The pandemic is making the holiday season difficult for everyone this year; but for young people experiencing homelessness, their everyday struggles for food, shelter and safety are magnified. To give these vulnerable youth some holiday cheer, the nonprofit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) is conducting its 5th Annual Holiday Giving Campaign. The nonprofit organization needs the community’s help more than ever this year to collect gifts that it will distribute for thousands of area homeless youth.
Instead of its traditional gift-wrapping block party and other in-person activities, NPHY still has several avenues for community involvement that will keep youth, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy, while making the holidays brighter for vulnerable young people. These include purchasing a gift, hosting a gift drive, or making a donation to ensure youth in need receive a gift this season.
To fulfill a youth’s wish, purchase a gift from the NPHY Holiday Wish List and drop it off at the NPHY Drop-In Center, located at 4981 Shirley St. near UNLV. In addition, gifts can be purchased through the Amazon Holiday Wish List and will be shipped directly to the Drop-In Center. For those wanting to get their office, school, church or other group involved, hosting a gift drive is a great option. Download the holiday wish list to share with your group and email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Individual and holiday drive donations can be dropped off during the Contactless Donation Drop-Off Event from Thursday, Dec. 17 through Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Drop-In Center. Drop-off times must be reserved.
Monetary donations are always welcome to help support holiday traditions for youth that are being altered this year to make them COVID-19 safe. This year youth in NPHY’s Independent Living Program will receive Holiday Cheer Boxes along with a catered brunch and donated gifts, in lieu of the nonprofit’s yearly NPHY Christmas Day Brunch and Movie outing. Additionally, NPHY will deliver to-go holiday dinners instead of hosting its annual holiday dinner with the help of Richard Prisbey and Boy Scout Troop 360. To donate, visit www.donorbox.org/nphy-donations.
Sponsoring the Holiday Giving Campaign also is a way local businesses or companies can get involved. Opportunities range from $3,000 for event naming rights to $250 for a company logo to be included on the event webpage.
“It has been a tough year for all of us, so we are grateful for the support we continue to receive from the community, especially now during this traditional season of giving,” said Arash Ghafoori, NPHY executive director. “No matter the size, all the efforts are meaningful to homeless youth in bringing them a happier holiday and showing them that people care.”
Following the gift drop-off event, NPHY will distribute the items to its current clients and other area homeless youth through its outreach efforts for the December holidays.
For more information about participation and sponsorship and to view the wish list, visit www.nphy.org/holidaygiving/ or call 702-383-1332.
About Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
NPHY is the most comprehensive service provider for the thousands of homeless youth in Southern Nevada, serving hundreds of youth through core programs and touching the lives of thousands more through outreach each year. NPHY’s programs stabilize homeless teens’ lives, meeting their immediate needs and providing a safe, supportive environment and a path to self- sufficiency. Through work with homeless youth, NPHY creates productive, healthy adults who contribute to society. Strengthening and complementing the high-quality direct services for homeless youth, NPHY is dedicated to advocating for the Las Vegas Valley’s homeless youth population and serves as a leader in systems-level efforts to eliminate homelessness among Nevada’s youth. For more information or to support our life-changing work for homeless youth, please visit www.nphy.org.