Volunteer Corner: Names: Stacy Taylor and Alissa Just Organization: Soroptimist Residences: Tahoe Donner and Prosser Lakeview
Tell me about Soroptimist.
Just: It’s an international organization for professional women.
Taylor: Creating better lives for women and children.
How do you do this at Christmas?
Just: We partner with Truckee Community Christmas (TCC) in collecting toys for families in need and children.
How do you collect the toys?
Taylor: There are collection barrels all over town. Signs say “Soroptimist Toy Collection.” Just drop in a new, unwrapped toy, we make sure it gets to a child who may not have Christmas without your [the community’s] help.
How many families do you serve?
Just: Last year we had about 170 families, we received about 600 toys. This year we anticipate 200 or more applying to TCC.
Taylor: We are seeing about a 25 percent increase in the number of families who qualify. We do the toys, warm coats are collected by Church of the Mountains, the Rotary collects cash donations.
Just: A lot of nonprofits work together to provide a basket of food, a warm coat for each family member, and toys.
Tell me about the qualifying process.
Just: People apply through the schools, Family Resource Center (Truckee), and the Sierra Nevada Children’s Services.
What kind of “man hours” does present wrapping take?
Just: The community is welcome to come and wrap Dec. 18 and 19 at the Old Middle School.
Taylor: Locals make it an annual tradition to help us wrap. We are looking forward to the community coming together to provide Christmas for the children. The California Highway Patrol also has a “Chips for Kids” toy drive, and the toys are distributed locally. Groups also help us out, the S-Club, AAUW, the Girl Scouts.
Just: It’s amazing how many high school students help out.
Many hands make light work?
Taylor: When you look at that list, it takes a community to band together to make the pieces come together. This is definitely a very large project. It’s also tremendous fun. Truckee is a unique community for volunteerism, not just at the holidays.
Just: There is always some need in the community, and this community always comes together to help.
” Amy Edgett performed this week’s Volunteer Corner interview and photo shoot. For local volunteer opportunities, visit handsontahoe.org. Send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meets the second and third Thursdays at Zano’s in Truckee at noon. Contact Alissa Just, president, at 587-6681 ext. 11