This year has been a crazy one, with the coronavirus pandemic upending many people’s employment and financial responsibilities. This year’s holiday festivities have placed an extra burden on those who could be struggling, but this is also an opportunity to help others in need if you have the means to. Therefore, if you plan on staying home for the holidays (as you should) but want to indulge in that feel-good emotion of giving, here are some local ways to contribute.
In a year when nothing is normal, there are still fun, family-oriented events to look forward to, and Northern Lights Family Day is one of them.
Coming up this Saturday, December 12, Northern Lights Family Day is part of the Northern Lights Festival, which is ongoing through December 31 in the communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.
All Northern Lights Festival activities offer a safe way to enjoy holiday activities outside of home.
On Saturday, September 26 the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline will be hosting its 3rd annual Best Ball for a Cause golf tournament at the Mountain Course at 630 Wilson Way in Incline Village, Nevada. A silent and online auction will also be held, including the always popular Wine Wheelbarrow raffle. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the auction, lunch, and the Putt for Wine contest. Funds raised will support education and youth programs as well as assist schools to operate safely in the COVID era. All events will be socially distanced.
I wrote a few weeks back about an important nonprofit that supports local youth, The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, and how they have taken one of their main fundraising events, Wine on the Water, virtual due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (BGCNLT) is an organization that supports the Lake Tahoe communities like no other. Since 1998 BGCNLT has served thousands of club members with crucial out-of-school-time programs.
Technology has changed our lives in so many ways, from health and medicine to transportation to quality of life and more. But one of the main areas of our lives where technological advancements play a large role during times of crisis is in communication. Social media has helped us coordinate relief efforts, to share information and, in the case of Luke Stevenson, to bring us all closer together and to entertain us.
One thing that has been clear through the recent weeks and months of uncertainty is the resolve of the greater Tahoe community to work together and for those who have been fortunate enough to weather the storm to help their neighbors who have not been as lucky. A number of grants, loans and funds have been developed or directed toward providing financial assistance to businesses, families and individuals in need, and one of these resources is the Resilience Fund.
One of the themes that we’ve seen played out over and over in the Tahoe area during the COVID-19 emergency is that of unity. Community members from all corners of the region have pulled together to help businesses, families and individuals make it through the hardships brought on by the pandemic.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Incline Village has pulled together to support its community members who have been hardest hit. Among the efforts to help the business community survive the crisis is the Incline Rotary Clubs Angel Business Grant Fund. This program is designed to assist local businesses that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
One reason that the COVID-19 pandemic has been so devastating is that it causes hardships across the community. The efforts being made to maintain and protect people’s health have impacted the economy and the business sector, which in turn exacerbates the situation of anyone struggling to put enough food on the plate for their families or themselves.