Community Giving

We’re passionate about serving our customers, and our community. That’s why HeyChef! donates a portion of its profits locally, to the Truckee North Tahoe Emergency Warming Center (EWC).

A community homeless headcount, conducted in 2015, revealed needless loss of life that had occurred locally - in front of our post office, in cars, and in beach bathrooms during the coldest periods of the year. It also identified local people desperately in need of warmth and basic necessities like dry socks, warm coats, and simple shelter, such as tents.

Centered in Downtown Truckee, the weather-triggered center provides shelter, warm meals and connection to services for our homeless and under-sheltered neighbors on the most extreme nights of the year. The EWC opens when:

  • Temperatures of 15 degrees or less last for a period of 4 hours overnight
  • There is a foot or more of snowfall overnight
  • Other extreme weather conditions exist
 Look for these ribbons next to pictures of our chefs and staff who prepare warm meals, volunteer time at the shelter, and donate money or resources. These individuals joined with us to give, and you can too!




Here's how you can make a big difference in your own backyard now:

1. Donate Goods
Put clothing, blankets, and other personal items in a plastic bag and drop them in the red barrel in front of the Center. Text Cathie at (775) 690-7694 so that she can collect your gift.

2. Purchase Supplies to Keep the Center Running
A "Wish List" of needed items and supplies can be found on SignUp Genius as well as on Amazon. When ordering items, ship them directly to:

EWC c/o Church of the Mountains
10079 Church Street
Truckee, CA 96161

3. Volunteer
Like the Center on Facebook and/or sign up to volunteer.

4. Donate Cash
Make a cash donation through their campaign on (there is a small fee) or send 100% of your contribution directly to the Center by mailing a check to:

Emergency Warming Center, a 501c3
c/o Church of the Mountains
10079 Church Street
Truckee, CA 96161

Like you, we cherish out beautiful winter playground, and we thank you for partnering with us to make it a place of joy for all.

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