Sheryl Green and her rescue dog Akasha
Sheryl Green has always loved animals. However, it wasn't until she went through a divorce in 2008, followed by clinical depression, that she realized her true purpose. She says animal rescue saved her life and she has dedicated every day since then to advocating for those with no voice.
Sheryl started out helping pets that had been abandoned when their owners’ homes were foreclosed. In 2014, she hosted her first event, a High Performance Leadership project through Toastmasters called “Paw it Forward.” That event raised $5,000 for Hearts Alive Village, Las Vegas, a nonprofit that secures loving and stable homes for dogs and cats at risk of being lost in the shelter system. She now serves as HAVLV’s Director of Communications and Cuddling as well as being the co-organizer of the annual Family, Fur & Fun Festival fundraiser.
Sheryl believes every animal deserves a warm bed and every person has a responsibility to make that a reality. "I love Hearts Alive Village because it proves everyone can have a positive impact on animals in our community. No matter the dollar amount, available time, or even a Facebook share, every moment spent with and for animals spreads the word about our organization and how to save lives.”
"Sheryl's volunteerism has been invaluable for Hearts Alive Village," says Christy Stevens, HAVLV founder. "Her writing skills bring our social media posts and press releases to life; her speaking skills make her a great ambassador in presentations, hosting events, and interviews; and she incorporates HAVLV into her networking which has yielded many sponsors. All her efforts translate into saving animals’ lives."
Sheryl has lived in Las Vegas for the past 10 years with her rescue dog Akasha, a Beagle/Lab mix. She is the founder of Sheryl Green Speaks, a service offering books, keynote talks, and workshops on the power of storytelling in business, fundraising, and life. Naturally, a portion of all her book sales and speaking engagements is donated back to the life-saving HAVLV programs. Additionally, Sheryl has authored two books; the first, Surviving to Thriving: How to Overcome Setbacks and Rock Your Life features the tools she used (including volunteering) to overcome depression while her second, Once Upon a Bottom Line: Harnessing the Power of Storytelling in Sales, features storytelling and cause marketing strategies for business and nonprofit initiatives.
The 11th annual Family, Fur & Fun Festival (http://www.familyfurandfun.com) is free to attend and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10am-3pm at Exploration Park in Mountain's Edge. For more information about Hearts Alive Village or the festival, you can contact Sheryl at 702-885-4309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.