Whoever said things can’t grow in the desert was surely mistaken! This past Saturday, December 2, 2017, a couple of ourYounger Members volunteered their time at a local elementary school garden build. In partnership with Green Our Planet (GoP not to be mistaken with the Grand Ol’ PartyJ), which is a non-profit conservation organization that runs the largest school garden program in the United States. Headquartered right here in our back yard, GoP’s outdoor garden classroom program is meant to help our local private and public schools raise funding to build an outdoor vegetable garden where students can be taught a variety of subjects, including STEM, health, and nutrition.
Our Younger Members donated a lot of muscle power and helped the John S. Mendoza elementary school with their garden installation. They assisted with building and filling the raised soil beds, shoveling, wheel barrowing, and distributing thelandscape gravel, and planted new fruit trees on the school’s property. By the end of the day, this outdoor garden was transformed into a turnkey project so students and teachers could begin planting that following Monday. We cannot wait to see the fruits of our labor once the garden starts growing!
If you are interested in participating at the next garden build please contact our community outreach chairs Anabel Hernandez Anabel.Hernandez@kimley-horn.com or Soumya Sagarika firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Author: Mae Javier
On May 20, more than 20 Las Vegas YMF members returned to Three Square to spend a bright and sunny Saturday morning volunteering. Three Square is a nonprofit organization that provides food assistance to Southern Nevada. YMF members helped arrange hygiene kits—preparing a complete kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush cover, and dental floss. At the end of the shift, YMF members prepared a total of 3,010 hygiene kits! As always, everyone had an amazing time helping out the community and YMF looks forward to volunteering with Three Square again in the near future.
For more information about Three Square, please visit https://www.threesquare.org/.
Written By: Joanna Opena
Question: What do you get when you put industry professionals – architects, engineers, contractors, local plan reviewers, and a retired building inspector – in a room together on a beautiful Saturday morning in Las Vegas? Answer: Judges for a CAD/Hand Drafting Competition for high school students, of course!
On Saturday, March 18, 2017 the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Las Vegas Chapter #74 held their annual local level CAD/Hand Drafting Competition for high school students. Because we know how much our Las Vegas YMF members love redlining plans, a few members volunteered their time to be judges for 4 hours. This year’s design problem was a new free-standing building that shall meet the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and would be home to a dental clinic located between a residential neighborhood and commercial district. The volunteers judged about 80 high school junior and senior submittals. Each plan set required a design narrative statement, site plan, floor plan, electrical plan, exterior elevations, building section, and 2 optional drawings from a selected list.
The level of detail, cleanliness of the plans, and creativity of these young bright minds was outstanding. These students work all year long on this project and their hard work is reflective on their plans. First time and seasoned judges were blown away as usual – As one volunteer judge mentioned, it’s the reason I keep coming back each year. As industry professionals moving up in our careers, it’s nice to remember our drafting grassroots every once in a while and the integral role it plays in converting our designs into technical drawings and documents.
For those interested in learning more about NAWIC and other volunteer opportunities please visit the Las Vegas Chapter #74 website http://lasvegasnawic.org/about-nawic/.