The mission of the Martis Camp Community Foundation (MCCF) is to elevate the quality of life in the Greater Truckee community by making a positive impact in the areas of education, youth development, human services and recreation.
The Martis Camp Community Foundation was created in 2010. Initially funded by Martis Camp developers and annual fundraising events, the MCCF is now funded and run by the members of Martis Camp Club. Since 2011, the MCCF has raised and granted more than $433,000 to local non-profit organizations.
The impact of the MCCF on the Greater Truckee community goes beyond what can be measured in community grants. Local organizations that receive our grants help fulfill the mission of the MCCF by knowing how to reach community members who are most in need, and effectively apply the assistance offered. The lives of local children, adults and seniors have been positively affected through food, shelter, clothing, education, recreation and mentoring provided by these organizations.
Giving is gratifying, especially when it’s accomplished by a community of people working together with a common goal. The MCCF thanks everyone working on behalf of our Greater Truckee community to make it a better place for all.
These are a few of the highlights of our positive impact around the community, as well as the stories of two local high school graduates who were recently awarded MCCF scholarships for their academic achievements and community involvement.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Through funding from the MCCF, Big Brothers Big Sisters has continued matching children and youth with adult mentors in our area. Matches here average 43 months – much higher than the 28-month national average. Kids who are mentored have improved self-confidence and school performance. The Town of Truckee Police Department is a mentoring partner of the program.
Family Resource Center of Truckee
Combined funding from the MCCF and other organizations provided housing assistance for 19 families, and averted displacement/homelessness of 34 children.
Girls on the Run
Funding from the MCCF covered program expenses for 53 girls in grades three to five who required financial assistance to participate.
Truckee Aquatics Center
MCCF donations supported construction of a thriving new community center with a 10-lane lap pool, warm pool and water slides.
Truckee Community Christmas
Funds granted by the MCCF helped Truckee Community Christmas provide food, coats and toys for 424 children, 342 adults and 147 seniors – making it a warmer and happier holiday season for more than 900 people.
Truckee/North Tahoe Emergency Warming Center
Through a $5,000 grant from the MCCF, the Truckee/North Tahoe Emergency Warming Center cared for some of the most vulnerable members of the community throughout the most brutal winter in recent history. The warming center was open 35 nights, and assisted 44 individuals and four dogs. In total, 174 nights of shelter were provided. In addition, 30 other individuals were given basic necessities including sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothing.
Alder Creek and North Tahoe Middle Schools with Headwaters Science Institute
Through funding from the MCCF, students created research projects to measure human impact on local watersheds in Martis Valley. Students learned about science research techniques, critical thinking and how to present their findings to the community. A majority of the 277 students involved say the program positively changed their view of science.
2017 MCCF Scholarship Recipients
In 2017, the MCCF awarded two scholarships to local high school graduates. The objective of MCCF scholarships is to provide assistance for deserving youth who will be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited school. Awards are based on merit and need.
Truckee High School graduate Amanda Rae is the recipient of the 2017 Denise Martinez Scholarship honoring former Martis Camp Head Golf Professional Denise Martinez. Amanda ran cross country and track during high school, volunteered at the library and worked at a local book store while maintaining a weighted 4.2 GPA. Her running coach says, “She is the athlete and friend supporting others when they are down, bringing up the team spirit when morale is low, and always turning a negative into a positive.” Amanda attends University of California, Davis where she is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine.
Christian Foley Penrose
Truckee High School graduate Christian Foley Penrose received a scholarship from the MCCF for his academic excellence and dedication to the local community. Christian played alto saxophone in the school band, played JV and varsity baseball, and volunteered with the Truckee/North Tahoe Emergency Warming Center while maintaining a weighted 3.82 GPA. A former Martis Camp employee, he is described as a self-starter who demonstrates kindness and integrity. Christian attends California State University, Chico where he is pursuing a degree in nursing.
To apply for a community grant, make a donation or learn more about the Martis Camp Community Foundation, visit the MCCF section within our Community Overview at www.MartisCamp.com/mccf
Written by Kelly Heapy
Castle Peak photo courtesy of Paul Hamill Photography