Boyd Gaming Team Members Lend a Hand to Homeless Teens

Boyd Gaming’s Downtown Las Vegas properties recently helped make the first day of school a little easier for homeless teens in southern Nevada.

Team members from the California Hotel and Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino and Main Street Station Casino Brewery and Hotel participated in a back-to-school drive for local non-profit Project 150. Together they collected six boxes of new school supplies and two large bags of gently-used clothing.

“For two years now, our team members have collected and donated items listed on the Project 150 wish list – everything from deodorant and shampoo to backpacks and notebooks,” said Lisa Courser, Team Development Manager for the downtown properties. “Hundreds of items were donated both years.”

Project 150 serves 6,300 homeless, disadvantaged and displaced students at 58 high schools in southern Nevada, and 20 high schools in Reno, Nevada. Most of the items collected at the drive were sent to Project 150, while those that weren’t teen appropriate were delivered to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. 

Courser has volunteered for Project 150 for the past five years and serves as a high school liaison for the agency. When a student needs an item, she assists the agency in obtaining it for that student.

“One time we had a student who wanted to run track,” she recalled. “The only shoes he owned were a pair of Vans. His coach contacted Project 150 and we were able to obtain running shoes for him through a donation. The student was then able to run for the school track team and thus, stay in school.”

While attending a Project 150 luncheon, Courser realized their need for assistance with a school supply drive. She began discussions within her team almost immediately.

Courser is proud of the efforts of Boyd Gaming’s team members to help these charities fulfill their missions.

“We were thrilled to be able to spread the word about this need in our community,” said Courser. “I’m glad to know that we were able to make the first day of school a little easier for those teens.”