UNLV's Community Engagement Council recently hosted a presentation by Heather Davis, Director of Community Engagement for Opportunity Village (OV). OV is a not-for-profit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them.
OV has been providing innovative programs and services for people with disabilities in Southern Nevada since 1954. OV’s programs and services, including vocational training, employment, day habilitation, and social recreation programs, are provided to over 3,000 people.
OV also offers a wide variety of services to meet the needs of the business community, including training, placement, and supervision of individuals in many jobs throughout Southern Nevada. Through OV’s employment programs, nearly $3.7 million in wages and benefits are paid to adults with disabilities in our community each year ultimately resulting in an estimated $30.4 million in savings for Nevada taxpayers annually.
Additionally, OV operates four employment training center campuses and a thrift store in Southern Nevada, and hosts some of our community’s most popular special events and fundraisers, including the Magical Forest, HallOVeen, and the Las Vegas Great Santa Run.
OV is almost entirely self-funded. Nearly 70 percent of its funding comes from business contracts, donors, and fundraising events. Because of this, the people served by OV do not pay for any of the programs and services OV provides.
To learn more, please visit the Opportunity Village website.