Good deeds for the heart and from the heart |

Good deeds for the heart and from the heart

Last Sunday was just a normal Sunday morning. Reading the S.F. Chronicle in bed and drinking Peet’s coffee. Walking Blossom the Bernese Mountain Dog at Martis Dam and then going to Donner Kitchen for breakfast. There was a wait, of course, but we were willing to sit at the counter.I was hunkered down with my half order of huevos rancheros (no olives) when everyone in the restaurant heard a loud crash. A man waiting for a table dropped flat to the floor in an apparent heart attack. Without an ounce of panic, the waitress took one look, turned around and called 911. When she got off the phone, she went back to taking care of customers for the four minutes it took Truckee’s police and fire department to arrive.Now, it just so happens that the police officer responding had been in my office on Friday giving me a few stern warnings about gangs and graffiti. Not to be defensive or anything, but the graffiti he wanted removed is on the Napa Auto Parts building; it’s a separate building from TTCF’s new home.I’m sure it was a fairly typical workweek for him – urging someone to spray paint over graffiti and assisting with CPR. I suppose the survival of all communities is based on the supposition that waitstaff will call 911 if you have a heart attack and that emergency personnel will respond. It’s a nice metaphor for philanthropy. Philanthropy is rooted in the ideal that when there is a need, someone is there to respond. Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation is where many of those “responders” are housed. We call them philanthropists.Some are familiar to you. Their names are associated with successful businesses in town or are part of families that are the fabric of our region. Others are unfamiliar, part-time residents who value what our region offers them – beauty, a quiet retreat, a place to reconnect with their families. Still others will be forever unknown; choosing to give anonymously. No matter how they give or how much they give, these philanthropists have a common profile – when a need or opportunity arises in our region they are ready, willing, and able to respond. Stop by our new offices at 11071 Donner Pass Road. It’s the Center for Philanthropy for the region. You can find out about Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, and Hands On Tahoe Volunteer Center. Maybe we can’t all be EMTs, but we can all offer the response of philanthropy and compassion.Lisa Dobey is CEO of Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. She can be reached at 587-1776 or

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