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Why Four Local Nonprofits are Consolidating

Crisis rarely happens in only one aspect of a person or family’s life. In a region made up of several small communities widely spread apart, it’s often a challenge for community members to know what services are available to them and to be able to reach them. This is especially true for people who lack dependable access to transportation. Too often, people go without all of the help they need to thrive.

North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Family Resource Center of Truckee, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, and Project MANA are currently in the process of joining forces to better serve community members across North Tahoe-Truckee. The four long-standing social service nonprofits are in the midst of combining systems, staff and boards and plan to launch the new organization, officially, on July 1, 2019. The single entity will have five locations throughout with services continuing and being enhanced in Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, and Incline Village.

This consolidation is a result of over 15 years of community collaboration aimed at improving health and safety outcomes and strengthening services for families and individuals. Several years ago, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, and Project MANA, hired an integrated services coordinator to make sure that community members receiving services at one organization were also aware of the services of the organizations. Several years later, they wanted to bring their collaborative services under a single roof in a shared space. Under the leadership of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), donors and organizations came together to plan, construct, and implement Community House. A massive effort was put forth by numerous people and agencies; the Community House was completed in 2014 in Kings Beach, one of the most poverty-stricken communities in North Lake Tahoe. Community House has been recognized as a national model for shared spaces by The Nonprofit Times.

“It is the next natural evolutionary step for these nonprofits to consolidate into one strong entity for families and individuals,“ Stacy Caldwell, CEO of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

The four organizations will continue to provide the same services, with many of the same staff, under the umbrella of the new entity. Community members will be able to access basic needs support, food programs, community education, and crisis services under one roof in their own neighborhoods. By joining forces, the four organizations will serve community members in a better, more holistic and integrated manner and tailor services to meet specific needs. This consolidation will also provide smoother, streamlined systems for staff and board members. Rather than four separate organizations with four separate strategies for strategies, budgets, and administration work, one organization will focus on streamlined fundraising, finance, marketing, human resources, and information technology.

To support the staff through this transition, TTCF is funding a special On the Verge cohort. The On the Verge Leadership Program (OTV) is a year-long professional and personal development program facilitated by the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT). This year’s cohort launched recently with all staff members from the consolidating nonprofits.

To learn more about Community House, click here.

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Tahoe Truckee Responds to COVID-19

This has been a big week for philanthropic support of our region. We are excited to announce that the Katz Amsterdam Foundation, a long time philanthropic partner of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), has announced a $100,000 gift to the TTCF Emergency Response Fund. This gift essentially doubles the dollars in the fund, putting us at $225,000 in funds that will be distributed to our community!

Funds will be focused on our local nonprofits that serve as a safety-net for our locals. Our direct-service organizations are having to quickly pivot their operations and scale services for the growing community need. Some of the early grants will help invest in much needed business infrastructure that will serve our community beyond this immediate crisis.

Thank you to the Katz Amsterdam Foundation whose generosity has made a lasting impact in our region. Together with donations big and small, our collective giving will ensure resources for the recovery of our community.


Help us get the word out! We are so grateful to our communication partners for helping to amplify this message, including Placer County. We ask others to do the same and help us get the word out.

COVID-19 Community Response Framework

TTCF Community Response Framework: 3/23/20 (Framework will be periodically updated as needs change)

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, including the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, is working closely with our direct service providers to help support our community members during these difficult times.

We are mindful to not duplicate efforts or create more work for this important front-line workforce. This crisis is putting increased pressure on a small nonprofit sector that is designed to serve economic, social and health gaps of a much smaller portion of our community. Now, they must shift logistics and operations to scale to the unmet needs of the entire community. To facilitate conversations and identify needs, we have developed the following framework.


Community Response Framework

Food Accessibility Focusing on staffing to scale volunteer coordination and distribution operations. Ensure there are trucks/vehicles for food distribution and increase food handling supplies. Supplement existing food distributions with grocery gift cards.

Mental Health & Substance Use Focusing on increasing staff, specifically therapists and peer counselors. Investing in technology for virtual workforce and tele-therapy. Maintain youth specific programming and seek new on-line models to reach their needs.

Shelter and Housing Support staffing and supplies for shelters and homeless resources. Securing alternative living arrangements for “Safe House” needs. Providing rental assistance.

Essential Workforce Ensure that all measures are taken to protect, support and stabilize the frontline essential workforce. Work through existing partners to identify the size and need. Mobilize solutions to help keep them strong including but not limited to childcare needs, access to food, and mental health support.

Senior Care Ensuring there is staffing to support outreach and delivery. Coordination and delivery of critical supplies and food.

Census Count Identify opportunities to engage the community in a strong Census count of our community to ensure our share of public resources.

A small number of organizations have programs to fill the emerging need and many are restructuring their operations, adopting new protocols for the health of their staff and clients. Further coordination, alignment of resources and creative thinking needs to be applied to both stabilize and scale these important services. TTCF is sensitive to these needs and is responding by raising dollars through an Emergency Response Fund. If you have questions related to resources or funding that can support any of these efforts, please contact stacy@ttcf.net

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s (TTCF) mission is to connect people and opportunities to generate more resources for an effective, creative and caring community.

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Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund

Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund will support our region’s nonprofit organizations as they respond to the spread of COVID-19

The Tahoe Truckee Emergency Respond Fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations that are working within our community and are impacted by COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

In coordination with public authorities and healthcare experts leading the response to this health crisis, along with community organizations and funding partners, TTCF is responding to local needs. One hundred percent (minus credit card processing fees) of contributions to this fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.

TTCF has intentionally established this fund with flexibility in mind to ensure that these resources may support our community as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis.

TTCF will not take administrative fees on this fund (although credit card processing fees will apply).  Gifts of all sizes- big and small- make a huge difference!  Please, donate now.

Why is local philanthropy so important right now?

COVID-19 is a global crisis. This is very different than an emergency like a catastrophic wildfire or natural disaster. At those times, people from near and far send help in the form of money and donations. Right now, communities everywhere are affected. That means that we have to come together with our neighbors, friends, and people who really love this community to help Tahoe-Truckee however we can.

This is not business as usual. Seven resorts, businesses, and restaurants are shutting down. We have one hospital and half a dozen critical needs service organizations to serve over 30,000 people. We’re about to feel the toll on our small rural system. Please help us ease the burden on our hospitals and nonprofits by responding quickly. No gift is too small. We need everybody.


We are in close contact with our nonprofits and asking them how we can help with volunteers and other needs they have.  Many of them are having to change their operations and determining how they can best utilize volunteer support at this time.

Please check back often- we anticipate nonprofits will be uploading opportunities! 

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Emergency Community Resources

Looking to help?

Donate now to TTCF’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund or volunteer with local nonprofits

Important Links

Community Resources

COVID-19 Hotlines to Hospitals
Call if you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath – for more information or when to seek care.

  • Tahoe Forest Hospital System – (530) 582-3450 (Tahoe-Truckee Area)
    This special hotline is staffed 8 am to 5 pm everyday. The Pine Street Café is closed to the public until further notice. A letter from TFHS CEO, Harry Weis.
  • Barton Health(530) 600-1999(West Shore and South Lake Tahoe Area)
    You may experience a hold time of up to 10 minutes during business hours, or longer after hours.

Hunger Relief

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
TTUSD is providing meal services for pickup at selected school sites from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, unless a snow day is called. TTUSD is providing meal delivery to several neighborhood locations in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe every weekday during school closures. All meals are delivered in marked TTUSD vans. If you have any questions, please call 582-2528 or email us at food@ttusd.org

  • Village Green Mobile Home Park between 9:00 am – 9:10 am
  • Sierra Village Apartments between 9:20 am – 9:30 am
  • Henness Flats between 10:15 am -10:20 am
  • Old Rec Center between 10:25 am -10:30 am
  • Truckee Pines between 11:00 am -11:15 am
  • Donner Creek Mobile Home Park between 11:30 am -11:45 am

Sierra Community House
To sign up for food delivery please leave a message at: 775-545-4083 or send an email to: food@sierracommunityhouse.org

Sierra Senior Services
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Sierra Senior Services will deliver lunch to any senior 60 and older in Truckee and the North Lake Tahoe area. Email: info@sierraseniors.org.

Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe
Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is supplementing efforts by local school authorities and hunger relief agencies by providing a grab-and-go dinner service to local families in Incline Village and Kings Beach.

  • Meal Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • KB Location: Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Front Entrance/Curbside.
  • Incline Location: Incline Elementary School, Upper Bridge/Curbside.

Mental Health / Crisis Intervention / Family Support

  • Local Crisis Hotline: 1-800-736-1060
  • National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
  • Tahoe Truckee Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Placer County Adult Crisis & Intake 24-Hour Phone Line: 916-787-8860 or 1-888-886-5401.

Substance Use Services:
Please call 530-889-7240, option 5 (when prompted) or attend one of our screening clinics.

Nevada County Health and Human Services:
Customers in need of Cash Assistance, Food Assistance-Calfresh, Medi-Cal, WIC can call 530-582-7803 or apply on-line.

Emergency Warming Center
Call 530.386.7954 for a recorded message each day to check if open. Donation requests to be dropped off at Word After Word bookstore, M-F 8-11 am (10118 Donner Pass Rd #2, Truckee, CA 96161).

  • Need: Braun Thermoscan thermometer covers OR a new thermometer for ear or forehead reading

Special shopping hours offered for immune suppressed and people over 65:

  • Safeway, Truckee on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 am
  • Save Mart, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-9:00 am
  • New Moon, Truckee every morning from 8:30-9:30 am (online ordering and curbside pickup available)

Public Utilities

Southwest Gas has postponed any disconnection of natural gas service for nonpayment of gas bills indefinitely to ensure no customer goes without natural gas service during this time.

Liberty Utilities suspending service disconnections for residential and business customers until May 1, 2020.

North Tahoe PUD Effective immediately, the NTPUD will suspend all flow restrictions/service discontinuance and penalties/interest for delinquent payments.

Volunteer Need

Sierra Senior Services is providing meal delivery services to over 100 local community members and the numbers are increasing. Many of these individuals are isolated and could use a little community connection. Please consider writing a brief letter/card/note to a senior and Sierra Senior Services will deliver it when they drop off meals. Multiple letters may be enclosed in a single envelope addressed to Sierra Senior Services. Letters may be addressed to “Dear neighbor” or whatever you see fit!

Send letters to:
Sierra Senior Services
10040 Estates Drive
Truckee, CA 96161

Census 2020 COVID-19 is affecting everything… But it is still very important to participate in the Census 2020! And it has never been easier to respond on your own, in the comfort of your home, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a Census taker. Go to this link or call 844-330-2020 (Englsih), 844-468-2020 (Spanish) to complete the census. Let everyone count! Here’s a link to more information.

Town of Truckee is Looking for Community Feedback
The Town of Truckee, Placer County and the Truckee Chamber are looking to respond to community needs during this unsettled Covid-19 period and beyond. They are asking for feedback to better understand priorities and opinions. Please consider joining FlashVote to share your feedback via short surveys over the next few weeks.

California is working swiftly to help workers hurt by COVID-19.

  • If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance claim.
  • If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave claim.
  • If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim.

Check out this chart at the bottom of the webpage for more information on benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19.

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) Information and resources for immigrant communities. Learn more

Read the full CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions here. How the CARES Act works for Nonprofits.

Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit  (TART) What riders need to know about the COVID-19 virus and using public transit. Learn more

Webinar Series for Business and Nonprofits Amidst COVID-19

When business as usual… is unusual.

Webinar Series for Small Businesses and Nonprofits amidst COVID-19

Small businesses and nonprofits are dealing day-by-day with the new realities in our homes, communities, and business.  Are you a business manager or nonprofit executive director in the Tahoe/Truckee region? Are you trying to figure out what options and resources are available for you?  Join Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Sierra Business Council’s Sierra Small Business Development Center for a four-part webinar series that explores resources and tips to navigate the challenges ahead. 


3/18, 9:50am-11am – Assistance Available for Businesses & Nonprofits
What resources are available to you in these challenging times.  Learn about Federal, State and Local resources that can help you think through business decisions. 


3/20, 9:50am-11am – Cash Flow and Scaling Operations

Running a small business or nonprofit means navigating timely decisions with limited resources.

What are the key questions and options that you have to make the best choices that are available to you today.


3/25, 9:50am-11am – Virtual Workforce and Meetings

Businesses, now more than ever, are relying on electronic communications, on-line meetings and a virtual workforce.  How do you start to put the right tools and procedures in place to help ensure a productive transition into new platforms.


3/27, 9:50am-11am – HR Topics in challenging times

There are so many decisions facing us as business managers. Human Resources is one of the most important resources to any business.  How do we ensure that fair practices and clear policies are in place during this rapidly changing time?


Co-Produced by: Sierra Business Council’s Small Business Development Center and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Communication Partners: Tahoe Prosperity Center, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, North Tahoe Business Association, Tahoe City Downtown Association, Truckee Chamber of Commerce


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Ed Plaut Jr. Scholarship Honors a Family Legend

It’s scholarship season! In the last ten years, TTCF and our donors have awarded over $1 million to local graduating high school seniors as they pursue their dreams. A scholarship is so much more than money. Scholarships show students that someone believes in them and their dreams. This is the story of one family who learned the value of encouragement from their grandfather Ed Plaut Jr. 

Ed Plaut was born in New York, March 23, 1923. He attended The Lawrenceville School in Princeton, N.J. and spent one year at Yale before entering the Navy where he was stationed in Alaska. It was around this time he met a well-known biographer, Ralph G. Martin. Together they wrote “Front Runner, Dark Horse;” a politically popular book about the 1960 race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri.

He also worked on oral histories of former members of the Kennedy administration for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston. He had a brief career in television and print advertising and transferred this knowledge towards his interest in a career as a political and campaign advisor. Plaut was a freelance reporter and political adviser. He traveled with many political figures and advised them on their campaigns. Among the most prominent were Adlai Stevenson, when he ran for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination, and Connecticut Gov. Abraham Ribicoff, who also served as Connecticut’s Democratic senator and in the Kennedy administration.

Ed Plaut was a humanitarian and philanthropist, generous almost to the point of his own detriment. He loved all animals, history, politics and would read and collect books on these topics with incredible passion. He remained vigorous and developed an interest in West Indian culture and politics devoting a tremendous amount of time working towards the development of a non-profit organization to improve the economy, education, and agribusiness on the small island of Carriacou off the coast of Granada.

Ed encouraged his children and grandchildren to travel and be adventurous in their pursuits. Many stories can be shared about family trips with Ed where his inquisitive nature got him into a predicament.

His granddaughter Kellie Cutler is a Truckee resident and was hugely inspired by Ed’s philanthropic pursuits.  According to Kellie, “Ed encouraged me to pursue a life in the western US and a career in the arts.” For this reason, Kellie Cutler and husband Jeff along with Ed’s son Gordon Plaut, daughter Shelley Prisco and granddaughter Keryn Elizabeth O’Donnell opened the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Ed Plaut Jr. Arts and Humanities Scholarship Fund.

The Ed Plaut Jr. Art & Humanities Scholarship is a one year $1,000 scholarship available to a Truckee or North Tahoe High School student pursuing studies in the Arts and/or Humanities fields. The intent is to inspire a graduating senior in the pursuit of their field of interest that they are passionate about and may not have the support to otherwise follow.

Do you want to support the dreams of local youth? Do you have a person you want to honor through a scholarship fund? We can help! Contact Phyllis McConn, Community Impact Officer, at phyllis@ttcf.net or (530) 587-1776. 

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We need YOUR help! Take the Community Engagement and Health Survey!

**Take the survey by clicking here.**


Contact: Emily Vitas, Project Lead
Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee
Phone: 530-906-3810
Email: emily@ttcf.net






Making North Tahoe-Truckee Better for Everyone:
Community Engagement and Health Survey

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee requests resident participation to
measure local quality of life, community engagement, and mental health needs.

[Truckee, CA, January 23, 2020] Until mid-March 2020, North Tahoe-Truckee is benchmarking our community’s overall well-being and mental health. The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) is asking all residents for their help by completing a confidential survey. The results will help local organizations
develop programs to improve the quality of life for all of our community members.

CCTT is also partnering with the national research firm PRC of Omaha, Nebraska, to conduct 400 phone surveys in the region between mid-January and March. The households selected will be selected at random, and the survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

“The more responses and data that we receive, the better we can improve the lives of our friends, neighbors, children, and family members. This is a real way that all of us, as a community, can participate in making our region better,” said Alison Schwedner, Director of CCTT.

CCTT encourages area residents to take an active role in the process. The survey results will inform ways to strengthen existing services and community connections. Take the survey now by clicking here.

For more information about the North Tahoe-Truckee Community Engagement and Health Survey, residents may contact Emily Vitas at emily@ttcf.net.


The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee is a program of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. CCTT is a partnership of 45+ nonprofit and public organizations working together to address fundamental needs of residents. Collectively, we identify emerging community issues and develop strategies with our
combined vision and resources.

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) has served North Tahoe-Truckee since 1998. Its mission is to connect people and opportunities to build a more caring, creative, and effective community.

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You helped raise over $380,000 through the 2019 Give Back Tahoe Giving Season!

TTCF is happy to celebrate with all of you the completion of the 2019 Give Back Tahoe Giving Season!!! Nearly one thousand people gave this year- people who live here full-time, part-time, and those who visit as often as they can



Highlights include:

    • $380,000+ leveraged for our region
    • 980 donors gave to 50 local nonprofits
    • The most successful #GivingTuesday to date

This was the sixth year that our community came together in order to measure what is possible when we give together. One third of all charitable giving is done at the end-of-the-year. Give Back Tahoe makes it easy for nonprofits to share their missions and goals and to connect with more people. It also makes it easy for people who love Tahoe-Truckee to learn about local nonprofit organizations and to donate to them all in one place.

The Give Back Tahoe Giving Season is offered free-of-charge to eligible nonprofits serving the North Tahoe-Truckee region. TTCF provides the platform through Mightycause and works to ensure nonprofits have access to everything they need for a successful season including live webinars and online resources. TTCF also helps nonprofits reach a broader audience of community members. 

A huge thank you goes to the TTCF donors and Give Back Tahoe Business Sponsors whose partnership makes GBT possible. Their donations powered this year’s Challenge Grants which equated to nearly $13,000. The Challenge Grants are fun competitions that ask people to give on certain days and in certain ways. Many of our Business Sponsors and donors have helped power the Give Back Tahoe Giving Season all six years, and we are so grateful for their continued support of our nonprofit community.

If you are interested in helping support this incredible campaign, please reach out to Stacy Caldwell, CEO, at 530-587-1776. To learn more about Give Back Tahoe, visit www.givebacktahoe.org

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2019 Grant Cycle awards $365,000 to local nonprofits

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has completed its 2019 Community Grant Cycle. Every year, TTCF requests proposals from eligible North Tahoe-Truckee nonprofits for several areas of funding. These areas include: an open-competitive funding stream for any and all requests; nature grants from TTCF and Martis Fund*; the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund; and aligned grantmaking through the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund.

2019 grantmaking highlights include:

  • $365,000 in total funding- the most awarded since 2016!
  • 37 funded requests
  • $9,865- average grant award

We are proud to say that $170,000 was awarded in mission driven and unrestricted grants, that’s 47%! These grants represent some of the most difficult funding to secure from other sources. Thanks to our longstanding relationships with our local nonprofits, we can confidently award these trust-based unrestricted funds that ensure they can drive their mission forward. We also awarded another $70,000 in capacity building grants that help nonprofits build training, tools, and knowledge that strengthens their organizations.

The annual grant cycle is also an opportunity to see the big picture of what is happening in our community and how nonprofits are responding to emerging needs and trends. Right now, we are seeing a concerted effort to support arts and culture as an economic driver for our community. It was evident that prioritizing cultural infrastructure would have longterm significance for our local economy and to attract shoulder season tourism. In the area of environment, there was a focus on forest solutions, the resiliency of our more populated areas, and the support of science and data. TTCF focused on leveraging our funds in order to increase awareness of the local forest health crisis and potential solutions. And, of course, we saw our nonprofits continue to focus on the well-being of our families and residents.

We also hosted the annual Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund GEMS Event in early December. This event brings together the women and girls who have donated $1,000 or more to the Women’s Fund endowment. This endowment kicks off an annual grant cycle aiming to award $60,000 a year in four areas of impact. This year, Girls Giving Back (GGB), TTCF’s youth philanthropy project, took the helm and emcee’d the event. GGB is comprised of girls between 12-18 years old who have a passion for catalyzing community change. Through the work of hosting their own annual grant cycle, they learn skills in event hosting, meeting facilitation, fundraising, and the grants process. We are so proud to see these young women maturing into empowered community changemakers.

TTCF and our partners are proud of the opportunity to provide these grants to our local nonprofit community. Still, the need always outweighs the available funding and we were only able to fund 57% of the requested dollars. If you’re interested in learning more about local projects in need of funding, please call (530)587-1776 to set up a time to talk to Phyllis McConn, our Community Impact Officer.

2019 Grantees

Achieve Tahoe – Health and Human Services

Adventure Risk Challenge – Youth Development

Aim High – Youth Development

Arts For The Schools – Arts and Culture

Big Brothers Big Sisters  – Youth Development

Biking for a Better World – Recreation

Choices People-Centered Services  – Health and Human Services

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley – Arts and Culture

Conservation Science Partners – Environment

Emergency Warming Center – Health and Human Services

Friends of the Truckee Library –  Community Improvement

Gateway Mountain Center – Youth Development

Headwaters Science Institute – Education      

Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe – Animal Welfare

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective – Arts and Culture

Mountain Area Preservation – Environment

Nevada County Arts Council – Arts and Culture

North Tahoe Arts – Arts and Culture

Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy – Health and Human Services

Positively Rolling – Youth Development                  

Sierra Community House – Health and Human Services

Sierra Nevada Alliance – Environment

Sierra Senior Services – Health and Human Services

Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships – Education

S.N.O.W. Museum – Arts and Culture

Tahoe Food Hub – Community Improvement

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science –  Environment

Tahoe Rim Trail Association – Environment

Tahoe Truckee School of Music – Arts and Culture

The Nature Conservancy – Environment

Trout Unlimited – Environment

Truckee Arts Alliance –  Arts and Culture

Truckee Donner Land Trust – Environment

Truckee River Watershed Council – Environment

Truckee Roundhouse – Community Improvement

Truckee Trails Foundation – Environment

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center – Environment

*The Martis Fund is a collaborative project of the developers of the Martis Camp community and its members, Mountain Area Preservation (MAP), and Sierra Watch.

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North Tahoe-Truckee Receives Significant Grant for Behavioral Health Services

In this season of gratitude and giving, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) is happy to share some wonderful news for our community. TTCF has received a significant grant contribution from Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, New York Times best selling author and founder of Elana’s Pantry.

The funding, a total of $160,500 is part of the Katz Amsterdam Foundation’s second annual distribution of behavioral health grants to mountain communities. In North Tahoe-Truckee, the funding will help:

  • build a community data collection process around mental health and well-being;
  • complete a community-wide mental health strategic plan; and
  • align services across Placer and Nevada Counties.

“Rob and Elana’s investment into mental health services in the North-Tahoe Truckee region will help address one of our longest-standing and complex challenges. As a rural region, we lack many fundamental mental health services. We will now be able to provide critical suicide prevention education and access services through Sierra Community House, while also supporting a community-wide behavioral health survey, so we can best understand and work to meet the needs of our residents.”  Alison Schwedner, Director of the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT), a program of TTCF

While many see this beautiful place as paradise, the truth is that our full-time residents experience higher than normal rates of substance abuse and growing mental health issues. 57% of adults experienced symptoms of depression in the past 30 days when surveyed for the Tahoe Forest Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment in 2018. 34% of 11th graders in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) reported experiencing chronic sadness and hopelessness (California Healthy Kids Survey).

Making mental health more accessible by aligning county health services is extremely helpful for residents of a region like ours- with community members living, working, and attending school across permeable county borders. The sub-grant to Sierra Community House will provide on-going behavioral and mental health services in multiple regional locations.

Prior to the 2019 grant, the Katz Amsterdam Family has given more than $300,000 to North Tahoe-Truckee for mental health programming. This year’s grant is part of a total of more than $2.8 million for mountain communities. Grantmaking is focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness, improving access to mental and behavioral health services, and supporting collaboration within and among mountain communities.

Alison Schwedner also attended a May 2019 convening facilitated by the Katz Amsterdam Foundation for mountain communities. Together, leaders from these communities shared learnings in the areas of: social dynamics; mental health attitudes and knowledge; provider capacity; and affordability and accessibility of care. TTCF has committed alongside our sister-communities to track data as well as collaborate and compare our findings.

The KACT grants are in addition to the annual EpicPromise grants from Vail Resorts, which support more than 350 non-profits across the company’s mountain communities. EpicPromise grants for 2019/20 are being announced by Vail Resorts in December 2019 and January 2020. 

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