Help Truckee: COVID-19 Emergency Funds & Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on individuals, businesses and nonprofits, leaving many in critical need of support. Truckee was hit especially hard because our economy depends on visitors and the ski industry, shut down mid-season. So many have stepped up to help out – donating, volunteering, caring for higher risk and senior neighbors, and feeding those in need and on the front lines. From regional emergency funds to businesses creating their own GoFundMe campaigns for their employees, there are many opportunities for those who are able to donate. Please donate if you can and refer those who need help to resources available.

The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund, in their initial round, distributed $260,000 into the community to support key nonprofits that form a social safety net for the most vulnerable in our community. Funds are still needed! Together with donations big and small, this collective giving will ensure resources for the recovery of our community.

Tahoe Forest Health System COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund helps the Health System urgently optimize mission-critical health care needs for patients. Donations help them accomplish this goal by funding things such as additional staff, added equipment, and extra supplies – all needed to treat the evolving COVID-19 epidemic.

LOCAL/GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS & RESOURCES

Many local businesses are still offering curbside delivery or pick-up of their products. Continue to give the gift of supporting local businesses during this time by getting takeout or ordering online from websites of Truckee shops. Purchasing gift cards for future use or prepaying for services you will use later are also great ways to support Truckee businesses now. Consider donating to the funds that businesses have created to help laid off staff who are struggling along with the businesses to get through this crisis.

The Resilience Fund – Sierra was created for the community, by the community to provide rapid assistance to local small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered and supported by Sierra Business Council, the Resilience Fund – Sierra is a grassroots loan platform crowdsourcing fund from the Truckee/North Tahoe community members. If your business needs help, the expert team at Sierra Business  Council can help you navigate all of the available resources to help your business survive this unexpected crisis. If you would like to invest in Truckee’s future, the Resilience Fund aggregates donated and invested money into a revolving fund for small businesses to access as low-interest micro loans, ranging from $5,000-$25,000, for use as operating capital. Go to ResilienceFund.org for all the details.

Town of Truckee Emergency Residential Rental Relief Fund In an effort to support the community during this unprecedented time, the Town of Truckee is offering residential rental relief funds to those experiencing financial impacts due to COVID-19. This is a one-month program designed to help Truckee renters who have lost their jobs or had a reduction in wages due to COVID-19.  This is a first-come-first served initiative with limited funds and the application process requires tenants turn in a copy of their rental or lease agreements. Requests can be made for partial or full rental payments. The program guidelines and application (English + Spanish), can be found here: https://www.townoftruckee.com/

Sierra Community House COVID-19 Relief Fund & Services As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to serving communities and individuals facing crisis in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee. You can help make sure we can be there for our neighbors in need during this time of uncertainty by donating here. They provide weekly food boxes of non-perishable food items to anyone who needs hunger relief. If you or someone you know needs a food box, leave a message in English or Spanish at  775-545-4083 or email food@sierracommunityhouse.org. Other services include: Support for those experiencing domestic or sexual violence or child abuse; Help with legal issues; Applications for rent/utility assistance (based on qualifications); Access to government programs; Early childhood support and Mental health support and suicide prevention education.

Truckee Lodging COVID-19 Disaster and Recovery Campaign  This campaign aims to provide essential marketing dollars to TTBID assessed lodging businesses so that they can rebound once the ban on overnight lodging is lifted. It is a part of the planned Welcome Back to Truckee advertising, marketing, and promotion campaign, a collaborative effort between lodging entities and TTBID to encourage tourists to return to lodging properties when it is safe and prudent to do so. Truckee lodging entities that have made an on-time TOT+TTBID payment for the reporting period Jan-March 2020 are eligible to receive 60% of their total payment in relief. Applications will be accepted until June 24, 2020.

Sierra Relief Kitchen – The Station, A Truckee Eatery  Sierra Relief Kitchen is a collaborative effort to use our available resources to provide for the Truckee community during these unprecedented times. Your donation will help cover the cost of feeding those in need within the North Tahoe area. Starting April 16 we will be providing wholesome meals for individuals and families in need twice a week from the Truckee Station. You may donate to this cause on our GoFundMe page.  And let us know of anyone in need of meal assistance. We thank you for your support of this project. We hope to see you soon!

Emergency Relief – Tahoe/Truckee COVID-19 Tahoe-Truckee neighbors to neighbors relief and donations page, facilitated on Facebook. Those in need with specific requests contact the administrator, the need is posted, then volunteers fill the need. General donations for Tahoe-Truckee COVID-19 relief are used to purchase meals from local restaurants distributed at the North Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club, facilitated through the Truckee Tahoe People 501(c)(3) charity fund.

TDPUD COVID-19 Customer Relief Program Truckee business owners who are also Truckee Donner PUD (TDPUD) primary residential customers: If you have lost 25% or more of your income due to COVID-19, you may qualify for a credit on your TDPUD residential bill of 2 times your largest home bill in the last 12-months.  To sign up, please contact TDPUD’s partner, Sierra Community House, at 530-587-2513 and ask for the TDPUD Payment Assistance Program.

Sierra Senior Services Daily Lunch Fund & Program  In response to COVID-19, Sierra Senior Services will deliver lunch to anyone age 60+ in the Truckee-North Tahoe Area. To donate to the cause, click here. To sign up for you or someone you know, click here.

Fueling the Frontline with MOGROG Essential healthcare workers go to work every day, to keep us safe and help us stay home. Chef Alex Tolger and his team from MOGROG Rotisserie are preparing nourishing, high-quality meals for the staff working the ICU, ER and COVID Unit at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The goal is to keep these efforts going as long as possible and to expand this service to other essential workforces. But they’ll need YOUR support. Your donation goes directly toward ingredients and staff time to produce these tasty meals.

Coffeebar’s Frontlines Program During this difficult time for our community, it is critical to help support our social service nonprofits, small businesses, and medical professionals working tirelessly in this crisis. Coffeebar, a community-minded small business, created a program to connect our communities and individuals who are searching for ways to give back during the COVID pandemic directly to our medical community. Coffeebar is offering medical professionals complimentary coffee drinks and baked goods through their Frontlines Program.

MAP’s COVID Community Support Grant  MAP has created a COVID Community Support Fund through the generosity of a few MAP members who care about supporting our small businesses and community needs, such as our medical community. MAP has donated a $3,250 COVID Community Support grant to Coffeebar’s Frontlines Program this month. Thank you for serving Truckee and helping to fuel our medical community fighting on the front lines during this public health crisis. If you’d like to support MAP’s COVID Community Support grant, contact Alexis Ollar at Alexis@mapf.org or 530-582-6751.

Truckee-North Tahoe Emergency Warming Center:  Help save lives and provide shelter to those who have none during this pandemic. The Emergency Warming Center is currently expanding our overnight shelter during the coldest nights effort to provide a Respite Day Center, Tuesday – Saturdays, from 10-2 each day. Additionally we are working to find longer term shelter for our vulnerable neighbors, with no place to “shelter in” during this health crisis.

Tahoe Donner Staff Appreciation Fund: COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the staff at Tahoe Donner. Amenity closures and stay at home orders have resulted in staff furloughs, leaves, and reduced work hours, among other changes that mean loss of income and ongoing uncertainty. A grassroots group of Tahoe Donner homeowners created the Tahoe Donner Staff Appreciation Fund to raise and distribute funds as a “thank you” to help Tahoe Donner full-time and part-time staff who have been impacted as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Trails & Vistas Adopt An Artist Fund: Funds raised through this effort will go directly to the Trails & Vistas family of artists.

Truckee Tavern & Grill and Roco | COMO Staff Fund: GoFundMe campaign to help the staff of these restaurants with the financial burden of rent, food and loss of income. Their team is the heart of what they are and this closure has put all of them into an extremely difficult financial situation.

Alpenflow Yoga Studio Recovery Fund: GoFundMe campaign to support Alpenflow during this closure.

Restaurants Care – Helping Restaurant Workers Affected by COVID-19  Restaurants Care is a program of the California Restaurants Association. We provide one-time financial support to restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship. Grants help to cover basic living expenses such as rent, food and utilities as someone works through a crisis. Restaurants Care is giving first priority for grants to restaurant workers who have been diagnosed or are caring for someone with COVID-19, who do not qualify for unemployment benefits.