Following the culmination of HopeWeek 2021, a week of giving thanks, giving and giving back, HopeLink of Southern Nevada (HopeLink) raised $60,000, provided approximately 1,000 pieces of winter clothing and supported more than 300 people.
After a ribbon cutting ceremony, a “Paint It Forward” event at Pinot’s Palette and Neighbor Day, the donations received during HopeWeek are a combination of nearly 60 people’s gifts and a match from the Helms Helps Foundation. Terry Helms, founder of Helms Helps, matched all donations made during HopeWeek up to $20,000. However, due to the high number of new donors, Helms Helps raised its match to $25,000 allowing HopeLink to raise $60,000 in six days. After tallying the numbers, 85% of donations consisted of gifts under $500, while 45% of donors were first-time contributors to HopeLink.
“We are beyond grateful to everyone that made HopeWeek possible,” said Stacey Lockhart, HopeLink executive director. “Annually, we serve more than 10,000 households through the support of our donor partners. With the new donations that came in and the generous match from Helms Helps, we can continue to work to prevent homelessness. Every donation helps a neighbor, seniors or a family and fulfills HopeLink’s mission.”
The final day of HopeWeek was the Neighbor Day Community Resource Fair. The event, co-hosted with the City of Henderson, included a neighborhood cleanup along with a safe disposal site for residents to recycle old paints, oils and other items. Community organizations also set up at the event with a variety of resources including dental resources, income support services, food, diapers and more. In addition to winter wear collected, HopeLink gave away three brand new kids’ bicycles, compliments of Peddling4Hope and shoes from Joybees Footwear. Over 500 people are estimated to have attended the resource fair, with 1,000 pieces of winter wear donated to neighborhood families.