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Welcome Wagon


Make Tahoe-Truckee Your Civic Home

New to the North Tahoe-Truckee community? Let us help you throughout your transition. Familiarize yourself with these great insights from community leaders and be sure to join one of our Welcome Wagon virtual events to meet your neighbors, ask questions, play trivia and learn more about your full time civic home.

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Insights from Community Leaders

“Truckee is absolutely the kind of community that you get out of it, what you put into it. There are so many opportunities to be involved and actually make a difference. Whether your passion might be recreation, the environment, youth, healthcare, animal welfare or the arts, you can actually feel the difference that you make. As a family we love to give back to Tahoe by serving on local nonprofit boards, getting involved and volunteering with our schools, as well as donating to our favorite local organizations and causes. As a business, we give back by being a major sponsor of and donating to some of our favorite organizations including our local Cancer Center, the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee and the Truckee Trails Foundation. ” –Alicia Barr, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Truckee Craft Ventures

“For people new to the area, living in the mountains and the sometimes intense environment can be challenging. There have been more than a few times while digging my truck out of a snow berm in a blizzard that I’ve imagined that this must have been what the pioneers felt like digging out their wagons. I quickly learned to always carry a shovel, some extra food and a sleeping bag in my truck as well as to slow down when driving in the snow.”-Bill Seline, Fire Chief of the Truckee Fire Protection District

“I am new to this area, although I have visited and have owned a home here since 2014. What has helped me moving here and what I’ve learned from locals is how committed and dedicated everyone is to the community and how everyone works together to support each other which is very impressive. And how do I plan to Give Back to Tahoe? By volunteering and donating my time to the Excellence in Education Foundation and supporting our students and our staff, community and districtwide” –Carmen Ghysels, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Chief Learning Officer

My advice to anyone wanting to be part of this community, is to jump in! 2 feet first and attend to the part of your life that brings you joy. I moved here 14 years ago and know from experience that this community is warm and generous, so when I have the chance to give back I do,  through building our Local Waldorf School, making art visible and fundamental in town as a Board Member of the Public Art Committee, and working with my fellow merchants on the Downtown Merchants Association to help preserve, maintain and welcome people to our beautiful downtown.” –Heather River, Owner of Bespoke and Atelier

“If you are new to Truckee, you will soon be captivated by the energy in this community and it’s not hard to feel that Truckee connection. This is a welcoming and accepting place. The best way to truly become part of this community is to get involved in something. Contribute your time and energy to one of our many nonprofits or volunteer to work on a community event like Truckee River Day, the Follies or Community Christmas. Devote your talents to a cause that you are passionate about and help us solve problems. There are lots of ways to connect. Truckee is a community that gets things done. We’ve given back in many different ways over the years, both through donations to favorite areas of interest, typically with an environmental or educational bent. Or by getting knee deep in a cause like watershed restoration, launching our community foundation, town government or leading the charge for our 21st century library for Truckee. It’s been very invigorating. ” Kathleen Eagan, Truckee’s first mayor

“If you are new up here, look around and explore this great community. See all that it has to offer. The area is full of amazing people, giving people and caring people. Whatever your interests are, there is most likely a nonprofit or a group that is working on this same passion. I am currently on the Board of Directors for both the Truckee Trails Foundation and the Truckee Donner Land Trust. I also serve on the Town of Truckee’s General Plan Advisory Committee, which is plotting Truckee’s future for the coming decade. Truckee Donner Land Trust is about maintaining and preserving open space. Truckee Trails Foundation continues to create and maintain vibrant dirt trails to enjoy the great outdoors as well as advocates for paved paths and bikeways in the area. Truckee is my forever home. I want those coming today, like I did 45 years ago, to be able to fall in love with this great community and create a wonderful life.” Paco Lindsey, Founder of Paco’s Bike and Ski

“My advice to someone new to the area is to get involved. You will meet tons of people and this is a wonderful community that’s very generous. If you’re a parent, it’s easy- your kid will show you ways to get involved. If you’re a business owner, help our community as you see fit and as you’re able. For me, I got involved in coaching football at North Tahoe High School and founded North Tahoe Boosters. I was on the Board of Downtown Association, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and now I am on the steering committee and capital campaign committee for the new lodge we are trying to build at the Tahoe Cross Country. Give back and it doesn’t have to be money, it could be done numerous ways. At Wolfdales we’ve hosted many fundraisers and donate gift cards readily and have specific causes. Right now, for example, our “Howling Meals” program is generating money for the local Meals on Wheels that feeds about 160-170 people a day. Get involved, help out and give back to our community.” Douglas Dale, Owner and Chef of Wolfdale’s Restaurant