Brothers Bart and Steve Jones are Las Vegas natives who have been building and remodeling homes since they established Merlin Contracting in 1989. The team at Merlin has a passion for their line of work and have been recognized by the media, as well as organizations such as National Association of Home Builders that recently honored them with the "National Custom Home Builder of the Year 2017" award. All of us at Three Square value Bart and Steve's pledge to fight hunger in Southern Nevada. We asked them if we could delve deeper into their connection to our food bank and they were gracious enough to share their story with us
How did you first learn about Three Square?
We heard that Diana Bennett (then chair of Three Square's board) was sponsoring and hosting Fashion for Three Square, a celebration of the food bank's annual Bag Childhood Hunger campaign. We know Diana as a smart, exceptional businesswoman and caring philanthropist, so we attended the fashion event, came to a lunch where we toured Three Square and have been fans ever since.
What makes Three Square's mission and work important to you?
As native Las Vegans who have benefited from the endless opportunity and amazing growth of Las Vegas, we are disheartened that hunger is a reality in our valley. Three Square's mission is, "To provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community." The food bank's mission, its wonderful team of committed professionals, its countless volunteers and its dedicated financial supporters address all aspects of why this work is important to us, which makes it so easy for us to support Three Square.
What inspires you and your team at Merlin Contracting to give back to our community?
Las Vegans have a long history of meaningful commitment to giving back to the community. We grew up surrounded by role models who made community service a normal and natural part of life for the men and women of Las Vegas. We can only try to live up to the examples our parents and their peers set.
Imagine the following: What does a hunger-free Southern Nevada look like?
A hunger-free Southern Nevada is a valley filled with men, women and children of all ages and all social conditions going to bed without a concern for tomorrow's nourishment. A valley where people are certain that every member of their family has access to healthy fruits, vegetables, meats, starches and all the groceries that allow people to turn their attention to studying, working, nurturing and giving to a society that values their contribution.