Give a little bit ❤️

Today is #GivingTuesday. After a busy weekend of Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday, getting stocked up on gifts for loved ones (and let's be honest, ourselves...) it's important to take a moment and give to those who aren't as fortunate as we are.

We thought we'd help give some suggestions of organizations that could use your help, be it your time, goods, monetary donations, or spreading the word. Today and everyday, they need our collective help and coming together is what small towns do best. Make sure to check with your employer to see if they do matching gifts.



The Tahoe SAFE Alliance  provides resources to victims of trauma of intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Their vision is to create a community free of violence where healthy relationships thrive and everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect.

Tahoe University is a woman-owned business, and this organization is especially close to our hearts - we have donated clothing and proceeds from Zoltar monthly


 Truckee Community Christmas is a group that puts together a variety of collection drives throughout the holiday season for the community members that need it most. Food, winter coats, kids’ toys and supplies for seniors are their main asks, but you can learn more on their site.  

Stay tuned for opportunities throughout the season to drop off goods at our store


The Truckee Boosters group raises funds  to help support our local youth through athletics. As a small town, especially one that deals with wintery weather, we don't always have the resources larger schools have to succeed. But this town knows the important impact athletics can have on the confidence, motivation and character of our kids as evidenced when we recently lost a core member of this community, Coach Shaffer. His passing showed just how powerful an impact sports can have. We hope to continue keeping his legacy alive.


In addition to participating in Truckee Community Christmas, Project MANA works year-round to fight hunger in the area. One in seven community members in the North Tahoe/Truckee area are hungry according to the Project MANA  website. Especially with harsh conditions in the winter, it's imperative to help fight hunger through relief, education and mobilization. Project MANA was also named 2017 Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the Chamber.


The High Fives Foundation supports the  mountain action sports community by raising awareness of injury prevention and supporting and inspiring those who have suffered life-altering injuries. Their mission is to be 'the safety net' of the community so that the spirit of adventure continues to thrive here. Much like school athletics, the impact of outdoor sports goes beyond a good time and is a unique character-shaping aspect of this area.  


As female business owners, we strongly believe in the power of our fellow females. The Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund is a group of women that love the Truckee-Tahoe  region and seek to have an impact on our community. This year, they celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a specific set of campaign initiatives that include elevating the voices of women in this community, sharing talent and valuable skills through volunteer opportunities and continuing to pursue fundraising efforts for grants and endowments.



For more groups, causes and events, The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation is a great resource that works to foster a creative, caring and effective community. We love being a part of this small town and know that its collective heart far exceeds its relative size. Even if you don't have much to give, we hope you feel inspired to pay it forward.


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