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UNLVolunteers

UNLVolunteers is a student-led organization whose mission is to learn and serve with the community to promote awareness and positive social change by providing and promoting meaningful service opportunities for UNLV students, faculty, and staff.

Programming is focused around five impact areas:

  • Environment
  • Hunger and homelessness
  • Youth and education
  • Health
  • General programs

Join UNLVolunteers

There are several ways to get involved with UNLVolunteers, whether you are looking to volunteer once, or take on a role with the executive board:

  • Volunteer: Join our organization on MyUNLV. Participate in just one event, one event multiple times, or try volunteering at a range of events; event registration is on MyUNLV in the Involvement Center (search: UNLVolunteers)
  • Become an engaged member: Attend at least 4 events a semester sponsored by UNLVolunteers.
  • Join the organization: We have a range of roles available on our executive board from officers to coordinators or committee members; please download the documents below for more information or email serve@unlv.edu with questions.

Programs and Events

DASH Dinner Discussions

Come to this monthly casual dinner event where we invite a local nonprofit to share about their work. Explore how hunger and homelessness may impact different communities in different ways and how to be part of solutions. See MyUNLV for current dates and speakers.

General Meetings

Monthly meetings to meet people, get updates on upcoming events, enjoy snacks, and do a service project. See MyUNLV for current dates.

Impact Area Programs

Our Impact Area Coordinators develop and implement projects every semester that fall under the impact areas. These change annually based on student interest and nonprofit availability. See MyUNLV for current events and dates.

  • Education & Youth: Covers a lot of territory, from public education to after school programs to college prep.
  • Environment: Includes green living but also protecting/restoring our outdoor wild and urban spaces.
  • Health: Can span a range of topics from preventative education to chronic illness and different ages of our population.
  • Hunger & Homelessness: Provides opportunities to serve in this area that are different from DASH.
  • General Programs: Our other 4 impact areas cannot cover all topics/issues, so this area could include any number of things from veterans’ issues to animals, refugee outreach and more.

Service Day

Once a semester, ~200 students serve with 10-15 local nonprofits. Food, t-shirts, service — don’t miss out on this UNLV tradition! See MyUNLV for current dates.

DASH

DASH explores hunger and homelessness through education and service. The program is set up with learning activities/discussions, packing simple meals, and then delivery (travel to the Rescue Mission, hand out meals, reflect, return to campus).

This event happens two Fridays a month, typically toward the end of the month (adjusts for holidays/recesses). Participants can make sack lunches on campus, deliver to the nonprofit as evening meal guests are leaving — or join for both making and delivery! See MyUNLV for current dates.

Registration

DASH is open to all UNLV students, faculty, and staff. Participants must register for each DASH individually. Individuals who register online will be guaranteed participation in the service project so we can arrange for a positive, coordinated experience for our volunteers and our community partners; thank you for understanding that walk-ups will be welcomed only if space is available.

Where and When

Sandwich-Making (3-4:30 p.m.)

On campus - Student Union in the eating bar under the central red stairs.

Participants make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pack them into bags with fruit and granola bars or bags of chips. There are only 40 spots available for each DASH and they go fast, so please register early. DASH supplies are funded by the Office of Civic Engagement and Diversity; we welcome donations of unopened peanut butter, jelly, bread, individually packaged chips/granola bars.

Delivery (4:30-6:30 p.m.)

Meals are distributed at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. Delivery is often the most rewarding part of DASH, as it allows direct contact with the community. Limited transportation is provided by the University, so sign up early on the Involvement Center in MyUNLV. (Participants who have attended delivery before may be asked to offer their place to someone who has not delivered before.) If individuals are willing to drive themselves and/or carpool to the site, additional participation can be welcomed!

Can your organization come to DASH?

If your organization would like to participate in an already-scheduled DASH, you must be in contact with program staff in advance (serve@unlv.edu) to verify that there is room since this program is often in high demand. Your organization members:

  • Must sign up individually in advance on the Involvement Center in MyUNLV.
  • Should consider providing donations of nonperishable goods to make lunches (peanut butter, jelly, and/or individually packaged granola bars, chips or crackers)—suggested, not required.
  • * If your organization would like to sponsor your own DASH event at a different date and time, please contact serve@unlv.edu. Your organization will be responsible for marketing, funding, and delivery of the lunches; we can help get you information and resources to do this in partnership with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

Join the Service Weekly Email

Sign up for our weekly emails to get reminders of upcoming UNLVolunteers service projects, events, and opportunities with nonprofit groups in the Las Vegas valley! Whether you're looking for information on local service projects, alternative breaks, or reminders about our meetings, this is where you'll find it.

After you enter your information, you will receive a confirmation email to finish the subscription process. Be sure to click confirm! Emails go out every Friday.