Volunteers with Harvest of Hope prepare meals for Thanksgiving Day 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of Chase McKenna)
The year of 2020 has been a never ending saga of take, take, take.
Health, income, graduations, concerts, weddings, holidays, birthdays, funerals.
In between the losses, however, there have been people that stepped up to the challenge of giving more of themselves and their resources than ever before.
They held our community up with money, meals, masks, art, attention and love.
We saw that as parents rallied to collect graduation gifts for the class of 2020; as artists performed neighborhood pop-up concerts on traveling flatbed trucks; as restaurants served free meals to both first responders and families in need week after week.
As the region battles the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus and grapples with the economic fallout of statewide shutdowns, the Reno Gazette Journal is hoping to give back to the givers in Northern Nevada.
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In a series we’re calling RGJ’s “Gift of Giving,” to be published the week of Thanksgiving, we are looking to spotlight nonprofits in Northern Nevada that have been vital to the community’s resilience this year. We want to do what we can to connect those in need with those who can help.
Until Oct. 30, we will be accepting nominations of nonprofits who have taken action — via fundraising, volunteering or other means — and have the potential to make more of a difference moving forward.
Volunteers pack food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada Mobile Harvest that distributes food monthly at locations throughout Northern Nevada. (Photo: Provided to RGJ Media)
We’re looking at what they’ve accomplished this year, what they hope to accomplish in the future, how they would use donations from the community and to what degree the community needs their service.
Nonprofits can nominate themselves, or people outside the nonprofits can nominate them. To nominate your favorite nonprofit, use the form below or the link here. If you have questions, email [email protected] with the subject line “Gift of Giving.”
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We can hope that, as a community, we do well in the months ahead. And, at the very least, we know that we have the ability to do good.
Jenny Kane covers arts and culture in Northern Nevada, as well as the dynamic relationship between the state and the growing Burning Man community. She also covers the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry (Check out her podcast, the Potcast, on iTunes.) Support her work in Reno by subscribing to RGJ.com right here.
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