The Las Vegas Urban League Doing Its Part to Help Recovering Local Economy, One Individual at a Time

At their recent Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon, the Las Vegas Urban League (UL) announced its annual report for fiscal year 2010.

The past year has been full of major accomplishments for the non-profit organization, including the opening of 31 free Public Computer Centers across Southern Nevada, the successful completion of the Employment and Training Program funded by ARRA funds, the implementation of a Weatherization Program for the residents of North Las Vegas, and the utilization of the Child Care Subsidy Program. The Las Vegas Urban League served over 175,000 individuals, children, students, seniors, families, and people with disabilities throughout fiscal year 2010. Through their programs, 548 jobs were created, 15 of those Green Jobs, and $6 million was contributed to the local economy from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our successes for this fiscal year, especially in light of these economic conditions,” said Lavonne Lewis, Chief Operating Officer for the Las Vegas Urban League. “We invite members of the community, whether individuals or corporations, to become more involved in your Urban League, and to take advantages of the services we offer.”

The UL exists to serve by leading people in the community to self-sufficiency. They have implemented several programs designed to create equal opportunity for all members of the community by offering them the tools they need to achieve a higher quality of life. This fiscal year, the UL was awarded three new grants in excess of $10 million, which were used to launch several new programs. One of their newest and fastest growing programs is the Child Care Subsidy Program. It began at the end of fiscal year 2010 and provides financial assistance to income-eligible families struggling with the high cost of child care. Currently serving nearly 5,000 clients monthly, this $4.3 million program is funded by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Welfare Division.

The organization was the leading agency in Nevada to receive a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) award of $4.7 million over three years through the Department of Commerce. The funding was used to open 31 public computer centers in various low-income communities throughout Southern Nevada. Serving 4,600 users weekly, the program hired 35 BTOP Computer Instructors and Managers.

Thanks to a $1.6 million grant awarded to the Weatherization Assistance Program, the UL allows low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy-efficient. While this is one of their newest programs, it is already exceeding expectations with 775 applications and 375 projectsalready underway.

About the Las Vegas Urban League
The Las Vegas Urban League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the disadvantaged in Southern Nevada since 2006. Their mission is to empower communities and ensure equal opportunity for low-income people throughout the Greater Las Vegas area. They do this by providing economic, social, and environmental solutions that can lead to self-sufficiency. The Las Vegas Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League, which remains the premier social service and civil rights organization in the United States. For more information, visit