PAHRUMP, Nev. – In an effort to support local foster youths during difficult transition periods, Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) announced its participation in a donation drive to benefit foster children in Pahrump.
Throughout the month of May, National Foster Care Month, the Independent Living Program in Pahrump invites community members to donate essential items that children and teenagers often need when placed into foster care. To encourage community participation, VEA’s headquarters at 800 E. Highway 372 in Pahrump will serve as a drop-off location for donated items throughout the month.
“Valley Electric Association is passionate about promoting valuable community service efforts in our service territory, and this donation drive is an important opportunity to help some of our most vulnerable community members,” said Dax Whittle, member and communications coordinator for VEA. “VEA’s headquarters is a convenient location for dropping off donations, and we encourage community members to contribute to this program’s worthy cause.”
For the second consecutive year, the Independent Living Program is requesting donations of new items that youths often lack when they are placed into foster homes with short notice. Requested items include deodorant, hair brushes, coloring books, duffel bags, toothpaste and crossword puzzles. The donated items will be sorted into duffel bags and given to the Nevada Department of Family and Child Services to provide for foster youths 18 years old and younger in Pahrump.
The donation drive aims to raise 250 duffel bags of donated items, said Kerry Shilling, program manager of the Independent Living Program in Pahrump. If the program receives a significant amount of donations, duffel bags will also be offered to foster children in other areas of Nevada, Shilling said.
“To have an organization like VEA help us and help these youths is very important,” Shilling said. “We’re very thankful VEA wants to jump on board and be so involved in the community.”
In addition to VEA’s headquarters, community members can also drop off donations at the Independent Living Program, located in the Nevada Outreach Training Organization office at 621 S. Blagg Road in Pahrump.
The Independent Living Program is a grant program run through the Division of Child and Family Services that receives state and federal funding. Operated under the Nevada Outreach Training Organization, it is designed to help youths who are 15 and older learn how to transition out of foster care and live independently. Although the program usually focuses on teenagers and young adults, the month-long donation drive aims to benefit foster youths of all ages.
About Valley Electric Association, Inc.
Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is a member-owned nonprofit electric utility headquartered in Pahrump, Nev. While VEA started as a small rural electric utility in 1965, the company now provides service to more than 45,000 people within a vast 6,800-square-mile service area located primarily along the California-Nevada border, with the majority in Nevada. VEA’s service area starts in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, and extends north for more than 250 miles to Fish Lake Valley. For more information about VEA, please visit www.vea.coop.
About The Independent Living Program
The Independent Living Program assists children ages 15 to 21 years old who are in foster care or have aged out of foster care with learning basic life skills, so they may transition into the adult world with the tools they need to be self-sufficient and successful in their adult lives.