Family Strengthening / Social Services
Race and Equity
At the beginning of this year, the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) partnered with Franklin Hysten of Blaze Consulting to offer a three-part training series focused on racial equity. In the first two workshops, partners gained insight into what it will mean to be an ally to others in the work of antiracism, including how to create more safe spaces for diverse opinions and voices during meetings.
Next steps include planning and raising funds for a fall cohort of On the Verge training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) professionals, as well as exploring the development of a professional network for BIPOC.
CCTT is on an active journey to ensure that operations, governance and programming of the Collaborative and partner agencies are driven by equity and dismantling structural racism. We are committed to bringing training, resources, and tools to partners at our monthly Resource Sharing Meetings.
Our (anonymous) training participants shared the following feedback:
I am so grateful for Franklin’s expertise and facilitation. The breakout rooms were great, and I am fully supportive of providing more professional spaces for BIPOC leaders in our community!
This training was very informative and helped me to put into perspective what is the meaning of race equity.
I’ve been to a lot of DEI trainings. This one was powerful with the bilingual facilitation and racial affinity group breakout rooms. I appreciated that after the breakout, BIPOC voices were centered.
211 & COAD
One of the main benefits of having a COAD in our community is to be a liaison between emergency services and our strong nonprofit, faith-based and business sector. When we communicate and collaborate effectively during all phases of a disaster, we can increase resiliency in our communities.
Anne Rarick COAD Manager, Connecting Point 211
As we moved through one of the snowiest winters in recorded history, local public and nonprofit partners were continuously called upon to ensure roads were safe, local businesses remained open, and our most vulnerable community members were sheltered and fed. The recently established COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), under the umbrella of Connecting Point 211:
- Coordinated a sandbag assistance program
- Supported avalanche survivors’ navigation of Red Cross programs
- Stayed in close communication with the county Office of Emergency Services to ensure community access to timely and accurate information
Residents prepare for potential atmospheric-river flooding. Photo credit: Amy Lyons
By dialing “211,” community members were able to access life saving resources. The COAD is a shining example of a public-private partnership, and is supported by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Nevada and Placer counties, the Town of Truckee and Connecting Point 211.