Truckee Tahoe family agencies receive much-needed grant money | SierraSun.com

Truckee Tahoe family agencies receive much-needed grant money

Local agencies that benefit families received much-needed funding infusions, thanks to the efforts of Call to Action, a three-hour, phone-a-thon campaign that raised $138,416.34 just more than a year ago.

In a show of support for people with economic challenges, the Truckee Tahoe community, 271 volunteers called 10,000 households on March 15, 2009. As a result, 839 people made a contribution with the majority of the contributions less than $50.

One quarter of the money raised went into Truckee Tahoe Community Foundationand#8217;s endowment to benefit families in perpetuity. The remaining $103,500 was returned to the Tahoe-Truckee region in the form of grants to local organizations.

and#8220;These grants supported everything from buying food for hungry families to adding counseling sessions for people in crisis, to supporting Meals on Wheels programs and emergency shelter,and#8221; explained Lisa Dobey, TTCF chief executive officer.

Dobey said some of the funds went directly to paying utility bills or rent for people struggling to make ends meet. Other dollars supplemented care for children of families stretched too thin in every way.

Call to Action grants included Project MANA, $17,000; Sierra Family Services, $17,000; Sierra Senior Services, $17,000; Family Resource Center of Truckee, $11,500; emergency funds for families in need, $11,000; North Tahoe Family Resource Center, $10,000; Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services, $10,000; KidZone, $5,000 and Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, $5,000.

According to Dobey, nonprofit organizations across the board report an increase of up to 30 percent in people needing support. The economic crash and slow recovery, she said, has been particularly difficult in the Tahoe-Truckee region, which is primarily comprised of builders, real estate professionals and people working in the tourism industry.

and#8220;Many asking for help have been independent and self-sufficient their whole lives,and#8221; Dobey said. and#8220;Now they are in a new and very uncomfortable position of needing community assistance to make ends meet.and#8221;

Dobey praised the communityand#8217;s Call to Action generosity that helped foster an important safety net.

and#8220;TTCF is committed to keeping the safety net woven very tightly so families do not slip through,and#8221; Dobey noted. and#8220;We are interconnected and need each other in so many ways as we all contribute to this region we call home.and#8221;

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation was established in March 1998 with a $1 million donation from William Hewlett. Since that time, Hewlettand#8217;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.