Washoe County Announcement

Top things to know from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting
Commissioners support children, seniors and community events with grant funds

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Ventetuolo

Reno, Nev. June 13, 2017. The following report highlights several important agenda items from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting.

1. Board of County of Commissioners support several organizations with grant funds. Commissioners approved grants to address community needs for charitable and educational purposes providing a substantial impact to the Washoe County community. Grant awards for FY 2017-2018 include: Silver State Fair Housing Council in the amount of $10,000; Artown in the amount of $25,000; Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation in the amount of $10,000; and EducationAlliance of Washoe County in the amount of $9,213.

Grant recipient Education Alliance of Washoe County staff expressed gratitude to the Commission for grant support and Washoe County’s partnership. “I would like to personally thank each of you for your support of student achievement and workforce development through our Partners in Education Program,” said Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of the Education Alliance. “We appreciate Washoe County for sharing our belief that education does not stop in the classroom. Our sincerest thanks for providing resources and loyal support to Glenn Duncan Elementary School and our program to enrich experiences in educational pathways.”

2.  County Commissioner directs special District Funds. The Board of County Commissioners have approved special district funds disbursement for Commissioner Jung in the amount of $4,000 to benefit the following grants: Planned Parenthood in the amount of $3,500 to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in Washoe County. A $500 grant to support the Polygrarian Institute to support their mission in Washoe County of cultivating community-based food systems through education, research & civic engagement.

“Commissioner Jung’s support of these community groups and the work they do is evident with her allocation of support with her district funds,” says Vice-Chair Berkbigler. “This continues to promote our strategic objective of promoting safe, secure and healthy communities and I really appreciate everything she does.”

3. Board of County of Commissioners unanimously approve to accept grant funds for Social Services. Commissioners unanimously approved to accept a $142,545 grant from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Office of Community Partnerships and Grants on behalf of the Washoe County Social Services Department. The grant money will go toward supporting the Differential Response Program, which gives families that have been referred to Child Protective Services (CPS) an opportunity to be connected to a community-based organization that is capable of overseeing intervention and prevention services.

“The Differential Response Program is a viable alternative to CPS intervention for low to moderate risk families,” Washoe County Social Services Director Amber Howell said. “The goal is to support, preserve and improve the child’s safety and family’s well-being by providing additional supports to decrease the likelihood that children will end up in the foster care system.  I believe this grant will assist us in achieving this goal.”

In addition to supporting services for children and families, Commissioners also accepted a $92,120 grant from the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division for the Older Americans Act Title III Programs: Nutrition Services Incentive Program. Money from the grant is used to cover the costs associated with serving Washoe County seniors nutritious meals at senior centers and at home.

Washoe County Senior Services will serve its 8 millionth meal to senior citizens this summer.

4.  Board and Commission Appointments. Commissioners approved the following appointments:

• Nat Carasali, reappointment to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

• Tom Young, appointment to the Washoe County District Board of Health

• Ted Parkhill, appointment to the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees

• Nathan Daniel and Thomas Guinn, reappointment to Open Space and Regional Parks Commission

• Matthew Webber, Chris Nenzel and Carrisa Tashiro, appointment to Open Space and Regional Parks Commission

• Clay Thomas, reappointment to the Washoe County Board of Adjustment

• Thomas B. Bruce, appointment to Washoe County Planning Commission

• Sarah Chvilicek, reappointment to Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission

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