Local nonprofit raises funds for community programs to fight poverty

Wine from tastingLAS VEGAS – Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN) kicks off their annual wine tasting event on May 21, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Cili’s restaurant at Bali Hai located at 5160 S. Las Vegas Blvd. The fundraiser is open to the public and includes signature appetizers, a silent live auction, and a range of domestic and international wines to sample. General tickets are $65. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for $1,500. For tickets or to learn more about corporate sponsorship levels, please contact Derrick Felder at derrick@lssnv.org or at 702.639.1730 ext. 777. RSVP is required.

LSSN has been hosting the annual wine tasting event for the past five years, with hopes of raising $20,000 this year. Monies raised go towards LSSN programs such as the Empowerment Center, Open Air Market, Food Pantry, Community Garden, Homeless Prevention Services, and the Employment Tools Program.

“We are excited to host this fabulous event and hope to exceed our fundraising goals to continually support and grow our community programs,” said Armena Mnatsakanyan, executive director of Lutheran Social Services of Southern Nevada.

Annual fundraising events help the organization continue to serve over 15,000 individuals and families in need annually, and to successfully break the continuous cycle of poverty, homelessness and hunger in our community. LSSN opened its doors in 1985 as a small clothing closet run by a small group of volunteers, and has grown to a nationally recognized organization that serves over 180,000 local families in need in Southern Nevada with a variety of programs.

LSSN has a variety of programs that provide financial assistance to low-income households to achieve such goals as obtaining employment, retaining housing, food, and avoiding homelessness. The nonprofit organization provides basic and emergency services to low-income and homeless populations; distributes approximately 20,000 meals per month at its food pantry; and hosts quarterly Open Air markets that serve up to 300 households with fresh produce and healthy options to low-income community residents. The Community Garden project assists low-income families by helping them develop and grow their own gardens. The LSSN Empowerment Center provides employment readiness and job training skills.

About Lutheran Social Services of Nevada
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada bridges and mobilizes multiple community resources in order to break the cycle of poverty, empowers and engages clients in self-growth and self-sufficiency, and navigates homeless and low-income families to independence through community support systems. Since incorporating in 1997, the agency has served over 190,000 clients in Southern Nevada. Services are provided regardless of religious affiliation, age, or national origin, and include a client-choice supermarket-style food pantry, nutrition education, SNAP (food stamps), temporary financial assistance for rent and utilities, housing assistance, help with obtaining birth certificates and ID’s, employment training, and home-care services for the elderly.

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada, accredited by the United Way of Southern Nevada, is a Registered Service Organization of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod; a member of the Lutheran Services of America; a member of Home Care Association of America; and licensed by the State of Nevada for home care.

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