weather icon Clear

Pahrump students assist area homeless

Students in the Jobs for Nevada Graduates program in Pahrump gave back to the community in early April by providing necessities to the homeless during a “solar drive.”

J4NG students in Pahrump provided about 20 backpacks filled with solar showers, solar radios/flashlights, solar fans with lights, dry shampoo, baby wipes, cotton swabs, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, notebook, pens/pencils, and a chocolate bunny April 2 at the Oasis Outreach on 2nd Street in Pahrump.

Oasis Outreach is a church in Pahrump that distributes food for those who need it each morning.

Robert Nielson, the Jobs for Nevada Graduates instructor from Pahrump Valley High School, said, “We couldn’t have done it without them, and we give tremendous thanks to them.”

The main fundraiser that helped students succeed in the project was done through the Subway in Pahrump. David Bombara, the owner of the Subway, was a guest speaker at Pahrump Valley High School in Nielson’s class. Bombara set up a fundraiser for the students’ cause.

Students also worked to create a fundraiser for the homeless last year that was supposed to be a soup kitchen, but the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on that idea.

Students used the money they’d raised the prior year to do the backpack drive, spending about $1,200 on supplies.

About 23 people showed up to the drive in early April; unfortunately, not everyone was able to get the solar products, being that it was a first-come, first-serve event, but they did still get some supplies to help them.

To get the word out to the homeless about this drive, Nielson worked with an area homeless man who is referred to as “Mayor Mike” among the area homeless community. Mike assisted by handing out flyers to the homeless population to promote the event and to reach to those who needed it.

The local J4NG, formerly JAG Nevada, program does plan to have another fundraiser in the future, hopefully next year, to help the community.

The homeless that did show up were very grateful for the things that they received.

“The people were really really appreciative for the supply,” Nielson said.

With the supplies, the homeless will be able to shower with hot water, have lights, cleaning supplies and much more.

J4NG is a statewide nonprofit created by the state of Nevada. The Nevada nonprofit, part of a national organization, works with Nevada students to achieve graduation and find career paths.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Groundwater levies in Nye County raise questions, again

It was like an echo of a former discussion when, during their most recent meeting, Nye County commissioners addressed two agenda items relating to groundwater levies to be assessed for the purposes of helping to fund Nevada Division of Water Resources and the Nevada State Engineer’s Office’s annual activities.

Former commissioner Wichman tapped for Nye County job

Former Nye County Commissioner Lorinda Wichman said farewell to county government at the beginning of 2020, having served a full 12 years as county commissioner but now, just over a year after her departure, she is ready to jump back into the government sector, this time as an employee rather than as an elected official.

Great Basin College helps feed the community

In life, there are several very basic needs, things that one must have in order to not just survive but to thrive, and one of those needs is sustenance. Sadly, however, there are thousands of people all across the local community who struggle with food insecurity each day.

Earth Day 2021 set for Ian Deutch park in Pahrump

After being forced to take a year off in 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic, organizers of the Pahrump Valley’s annual Earth Day and Arbor Day festivities are ready to get back into the events scene and the 2021 celebration is set to take place in just one week’s time.

Nye slated poorest county in state

Nye County is the poorest in Nevada, according to the data from the 24/7 Wall St.

UNLV students prepare for solar competition

UNLV students were racing to put the finishing touches on Mojave Bloom, a 628-square-foot home they’ve built from scratch for the U.S. Department of Energy’s international 2020 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. The biennial contest challenges colleges worldwide to design, construct and operate homes powered by renewable energy.

Noisy fire in Beatty

It was risky business for the Beatty Fire Department, as they responded to a mobile home fire just before 3 a.m. Thursday, April 8, in the 500 block of West Watson.

Sunday marks World Amateur Radio Day

World Amateur Radio Day is Sunday, April 18, the anniversary of the day in 1925 when the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Letters to the Editor

Former Soviet leader’s words ringing true 60 years later