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Downtown Cares is a collaborative day of philanthropy and service founded and led by The Moonridge Foundation and the El Cortez Hotel and Casino in 2011, in conjunction with an array of downtown Las Vegas businesses and organizations. The sole purpose is to give back to the local community by lending a helping hand. Past recipients include Casa de Luz, Veteran's Village, 18b Arts District, The Shade Tree/Noah's Animal House, Catholic Charities, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Boys and Girls Club.


Looking to join this amazing day and volunteer? Please e-mail us a and we will add you to our e-mail list and keep you updated on our next project.



For as little as $200, you can become a sponsor for Downtown Cares. Funds raised go directly to purchase all the materials needed for the project. The more money raised, the more we can do and the cooler the projects can be! You will also get recognition and your logo on the volunteer t-shirts! Please e-mail if you would like to be become a sponsor.



Do you want your non-profit organization to be the recipient of our annual Downtown Cares project? Downtown Cares seeks to provide support to a beloved Downtown Las Vegas Charity for one (1) day in May or June each year. This community service opportunity aims to fulfill a “Wish List” or a list of “To-Do’s” for a charity, while also fulfilling the hearts of the volunteers who come out that day. Downtown Cares covers the cost of the entire project!


What we’re looking for:

  • Unique and meaningful ways to engage a large group of volunteers (up to 150) for 3 hours (9 am-noon)

    • The tasks can vary, allowing for many smaller groups

    • Volunteer tasks that will not require a background check


Past activities have included:

  • Painting wall or murals

  • Planting garden

  • Creating emergency or hygiene kits

  • Cleaning up property

  • Providing meals

  • Renewing landscape

  • Donating books, games, toys, etc.

If your charity would like to be the recipient of this wonderful community volunteer project, please submit your organization’s name and “Wish List” or “To-Dos” to


  • Painted Noah’s Animal House Interior

  • Organized and changed out clothing attire to reflect current needs

  • Created emergency packets

  • Made purple pins for domestic violence awareness month

  • Did mock job interviews with residence and reviewed their resumes

  • Cleaned up the property


  • Provided a full-service, sit-down meal with a specially planned menu

  • Included bussing of tables and clean-up

  • Assembled 900 hygiene kits and donated all of the materials for the kits


  • Helped with prepping and serving a sit-down lunch

  • Assembled emergency supply kits

  • Painted a custom mural

  • Renovated the Thrift Store

  • Cleaned up the property

  • Donated over 1,000 water bottles


  • Assembled over 1,200 care kits and donated all of the materials for the kits

  • Cleaned up the property

  • Cleaned and repainted all of the railings on property

  • Made cards for the residence