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2019 NEWS

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:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/las-vegas/pay-your-las-vegas-parking-tickets-with-food-donations-1871884/

October 16, 2019 – Las Vegas City Council News Release

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
  • Sidewalk
  • 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:

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Lap blankets
  • Personal hygiene kits

We are also seeking sponsors for the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Annual SWING FORE SENIORS Golf Event 2020 – We are always seeking sponsors for this event.
  4. 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 !!

  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.

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.

2018 NEWS:

2018 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Finalists Announced

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Bell, Administrative Assistant
(775) 825-1900 | tbell@nevadavolunteers.org
www.nevadavolunteers.org
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 www.hhovv.org or contact Brenda at Brenda.Jepson@hhovv.org