Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Nevada and Utah Queens Focus One Weekend on Service!

First up on the list of weekend events was at the Las Vegas Farm, known simply as THE FARM.  It offers visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with many different animals, including chickens, peacocks, ducks, a goose, turkeys, goats, pigs, horses, cows, a mule, a llama, rabbits, cats, tortoises and more. While at the farm the girls were in charge of helping in the farmers' market, “guarding the pig” from leaving the barn, and making sure people didn't open cages while the farmers were at lunch. The Farm currently houses 400 rescue animals on its 5 acres and the girls had a blast helping do farm work, except Alyssa’s dad who happened to get bit by a bull!

Next up was Opportunity Village, which is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities. Opportunity Village helps people with severe intellectual and related disabilities through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, citizens with severe disabilities to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.

More than just a charity, Opportunity Village operates three employment training center campuses and a Thrift Store in Southern Nevada.  The entire community is affected by the organization as businesses not only contract with Opportunity Village to fulfill assembly and packaging, mass mailings and other business to business services, but numerous companies and organizations hire clients as regular employees.

This serviced touched home a little more with Alyssa, the Princess queen, because she is currently volunteering at the Hartvigsen Special Needs school after school community ed program. She is beginning to know and love the special needs world.
The girls rounded out the weekend with the Trunk or Trot event.  This was a fun family 5k where the girls got to help, play games, and take lots of photos with people there. The Princess queen even got to feed a peacock.  Afterward, all the girls shopped at the craft booths together and had some great bonding time.




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