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October 2019

ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS!  Great news for those of you Amazon shoppers wanting to support Helping Hands of Vegas Valley !!

  1. If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Helping Hands Of Vegas Valley Inc in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  2. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  3. View Settings and select AmazonSmile….
  4. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
    It’s that simple.

Affordable Ways for Seniors to Get a Balanced Diet

We all know it’s important to focus on our diets, but eating healthy can wind up feeling pretty expensive. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to get a balanced diet while sticking to your budget.

Why It Matters

Malnutrition is a common problem among seniors, including nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. This can cause a number of subtle symptoms that can decrease the quality of life, such as tiredness, poor appetite, and bad moods.

In addition, nutritional needs change as we age. Natural metabolism changes mean that the body needs less of some nutrients and more of others. As a result, the diet that’s always worked for you in the past might not cut it as you get older. Always discuss any dietary changes you plan to make with your doctor to ensure you’re doing what’s best for your needs.

Low-Cost, High-Fiber Options

Fiber is one of the most important nutrients for seniors. The right combination of soluble and insoluble fibers keeps you regular and ensures that your body is able to properly absorb nutrients from other foods you eat. Too little fiber can cause intestinal discomfort, and increase your odds of health problems such as IBS, GERD, and even certain kinds of cancer.

Fortunately, there are plenty of low-cost, high-fiber foods you can incorporate into your diet. Oatmeal, for example, is a great, low-cost way to start the day with a healthy dose of fiber. Beans, barley, and whole-wheat bread are also affordable choices that can make a world of difference for your fiber intake.

Ugly Produce

Fresh fruits and veggies are a great way to get plenty of nutrients, but depending on what’s available at your grocery store, they might get pricey. However, some stores are starting to sell discounted “ugly produce” in order to reduce food waste. These are perfectly fine fruits and vegetables that just don’t look quite normal.

Ask your local grocery shop if they have – or would be willing to introduce – an ugly produce section. If not, there are services that will deliver these imperfect fruits and veggies right to your door. You’ll save on the cost of produce, as well as make grocery store trips faster and lighter.

Wellness Programs

Depending on your insurance coverage, you might be able to sign up for a wellness program. These give seniors support to help them reach their exercise and nutritional goals. Sometimes all you need to get on track is a little bit of guidance and encouragement.  Seniors who are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan (also called Medicare Part C), are often eligible for a wellness program. For example, many UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans offer fitness and wellness programs; take a look at your coverage and see which options are available to you.

Meeting your nutritional needs is an incredible gift you can give yourself. It will improve your health, energy, and mood so that every day is the best it can be.


Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at the September 9 MONDAYS DARK concert.  To our supporters, sponsors, donors all:   Thank you for having such helping hands that helped us raise $10,000 for our seniors’ programs:  transportation, minor home repairs, pantry/food delivery, and respite voucher assistance.   You Rock!


Through the efforts of Board Member Daniel Chung (Chung Strategic Solutions), HHOVV received a check for $10,000 from MassMutual Financial Group.  Thank you MassMutual Financial Group – The Nevada Agency for your generosity and commitment to the senior citizens of the Las Vegas valley 💙

Pictured from left to right are Board Members : Chuck Ley, Patti Gerace, Bill Nelson, Marcia Blake (ED), Terri Knepper, Daniel Chung, Betty Campbell, Andi Graham, Norene Rajsich, and Trish McKay

June 11, 2019   MEDIA ALERT – 


Result Is Combined Office – Warehouse, New Logo, And New Address

LAS VEGAS – June 11, 2019 – Helping Hands of Vegas Valley (HHOVV) and James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas have announced their merger. The two agencies have combined office and warehouse space and will continue all services under the name Helping Hands of Vegas Valley.

Marcia Blake, executive director of James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas for 17 years, is the new executive director of the newly merged Helping Hands of Vegas Valley.  She worked closely with the previous executive director to create the Senior Necessities Program and to expand a joint transportation program.

“All the services provided to seniors by both Helping Hands agencies will continue with expansion of services, as well as a reduction in waiting lists,” Said Blake. “We are all excited about this merger and look forward to servicing more seniors in need in our community.”

The administrative offices for Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, formerly located in Las Vegas at 2320 Paseo Del Prado, are closed. All agency business is now conducted from the new at 3640 N 5th Street, Suite 130, North Las Vegas, NV 89032.

Established in 2000, HHOVV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for senior citizens and their families in order to maintain their dignity and independence.

For more information, contact


Founder Pat O’Melia was recognized at the April Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Helping Hands of Vegas Valley will begin it’s 20th year of operation with a kick off event this summer.  Watch for further information. (Pictured above:  Pat and Bill O’Melia and family, Marcia Blake and HHOVV Board.)

Marcia Blake, Executive Director for HHOVV, on Fox5.

James Seastrand Helping Hands was presented a check by the North Las Vegas City Council at the HHOVV February Sip and Support Event.   Pictured presenting the check are Mayor John Lee, Councilwoman Goynes-Brown, Executive Director Marcia Blake,  Councilman Isaac Baron.

2018 NEWS:

2018 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Finalists Announced

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Bell, Administrative Assistant
(775) 825-1900 |
2018 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Finalists Announced

RENO/LAS VEGAS, August 2, 2018 — Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2018 Governor’s Points of Light Awards, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer in Nevada. The award is given in 7 categories: Northern Nevada Individual; Southern Nevada Individual; Rural Nevada Individual; Individual Youth; Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program; Corporate Volunteer Program; and Volunteer Manager. Finalists will attend the Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony on October 18, 2018, at the Park MGM in Las Vegas where the award recipient for each category will be announced.

The Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony honors individuals, community-based organizations, and businesses for their contribution to communities through volunteer service. Award recipients are selected by a panel of leaders in business, government, and nonprofits from across the state based on criteria showing how their volunteerism exemplifies achievement, need, innovation, mobilization, and endurance.

2018 Governor’s Points of Light Finalists include:

Individual Volunteer: Northern Nevada
Sally DeLipkau
Patti McClelland
Walter Rosenberg

Individual Volunteer: Southern Nevada
Kayla Blevins
Florence Jameson
Favil West

Individual Volunteer: Rural Nevada
Albert Bass
Richard Knight
Kevin McClelland

Individual Volunteer: Youth
Sydney Adashek
Radhika Shah
Blake Weissman

Volunteer Manager
Cozette Eldridge
Nikkie Ellis
Brenda Jepson, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program
American Cancer Society – Road to Recovery
ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Business or Corporate Volunteer Program
Sands Cares
Wells Fargo

There are still opportunities to be a part of recognizing these inspiring volunteers, volunteer managers, and volunteer programs in Nevada:
• Join us for the awards luncheon on October 18th at the Park MGM in Las Vegas.
• Sponsor the awards luncheon showing your support of volunteerism in Nevada.
• Participate in the Silent Auction from your cell phone or desk!

More information can be found on the 2018 Governor’s Points of Light Awards webpage.

Las Vegas – Jan 2018 – 8 News Now and our community pride partners NV EnergyFindlay Auto,Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors and Southwest Medical is once again excited to be teaming up with Helping Hands of Vegas Valley to recruit volunteer drivers.

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley have been helping Las Vegas seniors for more than 15 years, but they need volunteer drivers to help get seniors to doctors appointments, grocery stores and other venues to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Please call 702-633-7264 or visit them online at or contact Brenda at