This philanthropic opportunity is a favorite within our Chapter, and an amazing time for daughters and mothers alike.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural events at Lake Tahoe, including theater, music and art. Our chapter supports this organization by volunteering our time during their summer events at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe as greeters, escorts/ushers, assisting with cleaning up trash/recyclables during and after the events, and other duties deemed necessary to assist with the events. Through our work with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, both Patronesses and Ticktockers are given the opportunity to gain cultural experience while providing philanthropic service within our community.
One event that all of our Patronesses and Ticktockers seem to love attend is our annual Sierra Association of Foster Families holiday party, where we get to know local foster families. SAFF Executive Director Joseph Galata has many stories demonstrating the appreciation foster parents, birth parents and foster children have for NCL, Inc. work and resources in hosting the event.
SAFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing education programs not only for foster children, but also for their foster and birth parents. Its main areas of focus are in-home academic tutoring, financial literacy training and aiding foster parents and birth parents in working together as the birth parents work through plans of action aimed at reunification with their children.
In addition to after school tutoring, SAFF gives students experiences such as equine therapy and the opportunity to create then appear in original fundraising productions. Arts and cultural events round out the educational programs.
SAFF makes great use of supplies received from the local community. Donated books are given to the birth parents to gift to their children. Children returning home to birth parents are given computers. Many of our members will recall that two years ago our chapter donated feminine hygiene products to stock a closet for girls to access when going to new foster homes.
These events and supplies are made possible by the generosity of the Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, the Nevada Energy Foundation, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Unity Center, the Jewish Women’s League and NCL, Inc. Sierra Nevada, among many others. SAFF relies on several donors to aid in the success of its programs.
SAFF has been successful and has seen its students exit the foster system at age 18 ready, able and excited to welcome bright futures. It has played a major role in helping students enter college as scholarship recipients.