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Truckee Tahoe community raises $115,734 for local families in need

(April 13, 2009) Local people are getting much needed financial assistance after CALL TO ACTION, a three hour phone-a-thon held last month, raised more than $115,000.

In a show of support for people hurting in the Truckee Tahoe community, 271 volunteers called 10,000 households on March 15. As a result, 839 people made a contribution with the majority of the contributions less than $50.

“Clearly people in our community are feeling the impact of the economy,” said Lisa Dobey, CEO of Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. “But it is equally clear that our spirit of helping is still in tact in our region. Nearly every volunteer who made phone calls reported talking with people who themselves were in need. Yet many of these same people sent a check for $5 or $10.”

Last week Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Family Resource Center of Truckee and $5,000 to the North Tahoe Family Resource Center. The family resource centers assist people who find themselves in need, who are unable to resolve that need without assistance, and who are unable to quickly get that emergency assistance from state, federal or other sources.

“Those receiving assistance are our neighbors and friends,” noted Dobey.

Typically awarded on a one-time basis, emergency funds may offer support for medical, heating, electric, rent, childcare, transportation, and food. Importantly, any North Lake Tahoe/Truckee resident can qualify.

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“I love this community,” said chairwoman Theresa May Duggan. “We put out a call that we need help and everyone jumps on board – we had people who couldn’t give money but they gave their time. We had people who couldn’t volunteer but they donated. We had people who did both. Is there a better community in this country?”

Remaining CALL TO ACTION funds will be distributed in May and again in November of this year to nonprofit organizations within the region.

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation was established in March 1998 with a $1 million donation from William Hewlett. Since that time, Hewlett’s dream has been joined by thousands of permanent and part-time residents who are committed to strengthening the community through philanthropy. Since its inception, the Foundation has stewarded more than $10 million into local organizations working to improve the community and now has assets of $15 million.

For more information, visit http://www.ttcf.net or call (530) 587-1776.