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Support your community this season and year round



elcome to the 30th annual Hometowne Christmas parade. This is a wondrous time to be a part of the City of Sparks. I’m proud of the work we do in our city and a cornerstone is about giving back – we take the time to see that our neighbors are fed, clothed and warm. This is why this year’s parade theme, “A Season of Giving,” resonates with me and the families of Sparks. Our Grand Marshal, Cherie Jamason, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada leads the way in demonstrating charity and generosity. We celebrate her work in ending hunger in our community. Please take some time this year to remember those in our community whose Christmas might not be a joyous as yours. There are many ways to give back. From volunteering at the food bank sorting cans to shoveling your elderly neighbor’s walkway. It all leads to a Sparks that we can all be proud of. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Mayor Geno Martini

City of Sparks


Our Programs

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How You Can Help

Free Medical Resources for Nevadans

Donate equipment, supplies or funds Sponsor a fundraising event Volunteer to help clients Refer someone who needs our help Spread the word

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Be a

Super Hero

for someone in need GIVE THEM THE GIFT OF IMMUNITY A N D A C H A N C E AT A H E A LT H Y F U T U R E Immunize Nevada needs your help to and join Team keep people healthy and protected Vaccine today! 2. Be a holiday hero from disease. We know timely access by making a gift to support Immunize to immunizations can prevent disease Nevada’s programs and services conand protect health. But people across necting children, families, adults and Nevada face barriers to getting immu- seniors to life saving immunizations. nizations. Donate today to bring this Visit health resource to the chil- nity to donate this holiday season. dren, families and seniors that reach out to Immunize Nevada everyday seeking help. 1. Sign up for a monthly IMMUNIZE NEVADA automatic gift of $10 or more and 427 RIDG E STREET, SUITE C you will be a super hero to people in RENO, NV 89501 (775) 624- 7117 IMMUNIZENEVADA.ORG need all year long! Visit immunizene-

Happy Holidays from the Veterans Guest House! The Veterans Guest House provides temporary housing to U.S. military veterans and their families who are receiving medical treatment in the Reno/Sparks area. Today, the Guest House has 17 beds in two homes and will provide 5,300 guest nights of lodging in 2016. The total nights of lodging provided since 2005 is over 55,000. With the community’s support we will start construction of an expansion to 33 beds in spring 2017.

Merry Christmas & HAPPY nEW YEAR from our house to yours! VE TER AnS GUEST H O USE 880 LO cUST STREE T, REn O 89502 (775)324-6958 • W W W.VE TER AnSGUESTH O USE.ORG The Veterans Guest House Inc. is a nevada 501 (c)3 non-profit Tax Exempt #94-3160109. Your donation may be tax deductible, please consult a tax professional.

WE SERVE THOSE WHO SERVE Guests that stay with us can be receiving treatment from any doctor or any medical facility in the Reno/Sparks area. Typically, they live at least 30 miles away from Reno. Our guests fall into three main categories: 1. Veterans receiving outpatient care e.g., a doctor’s appointment, weeks of cancer treatmeant, or monthly PTSD group sessions. 2. The families of veterans who are hospitalized or in long term care facilities. 3. A veteran’s immediate family member who is receiving medical treatment as an inpatient or outpatient. Anyone who has served knows that the family serves too. The Guest House relies completely on donations from the private sector. For more information on how you can help or to donate, visit, call 775-324-6958, or drop by 880 Locust Street.

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the terry Lee Wells nevada discovery museum (the discovery) makes a difference by advancing science education and hands-on learning in our community. in the five short years since the museum opened, the discovery has become our region’s hub for science, technology, engineering, art and math (SteAm). Your support for the discovery allows the museum to create new and always changing educational experiences for visitors of all ages. From school field trips, to visiting exhibitions, to adults-only lecture series events, to creating access through financial assistance programs, the discovery relies on philanthropic support to make a cultural and educational impact in our community. donate today and join the growing group of supporters committed to exploration, innovation, and education.

Creating interest and engagement in Science

HoW You CAn HeLP:

donate: You can directly support the museum’s mission by making a cash donation, large or small. donations can be made online at or by calling 775-398-5910. Volunteer: You can also support the museum by giving of your time and talents. Volunteers can help on the museum floor, interacting with visitors, or behind the scenes helping to conceptualize and create the museum’s educational experiences.

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A child’s voice. A child’s life. Lifted up. By you.


(775) 574-8820 • wash oec asafo u n dati o

more than 900 abused and neglected children live in foster care in washoe county because they cannot live safely at home. after these children are placed into temporary foster care, they are often removed from everything familiar, while entering into a world filled with social workers, lawyers and judges making life-changing decisions on their behalf. as a casa volunteer, you would serve in a unique position as an advocate for an abused or neglected child. You will give that child a voice, and a chance for a better life.

how You can help

Help us serve every cHild

with approximately 90 casa volunteers in washoe county, there is a need for more volunteers. You can help the washoe casa foundation in several ways. Become a trained and empowered volunteer to ensure that a child can thrive in the safe embrace of a loving home. You can also donate or become a friend of casa. connect with us at to learn more.


thank you!

in 4 4 of of our our children children are are hungry. hungry. 11 in

1 in 4 of our children are hungry. Together we are changing that. Together we are changing that. Together wecan aresolve changing that. together we hunger™ together we can solve hunger™ Donate l Volunteer l Gethunger™ Involved together we can solve Donate l Volunteer l Get Involved Donate | Volunteer | Get Involved 775-331-3663 775-331-3663 A speciAl Advertising supplement to rn&r   |     12.01.16   |    S e a S o n o f g i v i n g   |    5

The RighT CaRe R i g h T N o w. . . . . The For Kids Foundation is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides funding for the unmet needs of Northern Nevada children. we provide assistance for anything a child needs when other resources are insufficient or nonexistent. when emergency psychiatric medications were needed for a 13-year old boy, For Kids was there. when the money saved for tuition at TMCC was rerouted to a sibling’s cancer treatment, For Kids stepped in to help. when a two-year old with heart problems needed a portable defibrillator, For Kids purchased it. whether the need is as large as major surgery, or as simple as an extra pair of glasses, For Kids Foundation is there to help the children of Northern Nevada. won’t you please help us to help them?

834 willow STReeT, ReNo 89502 (775) 741-5231 •

The Fair Housing Act protects families with children under the age of 18 from illegal housing discrimination. RECOGNIZE POSSIBLE SIGNS OF DISCRIMINATION:

■ “No kids” ■ Rules targeting children. ■ “Steering” families with children to ground floor units. ■ Higher deposits because of the presence of children. ■ “You won’t be happy here. There’s no playground.” Be aware that there is an exemption for qualifying senior/agerestricted housing communities

If you would like additional information or, believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, contact: Silver State Fair Housing Council 775.324.0990 ■ 888.585.8634 toll-free ■ Relay Nevada 711 ■ Federal and State fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, family status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. 6    |    S e a S o n o f g i v i n g   |    12.01.16   |    A speciAl Advertising supplement to rn&r

a non-profit o r g a n i z at i o n ,

OpeN wild wiNter weekeNds

is a wildlife sanctuary and education center. the mission of animal ark is to inspire environmental stewardship through wildlife education. Since 1981, animal ark has provided a safe haven for injured, abandoned and otherwise non-releasable wildlife. animal ark is located north of reno on thirty-eight acres and primarily features native north american predators, though a few exotic species have found a home there. animal ark educates tens of thousands of children and adults a year about ecological principles and wildlife by providing special programming events and educational tours

animal ark ContributionS all funding for animal ark is provided through admissions, special grants, and donations from caring individuals like yourself. be sure to check out our memberships and our “Share the Care” adoption programs by clicking the links on the right. We aCCept itemS too! • Food (raw meats except pork, apples, raisins, raw nuts, rolled oats, brown rice, and more)

• Heavy trash bags

• Paper towels

• Office supplies

• Simple Green, peroxide, and chlorine-free bleach

• AA batteries

2 half price child admissiONs with this ad

• Copy paper

11:00 – 3:00 NOV 25 & 26 • jaN 14 & 15 • feb 18 & 19 weather permitting

• Glass cleaner

1-775-970-3111 • aNimalark.Org

• Folding sandwich bags

1265 Deerlodge Rd., from Reno Hwy 395 north, right on Red Rock, 11.5 miles, right on Deerlodge

KEEPing CHildrEn SaFE and Families together since 1985

7 7 5 -8 5 6 -6 2 0 0 • ch i ld For over 30 years, the children’s cabinet has provided a network of programs and services at no charge to keep children safe and families together. We support infants to young adults with guidance and resources so that they can thrive within their schools, their families and their neighborhoods. there is no wrong door, and we will ensure those who need us are provided assistance regardless of their circumstance.

our services include:

We know that tomorrow begins today

• Education and early education readiness

• Outreach to runaway and homeless youth

• Childcare resources and training

• Family counseling and behavioral health services

• Parenting classes and support

• Food pantry, basic needs, and family support services

HOw yOu Can HElP

the children’s cabinet offers more than 20 programs to help strengthen families, and depends on volunteers and donors throughout the year. We are currently accepting toys, coats and diapers among many other necessities for the winter season. visit or call 775-856-0123 for more information and ways to give, and follow us on Facebook, instagram and twitter for additional giving opportunities and immediate needs.

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RNR Season of Giving 2016  
RNR Season of Giving 2016