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My Turn: A community that gives

Vicki Kahn
Tahoe City

All of us who have chosen to live in the North Tahoe-Truckee area are very fortunate.

We are surrounded by inspiring vistas of mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests.

But more importantly, we are part of an environment that prides itself in having a “sense of community” where everyone feels they “belong”. We all love the small town mentality and familiarity we share, as opposed to living in anonymity in urban centers.

When a neighbor or friend has a crisis, the community comes together overwhelmingly to help out. All of us have been affected in one way or another by our country’s current economic downturn. But for many of us we just tighten our belts and spend money only on necessities. But there are people in our community that are struggling just to meet their day to day needs. Our local non-profit organizations who help these individuals have seen their budgets shrink and are fighting just to stay alive. Their very survival is threatened.

We have a community foundation that has recognized this plight and has decided to do something immediately to alleviate the local health and human services crisis. The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation has organized local volunteers who will be calling residents this coming Sunday evening asking them to give.

When you get a call, realize that the people calling you are your neighbors, friends, and local residents just like you who have decided to help. Open your hearts and pocket books and give what you can, so that others can enjoy the same wonderful quality of life that all of living us here cherish and value so much.

If you would like to help, either by calling or giving a donation, please call the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation at (530) 587-1776 or go online at http://www.ttcf.net.