Statewide – Voting is now open for the $30,000 NV Energy Foundation Power of Good Giveaway. More than 85 nonprofits statewide that are helping youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 through diverse and inclusive programs are eligible and your votes decide the winners. Three Northern Nevada equestrian nonprofits are participating in the contest.
- Center for Adaptive Riding – Equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) has been proven beneficial for a variety of special needs, including Autism, PTSD, Stroke/CVA, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Injury, Chromosomal Disorders, Developmental Delay and Socioemotional/Behavioral issues. Benefits of therapeutic riding and horsemanship include increased core strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, sensory integration, circulation, fine and gross motor function, confidence, independence, and communication skills. The Center for Adaptive Riding is dedicated to providing excellence in EAAT to people with disabilities in the Reno community. When our riders step into the arena, it is about their abilities, not their disabilities.
- Kids and Horses, LLC – Kids & Horses believes students with physical and intellectual disabilities can find and keep jobs after high school, like other young adults. Our Comprehensive Life Skills program brings special needs students from Northern Nevada high schools to the Kids & Horses ranch to work with veterinarians, farriers, therapists, trainers, and ranch hands. They learn to prepare themselves for employment; how to suit up and show up, acquire job discipline and safe practices for themselves and others, and work with people who have diverse skills and backgrounds. Our kids graduate with a better chance of successful independent living in the community.
- LEAD with Horses – These funds would help provide powerful and effective equine assisted programs to children in Washoe County and the surrounding communities. Our students come from diverse backgrounds: social, cultural, socioeconomic, and learning abilities. They present a range of disabilities and diagnoses including Autism and other social disorders, cognitive delays, anxiety, and PTSD. At LEAD with Horses we help these children build critical life skills and resilience through hands-on activities with horses. Horses break down barriers. They are ideal for social and emotional learning. We encourage positive development through a strengths-based approach and provide an environment that cultivates inclusion, creativity, and decision-making.
Nonprofits have a chance to receive $15,000 in southern Nevada or $15,000 in northern Nevada. First place winners will be given $10,000; second place $3,000; and third place $2,000 in both northern Nevada and southern Nevada.
Contest voting is open through Friday, June 21 at 11:59 PDT. You can vote once per day for the nonprofit program you would like to win the giveaway. Winners will be announced no later than June 28.
For more information and to vote visit https://www.nvenergy.com/about-nvenergy/community/foundation/pog.