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Community Grant Presentations

by Ariel Spicer

The Community Grant Fund was created to provide Wynn Resorts staff an avenue to maximize the impact of employee’s charitable donations in the community they have made their home. The Wynn Employee Foundation Community Grant intends to fund innovative non-profits working to improve our community. The Community Grant is unique in that it is completely employee driven and the funds are designated by employee choice.

The Employee Advisory Council (EAC), a committee comprised of individuals that range across position levels and position types review grant applications from local area nonprofits. The EAC provides recommendations to the Foundation Board not only on which nonprofits are most deserving, but also provides recommendations to the Board on award amounts. The EAC has a pulse on the heartbeat of the passions of the Wynn Family.

Recently, the 2018 cohort of awardees came to Wynn Las Vegas to present on their use of funds.

Assistance League of Las Vegas: $25,000

  • Funds assisted with the purchase of clothing for their Operation School Bell program which provides each child with 2 pairs of pants, 4 shirts, 1 jacket, 7 pairs of underwear, 7 pairs of socks, 1 health kit, 1 pair of tennis shoes, beanie and gloves, 1 blanket, 1 book and school supplies

Candlelighters: $23,000

  • Candlelighters offers $3,000 annually to families undergoing childhood cancer treatment to assist with financial hardship. The $23,000 grant was used to provide an additional $1,000 to 23 of their most vulnerable families

HELP of Southern Nevada: $13,500

  • Funds allowed for the absorption of Southern Nevada Children First, allowing HELP to launch a program to provide services to pregnant teens & women previously not offered. Baby First Services, Work Opportunities Readiness and a maternal group home are now available for clients that are or become pregnant

Spread the Word Nevada: $10,000

  • Grant allowed for the purchase of 119,134 books for their Kids to Kids Program - removing 6 schools off of their program waiting list. This program provides 8 books per year to elementary school students and 5 new books to kindergarteners at low income elementary schools in the community

Eye Care 4 Kids Nevada: $3,500

  • Funds were used within 1 week to outfit 100 students from 31 different schools with glasses. It costs Eye Care 4 Kids $35 per student and $50 per adult to provide a screening, eye exam, a pair of prescription glasses per client served