Mayor Wallace, City Present Family Resource Center with $10,000 for ‘Pay It Forward’ Program

South Lake Tahoe, CA… Mayor Tamara Wallace was on hand yesterday to present the Family Resource Center with $10,000 for their ‘Pay It Forward’ initiative. ‘Pay It Forward’ is designed to help local families and businesses in need.

“There is so much need in our community right now, and the Family Resource Center is doing their part to help,” said Mayor Wallace, “The City is proud to help them, help others, and give back to those who are struggling right now.”

City Council approved the donation last week during a discussion about COVID-19 and its impact on our community. The “Pay It Forward” initiative involves community members and organizations contributing money to open tabs at local restaurants. It’s a program that helps those in need and helps support local restaurants when they need it the most.

“This is a great way to help ensure our local business can stay open and help get food to people in our community who find themselves in a place of food insecurity right now,” said Bill Martinez from the Family Resource Center.

The South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center was established in 1992 and continues to address the needs of school-age children and their families by providing a full range of life support, advocacy, learning activities and resources, and referrals designed to enhance resilience regardless of age or economic status. The trained, bilingual, bicultural staff helps stabilize families in crisis by providing basic necessities such as food, clothing, advocacy, and translation, for families to become physically and emotionally strong and self-sufficient community members.

“Our LatinX community is being affected by COVID-19 disproportionately compared to other groups not just here but across the country,” said Martinez, “A lot of our clients work in the service industry, which has been hit very hard. They don’t have the ability to work enough hours to support themselves or their families. This money will go a long way.”

The City has also launched a program to help restaurants pay for the take out and delivery supplies they need to continue operating during the current shut down.

“During this pandemic City Council and City Staff have come up with creative ways to help those in need,” said Mayor Wallace, “Whether it’s monetary donations, reimbursements, or our ambassadors handing out PPE in high traffic areas, we are working hard to keep people safe and keep our businesses open.”