Truckee Tahoe Airport District grants over $400,000 in awards

TRUCKEE, Calif.  – The Truckee Tahoe Airport District, with administration support from Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, announced the funding decision results from their 2023 Agency Partnership Program. 

Established in 2021, The Agency Partnership Program proudly supports larger, regional projects and programs – with awards of $5,000 or more – that align with TTAD’s mission statement: to connect people and opportunities, generating resources to build a more caring, creative and effective community.

In 2023, eight local agencies and qualifying non-profits received awards totaling $434,893. This year’s recipients include:

  • Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue: NCSSAR Truckee Rapid Response Mobile Command Vehicle
  • Friends of the Truckee Library: The Truckee Regional Library Project
  • Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships: Tahoe Truckee Emission Reduction Partnership, Phase 3
  • ·North Tahoe Fire Protection District: Wildland Web Gear
  • Biking for a Better World: Opening Rebuild Project and associated equipment purchases
  • Aim High: 2024 Summer Magic: Joyful, Enriching Learning in Tahoe Truckee
  • Gateway Mountain Center: Gateway Workforce Housing to Retain Critical Behavioral Health Professionals
  • Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy: County-wide Critical Incident Chaplain Services

“The TTAD Board of Directors is proud to support each of these recipients and to contribute funds to programs that uphold our values and goals. By providing funding for emergency services, STEAM education, and workforce housing, we are showing our commitment to our constituents, and to our newly-adopted strategic plan. Helping to strengthen our partners and forming new relationships in our community is exactly what the Agency Partnership program was designed to accomplish,” said Kathryn Rohlf, TTAD Board President and committee member of the Agency Partnership Program.

In a press release following the announced, Gateway Mountain Center thanked TTAD for the grant.

“This pivotal funding will play a key role in tackling the acute shortage of behavioral health professionals in Eastern Nevada and Placer Counties, regions recognized as Mental Health Care Professional Shortage Areas by California’s Health and Human Services Agency,” the press release said.

Local young people are suffering from the dearth of providers and lack of access to effective care in the region—with their lives at risk as a consequence. The youth suicide rate is double that of the state average. Nevada County also ranks third in the state for fentanyl overdoses.

The TTAD award will facilitate the enhancement of workforce housing for incoming behavioral health workers to serve youth. These professionals will function as therapeutic mentors delivering Gateway’s 4Roots Method, which draws upon the healing benefits of nature. They will provide Mindfulness Based Substance Use Treatment at Natural High Retreats and in the Whole Hearts, Minds & Bodies program—all of which are dedicated to meeting the needs of under-resourced Tahoe/Truckee youth. Workers will also staff a future Nature Healing Center.

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