Individual and Corporate Volunteers Give Back to the Community through Volunteerism and Leadership


The Shade Tree, Southern Nevada’s only 24-hour shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in crisis, announced today plans to celebrate National Volunteer Week taking place April 6-13, 2014. National Volunteer Week is a time to take action and encourage individuals in their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

To celebrate locally, The Shade Tree is collaborating with numerous businesses and organizations including Walgreens, Devine Designs Hair and Nails Salon, Women of Summerlin, Coveralls, The Pit and several local Boys and Girl Scout Troops. Throughout the week, the volunteer groups will provide makeovers for the women, catered lunches and dinners, the opportunity to participate in a job fair and the remodeling of several areas within the Shelter. All activities will take place on site at the Shade Tree shelter, located at 1 West Owens.

“The impact that these groups and activities will have on the women and children is immeasurable,” says Marlene Richter, Shade Tree’s Executive Director. “Volunteers are critical to the Shade Tree achieving its mission to provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis. We are grateful to all volunteers who help us serve the 6,000+ women and children who enter our shelter doors each year. Without their support, we would not be able to provide access to services and resources such as employment opportunities, healthcare, education and much more.”

In 2013, over 1,100 volunteers donated their time and talents in support of The Shade Tree. Volunteers can assist with special events such as monthly birthday parties for the children, preparing and serving meals, tutoring children in the Children’s Activity Center, or leading a Life Skills class. For those who are interested in learning more about available volunteer opportunities, or to sign up to volunteer, please visit

National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the celebration, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers. With the fifth anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the creation of the Volunteer Generation Fund and President Obama’s resonant call to serve, this year will be even more inspiring.

About The Shade Tree
For 25 years The Shade Tree, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been dedicated to improving the lives of women, children and their pets affected by domestic violence and crisis in the Las Vegas valley. As the only organization with an animal shelter on campus, named Noah’s Animal House, The Shade Tree brings families together with their pets and connects them with assistance and services. The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of its kind in Nevada and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 6,000 women and children safe shelter each year. To remove any barrier that might prevent a woman from accessing necessary services for her and her children, 100% of services are provided completely free of charge, regardless of the length of stay. To learn more about how you can support The Shade Tree, please call (702) 385-0072 or visit . For the latest news and events on The Shade Tree follow them at  or Twitter @ShadeTreeVEGAS.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Win At New Mexico For Fourth Straight Year, 58-57 Off Thompson’s Heroics



Lady Rebels win at The Pit for a fourth straight year,
stand alone in fourth place in Mountain West

Senior guard Kelli Thompson, leading scorer in the Mountain West, poured in a game-high 29 points, including seven during UNLV’s 9-2 run to end the game, and her free throws with 11.9 seconds left gave the Lady Rebels a thrilling 58-57 victory at New Mexico on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women’s basketball action at The Pit.

It was the fourth straight year the Lady Rebels have won on the Lobos’ home floor, and it broke the tie between the two teams in the standings, moving UNLV to sole possession of fourth place at 5-4 (9-14 overall). UNM meanwhile dropped to 12-10, 4-5 in league play. Thompson’s free throws marked her first game-winning shot since her freshman season against VCU, and the first for the Lady Rebels as a team since a 46-44 win at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, 2011 on a jumper at the buzzer.

“We had different people at different times step up today, but at the end we let Kelli take us home,” said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. “We feel like she’s one of the best players in the Mountain West, especially the way she’s played the past few weeks. Our team feeds off that, and was able to get her the ball at the right time today. It was also good to get a win on the road in such a great atmosphere for women’s basketball.”

In a game that featured eight ties and 14 lead changes, the Lady Rebels were up 43-42 with 14:49 to play before the Lobos scored six straight for a five-point lead, 48-43 on a jumper from Caroline Durbin with 9:27 on the clock. The lead was 51-49 in favor of UNM when two jumpers in a 24-second span gave the Lobos their largest lead of the game, 55-49 with 5:16 on the clock.

UNLV then clamped down on defense, forcing the Lobos into seven consecutive misses from the floor, and allowing just one made field goal in 10 attempts over the final five minutes. Thompson took over on offense meanwhile with back-to-back treys 31 seconds apart, the second hitting the back of the iron before falling in to tie the game at 55-55 with 4:04 on the clock. On UNLV’s next possession, Amie Callaway was fouled and made one of two for a 56-55 lead with 3:28 to play. The Lobos scored the next points of the game, a layup from Whitney Johnson at 1:36 to go for a 57-56 UNM lead. After UNLV missed on its next attempt, Callaway came up with a block of a Lobo shot, giving the ball back to the Lady Rebels with under 40 seconds to play.

With the clock winding down Thompson drove to the lane for a layup attempt that was off, but she rebounded her own miss and was fouled on the putback. Going to the line with 11.9 on the clock, she drained both free throws for a 58-57 UNLV lead. New Mexico took a long shot on its final possession, and the rebound was tracked down by Briana Charles and she dribbled the clock out to end the game.

The game was tight the entire first half, with four ties and four lead changes. UNLV took a five-point edge, 13-8, on an Amanda Anderson trey with 13:17 on the first half clock. New Mexico would tie the game at 13-13 and again at 15-15. The Lady Rebels then reeled off seven straight for its largest lead of the half, 22-15, on another Anderson trey at the 9:50 mark. The edge was 28-23 in favor of UNLV when back-to-back three-pointers from UNM’s Caroline Durban started a 10-2 run, putting the Lobos ahead by three with 1:27 to play. Danielle Miller tied it again at 33-33 on her first three-pointer of the game, and the teams traded baskets in the final 36 seconds to go into halftime tied at knotted at 35-35.

With her 29 points, the third-highest total of her career, Thompson moved past Pauline Jordan (1987-90) into fourth place in all-time scoring at UNLV with 1,706 points. She was 5-of-11 from three-point range, and a career-best 10-of-11 at the line, while also adding eight points. Miller was next with 14 points, while Réjane Vérin added six points and nine rebounds. As a team, UNLV shot 30.5% (18-of-59) from the floor, was 9-of-21 from three-point range for 42.9%, and 13-of-16 at the line for 81.3%. The Lady Rebels finished with just 10 turnovers, and posted seven steals and seven blocks.

Johnson was the Lobos’ top scorer at 12 points, and Caroline Durbin added 10. UNM shot 38.5% (25-of-65) for the game, but was just 3-of-18 from three-point range for 16.7%, and attempted only six free throws, making four of them.

The Lady Rebels will return to Las Vegas for their next contest, a Wednesday, Feb. 13 Mountain West game against Air Force at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Begin Second Trip Through MW Schedule Saturday At New Mexico



Lady Rebels looking to
win at The Pit for the fourth straight year

After finishing the first half of the Mountain West schedule with a 4-4 mark to stand in a tie for fourth place, the UNLV women’s basketball team looks to remain in the top half of the league on Saturday with it takes on New Mexico at The Pit in Albuquerque, with the game tipping off at 1 pm (PT). New Mexico is also tied for fourth at 4-4, though UNLV won the first meeting between the two 68-57 in Las Vegas on Jan. 9. The Lady Rebels have also won on the Lobos’ home court the past three years in the Pit. The UNLV radio broadcast for the game by Adam Candee can be heard on KSHP 1400 AM as well as off a link from

UNLV has played its best basketball of the year in its past three games, wins over Nevada, Reno, and Boise State as well as taking league-leader Fresno State down to the wire on Wednesday night. The Lady Rebs will need to keep up that pace if they want to keep winning in the second half, as they have five road games over the second half of the season.

Full UNLV game notes at New Mexico

GAME 23 – Saturday, February 9 • 1 pm (PT)

UNLV (8-14, 4-4 MW)
Head coach: Kathy Olivier (68-80, 5th year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Kelli Thompson (18.2 ppg)

New Mexico (12-9, 4-4 MW)
Head coach: Yvonne Sanchez (23-29, 2nd year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Caroline Durban (11.8 ppg)

The Pit (18,018)
Albuquerque, N.M.
TV: Webcast available at
Radio: KSHP 1400 AM (Adam Candee)/
Live Stats: Gametracker