As 2020 winds down, Opportunity Village is nearing Bill and Susan Walters’ $1 million matching pledge but is asking for one final investment from the Southern Nevada community.
LAS VEGAS — In a year unlike any other, Opportunity Village has relied on community support more than ever to navigate the challenges arising from COVID-19.
The non-profit is seeking one final investment from the Southern Nevada community in 2020 to help raise critical funds for adults with disabilities and offset the financial loss of not being able to host the beloved Magical Forest for the first time in 30 years.
As an added bonus: All gifts made through the end of the year will be matched, up to $1 million dollars, by philanthropists Bill and Susan Walters, who announced their three-month commitment in October.
“This has arguably been the most challenging year in our 66-year history, but the support we’ve received from all around the Las Vegas Valley speaks volume of what kind of town this is,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “We’d like to thank Bill and Susan for their kindness and generosity, and all of the wonderful community organizations that have supported OV in our greatest time of need. If you’re able to this holiday season, consider opening up your hearts and helping us give people with disabilities a bright future.”
Opportunity Village has already received tremendous support from local partners this year, including the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Baird Foundation, Cashman Equipment, Casinos Care, Cox Communications, Fair, Anderson & Langerman, Las Vegas Raiders, MJ Christensen Diamonds, Morrissey Insurance Services, OS Construction Services, PGA TOUR Superstores, Resorts World Las Vegas, The Siegel Group Nevada, Wahoo's Fish Tacos and Walker Furniture, and will be using the next four weeks to try and reach their fundraising mark.
To join these groups and help make a difference in the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, please visit OVGift.com.
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.
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.
Erin Mowry, R&R Partners
Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
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