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Local needs polled

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunLeticia Aguilar reads a book to children at her immersion daycare, Lety's, in Truckee Tuesday. Daycare was one of the needs identified in the 2007 Community Report Card completed by the Community Collaborative.

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee has identified key health and human service needs within the North Lake Tahoe region, and is now looking to address gaps, coordinate solutions and inspire action from area-residents.

The collaborative group has partnered with nonprofit agencies and community organizations to identify focus areas outlined in the Community Report Card project ” including economic well-being, health and education ” and the group is seeking feedback from residents on these topics.

“The community report card indicates a growing disparity between those who have access to resources and basic needs in our community, and those who are struggling with multiple jobs, transportation, education, and lack childcare,” said Community Collaborative Director Stephanie Rogerson. “We want to engage community members to take action around the report.”

The collaborative will host two upcoming meetings in Truckee and Kings Beach for interested area residents to discuss concerns and ways to contribute to the effort of building a better community. The presentation will be in both English and Spanish, Rogerson said.

“We’ll take the feedback from the meeting and incorporate that into our strategic plan,” Rogerson said.

Upon completion of the report in June 2007, organizations such as Tahoe Forest Hospital, Tahoe Family Resource Centers and Sierra Nevada Children’s Services have used the information to identify priorities, educate staff and generate funding.

According to the report, the Tahoe-Truckee area lacks adequate child-care facilities and resources, and approximately 104 families are on extensive waiting lists for quality care.

“The report card helped us show potential donators where our needs are,” said Stephanie Blume, regional director of the children’s services agency.

Blume said because the agency was able to provide a document outlining the area’s insufficient child-care services and dental health programs, the organization gained funding from groups like Truckee’s Soroptimists.

“To grasp community information in one document is monumental because when we approach grant writers, we can cohesively pull the pieces together,” Blume said.

Soroptimist member Chris Otto said she agrees with the report card’s overall significance and accuracy.

“It doesn’t preach what has to be done, it enlightens you to the problems and where individuals and organizations can help,” Otto said.

She said because the Soroptimists were influenced by the report, the organization contributed funds toward Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and Truckee Family Resource Centers.

“It was such a black and white, well-written explanation of where our community needs improvements,” Otto said. “I’m hoping more community members and organizations will step forward to help.”

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee will host two meetings for area residents to discuss the community report card. The first will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center in Truckee The second will be at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Kings Beach Elementary School gymnasium. Child care will be available, and the presentation will be in both English and Spanish. For more information contact Lydia at 587-8322.

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