Thank you for all your support during this critical time of need. We appreciate your open hearts and helping hands. We are in desperate need of unused, cloth bags to make our food deliveries. Please contact us at 702-633-7264 if you can assist.
How Seniors Can Cope with the Major Life Stressors of Growing Older
According to the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, some of the most common stressors affecting seniors 65 years of age and older include things like ongoing pain and discomfort, too little time spent with their loved ones, and regrets that they’d done things differently in their lives. However, many of today’s seniors also worry about losing their independence to a physical impairment or health condition, becoming isolated after the loss of their closest companions, and leaving outstanding debts behind after they pass away.
To manage some of the stress and anxiety that often accompanies the aging process, there are a few things we can do. For instance, adopting an animal and volunteering our time or skills to those in need can fight loneliness and isolation and give us a sense of purpose—especially if we’re looking for new ways of filling our time. For those of us who stress about the outstanding debts we’ll leave behind after we pass on, purchasing final expense insurance can help to manage this worry. To learn more about these stress-reducing strategies for seniors, read on.
Ease Pain and Fight Loneliness by Adopting a Pet
While pet ownership isn’t right for everyone, the National Poll on Healthy Aging at the University of Michigan found that most senior pet owners experience less stress and a greater sense of purpose than those who don’t share their lives with a companion animal. Additionally, senior pet owners tend to be more physically active—and they’re better able to connect with others and cope with the negative effects of aging. Another study even found that therapy dogs can help to ease discomfort and emotional distress in chronic pain sufferers.
If you can’t adopt a pet for any reason, there are other things you can do to reduce feelings of loneliness and depression, keep your mind and body active, and meet new people. For instance, you’ll reap many of the same benefits by volunteering at a local animal shelter or food shelf, learning a new skill, or visiting a senior center to meet other seniors in your area.
Provide for Your Family by Purchasing Final Expense Insurance
If you find yourself worrying about your family and how they’ll cope emotionally and financially in the event of your death, purchasing a final expense insurance policy can help to alleviate some of this anxiety. By purchasing final expense insurance, you’ll ensure that your outstanding medical bills and funeral expenses will be covered when you pass away—rather than leaving these costs behind for your family to pay for.
Before selecting a final expense insurance policy, however, be sure to look for companies that specialize in this type of insurance and have high ratings under the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, for instance, specializes in life and final expense insurance and holds an A+ rating under the BBB.
Exercise and Eat Well to Stay Physically Fit and Independent
In addition to purchasing final expense insurance, adopting a pet, volunteering your time, and/or taking up a new hobby, it’s important to consume a healthy diet and obtain plenty of exercise—especially if you’re hoping to maintain independence as you grow older. Several examples of healthy food choices for seniors include lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, vegetables, and fiber-containing foods like nuts, seeds, and beans. Many seniors find that using a pressure cooker can help them prepare healthy meals. Healthy pressure cooker recipes include red lentil soup and turkey chili.
For good health and wellness, most seniors also need to incorporate about 150 hours of moderate-intensity physical activity and 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity into their week. Additionally, seniors should work on strengthening their muscles at least two days out of the week, training their balance three or more days per week, and engaging in as many flexibility exercises as possible.
While many age-related stressors cannot be eliminated from your life, there are plenty of things you can do to manage your greatest worries and anxieties and keep them from spinning out of control. Uncontrolled stress has the power to impair your memory, harm your health, and expedite the aging process—and the sooner you begin to manage your anxieties, the better off you’ll be in your golden years.
Meals for Humanity Food Security for Seniors
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley (HHOVV) has been in service for 20 years helping senior citizens in the Las Vegas Valley. It started as a Transportation program and over the years has added a minor home repair program, respite voucher program and a food pantry. The food pantry provides a walk-in food pantry as well as home delivered groceries for senior citizens 60 and older. Throughout the years we have increased the number of clients and now service 1200 senior citizens a month with groceries and paper products. We currently provide 720 one way trips a month with our transportation program using both staff and volunteer drivers.
COVID 19 has changed the way we do business at HHOVV. We have changed our walk-in pantry to a drive through pantry and our home delivered groceries are left on the porch while the clients are contacted to get it off the doorstep. Many of our clients are scared to leave their homes, and even when they do, they cannot find the items they need. Unfortunately, some of them are going to get the virus and will be unable to care for themselves as they have in the past.
As our Case Managers speak to clients who are calling HHOVV for an emergency food delivery, they have spoken to many clients who used to go to congregate meal locations and to multiple food banks, who can no longer access these free services.
As a large food pantry, we want to be a part of the solution for the senior citizens in Las Vegas. As we have watched what other non-profits are doing to help, we were very impressed with Delivering with Dignity, a new program put together by The Moonridge Foundation, Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, United Way of Southern Nevada, COPIA, and BLAU + Associates. This model takes food made by restaurants who are unable to serve at their same capacity and have them make meals. These meals are routed to clients using the new GOCOPIA platform and delivered by United Way volunteers. Parts of this model are things that we are already doing with our home-delivered groceries. The City of North Las Vegas (NLV) reached out to us about a partnership to provide the same service, except we would deliver 7 meals per week every week from 12 weeks.
The City of NLV has been a great partner in this project and together we have created Meals for Humanity Food Security for Seniors. This goal of this program is to ensure our most vulnerable are safe and have access to healthy food. In order to activate this opportunity, we are partnering with Diamond Events and US Foods to create 7 healthy meals each week that would then be delivered to homebound senior citizens. Meals would be delivered every Monday and Thursday, three meals delivered on Monday and four meals delivered on Thursday. The program would span approximately 12 weeks, serving 300 seniors a week, 7 days per week for a total impact of 25,200 meals served.
After assessing the need with the City, HHOVV connected with Delivering with Dignity and discussed the opportunity to work together to make Meals for Humanity a success for those senior citizens in NLV. One key element for the success of this program is the routing of the food. Currently we have one employee who is routing our emergency food deliveries and it is very time consuming. Using the new GOCOPIA routing software program to do the most time-consuming part of the job allows the employee to speak with more clients and schedule more volunteer drivers to deliver the food. There is also a mobile application the volunteer driver will download to obtain their individual route information with turn-by-turn directions in real time. Delivering with Dignity will also refer clients to us that could use meals on a more consistent basis. We will also collaborate with Nevada Senior Services to assist them with delivering food to clients who may have been recently discharged from the hospital and live in NLV.
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is excited to grow our services to ensure that no Senior Citizen goes hungry. We are excited about the opportunities to partner with other non-profit and government agencies that we have not yet partnered with before.
Please support this wonderful partner to so many non profit organizations here in Vegas Valley. They have raised 1 million dollars for 100 agencies.
March 31, 2020– We are in desperate need of never used canvas bags in order to provide emergency food deliveries to our seniors. If you have never used canvas bags to donate, please contact the office: 702-633-7264.
March 30, 2020——–First and foremost, we are taking care of our people – loved ones, staff and volunteers – we are focused on their safety and wellness. We are taking the proper precautions in protecting our dedicated staff as we continue to provide services derived from a dire need during this time. Every decision that we make is guided by the ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life for senior citizens and their families. We are working closely with all our partners to navigate how to best serve our senior citizen community. In the coming weeks, we will continue to keep our community of supporters informed of how Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is moving forward and ways you can help.
Your continued support powers what we do and has kept us going during this time of uncertainty. We will get through this together.
With sincere gratitude,
Marcia Blake, Executive Director
SMITHS TO OFFER SPECIAL SHOPPING HOURS TO SENIOR CITIZENS: CLICK HERE: https://www.fox5vegas.com/coronavirus/smith-s-to-offer-special-hour-for-senior-shoppers-due/article_948375b2-6884-11ea-8ed1-4fdd0311ff19.html
All donations made March 17 – April will go directly to purchasing food to service our senior citizens
In our endeavor to continue supporting our Senior Citizen Community, I have resolved to make an appeal for food donations to the pantry. Due to unforeseen circumstances derived from the coronavirus, we have been limited to a small number of resources for food delivery to our agency.
In order to fill the need, we turn to you, our friends and business neighbors, to help. We are in dire need of the following non-perishable food items:
- Canned Tuna (5 oz.)
- Canned Chicken (5 oz.)
- Low-sugar Fruits (15 oz.)
- Low-sodium Diced Tomatoes (15 oz.)
- Low-sodium Vegetables (15 oz.)
- Low-sodium Beans (15 oz.)
- Peanut Butter (16-18 oz.)
Please contact me should you have any questions regarding your contribution. In advance, I want to thank you for your time and consideration.
Together we can get through this and together we can continue to make an impact in the lives of those who are affected most – Our Senior Citizen Community.
Our Transportation and Minor Home Repair Programs are also still operating.
The Space presents for one night only: Beverly Washburn’s Hollywood “That was YOU?!” a benefit for Helping Hands of Vegas Valley. This event has been postponed to a later date.
You know the face! It is Beverly Washburn, the renowned child actress you grew up with on TV and in the movies, who carries 500 plus TV/film credits to her name. Actress and author, Beverly is touring her show, Beverly Washburn’s Hollywood, ” That was YOU?!”, sharing stories, anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes bits you haven’t heard until now. This entertaining live event featuring film clips and conversations with Beverly is hosted by Jay Nagle.
You’ll remember Beverly in famed films such as: Old Yeller (recently inducted into the National Film Registry at The Library of Congress), The Juggler, Shane, The Lone Ranger, Here Comes the Groom and Spider Baby, just to mention a few. Some of her memorable performances in TV shows include: Leave it to Beaver, The Jack Benny Program, Father Knows Best, Fury, Gidget, The Patty Duke Show, Wagon Train, The New Loretta Young Show, Dragnet, Streets of San Francisco, Star Trek, Murder She Wrote and so many more! Beverly and Jay will engage your curiosity and entertain, whisking you down Hollywood’s memory lane.
We invite you to join us on this fun and heartwarming, nostalgic Hollywood journey on March 25, 2020. Silent auction of memorabilia will also be available. For Tickets: https://thespacelv.com/
Round it Up!
Hi HHOVV Friends and Supporters, Happy Holidays to you!
We are asking for your help with our newest fundraising innovation! Round it Up is the technological way to give spare change to a charity. Cheerful giving works with businesses and your banking institution to allow you to round up purchases and to direct that “spare change” to Helping Hands of Vegas Valley. Here is how it works:
Our new Cheerful Giving (link is below) donation page lets you round up the change on any of your purchases to the nearest dollar to support Helping Hands of Vegas Valley. For example, if you are at Smiths and your total purchase is $18.45. You can ROUND UP to $19.00 and the .55 will come to HHOVV.
All you have to do is click on the link. Click Here https://giv.ng/p/helping-hands-of-vegas-valley to sign up, or download Cheerful’s app from the App Store.
Your participation and feedback are greatly appreciated! Just follow the directions. Some answers to questions (FAQ’s) are noted below:
How does the roundup feature work?
Once you have signed up and linked your account, the spare change on your everyday purchases will be automatically be rounded up to the nearest dollar. For example, on a purchase of $12.13, the remaining 87 cents would be donated.
Why am I being asked to log into my bank account?
Logging into your bank gives the system the ability to track your purchases and round up to the nearest dollar. Without this information, there is no way to calculate your digital spare change. As a reminder, your bank login credentials are never stored by our system. Logging in simply allows the system to connect with the purchasing account of your choice.
Is my donation secure and how is data handled?
The security of your information is of highest concern. The system uses bank-grade security to handle all sensitive financial data. Online banking credentials are never stored on the system. All data is secured with SSL encryption and multi-factor authentication and personal identifiers ensure unwanted access is prevented. Your personal data will never be exchanged, licensed or sold and all transactions are anonymized to ensure privacy.
Are there any fees associated with my donation?
Stripe, a Level 1 PCI-compliant payments gateway handles all the financial transactions. Stripe’s fees are 2.2% + 30 cents for credit card donations and 0.8% for ACH donations. This fee is taken out of the donations delivered.
What if I would like to pause or set a limit on my contributions?
You can pause donations at any time by logging into your account and visiting your Donation Settings. You can also set a monthly limit. Roundup donations will halt once your your contributions reach your monthly cap.
When is my account charged?
Roundups are tallied until they reach $5. Once $5 is reached, the donation is triggered. This way, your bank statement doesn’t become overwhelmed with micro-charges.
Will I receive a tax-deductible receipt for my contribution?
You will receive automatic monthly statements of your contributions to the email address connected to your account. At the end of the year, you may print a year-end receipt of your annual donations by logging in and visiting your Settings. Please consult your authorized legal counsel as to the deductibility of your contributions as the rules vary state by state.
Please share with your friends and encourage them to sign up also. Every cent helps.
October 21, 2019 – Channel 3 – Las Vegas City Council Approves Program Allowing Parking Tickets to Be Paid with Food Donations for a Limited Time – HHOVV Recipient
Review Journal Reports:
October 16, 2019 – Las Vegas City Council News Release
David Riggleman | Director of Communications | 702.229.2207
Oct. 16, 2019 | For Immediate Release
JACE RADKE | 702.229.2205 | 702.249.3514
Las Vegas City Council Approves Program Allowing Parking Tickets To Be Paid With Food Donations For a Limited Time
Program To Include Tickets Issued Between Oct. 16 And Nov. 16, 2019
The Las Vegas City Council unanimously voted in favor of allowing parking tickets issued between today and Nov. 16, 2019, to be paid with donations of food for those in need during the holiday season. Any supplies taken in by the city through the program will be donated to the Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides assistance to low income and disabled senior citizens.
Those who have a non-public safety parking infraction in the city of Las Vegas between now and Nov. 16 may resolve their tickets by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to their fine to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main St. This must be done within 30 days of the citation date and a purchase receipt for the donation is required. Food items for tickets will be collected until Dec. 16, 2019.
In July of 2016, the City Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the establishment of this occasional program allowing for charitable donations in lieu of payment for parking fines.
The following public safety-related parking tickets are excluded from the program:
- Any handicap violation
- Red curb
- 18 inches from curb
- Blocking an alley
- No parking areas
- Fire lane
- Traffic hazard
- No stopping
- Double parking
- Bike lane
- Blocking or facing traffic
- Too close to intersection, crosswalk or stop/yield sign
October 11, 2019 Swing FORE Seniors Golf Event
Congratulations to ENTRAVISION for winning the Swing FORE Seniors trophy for raising the most funds for our seniors that day. We want to thank all the companies and individuals who came out that day and supported our senior programs (transportation, food pantry/delivery, minor home repairs and respite voucher assistance). These services are invaluable to our senior citizens, and you all helped raised needed dollars that day.
We also want to recognize Chung Financial Services for being the Calloway Fitness Center sponsor; to Cornerstone Merchant Services for being the Breakfast sponsor, and to First Choice Appliance Repair for being the Beat the Pro sponsor.
Thank you, everyone, for all your support. See you next year!
Thank you, everyone, for coming out and “SWINGING” FORE Seniors! Congratulations to all the auction and raffle winners. Special congratulations to ENTRAVISION, winner of the Swing FORE Seniors trophy for raising the most funds that day.
October 1, 2019 – Consider Helping with our Senior Citizen Clients’ HOLIDAY NEEDS:
It’s that time of year when we are seeking additional items for our clients, supplies/sponsorships for our four programs: food pantry/delivery, transportation, minor home repairs and respite voucher assistance.
For Our Clients’ Holiday Food and Pantry Needs:
Please pass the word that we are looking for holiday related food items. If people/groups/organizations are interested in hosting a food drive, and ask for what we need, please give them the following list:
- 6 oz boxes of Stuffing mix
- 10-16 oz boxes of Instant Mashed Potatoes
- 14 oz cans of Cranberry Sauce
- 14-16 oz cans of Yams/Sweet Potatoes
- 10-11 oz cans of Turkey Gravy (No glass jars, please)
For Our Clients’ General Holiday Needs:
- Lap blankets
- Personal hygiene kits
We are also seeking sponsors for the following:
- Client Holiday Luncheon on December 12, 2019 – This event is the one holiday event for many of our clients. We provide transportation to the event, where we provide a traditional, holiday meal, complete with gifts.
- Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in April 202 – This event celebrates and thanks our many volunteers who provide countless hours of their lives’ time to the benefit of our senior citizen clients.
- Annual SWING FORE SENIORS Golf Event 2020 – We are always seeking sponsors for this event.
- We are also always seeking sponsors for each of four programs: transportation, food pantry, minor home repairs, and our respite voucher assistance.
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley operates as a non-profit corporation in the state of Nevada and a portion of your donation may be tax deductible.
We are accepting/collecting items now so we have them for our clients for the holidays.
ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS! Great news for those of you Amazon shoppers wanting to support Helping Hands of Vegas Valley !!
- 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.
- If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
- View Settings and select AmazonSmile….
- 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.
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.
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.
SEPTEMBER 2019 NEWS
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!
HHOVV RECEIVES $10,000 CHECK:
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 –
TWO HELPING HANDS AGENCIES MERGE
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 Marcia.Blake@hhovv.org
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.