Nevada Proud: How Evelyn Mount got her start in our community

Reported by: Shelby Sheehan
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Updated: 5/20/2013 6:54 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & --  Most people know for decades, Evelyn Mount has worked tirelessly to feed our communities less fortunate families, but what you might not know is how she got started and what hopes she has for the future. Mount is another reason News 4 is Nevada Proud!

Mount could very well be the Truckee Meadows' angel on earth.

Since 1979 she has been working seven days a week to reach out to those in the Reno-Sparks community who need help with food and clothing. Collecting and distributing donations is done out of her house and several storage facilities.

But it's not just the holidays drives you may hear about.

She gives out bags of food every other Friday at Paradise Park, goes to senior centers regularly and nearby schools.
"We had so many people last year. We [served] 10,220 people from the school, Paradise Park and here," Mount says.

So, when did this operation start? You could say the very beginning for Mount was in the 1920's in Arkansas and then Louisiana where she learned as a young girl that taking care of neighbors, was just what you did.

"Every time my mother, grandmother and auntie would cook food, cause we had a huge storage, we had to go down the street and see who needed food. I grew up on it," Mount says.

In 1979, Mount moved from Los Angeles. Mount was working as a telephone operator for the airport and her late husband Leon worked in security.

Although they had several children of their own to feed in addition to adopted grandchildren, they kept the family on a strict budget, so there would be money to help others.

"Sometimes he could take his whole check and go shopping and we could have so much to put in the bags for the people and we enjoyed it so much," Mount says.

In 1983, they moved to their Cannan Street home where Mount and her volunteers operate out of now. She gets a lot of support from organizations and individuals who know the amazing work she does. One of those volunteers is Deputy Robb Cummings.

"It's something that the community enables her to do for the whole community because without the community,  she would not have been able to do this. They put faith and trust in her to do this and that's her calling," Cummings says.

If you watch what happens on Cannan Street, it's apparent Mount's outreach has outgrown the neighborhood. She dreams of a one stop shop that could efficiently serve the thousands of families.

"I'm looking for a place to move so I can have everything in one place. Right now, I have five storages and that's what I have plus my house," Mount says.

This month, Mount celebrated her 87th birthday surrounded by family that includes great-great grandchildren. She didn't take much of a break from her duties as a community angel, and says that will continue,   "Until God call me home."

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