Volunteers Needed to Help a Local Food Pantry

CCBA’s Community Service Committee is seeking volunteers to lend a helping hand to Three Square Food Pantry on the evening of Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Bar members and their families are welcome to attend. For details, visit our event calendar listing for CCBA’s Three Square Volunteer Night.

Learn more about how CCBA has helped at Three Square earlier this year by reading the following article written by Nevada lawyer Paul Lal…

Volunteering to Help a Local Food Pantry

By Paul Lal, Esq.

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, and as a community service outreach of the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA), 21 members and friends of CCBA donated their time and energy by volunteering at Three Square. Three Square is southern Nevada’s only food bank, whose mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hungry-free community. Three Square networks with approximately 1,300 community partners, including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools, and after school and feeding sites in southern Nevada to reach struggling individuals and families who are at risk of hunger. According to Three Square, in 2016 it distributed more than 40 million pounds of food (the equivalent of more than 33 million meals) through its community partners.

The event was organized by CCBA’s Community Service Committee and CCBA staff. In just under two hours, a group of CCBA volunteers packed 4,800 pounds of non-perishable food items into “family food boxes” for distribution during the following week to underprivileged families in our community. In addition, during that time, another group of CCBA volunteers served in cleaning and sanitizing food bins capable of holding and transporting 9,700 prepared meals for school lunch programs at area schools. Our designated Three Square representative praised our volunteers and expressed that no other previous group of volunteers had cleaned and sanitized as many food bins in two hours than CCBA’s participants.

CCBA volunteers in attendance were: Phyllis Arakaki, Brian Blaylock, Annie Blaylock, Devin Blaylock, Debra Burgos, Alex Corral, Holly Casino, Jill Chase, Nolan Chase, Cheryl Godfrey, Janet Merrill, Courtney Myers, Paul Lal, Georgeann Ray, Paul Ray, Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers, Jennifer Roberts, Deanne Rymarowicz, Melinda Vereen, Anita Webster, and Donna Wiessner.

Each of the CCBA volunteers I spoke with related they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and expressed interest in returning to assist Three Square in the future. CCBA member, Janet Merrill, expressed “Kudos to Three Square for its efficient, motivational use of volunteers; this was my first experience at Three Square and it was rewarding and enjoyable.” I am sure I can speak for all of the CCBA participants that volunteering at Three Square was a very gratifying experience which served to positively impact the lives of individuals and families in our community in a tangible and meaningful way.

Click to go to Three Square’s website to learn how to help their programs to help them food-insecure persons in our community.

The CCBA Community Service Committee is in the process of planning another event with Three Square, which we plan to hold this fall. See page 14. Future announcements will be forthcoming. We would love to see even more CCBA members and friends participate at the next CCBA sponsored Three Square event.

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Paul Lal is a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Paul concentrates his practice on commercial transactions and business advisory work. Paul also volunteers with the CCBA’s Community Service Committee.

© 2017 This article was originally published in Communiqué, the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association. (August 2017). All rights reserved. For permission to reprint this article, contact the publisher Clark County Bar Association, 717 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Phone: (702) 387-6011