Vail Resorts gives $1.9 million to Tahoe-Nevada nonprofits |

Vail Resorts gives $1.9 million to Tahoe-Nevada nonprofits

Justin Scacco

Sierra Sun

GRANT RECIPIENTS Below is a full list of regional nonprofits receiving EpicPromise community grants for the 2018-19 cycle; go here to learn more about EpicPromise: Achieve Tahoe Adventure Risk Challenge Aim High For High School Alpine Watershed Group American Youth Soccer Organization Arts for the Schools Austin’s House Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Nevada County Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls of North Lake Tahoe Bread & Broth CASA El Dorado Christmas Cheer Clean Tahoe Program Tahoe Safe Alliance Diamond Valley Elementary Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 Douglas County Adapted Physical Education Douglas County Backpack Buddies Program Excellence in Education Foundation Family Resource Center of Truckee Far West Nordic Ski Education Association Foundation for Douglas County Recreation & Senior Centers Gateway Mountain Center George Whittell High School Girls on the Run-Sierras Heavenly Valley Ski Foundation High Fives Join Inc. Juvenile Service Council of El Dorado County Kids & Horses Kirkwood Rescue Avalanche Dog Foundation Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation Lake Tahoe Conservation Fund Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School PTA Lake Tahoe Unified School District Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars League to Save Lake Tahoe Live Violence Free Marine Research and Education Mefiyi Foundation Minden Elementary School PTO Minden Rotary Club Foundation Mountain Area Preservation North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program Pau Wa Lu Middle School Project MANA Rite of Passage Adolescent Treatment Centers Sagehen Outdoor Education Program Sierra Avalanche Center Sierra House Elementary School PTA KidZone Museum Sierra State Parks Foundation Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships SkiDUCK SOS Outreach South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center South Tahoe Middle School Nordic Ski Team South Tahoe High School Grad Night Task Force South Tahoe Middle Sugar Pine Foundation Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association Tahoe Arts Project Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Tahoe Junior Freeride Series Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team Tahoe Parents Nursery School Tahoe Rim Trail Association Tahoe Youth and Family Services Tahoe’s Connection for Families TNT Junior Cycling Team Truckee Community Christmas Truckee Donner Land Trust Truckee River Watershed Council Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation Truckee Trails Foundation Truckee-Donner Rec & Park District Warm Winters Washoe County School District Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California Zephyr Cove Elementary School Zephyr Cove Ski Club Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Vail Resorts recently announced Tahoe-Truckee and Northern Nevada-area recipients of the company’s 2018-19 EpicPromise community grants cycle.

A total of 93 area nonprofit organizations, including Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless and SOS Outreach, received $1.9 million in cash, as well as additional support aimed at tackling issues in the South Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities.

“What’s truly unique about our partnership is the ability to engage Vail Resorts employees across all departments toward one goal — helping SOS Outreach youth gear up for life through mentoring outdoors,” Executive Director of SOS Outreach Seth Ehrlich said in a statement. “The strength of our partnership and dedication and passion of every Vail Resorts employee makes our mission possible and reflects the communities that we call home.”

SOS Outreach is a nonprofit organization, which seeks to change young lives by building character and leadership in underprivileged children through mentoring.

This year, employees at Vail’s three Tahoe-area resorts (Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood) were given a chance to boost an organization’s grant through the EpicPromise Impact Award. Northstar employees voted to select Project MANA, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community, and the region by providing immediate relief and education.

“We are thankful to Vail Resorts EpicPromise and Northstar California employees for such strong financial support,” said Julie Malkin-Manning, development director at Project MANA, in a statement. “We are proud to feed the 1-in-7 people who are hungry in North Lake Tahoe and the Truckee community … receiving the EpicPromise Impact Award help(s) us continue to do just that. Knowing the employees chose Project MANA reminds us that what we have been doing for the past 27 years is vital and appreciated.”

Founded in 1989 by a Sierra Nevada College student who fed community members out of her garage, Project MANA now serves nearly 2,100 individuals, according to its website, across three counties in Nevada and California.

Across the lake, Heavenly and Kirkwood employees awarded the Tahoe Warm Room with extra support.

To ensure all awarded grants are impactful and timely, Vail Resorts EpicPromise and resort leadership host annual listening events with community officials and nonprofit leaders, according to a release from Vail, to better understand community priorities.

This year, community partners identified mental health and substance abuse, youth education, hunger and basic needs, forest health and sustainability, and recreation access as some of the most pressing issues in the Tahoe Basin.