Following the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, the Henderson Community Foundation wanted to take this opportunity to share resources that you, your loved ones, and your colleagues may find helpful in the months to come as well as opportunities to support those in need.
The most difficult part of a tragedy is the lasting physical and emotional impact it has long after the dust has settled and the rest of the world has resumed business as usual. The outpouring of recent support is critically important to the rebuilding effort. And the need won’t end any time soon. In the weeks and months to come, it is common for survivors and victims to experience a number of side effects that can impact their quality of life and well-being. We hope you’ll use the list below throughout the next year, perhaps even after the immediate resources for the victims and their families have been exhausted. Donations of blood, goods, services and money will continue to be needed for the next stage of the recovery process.
On a final note, HCF is incredibly grateful for the first responders, law enforcement and EMTs for their quick response and heroism. We are also proud of the many bystanders who took it upon themselves to protect, help and serve during and after these horrific events. The spirit of Las Vegas is stronger than ever, as evidenced by the millions of dollars raised to date, the countless hours volunteered, as well as the services and goods donated. #vegasstrong
We hope you will continue building that spirit in the months to come by accessing support where you may need it and paying it forward with your own gifts of time, talent and treasure.
Help hotlines, coping tips, and counseling services:
The Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990
Crisis Call Center – 800-273-8255
Bridge Counseling – 702-474-6450
Community Counseling Center – 702-369-8700
The American Red Cross offers these tips to help people stay strong.
Vegas PBS Resources for Parents:
Vegas PBS has created a webpage offering resources for parents and children coping with crisis. Kid-friendly videos, hands-on activities, family resources and advice for parents on how to prepare for emergencies or respond to crises are freely available here.
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, together with pro bono attorneys and the State Bar of Nevada, has established a free triage system for victims and their families to receive referrals for issues like debt collection, custody or guardianship orders, landlord-tenant issues, and more. To be connected with a staff member to receive free referrals, call 702-386-1070, extension 0.
Donate Your Treasure:
Zappos is providing a $1 million match to support victims and their families impacted. Donate here and your money will be doubled. Note: Check with your tax advisor to find out if your donation will be tax deductible.
To assist the victims and their families, there is also a Las Vegas Victim’s Fund set up by Clark County Commissioner. Note: Check with your tax advisor to find out if your donation will be tax deductible.
For funders and organized groups of philanthropists who are looking to be strategic in their giving, check out resources from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Be safe when donating. Follow these tips from the Better Business Bureau for giving wisely during and after tragedy.
Donations of non-perishable food, water, and hygiene products can be delivered to the following locations:
- Three Square, 4190 N. Pecos Road, Las Vegas, NV 89115
- Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, 1501 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101
The City of Las Vegas is collecting cards and heartfelt messages to help the community heal together. Drop off or mail cards to #Hearts4Vegas, C/O City Hall, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101.
Create a Charitable Fund:
To establish your own charitable fund to help nonprofit organizations that will be serving those impacted, contact the Henderson Community Foundation at 702-952-2640. We can work to set this up with you quickly, and then handle all of the administrative and financial details for you behind the scenes.