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Supporting Community this New Year

Where to give your time and money in 2024

In the New Year, we leave our holiday seasons behind us with a fresh slate of events, activities and hobbies ahead. What better way to keep the spirit of generosity going all year long than by participating in a charity?

In giving back you can gain so much and there is something for everyone in the Reno-Tahoe area. When choosing where to donate your time or treasure, I advise people to get involved with something that ‘fills your cup’.

Reno’s community has so many wonderful non-profits and efforts to make our region and our planet better for everyone. There is an important checklist when playing matchmaker for volunteering that I like to use. The most important starting point is pursuing something you are passionate about.

Once you select an avenue of goodwill that you enjoy, set expectations and goals for your volunteering. With a full sphere of ways to help others, donating your time can come in the form of fundraising, board service, or providing items the location needs. Finally, it’s time to select which organization meets your volunteer criteria. You can research places, ask friends or colleagues, or you can take my suggestions for some of my favorite charities in town.

Animals…

For nearly 30 years this non-profit has been saving dog’s lives. In particular, they help small dogs (less than 30 pounds) find permanent homes, provide medical treatment, and help animals become more adoptable in a safe environment. They say ‘seniors’ are the new ‘puppies’ and at ‘For Pet’s Sake’, adopting, donating, or fostering proves this is true. orpetssakereno.org

Youth…

Started in 2007, Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, lovingly called ‘NYEP,’ is a group helping young women, ages 18 to 24 years through a continuing living program. This initiative combines safe housing, skill sets, and education assistance while facilitating a sustainable tomorrow. Changing the circumstances of our youth builds a stronger future for everyone. nyep.org/

Sustainability...

New Year’s resolutions come in all forms: eat better, exercise, and be more eco-friendly. You can check off each of these priorities by supporting Green Dining in the Riverwalk District. Eating locally sourced foods, shopping for organic items in the co-op, and walking along the Truckee River to enjoy getting both you and the planet healthier. renoriver.org/

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