The Business of Giving

In this episode of The Business of Giving, host Guy Dawson explores the impactful work of two organizations dedicated to empowerment. The show kicks off with an insightful conversation with Brian Pay Anessa, founder of Nurses Have One, Inc., a non-profit focused on supporting retired, disabled, and terminally ill nurses in Las Vegas. Brian shares the challenges nurses face, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic, and how his organization is pioneering unique programs to give back to these healthcare heroes.

The second half of the episode features Evelyn Pacheco, the founder of Women in Trades in Nevada. Evelyn shares her personal journey from being a member of the plumbers and pipefitters union to establishing an organization that empowers women to pursue careers in various trades. The Women in Trades program provides valuable resources and pre-apprenticeship classes, opening doors for women to thrive in traditionally male-dominated industries. Tune in to discover inspiring stories of resilience and empowerment that are shaping the future of healthcare and trade industries in Nevada.

What is The Business of Giving?

Every 1st Sunday Morning, Guy Dawson from the Cause Marketing Chamber of Commerce sits down with non-profit organizations in Las Vegas to discuss their businesses.

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Speaker 1 0:37
World people live in the whole world. Hello, everyone. And welcome to the business of giving podcast. My name is Guy Dawson and I am the Executive Director of the cause marketing Chamber of Commerce in our organization was formed to create synergistic relationships between businesses and nonprofit organizations. And we are thrilled to continue to be able to broadcast here at 91.5k, u and v, the UNLV radio station, we love getting our message out about all the things that we are doing via this wonderful outlet. And the mission of the cause marketing Chamber of Commerce, as I had mentioned before, is all about the empowerment of two pillars of the community, nonprofit organizations and a for profit businesses. And these are two pillars of the community that don't always get the recognition that we feel they deserve. They bring so much value in different ways to the cities that we live in and the communities that we are a part of. And our mission with what we do with our chamber of commerce is, again all about the empowerment, bringing publicity to both businesses and nonprofit organizations, developing programs that help them grow, help them improve, so that they can continue to provide the value that they bring in. So through since 2019, we have been connecting with many, many nonprofit organizations in many, many businesses to continue to foster these outstanding relationships. And with the business of giving podcast, we've been on the air almost a year now it's amazing the way that time flies. And it's it's been a real thrill to have the opportunity to interview so many great nonprofit leaders and business leaders and to just learn more about what's going on in both of these sectors within the community and finding ways to incorporate all the good works that both of these, again, pillars of the community are bringing and being able to broadcast to all of you. One of the things that we are very, very focused on is promoting nonprofit organizations that don't necessarily get a lot of publicity. There are nonprofit organizations out there that are very, very well known. And we know of them the United Way's and, and others, and they're wanting to wonderful organizations that also bring a tremendous amount of value. But we also know that there are nonprofits that don't have necessarily the big name that are also very, very vital in the services that they provide within the community. And that's one of the things that we like to focus on, both at the Chamber of Commerce, and also with this radio show the business of giving and I have a good friend of mine, Brian pay Anessa with nurses of one, Inc. And he's going to be the first person that I talked to today on the show. Welcome, Brian.

Unknown Speaker 3:35
Thanks, guys. Thanks for having me, man. Appreciate you guys.

Speaker 1 3:37
Yeah, welcome to the business of giving and tell us about nurses have one NK what? What do you support with your nonprofit organization?

Speaker 2 3:47
Sure, we are a brand new nonprofit organization here that we are focusing primarily on retired, disabled and terminally ill nurses. So we're brand new to Las Vegas. And for all of our listeners out there, I want you to picture or visualize, like the Wounded Warrior Project. Well, that's exactly what we're doing. But we're doing it for the nursing industry. The pandemic has put a spotlight on what we do as medical professionals, and us as nurses. And they really, we're really targeting Las Vegas because we're ranking 48 out of 50 states when it comes to health care. And, you know, we need to take implement programs and change the culture, the diversity and it starts with, you know, giving some some love and the spotlight to the people that have done the career for 1015 20 years. It starts with them. But it also what we're trying to do was build programs that give back to them physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, and rehabilitation programs for the nurses that really just get left behind. Once they leave the corporation setting as nurses, they're left they're forgotten about and it's like man, that's a lot of care for humanity and years of service from, you know, when patients, when babies take their first breath to when patients take their last, you know, nurses are there. And that's what really separates nurses from a lot of the other first responders and my hats off to those that my hat goes off to all other first responders, military, number one. But teachers policemen, firemen, especially, you know, they deserve programs as well. And the thing is this guy, there are a lot of programs for them already in place, but not for the nursing industry. And that's where nurses have one stepped in to say, look, we need to improve the way we rank here in Nevada, when it comes to our health care. And it starts with connecting the dots from beginning phases of nursing, and to the end phase of nursing. You

Speaker 1 5:43
know, Brian, you were talking about during COVID, the essential worker started to get much more recognition than they probably have ever gotten in the history, or at least as long as I've been alive. And it was, it was really interesting to see the value that was put on nurses, because of this, you know, once in 100 year experience that we had this disease that was was literally taking lives on a daily basis. And there was it was a wonderful thing to see people really rise up in support of essential workers like you.

Speaker 2 6:19
Yep. Yeah. And it's just the, you know, the scary part was, it was a very media driven pandemic. And, you know, we had a lot of question marks in the community, you know, nationwide globally of what to do, what not to do, what's the right thing, what's not the right thing, which really put it really divided our healthcare industry. And what I mean by that is when you have public health step in and tell you how to run your hospital, and treat your employees, and really triage your patients, when they as soon as they step in the door, you know, that really puts a damper on how nurses treat patients. And again, there you have a nurse that's done it 1015 20 years, they are set in their ways, and they do their job like no one else can do. And when you tell them to do it differently, that's what puts a bad taste in their mouth. And that's part of the reason why we're having nursing shortages is because the average age of a nurse is about 49 to half to 50. That's the average age. Well guess what, when a when public health steps in and tells them how to do their job, you know, the longevity of the career is not going to be as long as it should be. And it's pushed it put a lot of bad taste in people's mouths and pushed a lot of people away. And we can't, we're still recovering from that.

Speaker 1 7:36
Advocating for nurses is unique. And I remember when you and I had this conversation, a couple of months ago, when we met I thought, what a wonderful group for us to start to acknowledge, I guess a lot of people don't think very much about nurses, Brian.

Speaker 2 7:53
And like you're saying, guy, a lot of these, a lot of our community doesn't realize that there's programs for the military, there's programs for teachers, there's a lot of other programs for other first responders in the nursing industry, we outnumber the military three to one in the nation, believe it or not, there's over 4.2 million nurses in the nation. And it's expected in the next five to 10 years that we have over 500,000 to a million nurses that are retiring in the next five to 10 years. And again, there's that gap where we can't produce enough, you know, quality nurses coming out of school, or they're leaving, you know, our city and our state to go elsewhere to become you know, their career and then as as a nurse, and it's like we have to take what we already have in store, which is again, Las Vegas is known for being the entertainment capital of the world. We have the best restaurants, we have the best retail shops, we have the best hotels, well, why don't we implement that into giving back to our healthcare workers, and our medical professionals and our nurses especially, to say, look, we appreciate you. And that's how we're changing. We're going to change the culture, we're going to start with, again, targeting the retired disabled and terminally ill nurses in the midst of that connect the beginning phases of nurses, which means students to these retired nurses because guess what, these retired nurses want to help they want to give back. But the problem is the challenge we're having is these nurses that have put in 1015 20 years, they have so much educational background to give back. And it's in personal experience to give back to students but the only way they can give back to them is if they become a teacher. And they need a master's degree to teach, you know, these students that's like Well, look at so again with my with our listeners today. Tell me the difference from a nurse that gets their master's degree and only has three or four years of experience to the nurse that's put in 20 or 30 years.

Speaker 1 9:51
Right the level of competence. Yeah, yeah, of course. Yeah. It's

Speaker 2 9:55
a real experience. I mean, nursing is not about books. It's a about real life experience, and only those that have put in 10 plus years really understand and grasp part of really maintain their composure. When someone's lives on the line, do they stay calm? Can they think, can they react to certain situations? And that's something that again, you can't learn from a book. You know, you need to learn from people that have done it for years and years and years into them. It's like, it's like reading a newspaper. It's like riding a bike. It's normal. You know what I mean? That's what they know. That's what they love. You know? And so one of the things guy wanted to talk to you about if we have a second, do we have a second? Okay, great. So one of the things nurses of one Inc is so proud about is this, this new program that we're we've just started two weeks ago, guys, you know, nurses are on the go 12 plus hours a day, they don't have time to food prep, they don't have time to cook. A lot of nurses don't even know how to make a meal because they just never learned well. Nurses have one Inc, has teamed up with Chef new and it's from monos kitchen. So I'm gonna say that again, my news kitchen. Chef knew we are doing a cooking show every Saturday to teach the fundamentals, to the nursing industry of how to food prep and how to cook and make a home cooked meal. What we're doing with these meals that we create, we are donating them guy to retired disabled and terminally ill nurses here in Las Vegas, you can't put a price tag on a home cooked meal, I don't care what restaurant you take me to, there's nothing like a home cooked meal. And it's our way of showing appreciation to these nurses that have done it for so long to make them a home cooked meal. The whole concept and idea guy behind this is we are connecting with nursing students that need to get community service hours, right, that's mandatory requirement for them to graduate and become a nurse. Nursing students are going to be picking up these meals that we make. And they're going to be taking them to a retired disabled and terminally ill nurses home. So guess what, we've connected the dots from the beginning phases of nursing, which are students to the end phases of nursing, which are the retired, disabled and terminally ill. So now that nursing student has a mentor has a friend that's done at the career for all these years, and can be that advocate for that nursing student when the teacher is not not not available. Do you see how we're changing the culture, we're changing the dynamics by doing something that's never been done before. And that's the thing, guy that really excites me. That's what gets me up every day. That's what gives me passion. Now I'm a full time active registered nurse myself, I work 40 plus hours, and I'm focusing on my non for profit company. And I'm also focusing on my for profit company. And it all it is is at the end of the day, my main goal is to improve the healthcare system in Nevada, period. Right?

Speaker 1 13:06
And I'm sure there, there's a lot of people out there who support you in those efforts. Brian Yes, I know, the numbers are awful Vegas, when it comes to health care. And, and again, nurses being such a key element. Yeah,

Speaker 2 13:19
I mean, the next step of this guy is to work with restaurants that we put the spotlight on the restaurant chef for the first time, where, again, having a video crew and working with that chef to create meals to give some advertisement and, and props to the restaurants to create a meal with my shoe with our chef chef new miners kitchen who were working with, you know, putting almost like a guy care like drive in diners and dyes concept to putting the spotlight on these chefs, you know, sponsored by these restaurants to create meals for retired disabled and terminally ill nurses. Because what I'm doing is I'm connecting again, the beginning phases of nursing to now the, you know, entertainment, our restaurants, because again, we have the best restaurants in the world. Well, why can't we use our restaurants in work together to give back to an industry that's never given back to before?

Speaker 1 14:13
Yes, just great information. Great information, Brian, and I would thank you so much for stopping by and being part of the business of giving show today. And for our audience out there. How can they get in contact with you? Sure.

Speaker 2 14:25
They can go to nurses of that is the website. And the website was just launched recently. So again, that's nurses of Please feel free you can reach out on the website you can call me. I don't know guy do you? Do you take phone numbers or do you do the emails or what are we doing here? Yeah,

Unknown Speaker 14:43
you can you can share your phone number.

Speaker 2 14:45
Sure, you can get you guys you can call me at 716-514-6730 you can email me at Fs en at nurses have and that website is on The emails on the website as well. Right? Well, guy, thank you so much for the opportunity. I appreciate you. And thank you for all the listeners.

Speaker 1 15:07
All right, thanks so much for stopping by, again, Brian, with nurses have one Inc, a great organization for nonprofit organizations. We're all about helping you to run more successful businesses, I think of when people think of nonprofit organizations, a lot of times they don't look at them as businesses. But all the same things that anyone who runs a business has to do they have to do when they're running a nonprofit. It's the leadership, the the business systems, the sales, every aspect that we all use in our traditional businesses are also important for nonprofit organizations, part of our mission is helping nonprofits to be more successful, and that way to run better businesses to make connections in the business community that could potentially lead them to opportunities for funding, exposure, volunteerism. And so being a member of the cause marketing Chamber of Commerce gives you great opportunities to connect with both of these entities. And if you wanted to become a member of our chamber, you can just go to our website, cause marketing And there's a big red button on that page that says join now and you can click on that button. And you'll learn more about the membership packages that we have very affordable membership for an organization that is very, very committed to bettering our community, and definitely improving nonprofit organizations and for profit businesses, we've got a lot going in 2023, that's going to be interesting and exciting. And, and that's one of the reasons why we're hosting this radio show is because we want the community to come and be a part of this, we're invested in this cause marketing movement. And so we we would love to have you come and be a participant as a member. And so please go to our website, cause marketing To learn more about what we do or to become a member, we've also got an excellent partnership with ADP. ADP is a business services organization that is known worldwide. They're very, very well known for their payroll services. But there's a lot of other business related services that they offer as well. They are a partner of the cause marketing Chamber of Commerce. And for us with our partnership, we want to encourage you to do business with them. They have, again, so many things beyond the payroll, although they are they're an excellent pay roller, I think Amazon they are actually the payroll are for Amazon, and so many other large corporations all over the country and all over the world. So their services are, are vast in the payroll sphere. But they also do a lot of things with human resources. And they create employee manuals and handbooks, there's so many services that ADP provides. Our partnership with them is valuable to us. For anyone who becomes a customer of ADP that was referred by the cause marketing Chamber of Commerce, there's a generous donation that they make to our chamber, then enables us to continue to do the good work that we're doing to contribute to the community in the success of businesses and nonprofits. If you want to learn more about the services of ADP, I would just go to our website and send me an email and I can give you a lot of information and connect you with someone over at ADP that can help you and again, we greatly appreciate your support because ADP is a great partner that will donate to the nonprofit organization that cause marketing Chamber of Commerce, so that we can continue on with our good work. So just go to the website, cause marketing and send me an email and I can show you how to connect with ADP. Our next guest for today is a woman that I have known for many years and her name is Evelyn Pacheco. And she is the founder of an organization here in Nevada called Women in trades. And I've been living in Las Vegas since 1996. And one of the things that I learned when I moved here was that trades are a big, big part of what we do. I've moved here when we were building all the casinos so the trades on so many levels contribute to the economy and this nonprofit organization supports the empowerment of women in trades and Evelyn Welcome to the business of giving show. Well

Speaker 3 19:26
hello and thank you thank you for having me on here. I appreciate it.

Speaker 1 19:31
Evelyn tell us about women in trades how what trade were you a part of I would imagine you're a part of why I know you're a part of a trade but will you share with the audience which trade you are a part of and and what made you want to establish this organization

Speaker 3 19:46
I was a part of in retiree of the plumbers and pipefitters union local five to five, which has to do with plumbing, welding, soldering braising Ah back. A lot of great skills to have. I got into the apprenticeship program in 2002. My background is Secretary. And I started off at Fitzgerald in 2001. Working in an engineering department, it fits Joe, which is now Mr. D's. And that's how I got a little taste of plumbing, ah, back in soldering and all that. And the friend of mine, let me know that there was openings in the plumbers and pipefitters union. And I went in applied and I got in, and it was great. It was it was great, I learned a lot. The benefits were great. It helped take care of my family and feed my kids. And, you know, I was I felt part of society, right. It was great. It was a great feeling. You know, there's things that you go through in there to being a female. But it helped change my life. It changed my life.

Speaker 1 21:02
So you started out in a trade, you enjoyed your experience, you were making good money, I be able to make a good living, and you were reaping the benefits of that. And then what made you decide that you wanted to create an organization that advocated for women in trades,

Speaker 3 21:19
I started raising my grandbabies, I retired out of there and start raising the grandbaby. And just had me really think about what am I doing out here as, as am I on the couch or, as I call it, one foot in the dirt and one foot in the couch as far as helping organizations and being part of of the help part instead of the other part, right? And I just thought he or she is grown up as a black woman, and what am I showing her about life and about being able to do what you want to do, and it doesn't matter what's in your way you go around it, or doesn't matter what you've done, you keep moving forward. And I went to visit a couple other women in trades and found out there's women and trades all over the United States, including international, also to in Canada and in England. And I was like, wow, Nevada does not have women in trades. And we need to have that to let women know, they can get into trades, they can make 150,000 more a year. It's outside. But you know that that that $2,000 week check to change everything and how you feel every Friday, you get paid. And again, the benefits of it. And it even had me get a degree, I have a degree and pipe fitting, because it you get college credits. When you go through the apprenticeship. Oh,

Speaker 1 22:55
so you establish this organization. And as you mentioned, there are chapters all over the country. And so once you actually got into the the process of doing it and running it what did you encounter? Being the the head of this type of an organization that was empowering women in this way? How were you able to help other women?

Speaker 3 23:17
You know, I really what the curriculum that we have, I had to think of what did I need when I was coming through the apprenticeship? What What if I were coming into apprenticeship again, right? What would I need to help me to build to prosper, to build to get through the process of the application and testing that comes with it? And And what about the resources that I would need if I didn't have certain things right, or even the resources that I would need to even get into the apprenticeship programs, right? So they asked for a driver's license, birth certificate, they asked your social security card and asked you for any classes you've taken. So when I started this pre apprenticeship, I'd made sure these are things that I asked for the lady so if you can have your your high school equivalency, or your degree or your your college credits and your social security and your birthday, all those things. So you would go through my class and then from there you go directly apply for the apprenticeship programs and I have five partners that I partner with in the UAE union to let them know what it's like to be in those apprenticeships what they do, right like the operators they do with local 12. So those are the trucks and in the cranes which is cool, eight semi to other laborers and they do a whole lot of different things in there which is 872 laborers. I have 669 which are the sprinkler fitters and they do with the fire systems and piping. IBEW which are the electricians they do the electrical Oh, and five to five, which is the plumbing, ah back welding in that sort. And so I have other contractors, women owned businesses that have their contractors, and they do tiling, and I have some other contractors that help me with, with like the prints and things like that, right. And so I got this group together and it helps, again, the six weeks that we're doing the class, it helps to get you familiar with what the trades is like what you're going to get into. So we and and we talk about all trades, there's not one specific because I'm out there plumbers and pipefitters doesn't mean, that's the only trade we talked about, right? I just got through saying how we have five unions, and other contractors that we partner with. And we partner with culinary and Department of Transportation, and manufacturing, also to because they're all trades. And a we've been successful with having three women since our turn our first graduation, we have one lady that's in the plumbers, and pipefitters Union, we have one that's an IBEW seven. And we also have a lady that got into the carpenters. 1977. Local. And so this works, right, this works and women come to us out of prison are in prison and asking questions and saying thank you, you know, for what the work that you do out here for us that are coming out. Those coming out of the saucers system, those are under representative under serve. Those are the women that we talked to. So you don't have to have any type of training. You just have to have the ambition and in want to be successful re in the part of society, right? Taxes and doing things and again, taking care of your family. Yeah, we're

Speaker 1 26:59
Investec. We're running a little short on time, Evelyn, but I mean, I thoroughly enjoy hearing about this organization, but I want the audience to be able to load know where they can get in contact with you. I wish I had more time because this is really an impactful organization that can help so many women, how can they get in contact with you if they want to learn more about your organization that advocates for women in trades?

Speaker 3 27:25
They can email us at info inf o at Nevada spelled out w i So that's info at Nevada Our website is www dot Nevada spelled out w i That's our website also.

Speaker 1 27:50
Well, thank you. Yeah, thank you so much for being on and keep up the great work out there empowering women to take advantage of the trade opportunities here in Nevada. I think it's just so valuable, what you're doing and yep, Evelyn keep, keep working hard. And I know my company run up public relations in our advertising company when I'm not running the chamber called classy communications. And we're representing women in trades. So you're going to be hearing a lot more about Evelyn and these women in the coming days. So thank you again.

Unknown Speaker 28:22
Because I speak one minute on the bill that I

Speaker 1 28:25
wish I can give you the time, but I'm completely out of time.

Unknown Speaker 28:30
Maybe three or five on Friday. All right. There

Speaker 1 28:32
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Unknown Speaker 29:18
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