A lot from Little
Getting to know board member Marty Little



Marty Little began his volunteer work with the YMCA of Southern Nevada, ironically, when colleague and then YMCA board member Roger Wirth volunteered Marty to take the seat. It was a comfortable fit, so to speak, and as Wirth pursued a sabbatical, Little grew into his new role. He’s been serving ever since attending his first meeting in 2004.

A partner with Jolley, Urga, Wirth, Woodbury & Standish Attorneys at Law since 1998, Little knew little about the YMCA before joining the board of directors. Unlike some of his fellow board members who received their orientation to the YMCA as pre-teen Polliwogs and Indian Guides, Marty’s personal involvement began as a volunteer, and a dedicated one at that.

“Everyone knows of the Y, and so did I, but I never had personal involvement until I joined the board,” said Little, adding that the YMCA quickly became part of him. “Public service is one of the most important things you can do as a human being, and I love giving back to the community by serving the YMCA.”

A lawyer by trade, Little explains that it feels great to win a case for a client, but it feels just as rewarding to give back to the community he calls home. He does that by serving as secretary on the board’s executive committee – and by putting his legal skills to good use for the not-for-profit organization. Some know him as the Y’s in-house attorney, but Little’s contributions stretch far beyond those boundaries to activities like fundraising for the Strong Kids Campaign, the YMCA’s annual giving campaign, and helping to set the strategic direction for the YMCA’s future growth.

To Little, the YMCA is an easy “sell,” in that the organization’s mission and vision are clear cut, and the benefits are evident – at every branch, in every program and in the eyes of every individual who participates in the YMCA experience.

“In the current economy, more people than ever before are in need. Through our fundraising efforts, we give kids and families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford summer camps and membership a chance to participate,” Little said. “The YMCA is a strong brand with a long history and I’m proud to reinforce that each time I step into my role as a volunteer.”

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