Did you know that August 17 is National non-profit day? With over 150 nonprofits in our region, it should probably be a holiday!

To commemorate this glorious day, we would like to share a little about the importance of collaboration and to highlight some of our collaborative partners.  Non-profits play important roles in our communities, whether they are bringing us arts and entertainment, environmental conservation and education and human services. And many of these organizations are tackling major issues, which is where collaboration and strategic partnerships are vital. Heather McLeod Grant writes:

“In the social sector, it has become almost a cliché to say that no organization can go it alone. The scale of the issues that nonprofits are tackling—climate change, homelessness, racial justice, income inequality—feels too big for any one nonprofit or funder. And the scale of the impact these organizations hope to achieve—to change systems, not just symptoms—can be just as overwhelming.”

It is in this spirit that Sierra Community House was born. As the product of strong collaborative relationships, the vision was to work together to provide more comprehensive and wholistic safety net services in our communities.

The result is an organization that provides a breadth of services, but we cannot do it all. That is why we work closely with many partners to help meet the needs of community members.  While we cannot list every one of our partners, we would like to highlight a few.

  1. The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) convenes over 45 social service, health, government and educational organizations and coalitions, and builds community by providing training opportunities, information sharing, capacity building and thought partnership. Through the CCTT, Sierra Community House is able to forge relationships with organizations that provide complimentary services like mental health support, youth activities and camps, and education for program participants.
  2. Gateway Mountain Center offers high-impact nature-based learning opportunities to our local youth. Through their non-traditional therapeutic approach to mental health and wellness, students are given opportunities to learn, heal, and thrive.
  3. Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences (TINS) is a member-supported nonprofit organization advancing the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education, and outreach. We have developed a strong working relationship to align our missions and promote opportunities for engaging in our natural surroundings for those who may not have access and utilizing nature to heal trauma. TINS leads nature-based activities as well as Spanish Language-specific out-door education in partnership with Sierra Community House.

Other incredible partner non-profits to celebrate are Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Adventure Risk Challenge, Sierra Senior Services, and Tahoe Family Solutions just to name a few.

Please join in us celebrating National Non-Profit Day!