East Las Vegas Community Hero Program

New to East Las Vegas, Touchstone Living wanted to get to know more about what makes this side of town special. When we started asking, one of the things we kept hearing was "its people".  So, we invited East Las Vegas locals to tell us about some of the remarkable people making a difference in their community. We heard so many great stories about dedicated individuals, contributing to a stronger more vibrant community that we decided to spotlight them and share their stories with everyone. 

We are excited to announce the winners of our East Las Vegas Community Hero Program! Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Let’s meet our winners!

First Place Winners are Vanessa Barreat and Raul Martinez- Vanessa Barreat and her husband, Raul Martinez, deeply love the East Las Vegas Community. Their habit of supporting projects that create a positive impact on the lives of others is one reason the couple was nominated for the East Las Vegas Community Hero Award. Because their restaurant in the Las Vegas Commercial Center, La Vecindad®, has been embraced by so many in the neighborhood, Vanessa and Raul feel it is essential to support local events and fundraisers, especially those that benefit children. The couple often provides food and monetary donations at events that help provide local children with school supplies, backpacks, shoes and other necessities. Vanessa and Raul also assist the Cambridge Recreation Center in support of celebrations important in the Spanish culture, such as the Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the Fall. What Vanessa likes most about East Las Vegas is the sense of community, the people who live there, and the willingness among residents to help others.

Second Place Winner is Alex Bernal- In East Las Vegas, Alex Bernal has been actively involved in organizing community food giveaways for four years, addressing food insecurity and providing essential nourishment to those in need. Collaborating with local businesses, organizations, and volunteers, he distributes food to individuals facing economic hardships. With over 30 years of experience in helping others, Alex's genuine passion for serving people drives him to make a difference. Witnessing the positive impact on lives and the community motivates him to continue his dedicated work. Notably, Alex organized a safe and enjoyable Halloween event for around 5,000 attendees, fostering community togetherness and celebration. His initiatives have positively impacted lives in East Las Vegas, alleviating food insecurity and creating a safer, more connected community. Through his selfless efforts, Alex sets an inspiring example for community involvement and continues to uplift the lives of others.

Third Place Winner is Beatriz Rubio- Beatriz Rubio, a devoted volunteer committed to transforming her community through acts of kindness. Every 3rd Thursday, she joins the monthly pantry, assisting with food distribution to those in need. Her catering services are readily available for events like the annual health fair, amplifying her commitment to giving back. For Beatriz, volunteering is a journey of personal growth and understanding her role in the world. Feeling needed and trusting her ability to make a difference motivates her. She finds joy in sharing what she can, valuing the opportunity to give back to her community. She embraces the strength of unity. Events like the community baby shower hold a special place in her heart, inspiring her to continue making a difference. Guided by Stoicism, she understands the significance of leaving a lasting, positive impact on her community. Through words of encouragement, engaging in activities, and offering kindness to all, she inspires others to foster a more caring society.