Since our first show, we've been working hard to give back to the local Las Vegas community, forming partnerships with local charities Opportunity Village, The Shade Tree shelter and Teacher Exchange, who receive contributions from our badge-back program. And we partner with Clean the World, an organization that collects used soaps and bottled amenities from 4,000 North American hotels and processes them for distribution where needed most. In 2016 we also cleaned up in Vegas with Outside Las Vegas. Our CSR projects at IMEX America 2016 were sponsored by Costa Rica Tourism Board and supported by AlliedPRA, Exclusive Destinations & 3D Cruise Partners and GES.
Drop your badge in a badge back bin when you leave the show and we'll donate it to the Teachers Exchange - a reuse/repurpose/surplus resource center used by Southern Nevada public school teachers. In 2016 we collected and donated 975 badges and lanyards.
We'll also donate funds to support two projects that are close to our heart - The Shade Tree shelter and Opportunity Village. In 2016 we donated a total of $3,000. Read more information about them below:
The Shade Tree
The mission of this local grassroots non-profit organization is to provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance. The Shade Tree helps women rebuild their lives, find employment and secure permanent housing. The largest shelter of its kind in the state, it 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 some 80,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of their clients are children under the age of 18. Learn more about The Shade Tree here.
Nevada’s largest not-for-profit organization serving citizens with intellectual disabilities. It provides vocational training, employment, therapeutic respite and arts-based programs for more than 1,700 children and adults every day. Opportunity Village has four Employment Resource Center campuses, a thrift store and the second largest document management business in southern Nevada. More than half of the people served work in the community and every person served by the organization receives a paycheck. Opportunity Village believes in choices and lives with purpose. Learn more about Opportunity Village here.
Clean the World
What happens to the used soap and bottled amenities when you check out of your hotel? If the hotel is one of the 4,000 North American Clean the World property partners, those items will be sanitized and redistributed to children and families worldwide in the form of a hygiene kit—reducing North America landfill waste and saving the lives of children around the world.
Help us by visiting the CSR and Sustainability Showcase at IMEX America and building a hygiene kit. Each one includes recycled soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion, a disposable razor, washcloth, toothbrush and toothpaste and an educational notecard with space for writing a personalized message to the recipient. You can also make a donation to buy future kits. In 2016 you made an amazing 833 hygiene kits at the show.
For more on Clean the World contact Debi Kinney or watch this video.
Garbage Grabbers Clean Up in Las Vegas
IMEX America participants joined the IMEX team as they rolled up their sleeves and cleaned up Sunset Park as part of our CSR initiative Garbage Grabbers on Monday, October 17, helping restore walking trails, and play and picnic areas. Sunset Park is a jewel in the Las Vegas Valley, abundant in wildlife and with a history dating back to the Paiute Indians. After the hard day's work the Garbage Grabbers returned to the Sands Expo for a well-deserved spritzer from Barefoot Wine. The event was organized by the Outside Las Vegas Foundation.
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