The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation in Incline Village has provided a generous grant to the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada.
The grant will fund workspace in the Donald W. Reynolds (DWR) Community Non-profit Center from which Red Cross volunteers offer humanitarian service to residents of Incline Village, Crystal Bay and Kings Beach. This space enables the Red Cross to promote community disaster education and to more quickly respond to emergencies in those local communities. It also reduces overhead costs.
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation CEO Claudia Andersen confirmed this commitment to improving the efficiencies of area nonprofits. “Our DWR Center grant programs for office space, storage space and meeting room use allow our local nonprofits to direct donations, otherwise used for overhead, to expanding programs and providing the groundwork for a sustainable future,” said Andersen.
Since 2002, the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation has provided $10.5 million in grant value to area non-profit organizations for resident office space, storage space and meeting room use at the DWR Center. This includes free storage space to 19 non-profit organizations and free meeting space to approximately 50 non-profit organizations each year.
The strategic location enables the Red Cross to deliver its services to those in need around the Lake Tahoe Basin, to partner with other organizations that increase service impact and influence, and to make accessible essential emergency mass care supplies and equipment that might otherwise be unavailable during weather events.
Last year, the Red Cross supported 26 disaster response and education events involving more than 2,000 Tahoe Basin residents.
Regional Disaster Officer Volunteer Partner Barb Kramer maintains mass care supplies in Incline Village. A shelter trailer is located less than two miles from the Incline Village office contains cots and other relief supplies and is one of nine in northern Nevada.
“The office provides a logistical and strategic vantage point to stage critical localized relief operations in case of emergencies,” Kramer said.
“This long-standing partnership has a bright future,” said Megan Weiss, Director of Programs & Services for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. “Since 2007, we have proudly supported the American Red Cross in our community by providing operational grant support through our DWR Center grant programs,” added Weiss.
The Red Cross office is in the DWR Center at 948 Incline Way in Incline Village, Nev.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.