A $250,000 special emergency fund was created by the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation to provide immediate assistance to local residents in need of essential service
Four local organizations on the front lines of the crisis have already received a total of $100,000 from the foundation.
Based on where the greatest need exists as this unprecedented health and economic crisis continues, an additional $150,000 will be provided to organizations providing direct help to residents.
Emergency funds are being used to provide our community with essential services including basic needs like hunger relief, peer counseling, mental health support, and rental assistance.
The communities that support the nonprofit Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation include Old Greenwood, Gray’s Crossing, the Village at Northstar, and Mountainside.
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The first $130,000 in emergency funds were provided to the Sierra Community House, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Sierra Senior Services, the nonprofit Tahoe Forest Health Foundation, Tahoe Food Hub, TTUSD (Meals Program), and Placer Counties Seroprevalence Study. Each of these organizations is providing critical support to local residents. An additional $120,000 will be distributed to local organizations providing relief to full-time residents as this health and economic crisis continues.
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Sierra Community House has seen a 100% increase in demand for its food delivery program and increases across all of its other programs. Serving Truckee and lakeside communities from Incline Village to Tahoma, the organization provides assistance that includes hunger relief, rental assistance, and other related basic needs.
The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is offering dinner service at all three of its sites (Incline Village, Kings Beach, and Truckee) in collaboration with local hunger relief agencies that have become overwhelmed. The Club is providing around 200 dinners per site three days a week to any family who needs food.
Sierra Senior Services operates the Meals on Wheels program and has seen a 30% increase in requests for services since March 1. They cook everything from scratch in their kitchen, package and seal each meal and deliver a warm, complete meal at lunch Tuesday through Friday along with a frozen meal for Monday.
Tahoe Forest Health System serves at least four counties within the Tahoe-Truckee region. Funding will allow for the immediate purchase of additional patient ventilators, provide Personal Protective Equipment for staff, supplement the COVID-19 Drive-by Clinic, and help with emergency staffing needs.
The Tahoe Food Hub, a Truckee-based nonprofit, connects customers with local farmers. Funding will support the 'Giving Box' program providing not only free food to unemployed restaurant workers but at the same time, the Food Hub is contracting some of these same unemployed restaurant workers as drivers and assembly workers for 'giving' and 'harvest' boxes.
The Tahoe Truckee School District will be providing free meal services to all children 18 and under for pickup from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Lunch, as well as breakfast for the next day, will be provided to each child.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors has authorized a COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study, with Risk Management and County Council concurrence. They will be partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services and the County Public Health to obtain solid data with the objective to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current infection rate, which will in turn inform the actual mortality rate. It will also establish a baseline, in case a resurgence occurs in the future.