This past December 15th, more than 15 volunteers from both ASCE YMF and the UNLV Student Chapter came out to support and volunteer at the annual Magical Forest event organized by Opportunity Village, the not-for-profit organization serving to enhance the lives of adults in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities. Magical Forest is a winter wonderland organized for the community that boasts millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, amusement rides, great food, and endless holiday cheer.
Saturday nights are among the busiest times for Magical Forest and the organizers needed all the help they could get! After checking-in and receiving their assignments, our volunteers participated in various roles. Some volunteers were stationed at the entrance as greeters, answering questions and directing visitors to the ticketing and check-in lines, while others manned a concession stand serving up hot funnel cakes all evening. The volunteers also helped in the souvenir and candy shop, and some worked at both the carousel and polar express train rides.
We were lucky enough to have two volunteers stationed with Santa Claus himself in his workshop, helping direct the families that came to take pictures and recite wish lists with the jolly Father Christmas. It was a chilly and long evening, but all our volunteers worked hard, adorned in their holiday vests and beaming with festive spirit and willingness to serve the guests. At the end of the night, many got to try the rides or sample the funnel cakes, and each volunteer walked away with two free tickets to attend the Magical Forest with their loved ones.
Special thanks to the ASCE YMF members, ASCE Student Chapter members, and employees of local civil firms for sacrificing their Saturday night to participate in the Community Outreach Event! Your help is much appreciated, and we hope to see you again at next year’s Magical Forest! Happy Holidays!
On Saturday, October 27th, the Las Vegas YMF and the UNLV ASCE student chapter participated on a group hike to the Arizona Hot Springs along the Colorado River. An adventurous group of eight ASCE members met bright and early to carpool from Las Vegas to the trailhead just east of the world-famous Hoover Dam.
Once at the trailhead, the group of eight adventurous engineers began the seven mile trek down to the Colorado River. Along the way, everyone was able to take in the fantastic canyon views and leap/climb over boulder obstacles. Once the group reached the Colorado River, everyone took a small break and took the time to wade in the river and take some fantastic group photos.
After the quick river break, the group continued on their quest to reach the Arizona Hot Springs. Before reaching the final pools of geothermically heated water, the group had to traverse up one final obstacle - a National Park Service furnished aluminum ladder! Once in the hot spring pools, the group made their way slowly higher and higher into the hot spring canyon with each successive pool becoming hotter and hotter.
The group slowly made their way back down the hot spring canyon and down the ladder safely. The hike back to the trailhead was a bit more challenging since the team had to climb out of the canyon that they had just hiked into. Once back at the trailhead parking lot, the group celebrated with some cold beverages and reminisced about their recent journey. After some quick discussions, the team made their way to Fox’s Smokehouse BBQ in Boulder City to refuel from their hike. Overall it was a fantastic day for the group and the YMF/Student Chapter members only increased their level of camaraderie and trust between each other.
Author: Jason Shon Over 20 volunteers attended the Fall 2018 Green-Up at the Las Vegas Wash this past Saturday, October 13, 2018. Organized by the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee (LVWCC), a partnership created to manage and protect the Las Vegas Wash, the Green-Up event offered ASCE YMF the opportunity to promote active participation in community service to its volunteers. The LVWCC consists of local, state, and federal agencies, environmental groups, and the business community.
UNLV ASCE Student Chapter President, Karwah Lee, plants with a smile! :)
At the Green-Up Event, volunteers dug holes, transplanted grass-like perennial herb plants from pots, and staked temporary drip irrigation lines over multiple acres of land in the wash area. Revegetating the surrounding area creates habitats for wildlife, reduces bank
erosion, and improves the quality of the water entering Lake Mead – Las Vegas Valley’s drinking water source. The event concluded at noon with a hosted BBQ and ice cream!
ASCE YMF members, Charlynne Adones and Anabel Hernandez, prepare holes for planting
With Green-Up bringing together multitudes of volunteer groups ranging from Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to church groups and local citizens, the event is a nucleus for supporting environmentally conscious efforts and community togetherness, all of which ASCE YMF is proud to be a part of. Special thanks to the ASCE YMF members, ASCE Student Chapter members, and employees of local civil firms for sacrificing a part of their Saturday to participate in the Green-Up event! Your help is much appreciated and we hope to see you again at the next Green-Up!
The Las Vegas Younger Member Forum (LV YMF) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) promotes and enhances the civil engineering profession within the public community, by providing younger members and students with opportunities for professional and leadership development, networking, and community service in a social environment that allows "engineers" to express themselves.