Written by Nancy Fennell, CEO of Dickson Realty.

Giving back during the holidays is an excellent way to reflect on what’s most important to you and what you love most about the community.

If you love living on the shores of Lake Tahoe or the small-town feel of our biggest little city in Northern Nevada, then you should know about the many extraordinary organizations of our region.

At Dickson Realty, we’re passionate about serving the community through philanthropy and are sharing ways to give back during the holidays this year. But, we also understand that this time of year can be stressful with the whirlwind of gift-giving, holiday parties, and festivities galore. That’s why the greatest gift could be your time and attention to a charitable cause. So, if anything, we hope this list finds you finds you well and that your holiday season is filled with happiness and joy. 

How You Can Support Local Organizations While Giving Back During The Holidays 

‘Tis the season for giving back during the holidays. From organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry to providing resources for women and children in our community, there are many ways you can help. To learn how to make a difference, keep reading.

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows

Giving back during the holidays is simple when you can support organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. This incredible out-of-school program helps kids grow beyond the classroom, teaching them the skills necessary to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To learn more about how to help provide youth opportunities to succeed in our community, click here.

Community Foundation of Northern Nevada

As a permanent charitable resource in Northern Nevada, the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada strives to strengthen the community through philanthropy and leadership. This nonprofit has distributed more than $145 million in grants and scholarships from 247 charitable funds since its founding in 1998. For more information about opening a donor-advised fund or how to support the Community Foundation, click here.

Eddy House

As Northern Nevada’s central intake and assessment facility for homeless and at-risk youth, Eddy House acts as a safety net for Reno’s most vulnerable population. This nonprofit organization provides youth with basic survival needs and resources to help them develop the skills necessary for sustainable independence. For more information about how to support or donate, click here

Food Bank of Northern Nevada

You can help create a hungry-free tomorrow while giving back during the holidays this year by supporting this local nonprofit organization that provides emergency food services to community members in need. From a small pantry to a regional distribution center, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada has grown from a small pantry to a regional distribution center and serves more than 106,000 people every month. For more information on how to donate, click here.

giving back during the holidays - Friends of the Truckee LibraryFriends of the Truckee Library

Friends of the Truckee Library is much more than a collection of books and materials. This library supports the cultural, social, and educational well-being of community members in the Truckee-Tahoe region. With plans to provide a new and improved community hub, Friends of the Truckee Library needs the support of its awareness campaign. To support their vision by giving back during the holidays, click here.

Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

From a small grassroots organization to a nationally recognized nonprofit, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe has become the driving force in animal rescue and adoption for the Truckee region. With a mission to provide comfort and joy to the lives of pets and community members, the Humane Society provides adoption services, pet-assisted therapy, and education programs. For more information about how to donate or support, click here.

Nevada Museum of Art

This state-of-the-art museum serves as an educational resource for community members, offering many opportunities to learn about how humans interact with the world around them. Nevada Museum of Art has provided programming for the public, school-aged youth, teachers, and artists in Northern Nevada for more than 80 years. For more information on how to give your support, click here

giving back during the holidays - Parasol Tahoe Community FoundationParasol Tahoe Community Foundation

This nonprofit organization supports the Lake Tahoe region by partnering with donors to make charitable giving more meaningful. Since its creation in 1996, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation has granted more than $83.5 million to philanthropic causes and has dedicated its efforts to helping the community grow. To learn more about charitable giving back during the holidays, click here

Sierra Community House

This crisis intervention organization offers a wide range of resources, including family-strengthening programs, hunger relief, legal services, and more. With a mission to help the Truckee-Tahoe community thrive, Sierra Community House provides emergency services to individuals and families in need. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, click here

Sierra Senior Services

Partnered with Meal on WheelsSierra Senior Services provides home-delivered meals to satisfy the nutritional needs of seniors living in the Truckee-Tahoe area. There are various meals for delivery, such as baked tilapia, roast pork loin, beef enchiladas, Moroccan chicken, and more. Sierra Senior Services encourages community dining and social connections to empower seniors to continue living independently. For more information about giving back during the holidays or volunteering at Senior Senior Services, click here.


You can help reunite families struggling with addiction by giving back during the holidays this year. STEP2 provides gender-specific long-term treatment for substance use disorders, domestic violence intervention, and more. With ​​a 20-bed residential facility, 25 transitional housing cottages, and a 13,000 square-foot family counseling center, this local nonprofit serves approximately 200 families per year. To learn more about how to donate, click here.

giving back during the holidays - Tahoe Family SolutionsTahoe Family Solutions

As a community-based nonprofit, Tahoe Family Solutions offers an array of community-based services tailored to the needs of children and families living in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay community. Education, mental health, and youth development are the primary areas of TFS’s focus. In addition to its programming, TFS also operates a local thrift store offering new and gently used clothing, furniture, and household items. To learn more and donate, click here.

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation

With a long-term goal of securing discretionary resources from donors to meet changing community needs, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has built philanthropy in North Tahoe through its work with donors, nonprofits, and communities for more than a decade. This incredible organization provides people with resources to create a more involved and influential community. To learn more about how to make a difference by giving back during the holidays, click here.

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