“Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.”
The Outreach Program at Our Lady of Tahoe Church began in 1992 to assist 10 families. Since then, it has grown to help 65 families in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe—over 260 local people (240 adults and 125 children). We also assist an additional 1-3 families on a “wait list” each month with extra food we may have to distribute. We provide supplemental food boxes on a monthly basis; boxes containing eggs, cheese, fresh vegetables, canned goods, meat, tortillas which constitutes a balanced diet! We currently have over 25 volunteers that help distribute the food into the boxes the second Friday of each month (9AM-12noon), and on the following second Saturday (9AM-10:30AM) our families come to our parish hall to receive their food boxes.
Our monthly budget is about $2,000.00 spent on food purchases at wholesale prices from Bonanza Produce, and local businesses. We also purchase food at discounted prices from the Food Bank of Northern NV, and the Food Bank delivers it to our parking lot every month. On delivery day the Food Bank also brings donated fruits & vegetables, breads, and meats from many of the large supermarkets in the Reno/Sparks area.
Our Outreach Program also assists with:
*Education: we distribute books that are age appropriate to the Outreach children during the year.
*Medical: Insurance information is given out to our families as needed.
*Dental: Toothbrushes and toothpaste are given out 2 times/year.
*Christmas: Outreach places a Sharing Tree in our church for parishioners and visitors to donate presents for our Outreach children.
*Household Items: clothing, towels, sheets, blankets are collected for families and distributed. In the fall each year, we also have a coat drive.
Our Outreach Program continues because of the generous donations from parishioners and visitors to our parish. We currently have a second collection for our Outreach Program May through September. The Thanksgiving Day collection has been designated by Father Larry as exclusively for the Outreach program.