Carson Valley Arts Council receives $20,000 grant |

Carson Valley Arts Council receives $20,000 grant

Staff Reports

The Carson Valley Arts Council has been selected as one of 52 winners from across the country in the seventh annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program.

The organization will receive $20,000 to fund important community projects and services that will allow CVAC to expand its Youth Arts Education Program in Douglas County Schools.

The CVAC’s Youth Arts Education Program was developed to work with the youth in the Douglas County School District.

Funds received from Tom’s of Maine will be used to help with arts and music programs that have been reduced or eliminated from our schools.

“Funding from Tom’s of Maine will allow CVAC to establish a variety of programs in the school district that will enhance cultural experiences for our youth,” CVAC President Brian Fitzgerald said.

Passionate community members took to their social media pages to share #OneWaytoHelp their communities, amassing nearly 10,000 submissions.

One entrant representing each state and Washington, D.C. was selected to designate a local nonprofit in their area to receive project funding from Tom’s of Maine.

“This year’s nonprofit recipients bring to life an inspiring picture of the care that Americans have for each other and their communities,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “People often think giving back to their community is time intensive, and we wanted to show there are easy ways to make a difference, like raising awareness for a cause you love and supporting brands that strive to make the world a better place for future generations.”

Tom’s of Maine has given 10 percent of profits back to the community since 1970 and encourages employees to use 5 percent (12 days) of paid time off to volunteer every year.

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The Carson Valley Arts Council (CVAC) is a non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to supporting the performing and visual arts in Carson Valley. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for the Western Nevada/Lake Tahoe region and strengthen cultural tourism to stimulate the local economy through presentation and promotion of cultural events that provide educational and experiential opportunities in the five disciplines: performance, visual, literary, music, and dance.

For more information about CVAC and its programs or if you would like to volunteer to help CVAC with its programs, visit our website at, or phone us at 775-782-8207 or stop by the Copeland Cultural Arts Center located at 1572 US Hwy 395 in Minden. We are also on Facebook and Twitter. We will also take donations to help us with our capital campaign.

Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care carrying high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, antiperspirant, deodorant, bar soap, lip balm and baby shampoo and lotion products. Our Stewardship Model guides every decision we make ensuring that our ingredients, processing, and packaging meet our rigorous standards for being natural, sustainable, and responsible. For over 45 years, Tom’s of Maine has invested in hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support people and the planet and by encouraging employees to use 5 percent (12 days) of paid time to volunteer. Tom’s of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company’s high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company’s sensitive way of doing business. Most Tom’s of Maine products are vegan, kosher and halal certified and gluten-free. All packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities. Tom’s of Maine values partnering with its consumers, suppliers and community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for people and the planet. To learn more visit us online at or at