It seems appropriate that National Volunteer Week occurs in April - because just like April showers that bring May flowers, volunteers help organizations like Project MANA blossom.
Project MANA's volunteer & FACE (Food and Companionship Exchange) coordinator, Andrea, celebrated our volunteers, who like the US Postal Service brave snow, rain, wind, sun and cold, to support our 4x weekly mobile distributions, provide other emergency hunger relief services, help in our warehouse to prepare for food distribution and so much more! Project MANA literally could not feed our community members without our volunteers. THANK YOU!
Andrea gave each volunteer a package of wildflower seeds with words of gratitude, With each seed package, Andrea asked each volunteer why they volunteer for Project MANA. Some of their responses really made us smile and we hope they make you smile too.
If you are interested in getting involved with Project MANA as a volunteer; we have a variety of opportunities to fit your skills and time availability - please contact us!
MOUNTAIN KIDS COOK-OFF
Northstar California and Project MANA are excited to join forces on an exciting new kid’s culinary competition and you’re invited to join in!
Kids ages 8 – 12 are invited to submit a video (DEADLINE JUNE 4) telling us why they should be one of the lucky teams selected to battle it out at the Mountain Kid’s Cook-Off.
Eight teams will be selected to cook in the semi-final round on Sunday, August 6th at the Northstar Zephyr Lodge. Teams will be given a platter of secret ingredients and will have to create a dish to excite the judges. All participants will receive a logoed apron and two lucky teams will be selected to compete in the finals on Saturday September 10 during the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. The two final teams will battle it out on the Village Stage in front of their friends and families for the winner’s trophy and more cool prizes!
The semi-final round will also be a fundraiser benefiting Project MANA, Project MANA’s mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region. In addition to providing hunger relief, we have developed programs designed to alleviate the causes of hunger and promote nutrition through education and awareness.
Families, friends and spectators will be invited to attend the semi-finals to cheer on their teams during the on-mountain luncheon. Tickets will be $20 per adult and $10 per child and all proceeds will go directly to Project MANA.
Click here for more info on the contest and rules for applying or contact Northstar at 530-562-3568.
Raise a pint to help Keep Tahoe Fed!
Between May 5th and May 26th, Alibi Ale Works will donate $.50 per pour of PROJECT MANA IPA to help provide hunger relief in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
Join Project MANA for an opening party (Friday May 5th), each Wednesday for Suds & Sushi, and for a closing party (Friday, May 26th) to buy raffle tickets and Project MANA Pint Glasses.
Our raffle includes some great prizes from Incline Village businesses. Winners will be drawn Friday, May 26th and do not need to be present to win.
BUY RAFFLE TICKETS ONLINE!
Look for the Project MANA representatives will be selling raffle tickets and pint glasses
Friday, May 5 - opening party
Wednesday, May 10/17/24 - Sushi and Suds
Friday, May 26 - closing party
Project MANA Pint Glasses will also be available for sale at Alibi Ale on select evenings.
Branded pint glass - $10
Includes a pint pour of Project MANA IPA and 5 raffle tickets!
At the WinterWonderGrass festival at Squaw Valley earlier this month, Project MANA participated in a pilot campaign with Imperfect Produce called Post for Pounds to help fight food insecurity and food waste.
Imperfect Produce is a home produce delivery service in the Bay area focused on providing affordable fruits and vegetables to consumers. They source "ugly" fruits and vegetables that usually go to waste on farms. These fruits and veggies taste the exact same on the inside but look a little "wonky" on the outside.
Festival goers were invited to locate Imperfect Produce’s team dressed as veggies, and to take a photo with them and their whiteboard explaining why they #eatugly (imperfect) produce. For each post tagged #Imperfectproduce and posted on Instagram and/or Facebook, Imperfect donated 5 lbs of fresh produce.
During the course of Winter Wonder Grass, Imperfect and Project MANA engaged hundreds of attendees. Between Instagram and Facebook, there were a whole lot of really great and engaged posts with our hashtags. This flurry of activity on social media resulted in a donation of over 1,000 pounds of produce to Project MANA for distribution in N. Tahoe and Truckee!
“Imperfect Produce is looking forward to getting this food into the hands of Tahoe residents in need!”, said Imperfect’s Head of Outreach, Dylan J. Bondy. “Thanks for being such an awesome first fest to partner with. I am confident that we will more than double our impact at the 2018 WinterWonderGrass.”
THANK YOU IMPERFECT PRODUCE!
Recently, Deidre Ledford, executive director, and Julie Malkin-Manning, development director, sat down with KTKE 101.5 FM Truckee Tahoe Radio's Mencarelli in the Morning to talk about Project MANA and our Fight Hunger Fast fundraiser. This interview, which is only 9 minutes, is packed with great information about Project MANA. Hit play to learn more!
Project MANA is pleased to announce that Deidre Ledford has been named as Executive Director.
Originally from a small town nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains, Deidre received her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master in Environmental Management from Duke University. In 2011, Deidre moved to Lake Tahoe and began working for Project MANA as an AmeriCorps member through the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation AmeriCorps Program. Prior to transitioning into the role of Executive Director, Deidre served in four additional staff roles within Project MANA and has come to know the organization inside and out. Deidre has a deep passion to serve the community in which she lives and is dedicated to empowering the food insecure to escape from hunger and poverty.
Project MANA has also named Julie Malkin-Manning as Development Director. Born and raised in metro Detroit, Julie’s entire career, 15 years with the automotive industry, has been spent designing and implementing innovative campaigns and events that educate, connect, motivate, inspire and influence the way people think and act. Since moving Lake Tahoe in 2008, Julie has been marketing, fundraising and managing special events for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Reno-Tahoe area, including JDRF and The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.
Those who should not fast are:
A few benefits of fasting are:
Options for the fast:
Become a Faster
TIP: Before you begin the registration process please have a photo ready to upload to your fundraising page. The site will not let you move forward with the registration process without a photo.
Go to www.projectmana.org to access the Fight Hunger Fast link to start fundraising or click here.
A registration “wizard” will walk you through the registration steps
Click on the big green START FUNDRAISING NOW button to begin
Select one of two ways to create a fundraising account
Tell your story (this information will become part of your fundraiser page and Project MANA has provided copy for this page, you do not have to modify it unless you desire)
Choose your fundraising goal
TIP: Keep your fundraising goal low and attainable at first.As you come close to, or beat your goal, raise it!
Submit for Review
When you have completed the registration wizard, hit the “Submit for Review” button located at the bottom of the page. Your page will be quickly reviewed and approved by Project MANA.
You will receive a confirmation email, it will contain a link to your fundraising page.
TIP: KEEP THE EMAIL AND THE LINK IN A SPOT YOU CAN ACCESS IT AGAIN LATER.
You will use it to gain access to your personal page and also to share your page directly with your peer network.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR BECOMING A FASTER!
You are ready to begin fundraising and should begin to ask your friends, family, co-workers to join you in your FIGHT HUNGER FAST by financially supporting your fast.
Now that you’ve created your page, you can share it with family and friends, as well as access templates for asking donors to contribute to your campaign and thanking them after they do. To access these templates, follow these instructions:
TIP: You can access the direct URL of YOUR PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE to copy and paste for inclusion in your fundraising communications by clicking in your browser box
TIP: Feel free to cut and paste the provided copy in the “Donor Thank You” template (link at top of page) or write a personal note to the donor
Not able to Fast? Become a Sponsor!
What is Project MANA’s Fight Hunger Fast event?
How to Participate in Fight Hunger Fast
For more information about Fight Hunger Fast please contact Project MANA at email@example.com or 775-298-4161.
Ways to Engage Sponsors of Your Fast
Encourage your “community” to sponsor your fast
**You must register to be a Faster before deploying these recruitment messages so that you have a fundraising page at which they may donate!
Don’t forget to follow up and say thank you once you have received a donation or completed your fast! There is a template for you to cut and paste at the top of your fundraising page.