Village President and CEO Bob Brown's fantastic acceptance speech, beginning right around the 00:37 mark! 

Source: http://original.livestream.com/sourceamericaconf/video?clipId=flv_fc0d007b-3e0a-4464-a0d2-8aac6afcebdf&rt=2&ra=270174


Opportunity Village and Employee Monica Harrison Honored with National SourceAmerica Achievement Awards May 08, 2017 00:00

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                                    May 8, 2017

***PHOTOS INCLUDED***

 

Opportunity Village and Employee Monica Harrison Honored with National
SourceAmerica Achievement Awards

 

LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, May 3, Opportunity Village hosted a viewing party for SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet that took place in New Orleans, in which Opportunity Village and an employee from the organization, Monica Harrison, were recognized. SourceAmerica is a national nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities through a national network of more than 1,200 nonprofit agencies. Each year, SourceAmerica celebrates the achievements of people with disabilities and its community partners at an awards banquet that takes place during SourceAmerica’s National Training and Achievement Conference.

 

Opportunity Village was honored with the AbilityOne Network Award for Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy, which recognizes a nonprofit agency’s effective, creative approach for engaging and educating public policymakers on a local, state or federal level about the AbilityOne Program. The Federal AbilityOne Program provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and SourceAmerica was founded in 1974 to facilitate the program by linking Federal procurement customers with nonprofits that supply products and services. Opportunity Village works with SourceAmerica to acquire, manage, and execute service contracts for the Federal Government.

 

Harrison was presented with the Tom Miller Advocacy Award, which recognizes an employee with a significant disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and remarkable passion for self-advocacy on a local and/or national level. In addition to a crystal award, Harrison received a check for $1,000 and was showcased in a video highlighting her accomplishments at the awards banquet.

 

Photo 1: On Wednesday, May 3, Opportunity Village’s President and CEO, Bob Brown, accepted the AbilityOne Network Award for Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy on behalf of Opportunity Village at SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet in New Orleans.

*Photo courtesy of SourceAmerica

Photo 2: On Wednesday, May 3, a video aired highlighting Monica Harrison’s achievements as an employee at Opportunity Village at SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet in New Orleans.

Photo 3: On Wednesday, May 3, Opportunity Village hosted a viewing party for SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet that took place in New Orleans.

 


About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.
 
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.
 
Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
 
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $37.4 million annually.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Gina Yager/Mallory Hanneke
Preferred Public Relations
702-254-5704

gina@preferredpublicrelations.com
mallory@preferredpublicrelations.com

 


Combating Unemployment for People with Disabilities: SourceAmerica Recognizes Employees, Advocates May 04, 2017 00:00

They come from different parts of the country, different agencies and different industries, but they all are exemplary representatives of their respective roles within the disability employment community. As such, they were recognized May 3 at the SourceAmerica National Training and Achievement Conference in New Orleans.

SourceAmerica is a 501(c)3 national leader in creating employment opportunities and choices for people with disabilities through a network of nonprofit agencies. The 2017 national award winners were:

Gary Hunter, the AbilityOne Honor Roll for Veterans with Disabilities Award winner, is a customer service technician for Peckham, Inc. in Lansing, Michigan. The U.S. Army veteran with schizoaffective disorder struggled to find a job after his disability was diagnosed. But at Peckham, he’s flourished, supervisors said. He provides outstanding service, mentors other employees and is building a database of information for other customer service agents to access to answer client questions.

William “Scotty” Weatherly won the Evelyne Villines Award for an individual with a significant disability who has advanced to a management role from work on an AbilityOne contract. Weatherly has advanced through the ranks of Goodwill Industries of San Antonio to oversee a team of 70 employees with significant disabilities who manage nearly 60,000 U.S. Army veteran medical and dental records to facilitate Veterans Administration disability claims processing.

Tim Zarzecki won the President’s Award for a non-AbilityOne Program employee with a significant disability who has exhibited outstanding leadership and exceptional character. He works for Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina as a food service worker on a contract with Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Zarzecki, who is missing his left arm from below the elbow and has depression, said he’s forged strong connections with wounded service members he’s in contact with through his work. He’s also president of the organization’s self-advocate program and is working to improve transportation options for people with disabilities to get to their jobs on base.

Joy Diolosa, is known as “Joy to the World” at Powerworks Industries Inc., at Fort Benning, Georgia. Powerworks Industries Inc. is an affiliate of Goodwill Industries of Southern Rivers in Columbus, Georgia. Diolosa won the William M. Usdane Award to recognize an AbilityOne Program employee with a significant disability who has exhibited outstanding achievement and exceptional character. Diolosa, who has physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities, went from rarely speaking when she started her custodian job in 2009 to now being an engaging and positive influence on her co-workers.

Monica Harrison won the Tom Miller Advocacy Award for an employee with a significant disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and a remarkable passion for self-advocacy on a local or national level. Once a person receiving services from Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, she is now an accomplished staff member who provides direct care services to people with disabilities. Rising through the ranks of the largest self-advocacy organization serving people with disabilities in the state of Nevada, she chairs an organization that advocates for issues such as better accessibility at the voting booth.

Jim Cassetta, CEO of Work Inc. in Dorchester, Massachusetts, won the Milton Cohen Leadership Award. Cassetta believes work is the great equalizer and has devoted his career to creating opportunities for people with disabilities to find meaningful work. Cassetta is working with the state government of Massachusetts to establish a requirement that any agency or company contracted with the state has a workforce of 10 percent with a significant disability as defined by the AbilityOne Program. He said because Massachusetts spends an average of $40,000 per year on each member of its population of 394,000 people with disabilities, putting just 100 people to work full time could save the state $4 million per year. The impact of this work is beneficial to both people with disabilities and the communities where they live.

Other awards:
RhinoSystems, Inc., Brooklyn Heights, Ohio – Small Business Partnership Award
Black Hills Corporation, Rapid City, South Dakota – Business Partnership Award
Fairchild Air Force Base 92nd Contracting Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington – Federal Customer Award - Military
U.S. Department of Transportation Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, Sterling, Virginia – Federal Customer Award - Civilian
REHAU North America, Leesburg, Virginia – Nonfederal Customer Award
Bobby Dodd Institute, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia – Performance Excellence in Hiring Veterans with Disabilities
Professional Contract Services, Inc., Austin, Texas – Performance Excellence in Government Contracts
Opportunity Village, Las Vegas – Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy

About SourceAmerica

Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica is the vital link between the federal government and private sector organizations that procure the products and services provided by this exceptional workforce via a network of more than 1,200 community-based nonprofits. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, SourceAmerica provides its nonprofit agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne-authorized enterprise.

Release courtesy of SourceAmerica: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14303845.htm


It's Spring Cleaning Closeout Time at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store April 27, 2017 00:00


On May 25, Join Us for OVation: Through the Decades! April 24, 2017 00:00


Help Opportunity Village Clients Dress to Impress at the April 14 Starlight Ball April 03, 2017 00:00


You'd Be Foolish to Miss OV Thrift Store's April Fool's Day Sale! March 31, 2017 00:00


Spring and Special Edition Mother's Day Cookies Now Available! March 30, 2017 00:00


Family and Friends of OV to Host Pasta In the Park at Sean's Park March 28, 2017 00:00


Convenient Walk-In Shredding Now Available at Our Henderson Campus! March 24, 2017 00:00


Nevada's Big Give Is Thursday, March 23. Will You Support Opportunity Village? March 22, 2017 00:00


WINTER WEAR FAIR: Stock Up and Save This Spring at OV Thrift March 13, 2017 00:00


Get the Luck O' the Shopper On St. Patrick's Day at OV Thrift! March 03, 2017 00:00


St. Patrick's Day Sweets Now Available From the Opportunity Village Cookie Crafters! March 01, 2017 00:00


Opportunity Village Tips Off On Brackets for Good Game Day with a Channel 8 Appearance! February 24, 2017 00:00

Opportunity Village's own Dominic Barley is onscreen again with the folks at Channel 8, starting the morning of the Brackets for Good tourney tipoff with a pep talk that'll get all of Southern Nevada rallying for our home team! We go head-to-head with powerhouse nonprofit World Food Program USA in the first round of the competition, which starts at 6:00 PM TONIGHT and ends next Friday at 5:59 PM.
To view the matchup and donate to Opportunity Village, click here.
Click here or on the image above to view the clip in its entirety.

Opportunity Village Is Chatting Brackets for Good On MORE FOX5! February 23, 2017 00:00

That's our own Dominic Barley with the one and only Monica Jackson of FOX5's MORE show, and he's dishing about Opportunity Village's journey to the Brackets for Good tourney! DON'T FORGET: The competition kicks off at 6 PM TOMORROW!

Click the image or link below to view the full clip.

FOX5 Vegas - KVVU


Happy Valentine's Day! LOVE, Opportunity Village February 14, 2017 00:00

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Orthobiologic Company Bioventus Raises $10,000 for Opportunity Village February 13, 2017 00:00

LAS VEGAS – February 13, 2017 – Bioventus, a global leader in orthobiologic solutions, announced it raised $10,000 for Opportunity Village. More than 240 Bioventus employees, most of whom make up the Bioventus US sales force, took part in a team building exercise in Las Vegas on February 10 and donated the money directly to the non-profit organization. This marks the third consecutive year that the Bioventus US sales force has used its annual team-building event to generate awareness and funds for charitable causes.

Jeff Acuff, Senior Vice President US Sales, Bioventus Presents Check for $10,000 to Representatives from Opportunity Village

Jeff Acuff, Senior Vice President US Sales, Bioventus Active Healing Therapies, Presents $10,000 Check to Gregory Gudenkauf and Blankmeyer of Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village serves adults in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual and related disabilities and works to enhance their lives and the lives of their families. The organization accomplishes this through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation. Citizens with intellectual disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.

The organization also operates four employment training center campuses and a Thrift Store in Southern Nevada, providing vocational training and placement for hundreds of adults in jobs throughout the community. Ultimately, Opportunity Village’s goal is to help these individuals find independent employment in jobs within the Las Vegas Valley.

“Parents always want the best for their children and the founders of Opportunity Village simply wanted a place their children could grow, make friends, and develop life skills,” said Jeff Acuff, Senior Vice President of Sales – US, Bioventus. “Today, no matter where they fall on the disability spectrum, Opportunity Village helps children and adults to go as far as possible as they try new jobs and learn new skills. Our team at Bioventus is deeply moved by the experience of supporting such a worthwhile organization.”

“For more than 60 years we’ve been enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Nevada through employment training and job placement, along with other programs and services for people with more severe disabilities. We assess each person to learn their specific goals, interests and passions, and strive to place them in a safe environment that will allow them to thrive and flourish,” said Bob Brown, Opportunity Village President and CEO. “This donation from Bioventus will help us continue to provide these important programs and services to the wonderful folks we serve.”
About Bioventus

Bioventus is an orthobiologics company that delivers clinically proven, cost-effective products that help people heal quickly and safely. Its mission is to make a difference by helping patients resume and enjoy active lives. Bioventus has two product portfolios for orthobiologics, Bioventus Active Healing Therapies and Bioventus Surgical that make it a global leader in active orthopaedic healing. Its EXOGEN® Ultrasound Bone Healing System is the #1 prescribed bone healing system in the US and is the only FDA-approved bone healing device that uses safe, effective ultrasound to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Built on a commitment to high quality standards, evidence-based medicine and strong ethical behavior, Bioventus is a trusted partner for physicians worldwide.

For more information, visit www.BioventusGlobal.com and follow the company on Twitter @Bioventusglobal.

Media Contact:
Thomas Hill, +1 919-474-6715, thomas.hill@bioventusglobal.com

Bioventus, the Bioventus logo, and EXOGEN are registered trademarks of Bioventus LLC.

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GAME ON: Vegas' Home Team Is Tournament-Bound February 10, 2017 00:00

Philanthropy's taken a page from NCAA basketball's March Madness playbook, and Opportunity Village has earned a coveted Brackets for Good tournament berth! 

On Friday, February 24, we'll go head-to-head in the first round of the online, single-elimination contest, featuring 63 other fierce nonprofit players from coast-to-coast. And we're making a full-court press to recruit you, along with our entire community, to be on our roster of leading scorers for Nevada's only competing team. Let's show 'em our home court advantage, power players!

Keep your eyes open for updates from the Opportunity Village locker room in the coming weeks. We'll be passing you key sideline reports, a tournament playbook (where we'll break everything down so you know the drill before game time) and much more as the countdown continues!
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OV In the News: Thrift Store Featured on MORE FOX5! February 09, 2017 00:00

Watch MORE FOX5's Maria Silva and Opportunity Village's own Kristin Hoxie chat it up about the latest batch of BRAND NEW furniture and decor donations direct from the showroom floor of World Market Center! From shabby chic to modern elegance, the on-trend home offerings will continue to roll in throughout the month of February at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store. Click the image below or click here to view the entire clip! 
Opportunity Village Thrift Store
390 S. Decatur Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Monday - Saturday:
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday:
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Opportunity Village Announces its Participation in Together for Choice Coalition and its Nationwide Initiative February 07, 2017 00:00

Opportunity Village Announces its Participation in Together for Choice Coalition and its Nationwide Initiative

 

Coalition committed to finding solutions for the shortage of housing and vocational opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

 

Las VegasOpportunity Village announces its participation in Together for Choice, a new coalition of service providers, family members and concerned citizens that is launching a national initiative to find solutions for the growing shortage of suitable housing and vocational opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

As Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities and provider for vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to nearly 2,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village is committed to bringing awareness to the lack of adequate independent housing. Through this coalition, Opportunity Village will take part in educating the public and key influencers on the need for Medicaid funding of choice-based housing, employment and training, and developing policy reform initiatives.


 “Together for Choice plays a vital role in serving the wonderful individuals with disabilities who participate in Opportunity Village’s programs and services. Our involvement in the coalition will help set the stage for many important initiatives we have planned for the future, such as Betty’s Village residential facilities, right here in Southern Nevada,” said Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village.

Together for Choice brings together representatives of organizations that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members and loved ones from across the country to discuss the work that needs to be done to advance these individuals' rights and uncover solutions to expand their choices.

 

For more information about Together for Choice and its initiatives, visit www.togetherforchoice.org


Opportunity Village Featured In Cox's "Heart of Vegas" Series January 20, 2017 00:00

Opportunity Village was honored to be featured in Cox's 96th episode of their "Heart of Vegas" series! Filled with plenty of heartwarming moments and insightful information, this video is a must-watch for anyone getting to know the depth and breadth of our wonderful organization.


Expedia's Viewfinder Travel Blog: 20 Places That Are Better In the Off-Season January 18, 2017 00:00

Opportunity Village's Magical Forest got a shout out as one of the best reasons to visit Vegas in the off-season! We agree! Read the rest of the piece here: http://bit.ly/2kqnpdK