The COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous challenges to Opportunity Village and the people we serve, particularly with the upcoming event season.
LAS VEGAS – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous challenges to Opportunity Village and the people we serve, particularly with the upcoming event season. Social distancing requirements and decreased capacity would significantly alter the event experience for our valued guests and team members. After considerable reflection and concern for public health, our leadership team has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest and HallOVeen events for the 2020 season. The organization looks forward to welcoming these signature events back in 2021.
“Opportunity Village relies heavily on the support of our community to care for and employ people with disabilities. Fundraising events are necessary to support our programs and services but hosting those amidst the current challenges our community is facing, we believe would create unnecessary health risks. Hard decisions had to be made. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run and Camelot have both transitioned into virtual events out of concern for the health and safety of our guests and our community,” said President and CEO of Opportunity Village, Bob Brown. “Opportunity Village’s primary focus continues to be enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual and related disabilities. We will continue to reinvent ourselves to better serve people with disabilities throughout our community.”
Additional ways to support Opportunity Village include:
- Make a donation at OVGIFT.com
- Register for the virtual Las Vegas Great Santa Run at LVSantaRun.com
- Be a guest at the upcoming virtual Camelot Gala honoring Wynn Resorts – tickets will be available in early September at CamelotOV.com
- Sign up to volunteer (virtually) by clicking here
- Utilize one of OV’s many business services like packaging and assembly, printing, shredding, or custodial – click here to get a quote
- Purchase a beautiful art piece created by one of the many talented artists at Opportunity Village. See the collection here.
- Shop the Opportunity Village Thrift Store located at 390 S. Decatur in Las Vegas – open Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Since Opportunity Village employees and the people we serve were sent home in March, the organization has continually evolved to best serve people with disabilities and our community. Opportunity Village went from being a campus-based program and service provider to hosting virtual activities and developing in-home care services. Recently, clients were welcomed back to campus at 25 percent capacity. The organization has since increased attendance participation to up to a maximum of 50 percent of pre-closure enrollment as of late August.
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 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 hardworking 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 more than $37 million annually.
Jenna Greene, R&R Partners
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Marty Wood, Opportunity Village