Tahoe Truckee Area Pulls Together Through Crisis

By R. Keith Rugg | Monday, April 6, 2020
Mountain view of Donner Lake

They say that it’s during the hard times when communities really show their true mettle, and that has been apparent here during the recent coronavirus emergency. In fact, it’s difficult to stay abreast of all the resources, aid and good wishes that are coming front and center in the High Sierra. Photo at left: Pixabay, photo by Paul Marwood.

Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Receives Donations

Exterior Incline Village Community HospitalThe Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation reports a donation of $50,000 each from the Lahontan Community Foundation and the Martis Camp Community Foundation to go toward the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The funding will help the hospital and healthcare network to acquire ventilators, personal protective equipment, to provide emergency staffing and other critical needs. Community members can also help out with donations, and the foundation notes that 100% of the money raised goes directly to address local needs during the current coronavirus emergency. More information and a donation link are available at the foundation website. Photo at right: Facebook, Tahoe Forest Health System

Katz Amsterdam Foundation Donation

Similarly, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation recently received a timely donation of $100,000. It was a gift to the organization’s Emergency Response Fund from the Katz Amsterdam Foundation and will help to support efforts of nonprofit groups that aid and assist local area residents. As with so many community-based actions right now, a quick turnaround time is important in getting the help where it is needed, when it is needed, and the TTCF notes that some of the funding will be able to be invested in local business infrastructure that will have both immediate and long-lasting impact. Further donations are always welcome and can be made by visiting the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation website.

Meals for Seniors

Bowls of foodAnother worthy cause seeking donations in order to provide aid in the community is Sierra Senior Services. This is the local Meals on Wheels organization, with volunteers who normally deliver to qualified recipients throughout Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. In response to the coronavirus crisis, they are expanding their service to deliver lunch to any senior citizen age 60 or older who lives within their coverage territory. The Sierra Senior Services website has an application for seniors to participate in the program and also includes a link for donations to help keep some of the most vulnerable of our citizens safe and fed during this time. Photo at left: Facebook, Sierra Senior Services.

Student Art Competition Honors Heroes

art paletteFinally, jumping from one end of the age spectrum to the other, there is an art competition taking place for students K-12 in the Truckee area. The organizers are looking for drawings and paintings that are interpretations of the theme of Community and the winning pieces will be framed and presented to the local hospital and police and fire departments. This activity is brought to the community by the folks at truckee love who are sponsoring it with cash awards for the winning entries. The contest runs through May 1. Top picks will be shared on the truckee love website, and winners will be announced on May 15. Artwork can be shared on social media platforms with the tag #truckeelove, and the store’s email is truckeelove@hotmail.com for more information. Photo at right: Pixabay, photo by Mache Narvaez.

Get the word out about your donation drive, support group, local aid and resources and anything else the community should know about. Send me the info here at krugg@tahoe.com and check back often for updates.

About the Author R. Keith Rugg
Veteran journalist R. Keith Rugg has worked with several area publications, including a number of years on staff at the Tahoe Daily Tribune and the Reno Gazette-Journal.