Reno community organizations run the gamut of just about every group or gathering you can imagine. Many of them are the traditional organizations that you might imagine, such as the Masons, the Odd Fellows, the Lions, Kiwanis, Elks and more. These groups aren't hard to find, and many meet on a regular basis either at their own properties or for luncheons at one of the resort restaurants. Other community organizations are specific to the Truckee Meadows. They might be centered around a specific event such as the Air Races or the Reno Rodeo. Or they could be organized around a local theme such as the conservation group Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. Most of the Reno civic organizations exist to benefit or add to the overall community. Some of the groups have membership requirements, but most are open to anyone who is interested and willing to devote a certain amount of time to attend meetings and gatherings. Many of the organizations are economic in nature, and these have become a bit more high-profile as the commerce of the area has expanded beyond gaming and tourism. Others have to do with education, both the public school system of the Washoe County School District and the post-secondary institutions such as the Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada.
Ethnic Reno Community Organizations
A good number of the Reno community organizations are also centered around heritage and ethnicity. Reno boasts a diverse population, and there are groups here that honor and celebrate such backgrounds as Native American, Irish, Italian, Basque, Greek, Jewish, Russian and more. Some of these organizations have local community centers, while others host annual events celebrating their history and traditions.