Miren Hower Merrill joined Project MANA as a volunteer in 2016. She was initially involved as a member of the Fundraising Advisory Committee. She then started volunteering at the distributions finding that the "boots on the ground" approach kept her connected to the mission. This broad based experience with the organization eventually led to the position of Program Director.
Miren has 30 years of sales and small business experience and is bilingual, with Spanish being her first language. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1989 with a B.A. in Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations.
Miren's goal is to develop Project MANA'S signature service of supplemental food distribution by adding enhanced health and wellness services at distribution sites. She is currently working on a diabetes education and prevention component to benefit Project MANA's community members who might not otherwise have access to valuable information and programs.
Miren currently resides in Incline Village with her husband Andrew Merrill and her two pit bull rescues, Sunny and Macklemore. She is an avid skier, hiker and paddle boarder making the North Lake Tahoe area her favorite place in the whole world.
Volunteers Help Make Project MANA's Mission Possible
Cathy Thibault and Marilyn Moon, both long-time Truckee residents, have been volunteering with Project MANA since 2002! Cathy and Marilyn are reliable, experienced warehouse and distribution volunteers who help Project MANA to sort and pack food in our warehouse as it comes in. They also help distribute it to our community members a our weekly food distributions.
When asked why she volunteers with Project MANA, Cathy says, "I love to feel needed and I love the work at Project MANA, it makes me happy. I look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays!"
Marilyn said, "Volunteering with Project MANA is fun and a great way to give back to our community. I love seeing everyone and the connections I've made are priceless. I'm excited about the direction Project MANA is taking and the growth I've seen over the years."
THANK YOU CATHY & MARILYN!
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Kelly Brothers Painting, located in Truckee and Reno, leads a community service project called, “Feed your Neighbor”.
Kelly Brothers Painting partners with Project MANA and Tahoe Food Hub to keep fresh food available to the community by donating fresh produce during the winter months and beyond. Kelly Brothers Painting has, and will continue, to provide healthy boxes of fresh, local produce to Project MANA for distribution in our community.
“The Feed your Neighbor Project is a great model for any business looking to give back to the community,” says Susie Sutphin, Director of the Tahoe Food Hub. “Not only does the project provide healthy food to those in need but supports local farms too.”
“1 in 7 community members in North Tahoe and Truckee are hungry. Project MANA’s mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects. We strive to offer a nutritionally balanced assortment of food weekly to community members in need. The bi-weekly donation of fresh produce from Tahoe Food Hub given by Kelly Brothers Painting helps us meet our goal of regularly providing fresh food to our community in 2018," commented Miren Hower Merrill, Program Director for Project MANA.
“Our employees and owners at Kelly Brothers Painting believe in supporting our community and what better way to do it than help those that are less fortunate. This is why we created “Feed Your Neighbor” to give food to those in need through Project MANA,” said Bill Kelly, owner of Kelly Brothers Painting, Inc.