By Ben Caine
Director of Development, New Vista
New Vista, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, leads the charge in generating volunteer opportunities for people with IDD, empowering people with disabilities to be involved in their communities. The New Vista Gives Back program connects members with other nonprofit organizations and community partners to provide volunteer opportunities. The program matches youth and adults with IDD with volunteer options that match their interests and abilities.
With its robust volunteer base, it seems for this cause, that strength certainly comes in numbers.
“We have really cultivated an absolutely amazing base of big-hearted volunteers over the years.” Board of Directors Chair Craig Herrmann said. “Being an established nonprofit serving the intellectually challenged for over 30 years, we’ve come to realize that our community is built upon those willing to give of their time, talents and treasures. It is ultimately people that care enough to spend their free time giving to others whom a great charity is built through.”
Volunteers are the lifeblood of a nonprofit organization. Charities rely on the efforts and support of their volunteers to further their mission. Perhaps the greatest benefit people derive from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve health and happiness.
We have really cultivated an absolutely amazing base of big-hearted volunteers over the years.
The New Vista Gives Back team participates in a variety of ongoing weekly and monthly programs, including Give Back Mondays serving the homeless population, Project 4 Humanity food pantry and Brenda’s Closet, which serve individuals and families living in poverty. The team members accept their volunteer responsibilities with a beautiful eagerness and humility, truly intent in helping to lift those in need through their work.
Most recently, over 20 New Vista Gives Back team members joined the Skye Canyon Youth Conference in a project benefiting Peggy’s Attic, a program serving children in foster care. An unintended consequence of the team members’ service is that not only are they able to make a difference by lending support to a charity, but they deliver a powerful message through their willingness to participate. Members are truly at the center of social change, when they work side-by-side with their typical abled peers.
Members of New Vista Gives Back lead by example, creating an awareness of the IDD community. One of the best ways to make new friends and learn about people of diverse backgrounds is to commit to doing a shared activity together. Of the many volunteers that have chosen to offer their time, over 90 percent return to help the cause again.
It’s no surprise that New Vista has been able to create entire multiple event series, such as its Wine Walks and Brew’s Best Beer Festivals, off of the generosity of these vibrant volunteers. Through the cumulative energy of this community, New Vista has really empowered the volunteers to share time while having fun and giving back to its mission. Whether contributing at an event or assisting program staff on daily duties, New Vista is constantly seeking support, and they remain grateful for the years of dedicated support from the Las Vegas Valley.