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Dec 09, 2019

Google “benefits of volunteering” and hundreds of articles appear. In an article for VICE, Kaleigh Rogers says, “Helping others is a natural high our brains are wired for.”

According to the 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, over 250 million people in the United States volunteer. If you’re looking for opportunities locally, here's what we offer:

Cultural Affairs Volunteer Program

Volunteers are needed to assist with events and arts experiences throughout the year. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The department is currently looking for festival support, ushers, gallery guides, and more. Learn more and apply.

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful

The city is an official Keep America Beautiful affiliate. Keep Las Vegas Beautiful focuses on community education and hands-on stewardship that reduces litter and waste and promotes grassroots volunteerism, to make sustainable improvement. A number of programs fall under this:

  • Adopt-a-Spot offers local volunteers an opportunity to make a difference in their neighborhood by selecting an area that is important to them and keeping it clean and safe through ongoing monitoring and reporting of issues along with beautification and cleanup projects. View the agreement.
  • The Great American Cleanup offers assistance to groups and organizations to create and implement structured volunteer community beautification projects in neighborhoods, schools and parks.
  • Teen Council offers high school students the opportunity to gain leaderships skills through volunteer experience by creating their own community projects and peer mentoring programs.

Sign-up or contact Oyaima Camman-Calvo at ocamman@lasvegasnevada.gov or 702-229-3424.

Neighborhood Assistance Program

Through this program, volunteers will work together with the city to assist homeowners who are in need of assistance due to financial hardship or older, disabled homeowners to clean up their property, preserve and improve residential neighborhoods and make Las Vegas a better place to live.

Volunteers may consist of individuals or groups that wish to assist and participate in improving residential neighborhoods. They can help with landscaping, painting; light exterior maintenance, and yard clean up, etc. Additional project may include painting of neighborhood exterior walls, neighborhood beautification projects and other such projects.

Complete the application or contact the Code Enforcement team at 702-229-6615.

Park Ambassador Program

Residents 50 and better can participate in our Park Ambassador program, which was put together to help active adults get involved in preserving our parks.

All Park Ambassadors are considered to be the eyes of the neighborhood as they help keep the parks safe for everyone. Additionally, ambassadors contribute their time and talents of special projects at hospitals and community centers throughout the year.

Learn more or contact Stephanie Richard at 702.229.6601 or srichard@lasvegasnevada.gov. All volunteers must submit an application and pass a background check.

Ger Outdoors Nevada 

Improve your backyard and the community by stepping out and simply enjoy the experience of getting to know the outdoors. Learn more here: https://getoutdoorsnevada.org/service/