Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization serving adults in the southern Nevada community with intellectual and related disabilities, enhancing their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Opportunity Village is dedicated to helping people become the very best they can be. Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts, and social recreation, citizens with disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration, and unleash creative passions.
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by a small group of local families who sought to improve the lives of their children with intellectual disabilities. Since then, Opportunity Village has grown to become Nevada’s largest private, not-for-profit community rehabilitation program, serving nearly 2,000 people annually through vocational training, community job placement, art and life skill enrichment, advocacy, and social recreation programs.
More than just a charity, Opportunity Village operates four employment training center campuses and a Thrift Store in Southern Nevada. It also operates a vehicle donation program, provides vocational training and places hundreds of adults in jobs throughout the community, and hosts some of the most popular special events in all of Las Vegas, including the annual Magical Forest and the Las Vegas Great Santa Run. The entire community is affected by the organization as businesses not only contract with Opportunity Village to fulfill assembly and packaging, mass mailings and other business-to-business services, but many companies and organizations hire our clients as regular employees.
Through hard work, sweat, and a little luck, Opportunity Village has helped southern Nevada’s most vulnerable citizens integrate into the community through wage-paying jobs. These jobs provide opportunities for these individuals to display and be rewarded for their talent and achievement while gaining a measure of independence. It’s no wonder Opportunity Village has earned the distinction of “Las Vegas’ Best Nonprofit Organization” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Best of Las Vegas Awards.
Almost entirely self-funded, Opportunity Village is possible because southern Nevadans realize the value in supporting their neighbors with intellectual disabilities. In our society, people with disabilities live their live being told what they can’t do. Opportunity Village strives to break that stigma, encouraging the people it serves to follow their dreams.