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UNLVolunteers offers several ways to give back to their local and regional community. Through programming , we cover 5 major impact areas: Youth & Education, Hunger & Homelessness, Health, Environment and General. We also offer Alternative Breaks to students interested in traveling to learn and serve. All these opportunities are open to UNLV students, staff and faculty. 

To get information on current events or to register, go to the Involvement Center on my.unlv.edu and visit UNLVolunteers.

General Meetings – Once a month, we get together on campus in the early evenings to meet other people interested in service and learn about upcoming service opportunities. After a quick presentation, we jump into a service project benefitting a local organization. We will provide some light snacks, too – a quick and easy way to get better connected.

6-7 p.m., Student Union Green Room (1st floor) =  Dec 2, February 2, March 5, April 16

Alternative Breaks (AB) – What more worthwhile way to spend your spring break than doing service? Each AB trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, immigration, ecology, health, and more. Students spend time learning about the issue and do direct service with local nonprofit organizations; we also make some time to explore the local area/culture.  Affordable trips doing good work with great people – make an alternative break trip a part of your UNLV experience!

Rebel Service Day – Rebel Service Day happens once a semester where students, faculty, and staff come together and give time to local nonprofits. Spend time serving with one of 10-15 community partners in the Las Vegas area and hundreds of fellow Rebels looking to make a difference. Registration and participation is free and ALL UNLV students, staff, and faculty are welcome; sign up individually or gather some friends to work at the site of your choice.

Impact Area Programs – UNLVolunteers is a student group that plans and runs student service projects. The five impact areas were created to help students find opportunities that match their interests. Our UNLVolunteers Coordinators plan between 2-3 smaller events per impact area each semester, usually with about 5-25 people.

Education & Youth (Katie Berney) – Education/Youth has a mission to make an impact on the younger generation by inspiring and teaching our youth.  For the kids UNLVolunteers with, we hope that having college students interacting with them positively in their surroundings will help make the idea of college something they consider pursuing. Making a positive impact is the overall goal!  Events have included hosting a field day, assisting with tutoring, and myriad other opportunities.

Environmental (Elissa Lafranconi) – This area works with local ecology as its social issue—how we humans interact with our natural surroundings. Whether encouraging people to explore their outdoors responsibly, restoring local damage, or repairing local parks and trails, this impact area has done a range of things from boat rides to clean up Lake Mead, building trails in Red Rock, and working with horses.

General (Desiree Tupas) – Since the impact areas don't capture every community involvement, we included the general area to make sure that most student interests and community needs are met. This impact area hosts events that could focus on topics and agencies working with veterans' affairs, LGBTQ+ community, animals, arts, and more.

Health (Lisa Tomassetti) – Making a positive impact through education and outreach is our goal. We strive to encourage and advocate for living a healthy and active lifestyle for people of all ages, backgrounds, and living situations. We could be teaching about balanced nutrition and active lifestyles through a youth event, or preparing and serving a meal to families staying at a local residence near the hospital, or any number of other activities! Health can be looked at and combined with other impact areas as well.

Hunger & Homelessness (David Dennison) – These complex topics of hunger and homelessness impact many different people in many different ways. Monthly, we will host Community Organization Visits (COVs) where you can visit and tour a local organization, and then talk with one of their knowledgeable staff about their services, the issues, and how to be a part of the solutions.

  • Delivering and Serving Hope (DASH) – One of the longest-running student-initiated programs at UNLV, this program is a UNLV tradition. Help make peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunches on campus, and then deliver them to people experiencing homelessness at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
    Open to all UNLV students, faculty, and staff. Select Fridays (usually the last 2 of the month), 3 to 6:30 p.m.; transportation may be provided to and from campus. Register in advance on the Involvement Center, please.

Not finding something you're interested in? Contact us at serve@unlv.edu and we can offer ideas/connections. Have a specific idea? Let us know, and we can see about adding it to our calendar – or consider joining us as a coordinator and getting help bringing it to life yourself!