Homeless vets get free water and pledge to “pay it forward”

Residents of Veterans Village dance to the music of Jet Velocity at the "Make it Rain" event on April 7.

Residents of Veterans Village dance to the music of Jet Velocity at the “Make it Rain” event on April 7.

Clear Zero donates water to the residents of Veterans Village

By Guy Dawson

Las Vegas Informer

Residents of Veterans Village, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive housing and support services to United States veterans, received a gift of 150,000 bottles of free water as part of the “Make it Rain” event on April 7. The event was presented by Just One Action, a pending 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create massive change in the community by practicing the pay it forward philosophy. In addition to receiving free Clear Zero water, attendees celebrated with a barbecue, dancing and the music of the band Jet Velocity.

“This is a great event,” said William Lester Lyons, a resident of Veterans Village who has been enlisted in the National Guard for 14 years. “It gets the word out that the vets are really struggling. A lot of people come back from being deployed and don’t know what to do. I lost a lot and ended up here.”

Just One Action co-founder Johnathan Stone learned about the free water from Suzanne Gurule Oliver the founder of Heart of a Fighter, a Florida- based nonprofit organization that supports homeless female veterans.  Clear Zero owner Andrew Fink was unable to sell the water because of a labeling issue and it was sitting in storage in a warehouse here in town. Once Stone and Fink had connected, the next dilemma was figuring out how to transport the massive amount of water to Veteran’s Village for the event.

“We had to get a lot done in a short period of time,” Stone said.  “So many people want to help but they don’t feel they can make a difference. We want to let people know that they can help at any level by doing just on small action per day.”

Representatives for United States Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller and US Congresswoman Dina Titus attended “Make it Rain” as did staff members from the City of Las Vegas.

Jet Velocity lead man Jason Ebs, a veteran of the US Army said that his band decided to participate in “Make it Rain” to honor the people who protect the freedom that all Americans enjoy.

“Water is so important here in Vegas because it is starting to get hot,” he said. “I never knew that this place existed but we just had to be a part of this event. We want to help when we can.”

His wife and fellow band member Janea Ebs said that it was obvious that the music they played inspired people.

“Music is healing,” she said. “There are a lot of wounded souls her and we want to honor these veterans. They are the unsung heroes.”

Bob Golden, another co-founder of Just One Action said that the community becomes stronger when people gather for events like “Make it Rain.”

“We can all make change but we have to start with ourselves,” he said. “If you want change, look in the mirror and whoever looks back at you is responsible for it.”

Veterans Village President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Stalk said that he is grateful for the donation of water because it will keep a lot of people from dehydrating.

“We are all about collaborating with other non-profits and we will share this water,” he said.

Gifts can be made to Veterans Village. For more information call (702) 624-5792.

To learn more about Just One Action, please visit justoneaction.org.

Guy Dawson HeadshotGuy Dawson

Guy Dawson is the Managing Partner of Classy Communications, a Las Vegas-based Public Relations firm. He is also the host of PR Connections, a forum for business owners, leaders and celebrities to showcase what they do. PR Connections airs every Wed at 1 .pm. on KLAV 1230 AM or at klav1230am.com. For more information about Classy Communications PR and Advertising visit classycommunications.net or call (702) 845-6129.

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