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Community Matters

Special Edition 

Ways We are Helping – Ways You Can Help

April 2020

Your Voice Matters

The Community Foundation is Collecting Community Needs. Connect and Share Information.

brief survey to share Nonprofit needs during COVID-19

Calling Nonprofits and Community Groups!

The Community Foundation is collecting information about community needs and resources (like groups with volunteers ready to help), particularly as it relates to COVID-19.

Share your organization’s needs and the ways you are helping the community by completing this brief SURVEY.

The information you submit may be shared in our future communications.

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer to make check up calls on isolated seniorsNevada COVID-19 Aging Network (CAN) Needs Your Help

Nevada CAN mobilizes available resources to offer elder Nevadans access to medical services, social support, and daily essentials in their home. Nevada CAN aims to ensure that elders are safe, that their basic daily requirements and medical needs are met, and that they are not socially isolated during this time of physical distancing.
Volunteers are needed to provide virtual social support.
Would you like to lend a hand?
• Make check-in calls to vulnerable seniors twice a week or host virtual social gathering with a group of seniors.
• Volunteers are also needed to deliver essential supplies to the front doors of seniors’ homes.
Learn more and complete a volunteer application

Resources for Northern Nevada During COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort to share knowledge, the Community Foundation staff have compiled a regularly updated list of resources for you. Featuring food programs, family programs, and programs addressing basic needs, news and information.

We are inspired by the notes and calls from people asking if we can connect them with ways they can help. We’ve been asked about ways to volunteer such as making masks or calling isolated seniors, and asked who is helping different populations? We also answer website comments and emails from people in dire straits, confused and feeling desperate. Nonprofits are hurting even while they are serving and helping those who need it most.

Please share this list link with anyone who can use it.

Resource List

Caregiving in Quarantine

Stay connected when caregivingFor Caregiver Resources and Help visit: WashoeCaregivers.org/COVID-19/

The Caregiver Support Initiative helps you help mom or another family member.

You are not alone.

We have compiled information for family caregivers and seniors related to COVID-19 on the Community Foundation  Washoe Caregivers Resource Guide

Join Us for a Conversation and Virtual Coffee


We can’t pour your coffee or offer you donuts – Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a Conversation on Zoom to discuss preventing financial scams.

We invite you to a virtual Coffee and Conversation on Preventing Financial Scams Exploiting COVID-19

Learn about the latest scams targeting our community and tips to protect yourself and others. COVID-19 brings an unprecedented amount of uncertainty that affects all of us. It is no surprise that scammers are exploiting the COVID-19 situation. The Preventing Financial Scam Initiative protects our community.

This virtual gathering will also feature presentations from two area experts: Rick Dutton from Nevada Consumer Affairs and Tim Johnston from the Better Business Bureau.

Learn more and register

COVID-19 Relief Fund – Your Gift is Essential

They are putting themselves on the line for us. Help them out.The Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund addresses the needs of healthcare professionals in our region who are working around the clock to care for the ill in our region at great personal cost to themselves.

Nevada has a history of coming together in tough times. Today, giving locally is especially critical. We embrace this chance to stand with you, and together, demonstrate how we care in times of need.

We know this for certain: we will emerge stronger and more connected.


Statewide Nevada COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

You can help increase the supply of PPE for the state of Nevada by contributing to the Nevada COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. This fund was established for the COVID-19 Task Force overseen by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office and the Nevada Health Response Center and is managed by the Nevada Community Foundation in Las Vegas.

The sole mission of the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force, as directed by Governor Sisolak, is to assist with meeting the monumental and continued need for personal protective equipment and medical supplies for our medical community and first responders.

The Task Force is delivering all the supplies obtained to the State, and the Nevada National Guard is ensuring those supplies are distributed to the areas of greatest need.

Learn more    Donate Now

Be Instrumental Arts Fund and Senior Support Fund Grants Help Artist and Seniors

artists are struggling in solation

The Be Instrumental Arts Endowment Grant Advisory Committee met this month and decided to contribute the annual grant to the Sierra Arts Foundation’s Washoe County Artist Relief Fund.

The Senior Support Fund granted a total of $14,000 to five nonprofits helping seniors during the COVID-19 crisis:

• Food Bank of N. NV for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
• State of Nevada Dept. of Health & Human Services for NV COVID-19 Aging Network (NV CAN) Rapid Response initiative
• Salvation Army- Reno for services for seniors
• Washoe County Senior Services for RTC’s Washoe Senior Ride Program
• Washoe County Senior Services for Meals on Wheels

Both funds welcome contributions of any size, monthly subscription contributions, and bequests.
photo above by Gwydion M. Williams

Fundholder Starts Village on Sage Rent Relief Effort

Job losses throughout Reno and Sparks are severely affecting the vulnerable minimum wage earners at the Village on Sage Street.

Community Foundation fundholders invite you to join them and give to help residents who are unable to pay due to the Coronavirus pandemic health and financial fallout.
Learn More

Feed Our Heroes

Mari and Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen is one of many local restaurants that make and deliver meals to Regional Hospital Emergency Room Shifts

The Community Foundation is accepting tax-deductible contributions to Feed Our Heroes. Sponsor a restaurant to deliver a delicious ready-to-eat meal to an entire ER shift in area hospitals each day.

Learn More

Community Support Reinforces the Essential Nature of Philanthropy

extend compassion and hope through your actionsToday we are coping and adapting to immense challenges in our daily life. Even though the Community Foundation staff have made adjustments to where and how we work, our key priorities of serving our fundholders, our community, and taking care of ourselves, remains clear.

Thank you Community Foundation fundholders for directing your donor advised funds to relief organizations – the community is counting on you!

Thank you for the outpouring of community contributions to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

We will emerge grateful and healthy with stronger connections and deeper ways to express our care for each other.

We will get through this together

The Community Foundation is working to keep connections close while community members physically distance.

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