CommunityReport: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe |

CommunityReport: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe

Big Sister Deanna Quinlan with her Little Sister Evelyn Alonzo in the climbing gym inside The Sports Exchange in Truckee.

Big Sister Deanna Quinlan and Little Sister Evelyn Alonzo have been matched for almost one year now. According to Evelyn, they really enjoy cooking together ” everything from lasagna to cakes and cookies ” playing all kinds of sports, and one of their latest activities, rock climbing in the climbing gym in the back of the Sports Exchange in Truckee.

As a partner in the BBBSNC Match Advantage program, the Sports Exchange offers free use of their climbing gym to all Bigs and Littles, even when they are not there together, a perk Deanna was excited about:

“Especially with the economy the way it is right now, doing things that are free is great,” she said.

A natural athlete, Evelyn said she was looking forward to spending time outdoors this summer, going swimming in Lake Tahoe, playing soccer, golf and tennis with Deanna, who is just as excited to spend some time with Evelyn:

“You get to do new, fun activities,” Deanna said. “She gets me out playing soccer. It’s fun going climbing, taking her out skiing or cooking. She really likes a lot of the same activities and being active, so that works out really well…And now that we’ve been matched for almost a year and can do an overnight trip, hopefully we’ll go camping soon.”

Have you ever thought about becoming a mentor to a local youth who could use a friend? Do you know of any good men in the Truckee-Tahoe community who would make good role models? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County (BBBSNC) wants to hear from you!

Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister is easier than you might think. The only commitment is to spend time doing fun activities ” like hiking, biking, swimming, rafting, skiing/snowboarding, photography, etc. ” with a local child who could use a mentor. You get the satisfaction of making a difference in a child’s life and get to go out and play in this amazing place we live, as if you were a kid again!

BBBSNC currently has a waiting list of 10 local boys who need a Big Brother. Please help us match these boys with caring local mentors.

For more information about becoming a Big, call Truckee Case Manager Peggy Martin at (530) 587-7717. Or, if you’d like to hear first-hand what it’s like being a Big Brother, call Paul Raymore at (530) 550-2652.

If you or someone you know would be interested in supporting our programs in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region by becoming a Big, participating on our Board of Directors, serving on our Truckee-Tahoe Fundraising Committee, or making a financial contribution, have them contact Executive Director Dena Valin at (530) 273-2227 or For more information, please see

Are you a Facebook addict? Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County cause on Facebook and get program updates and show your support in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Go to and search for “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County.”

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