Family Support Services Participates in UNLV Service Day

CenterPoint Newsletter | Summer 2017 | by Terri Thomas, FSS Program Specialist

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The UNLV Center of Academic Enrichment and Outreach Family Support Services (FSS) staff actively participate in community outreach events throughout the year. On February 10, 2017, FSS staff and social work practicum students volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House, Project 150, and Lake Mead Cleanup in celebration of UNLV’s 2017 Service Day.

The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children. Project 150 offers services to homeless high school students in Las Vegas. Lake Mead Clean-up days are conducted in an effort to maintain the national recreation area.

FSS staff were extremely busy. In a matter of hours, FSS had helped organize the kitchen and restock the food pantries at the Ronald McDonald House. While at Project 150, FSS helped package over four hundred weekend bags filled with nutritious food items to be distributed to homeless teens at the end of the school week to ensure they have food to eat over the weekend. While five FSS practicum students were busy at the Ronald McDonald House and Project 150, two others joined a group of volunteers to clean up the beaches at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Together, they gathered and removed over two hundred fifty pounds of garbage.

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