Tahoe gives: Consider donating to these local nonprofits
Special to the Tribune
The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation presents the 2016 Wish List to kick off the Giving Season at Tahoe. This is the eighth year we have provided a Wish List during the holiday season to inspire the generosity and philanthropy of our community.
We prepared this list for you to use as a guide to become familiar with the organizations and its programs that are supported by donations. Consider your passions and what local organizations you want to impact. You can choose to support through monetary gifts, volunteering or attending a fundraiser and all will help the organization fulfill its mission.
To make a donation to one of the organizations on the Wish List, follow the How to Donate instructions. All organizations selected for the 2016 Wish List are verified 501 (c) (3) public charities and help make a difference in our community.
The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation do not endorse any of the organizations on the list.
American Red Cross of Northern Nevada
About: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Donations support: Disaster relief, America’s military families, lifesaving blood, health and safety services and international services.
Donate: Mail checks to 4750 Longley Lane, Suite 101, Reno, NV 89502-5981 or visit http://www.redcross.org/local/nevada/northern-nevada
About: Committed to improving the health of the South Lake Tahoe area now and into the future.
Donations support: Emergency/Level III Trauma Center, Family Birthing Center, Cancer Fund, Cardiology Fund, Community Health Endowment, Susie Marchini Diabetes Fund, Equipment Fund, A Friend in Need Program, Health Resource Center, Hospice Fund and Bereavement Camp Program, Skilled Nursing Fund, Physical Therapy Fund, Wellness Fund.
Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 9578, S. Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 or visit http://www.bartonhealth.org/tahoe/foundation.aspx
Boys & Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe
About: Provides children and teens a safe, positive and welcoming environment where they can have fun, enhance their education and experiences.
Donations support: After school program of art, ceramics, music appreciation, Reading with My Buddy, health and wellness programs, dance and girls groups as well as summer programs, summer camps and field trips.
Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 17846, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.bgclt.org/donate/
Child Advocates El Dorado County
About: The heart of this program is the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), specially trained and supervised community volunteers, appointed by a juvenile court judge. The advocates take only one case at a time, working with the kids, gathering facts, reporting to the judge to make decisions about services and support that are in the best interest of the child.
Donations support: CASA Program.
Donate: Mail checks to 347 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667 or visit http://www.casaeldorado.org/donate/
El Dorado County Library at South Lake Tahoe
About: Provides print, electronic and educational resources to the community.
Donations support: Classes, instructional programs and research assistance.
Donate: Mail checks to 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.eldoradolibrary.org
Firefly Yoga International
About: Offers specialized, trauma-informed yoga classes directly through agencies where survivors already access counseling and other services, including domestic violence shelters, residential homes for youth with a history of trauma, sexual assault centers, support groups for veterans, health centers for people living with HIV and/or chronic sexually transmitted infections and more.
Donations support: Yoga Programs for survivors of trauma.
Donate: Mail checks to 757 Tallac Ave, South Lake Tahoe, NV 96150 or visit http://www.fireflyyogainternational.org/donate
Food Bank of El Dorado County
About: A collaborative network fighting to end hunger.
Donations support: Food distribution to sites in South Lake Tahoe.
Donate: Mail checks to 4550 Business Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682 or visit http://www.foodbankedc.org/give-help
Girls on the Run – Sierras
About: A physical activity based youth development program where girls meet in small teams to learn life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.
Donations support: Scholarships for girls, running shoes and nutritional snacks.
Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.girlsontherunsierras.org/get-involved/donate
Lake Tahoe Historical Society
About: Support for the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum located in the city of South Lake Tahoe.
Donations support: Community programs and costs of maintaining the Museum and its collection.
Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 18501, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.laketahoemuseum.org
Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S. P. C. A.
About: Serving the needs of Tahoe pets in need.
Donations support: Spay and neuter program, Purple Paws Project.
Donate: Mail checks to PO Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 or visit http://www.laketahoehumanesociety.com
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
About: Plans, produces and advocates for the finest cultural events at Lake Tahoe while educating future generations on the importance of theater, music and art in their everyday lives.
Donations support: Professional productions, Midsummer Theater Camps, D. G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program and InterAct in-school residency for schools throughout the region.
How to Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com
League to Save Lake Tahoe
About: Dedicated to protecting and restoring the environmental health, sustainability, and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin, focusing on water quality and its clarity.
Donations support: Pipe Keepers, Shorezone Protection and other current projects.
Donate: Mail checks to 2608 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.keeptahoeblue.org
Live Violence Free
About: Addresses domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and basic needs through education and advocacy.
Donations support: Programs and services for local survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Donate: Mail checks to 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.liveviolencefree.org/donate/
National Alliance on Mental Illness El Dorado County
About: Nation’s largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization. Dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness.
Donations support: Education, training and programs
Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 393, El Dorado, CA 95623 or visit http://www.nami.org
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
About: The area’s oldest and largest community foundation, dedicated to building prosperity through leadership, partnership and philanthropy.
Donations support: Donation, small and large, will support not just one cause, but many—education, the environment, arts and culture, human services and so much more! Every single penny makes a difference to your friends and neighbors in the Tahoe region.
Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.parasol.org/donate
Saint Joseph Community Land Trust, Inc.
About: Improves the quality of life for individuals and families who cannot otherwise afford housing by acquiring real estate and developing programs to benefit individuals and families.
Donations support: Programs supporting affordable rental homes and residential loan fund.
Donate: Mail checks to 1041 Lyons Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.saintjosephclt.org
About: Dedicated to advancing scientific research, potentially leading to the discovery of diagnostic markers and effective treatments that will ultimately improve the quality of life for people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and related neuroimmune disorders.
Donations support: Programs for CFS/Me and related neuroimmune disorders.
Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.simmaronresearch.com
SOS Outreach Lake Tahoe
About: Programs inspire youth to make positive decisions for healthy and successful lives and provide more opportunities for Tahoe’s underserved youth through outdoor experiential learning, character development, community service, value’s based leadership development, social justice advocacy and peer mentoring.
Donations support: SOS youth programs.
Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.sosoutreach.org
South Lake Tahoe Cancer League
About: Supporting local cancer patients.
Donations support: Local cancer patients by providing services and aid.
Donate: Mail checks to P O Box 17962, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.sltcancerleague.org
South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center
About: Enables individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability, to develop resilience in both parents and children, and to allow families to become a contributing party of the community.
Donations support: ESL classes, weekly parent groups and children’s therapy groups.
Donate: Mail checks to 3501-B Spruce Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.tahoefrc.org
Sugar Pine Foundation
About: Dedicated to saving Lake Tahoe’s sugar pines and other white pines from blister rust by educating and involving the local community in hands-on forest stewardship.
Donations support: Preservation, protection and restoration of forests at Lake Tahoe through plantings of Sugar Pine Trees and educational efforts in local schools.
Donate: Mail checks to 1458 Mt. Rainier Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.sugarpinefoundation.org
Tahoe Art League
About: Promotes visual fine arts and art education in the South Lake Tahoe community.
Donations support: Art demonstrations, workshops, classes and exhibits.
Donate: Mail checks to 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.talart.org
Tahoe Arts Project
About: Provides cultural enrichment and diversity for the South Lake Tahoe Community through the arts and education with particular focus on youth programs.
Donations support: Provide performing arts programs and activities for children in grades K-12 and Music on the Beach.
Donate: Mail checks to PO Box 14281, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.tahoeartsproject.org
About: Assists families in need with one-time crisis funding.
Donations support: Help for South Lake Tahoe families with one time funding for heat, electricity and a roof over their head.
Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 13070, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.tahoemagic.org
Tahoe Prosperity Center
About: Promotes and sustains the development of a collaborative environment to increase prosperity in the Tahoe Basin.
Donations support: Current programs, AlertTahoe and Connected Tahoe.
Donate: Mail checks to 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451 or visit http://www.tahoeprosperity.org
Tahoe Rim Trail Association
About: Practice and inspire stewardship to maintain, enhance and preserve the Tahoe Rim Trail system and natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe region.
Donations support: Projects to preserve, maintain and protect the trail’s legacy.
Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 3267, Stateline, NV 89449 or visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org
Tahoe Turning Point
About: Serves the children and families of our community through residential group homes, independent living programs, outpatient services and parenting skills programs.
Donations support: Substance abuse and addiction Services for the community.
Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 17509, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151 or visit http://www.tahoeturningpoint.org
Tahoe Youth and Family Services
About: Promotes the healthy development of children, families and individuals through counseling, mentoring and support programs.
Donations support: Counseling, mentoring, drop in centers and outreach.
Donate: Mail checks to 1021 Fremont Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or visit http://www.tahoeyouth.org
Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society
About: Preserves, protects and operates Thunderbird Lodge and Yacht.
Donations support: Help the Thunderbird Lodge and Yacht to be available to the public and educational programs.
Donate: Mail checks to P. O. Box 6812, Incline Village, NV 89450 or visit http://www.thunderbirdtahoe.org
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