VILLAGE COUNCIL AT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE LOOKS TO GIVE BACK TO THE LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM
LAS VEGAS – On Friday, July 12th, members of Opportunity Village’s Village Council will volunteer to serve food to the homeless at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. Leading up to this day of service Opportunity Village has been collecting a variety of canned protein, canned veggies, grains, and other food items to stock the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry at the organization. Items were collected at Opportunity Village locations from July 8 – July 12.
The Village Council is a model of government where the members are people with disabilities working to ensure participation in the delivery of programs and services that affect them. The council assists in creating and maintain friendly relations among the people served at Opportunity Village locations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination. They regularly provide input to improve service delivery and are engaged in surveying their work locations while providing representation for their peers. As a group they made the decision to give back and made helping those experiencing food insecurity their top priority.
Among those volunteering will be Opportunity Village President and CEO, Bob Brown. Brown states, “I’ve always believed that one of the best ways to lead a fulfilling life is to give back. It makes me so happy and so proud that the Village Council recognizes this too and is taking this opportunity to serve others.”
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades 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 clients – 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 $3.6 million in 2018. They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
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