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Martis Camp Community Foundation 2019 update

Making a difference in our Truckee / Lake Tahoe community.

We all enjoy the Truckee Tahoe area… the challenging outdoor activities, the stunning scenery, the multifaceted dining choices, the unparalleled lifestyle. There’s a level beyond the surface though: North Lake Tahoe residents comprise a caring community that strives to provide meaningful opportunities for personal growth and wellbeing on all levels. Since 2011, the Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF) has supported the charitable organizations doing this work through grants funded by generous contributors.
We’re pleased to have just completed our 2019 competitive grant cycle, delivering $264,555 in awards to 38 local organizations that are enhancing people’s lives through education, recreation, youth development and human services. MCCF awarded another $135,000 in strategic grants in June. This brings our grants to charitable organizations total since 2011 to almost $1.3 million. The grants this round were typically in the $3,000 to $10,000 range. Nearly 40% of this year’s grantees are first-time recipients.
Thanks in part to MCCF, this year the homeless will find warmth; needy families will receive holiday toys and food; Glenshire Elementary students will continue to have a Special Friends aide; community garden and food hub programs will increase; developmentally disabled adults will receive help to live independently; spinal cord injury victims will have the use of a sit-ski; low-income residents will have access to critical care for their animals; the Truckee Bike Park will see its final two acres developed; trails will be maintained … and more!
In addition, MCCF offers scholarships to accomplished local high school seniors in need. The program started with one Denise Martinez Memorial Scholarship award of $10,000 in 2012, and by 2018 MCCF became one of the largest scholarship donors in the region. From 2012 through 2018, the Foundation gave $219,000 in scholarships to 11 graduates of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District. In 2019, the cumulative dollars awarded doubled to $440,000 and eight more students headed off to colleges facing brighter futures with more financial security.
In 2018, MCCF also started the Martis Camp Ambassador Scholarship Program to help qualifying Martis Camp employees and their children reach their educational goals. In the first 18 months of the program we’ve awarded almost $50,000! One Martis Camp employee was able to attend a UNR supervisory management program, another pursued a real estate license, one studied advanced massage techniques, and four more received college-level tuition assistance. Young children of two employees were provided tuition for enhanced preschool classes; the son of another was tutored in math. Children of other employees have headed off to college to study medicine, business management, creative writing and more.
Aim High, Arts for the Schools, Friends of the Truckee Library, Glenshire Special Friends, Headwaters Science Institute/TTUSD, La Fuerza Latina, North Tahoe Arts, Pathways to Aviation, Sagehen Outdoor Education Program, Slow Food Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences, Truckee Roundhouse, UC Davis Environmental Research Center.
“We want to thank the Martis Camp Community Foundation for the continued support of arts education and our in-depth initiatives for low-income students.”
— Arts for the Schools
“Your investment in our expansion and organization continues to have a ripple effect of positivity for our members, visitors and partners.”
— Truckee Roundhouse
“With this generous funding we served all four of the focus areas of the MCCF, increasing the community involvement with the garden and our reach in each area.”
— Slow Food Lake Tahoe
Human Services:
Choices Person Centered Services, Emergency Warming Center, Granite Wellness Center, High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, Sierra Community House, Tahoe Food Hub, Truckee Community Christmas.
“MCCF Grant funds were critical in helping us move into a new warehouse. In every way possible, this new warehouse is opening doors to let Tahoe Food Hub reach its full potential and not just think big, but go big!”
— Tahoe Food Hub
“Your grant supported us in filling a much-needed void in our community, providing life-saving and life-giving care to our neighbors in need.”
— Emergency Warming Center
Achieve Tahoe, CATT Community Project, Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association, Truckee Bike Park, Truckee Community Theater, Truckee Trails Foundation.
“Thank you again for helping us further our mission providing affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence in children and adults with disabilities in the Tahoe area.”
— Achieve Tahoe
“With any play or musical production, sound is everything. With your help, we were able to purchase gorgeous, state-of-the-art, vintage standing microphones plus a new speaker and monitor. While all this may seem small to some, this is a very big deal to us at TCT.”
— Truckee Community Theater
Youth Development:
Adventure Risk Challenge, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NLT, Boys & Girls Club NLT, Cast Hope, Girls on the Run, KidZone, SOS Outreach, Tahoe Truckee School of Music, Toys for Tots, Truckee Excellence in Music Parent Organization.
“Personal anecdotes from youth and families are the greatest testament about the impact you make possible through the support of the MCCF.”
— SOS Outreach
“We look forward to our continued partnership with MCCF as we expand programming, ensure equitable access for all girls and make certain that all girls in the Tahoe Truckee area reach their fullest potential.”
— Girls on the Run
Tax-deductible donations to the MCCF enhance local quality of life and support the region’s year-round sustainability. Our community grants and scholarships also positively affect the many people connected to the recipients through business, community and family relationships. Together with your help, our positive impact continues to grow, touch more lives every year and contribute to the vibrancy of this extraordinary region.
For more information or to donate to MCCF:
Martis Camp Community Foundation, c/o Martis Camp Club, 7951 Fleur du Lac, Truckee, CA 96161

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