Charity lasts all year long in Truckee
The season of giving brings out the best in most communities, but the community of North Tahoe and Truckee is different – different because giving is a year-round commitment.”The amount of volunteers in this community is amazing,” said Lisa Dobey, of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation.Whether it’s volunteering time to construct a trail, feed the hungry or further education, this community has one thing in common – caring.The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation is a relatively new organization dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Founded by William Hewlett just over a year and a half ago, the foundation has already supported 44 different nonprofit organizations.”Everyone (in this community) is doing just such wonderful things,” said Dobey.But it’s not just the full-time residents who help the community; second homeowners help as well.About half of the money that comes to the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation comes from full-time residents and the other half comes from second homeowners, Dobey said.”Everyone wants to preserve our community,” said Dobey.The Parasol Foundation received a grant in May 1999 to construct the Donald W. Reynolds Community Nonprofit Center. This center will house 25 different nonprofit organizations.Although the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation and the Parasol Foundation play a huge part in the community’s kindness, it’s the smaller organizations that are its backbone.And during the holidays we see these nonprofits shine their brightest.In Truckee, the Truckee Community Christmas consists of at least four different programs (see editorial, page 4A).The Truckee chapter of Soroptimist International sponsors a toy and coat drive. Adopt-A-Family is sponsored by the Truckee Rotary. A canned food drive is sponsored by the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors and warm coats are being provided by the Church of the Mountains.”People even knit hats and mittens,” said Cliff Hartwell, a community volunteer.It’s these little things that really help.The Adopt-A-Family program usually has anywhere from 30 to 50 families each year available for adoption. Individuals or other families can view a list of families at Florian’s Fine Wines & Specialty Foods in Truckee.Once a family is adopted they are often provided gifts, Christmas dinner and warm coats, said Florian.”It’s up to the individual who adopts the family how far they want to go with it,” said Florian.Although to some this may sound expensive, Florian said many organizations and companies adopt families.”The joy on the face of the family and kids is priceless,” said Florian. “It’s a very special time of the year.”Note: this is part one of a series on local charitable organizations that will run throughout theholiday season.
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