Spread the Word Nevada Adopts 30th School, Hosts Celebration

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Bank of America will join youth literacy nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada to commemorate the nonprofit’s 30th local school adoption. This milestone opening is made possible by Bank of America’s $200,000 Neighborhood Builders grant, which was awarded on February 10. The grant is given to high-performing nonprofits across the nation that have made a significant impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs or workforce development and education.

With the grant funding, Spread the Word Nevada will continue reaching new schools and will soon extend its reading program into the summer months for the very first time.

The event will feature remarks from Bank of America and Spread the Word Nevada, a community play featuring Bank of America’s Nevada President George W. Smith with students. Immediately following the ceremony, students will have the opportunity to select books to take home and build their home libraries.


Wednesday, May 28 (9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Guest reception 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Student assembly 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Book distribution 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

*MEDIA CALL TIME: 9:00 a.m.


Vegas Verdes Elementary School

4000 W El Parques Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89102


Spread the Word Nevada and Bank of America executives speaking to approximately 500 students, administrators and invited guests;; Bank of America’s Nevada president participating in a community play; Students picking out books to begin for their home libraries.


George W. Smith, Nevada President, Bank of America
Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director, Spread the Word Nevada


Bank of America/The Firm Public Relations & Marketing

Jesse Scott, (540) 220-8099

Lauren Sasso, (602) 614-0093

Spread the Word Nevada

Victoria Soares, (702) 203-0002

McDonald’s® Announces ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ Summer Book Drive Promotion



Amanda Arentsen, MassMedia


702-433-4331 (office) | 702-278-6044 (cell)

McDonald’s® Announces ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ Summer Book Drive Promotion

Southern Nevada restaurants to provide free kid’s cone in exchange for book donations 

WHO: McDonald’s Southern Nevada locations

WHAT: ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ summer book drive promotion

WHY: McDonald’s is partnering with Spread the Word Nevada for the ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ summer book drive.  Guests will receive a free kid’s cone* in exchange for a new or gently used children’s book at participating Southern Nevada locations.

Spread the Word Nevada is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.6 million gently used and new books to more than 345,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada.

During the one day event, Ronald McDonald (R) and local celebrities will also volunteer their time to read to children at local McDonald’s restaurants.

Throughout the year, McDonald’s Southern Nevada franchisees support various programs focusing on education, literacy and the well-being of children.

To locate a participating McDonald’s restaurant near you please visit www.mcnevada.com. You can also learn more about upcoming promotions and community events on Twitter at @McDonaldsVegas.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014 -All Day

Strip performer Jeff Civillico of the Quad Resort & Casino’s show ‘Comedy in Action’ will join Ronald McDonald ® for a special reading event at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 6990 S. Rainbow Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118 from 11:30 to 12:30 Saturday.

Additional appearances from Nevada pageant queens will also take place at various Southern Nevada McDonald’s restaurants on Saturday. A full schedule of appearances can be provided upon request.


MEDIA: Contact Amanda Arentsen at (702) 433-4331 or (702) 278-6044 for details.

*Limit one free kid’s cone per person

McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.


©2014 McDonald’s

Spread the Word Nevada Earns a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator


Spread the Word Nevada Earns a 4-Star Rating from

Charity Navigator

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (April 8, 2014) – Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the prestigious 4-star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. STWN is one of only nine nonprofits in Southern Nevada to achieve a 4-star rating.

“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “This distinction reflects our accountability to all our constituencies and commitment to remain true to our mission of children’s literacy.”

Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.

Habighorst added, “This high rating coupled with STWN’s growing reputation highlights our focus on good stewardship of charitable contributions and maintaining the public trust.”

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.  Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.6 million gently used and new books to approximately 343,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Media Contact

Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

PODS® Las Vegas Celebrates 10 Year Milestone


(LAS VEGAS) — April 01, 2014 — Since opening its doors in May 2004, PODS of Las Vegas commemorates its biggest business milestone yet – its 10 year anniversary.

PODS of Las Vegas has changed the way people look at moving and storage. Revolutionizing the moving and storage industry by introducing the concept of portable storage PODS containers, offered in multiple sizes to fit every kind of move and serve as an additional way for storage space at a home or business.

In addition to helping businesses grow and assist with family moves, manager Hector Reyes is always inspired to help local charities around the community. PODS works diligently with local organizations by helping raise awareness and funds by saving thousands in moving and storage costs. Past charities include Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and Adopt an Airman benefiting U.S. VETS. Upcoming charity events PODS will participate in include Country in the Park on Saturday, May 10, where PODS will be featured as a sponsor; and will be collecting books for Spread the Word Nevada, a children’s literacy nonprofit dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within low income communities.

As its 10th anniversary approaches, the leading moving and storage provider will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 15 at 11 a.m., with special guest speaker President of Ambassador and Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Clay Overlien. Additionally, the books collected for Spread the Word Nevada will be presented, as well as a monetary donation from PODS.

“PODS has revolutionized a traditional industry by offering convenience and value through the use of its safe and secure storage containers,” Reyes explains. “It’s thrilling to be a household name in such a short time. We have a great brand and a great product, and our challenge is to ensure that people are aware of how we can improve their moving and storage experience. I’m proud to be part of a company that works efficiently and constantly sets the bar for supreme customer satisfaction.”

Media Opportunity: 
WHO: PODS & Guest Speaker Clay Overlien
WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, May 15 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: PODS of Las Vegas Storage Center, 4550 Engineer Way Ste 106, Las Vegas, Nev.


About PODS Enterprises, Inc.

PODS is a leader in the moving and storage industry providing both residential and commercial services in 46 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK. Founded in 1998, PODS pioneered the portable moving and storage industry now preferred by many customers’ increasingly active and mobile lifestyles. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 500,000 long-distance moves, exceeded 2 million deliveries and has more than 145,000 PODS® containers in service.

Media Inquiries:
Consortium Media Services
Denise Bean-White
Brooke Lubel, ext. 117