Lines of people wrapped around the block Saturday, July 16, 2022, at The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada’s annual Back to School Bounty Fair.
It was a pirate theme where the kids received a treasure map that started at the Port of Joy (named after The Center’s rescue dog) and led to various spots to pick up a backpack and all the supplies needed for school.
The staff, volunteers, and vendors created a fun experience for kids getting ready to return to school.
“We expected high demand for backpacks and school supplies due to inflation and rising costs affecting vulnerable families,” says Donna Felix Barrows, Grants and Compliance Coordinator at The Center. “Last year, we handed out 300 backpacks within our first hour, so we’ve reached out to the community to make a more significant impact this year.”
The Center supports a diverse and inclusive community, including the vulnerable population living in the neighborhood. They distributed goods to 1000 students thanks to the support of Healthplan of Nevada – Medicaid, Molina Healthcare, SilverSummit Healthplan, and UNLV.
About The LGBTQ+ Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center)
For almost 30 years, The Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQ+ individuals and underserved populations in Nevada.
We function as the heart and home of the LGBTQ+ community by making connections, delivering programs, and providing a safe space for health and wellness, social services, arts and culture, advocacy, and community building.
Ongoing Center programs support LGBTQ+ youth, adults, families, seniors, vets, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, and underserved populations.
Additionally, we are proud to offer the Center Advocacy Network, the first nationally accredited program of its kind, focusing on LGBTQ issues for victim advocacy. For more information on how The Center empowers everyone to thrive in Nevada, please visit https://www.thecenterlv.org.