Charity & Grassroots in South Lake Tahoe


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  • Nevada Historical Society
    With a yearlong family membership, patrons get free admission to all seven museums in the Nevada Division of Museums and History; invitations to exhibition openings, programs, and events; the Nevada Historical Society e-newsletter; and a 15% discount in all museum stores. The Nevada Historical Society, the state’s oldest museum, pays tribute to the hardy souls who have braved Nevada’s rugged topography and naturally occurring coin geysers over the area’s 10,000-year history. Five permanent exhibits inside the Wilbur S. Shepperson Gallery tell the intriguing tales of early Nevada natives, settlers, miners, and entertainers, while the ongoing “Unearthing Nevada’s Past” lecture series delves into a cornucopia of uncommon topics, such as divorce in Nevada and the 1919 Army Motor Transport Corp.
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    1650 N Virginia St
    Reno, NV US
  • Black Rock Solar
    Although today Black Rock Solar empowers nonprofits, schools, and underserved populations by providing low-cost energy, its beginnings were less defined. In the sweltering Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada a volunteer group installed a solar array for the 2007 Burning Man event—themed that year as the Green Man. Their giant array provided more than 50,000 people with energy while they partied, but afterward, when the ash of the burning figure settled, the solar panels remained. The group donated the array to the school system of Gerlach, the tiny desert town nearby, and the seeds of Black Rock Solar were sown. From those beginnings, Black Rock went on to build solar arrays at reduced prices for partners such as Pershing General Hospital, Pyramid Lake High School, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and other organizations that could benefit from low-cost energy but lacked the means to procure it. The arrays help reduce the organizations' utility bills so they can devote more resources to their central causes. Also by spreading solar power, Black Rock actively involves these organizations and the public at large in environmental stewardship, spreading clean energy and education. See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
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    250 Bell St
    Reno, NV US
  • Danceworks
    Dancers aged 3 to adult show off tricky toes in jazz sessions, get limber during tumbling, or grow ever more graceful with lyrical dance. An onsite supply store appends each location, ready to outfit students with dance duds or a spare sense of rhythm. Danceworks' professional dancers and trained instructors specialize in teen/adult ballet, as well as jazz and lyrical.
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    2625 Paradise Drive
    Reno, NV US
  • The Trade
    • For $35, you get a styled cut at any participating salon (a $75 average value). Click here for a full list of participating locations. • You can make a $35 donation directly to The Trade Foundation.
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    500 Auto Plaza Dr.
    Folsom, CA US
  • Roseville Home Start
    Roseville Home Start began as a transitional housing corporation in 1995, but could not afford to continue its services due to the rent it owed at its location—a motel in Roseville. With the aid of donors, Home Start bought the location and renovated it. Today it’s 27 housing units and 99 beds shelter families with children who are experiencing homelessness for one-year periods. During that year, these families work with case managers to gain GEDs, learn about financial planning, acquire work, and find permanent homes. They can also attend therapy sessions to help them overcome any trauma they may have experienced. For the next year after families leave the transitional housing, Home Start maintains contact to ensure they undergo a stable transition into their new lives.
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    410 Riverside Avenue
    Roseville, CA US
  • Recycled Pets Norcal
    Elsie Lodde grew up on a farm surrounded by her own menagerie. She bottle-fed her first homeless kittens and bunnies at a young age and began bringing home and caring for strays in her free time as an adult. She started working for a national rescue group but grew unhappy with the group's restrictions and decided to rescue dogs on her own. Elsie founded Recycled Pets Norcal to give homeless animals a chance they might not otherwise get in shelters. The entire staff consists of volunteers, who foster many animals in their own homes before finding adoptive families for them in Northern California, vowing to follow up with each adoption to ensure the animals don't return to shelters. The organization also spays or neuters homeless animals and assists dogs' adoptive families with training, food, and transportation to veterinary appointments.
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    PO Box 163726
    Sacramento, California US