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FUND THE FUTURE

If Kids Can’t Read, They Can’t Succeed

Did you know that if kids cannot read by third grade, studies indicate:

• They are less likely to complete high school

• They face fewer job prospects

• They are more likely to be involved in crime

You have an opportunity to change the future for at-risk kids, which will improve the quality of life for our community, now and for generations to come. Today in Sonoma County, over half of all third grade students (54%) read below proficiency levels. Teaching our kids to read provides the keys to unlock their futures and makes our community a better place. Closing the literacy gap is also a smart investment. It would result in nearly $800 million of increased economic output, thousands of jobs, and $53 million in new revenue in the next ten years.

Our multi-year Fund the Future goal is to help Sonoma County increase the third grade literacy rate to 90% by 2018. Join us in supporting this life changing initiative for Sonoma County children, and make a better future for all of us. In 2014 we set a record with over $1.7 million in contributions for third grade literacy programs through our Fund the Future. Help us this year as we break our record again!

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The Fund the Future Programs:

Fund the Future proceeds will be shared by several of Sonoma County’s most powerful and effective children’s literacy programs, including:

• Schools of Hope (United Way of the Wine Country)

• Pasitos Playgroups (Community Action Partnership)

• AVANCE (Community Action Partnership)

• Accelerated English Program (Healdsburg Education Foundation)

• Summer Reading and Writing Academy & Grade Level Proficiency Project (Sonoma Valley Education Foundation)

Programs were selected based on proven track records, strong metrics, geographic coverage, and with an eye to supporting a breadth of programs addressing both pre-reading preparation and teaching kids to read.

Community Action Partnership Sonoma County: Pasitos Playgroups

Pasitos is an educational playgroup program designed to provide low-income, Spanish-speaking parents, and their 3-4 year old children, an engaging and structured learning environment that promotes parent-child interactions to improve school readiness. Parents receive weekly book bags to encourage daily reading, which also include tools and information that help them as their child’s first and most important teacher. As a result of the resounding success of the 2013 Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was able to fund 11 Pasitos family groups, including five new groups, which serve more than 130 children and their parents.

Community Action Partnership Sonoma County: AVANCE

AVANCE (Spanish for progress or advancement) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based parent education program that reaches Spanish-speaking, low income, and isolated families. This intensive program teaches participants crucial parenting skills and encourages parents as their child’s first teacher. Parents learn how to make toys and how to use them as tools to enhance parent-child communication, stimulate language development, and teach their children school readiness skills. Parents also learn how to access community resources and are encouraged and supported in setting goals to increase their own education and skills to foster their family’s economic stability.

United Way of the Wine Country: Schools of Hope

Schools of Hope is an Early Grade Reading Initiative that helps children build the critical reading skills needed to succeed in school and life. Through Schools of Hope, United Way of the Wine Country recruits, trains, and places community volunteers in the schools who then work one-on-one with Kindergarten through third grade students during the school day to supplement the work they are doing in the classroom. Because of funding received from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Schools of Hope was able to service three additional schools and expand services at two other schools.

Healdsburg Education Foundation: Accelerated English Program

The Healdsburg Education Foundation (HEF) raises funds to support K-12 education for all students in the Healdsburg area public schools and directs resources to educational programs that will have the greatest impact on student learning. HEF also empowers the Healdsburg area public schools to take on innovative curriculum and practices that they would otherwise not be able to offer to their students. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to support innovation with the addition of the Accelerated English Program, which aims to increase the English proficiency of students thus allowing them to fully access grade level instruction.

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: Summer Reading and Writing Academy & The Grade Level Proficiency Project

The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation piloted this camp-like reading program in a district where only 30% of third graders we reading at grade level. At the Summer Reading Academy kids spend 5 hours a day reading books and engaging in activities that not only improve their reading skills, but also develop a true love for reading. Sonoma Valley Teachers also learn from the Academy through training opportunities to help students improve their reading. In 2013 the Summer Reading Academy served only 75 children, however, because of funding from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the 2014 Summer Reading Academy included 300 children. The Grade Level Proficiency Project which was piloted and was successful in raising reading scores in the 2013 academic year, works to ensure that every student participating will reach or exceed grade level proficiency in reading by the end of third grade using the advanced software application, Lexia.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction brings together caring vintners, growers and donors to change lives in communities across Sonoma County.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend invests your contributions in organizations that make a deep and meaningful impact on the children and families of Sonoma County.

www.10000degrees.org

10,000 Degrees is an incredible organization that has as it’s mission is to achieve educational equity, and support students with need to access and complete higher education to positively impact their communities and the world.  The 10,000 Degrees Institute, the flagship program of 10,000 Degrees, is a nationally recognized two-year college access program for high school students from low-income families who will be first-generation college graduates. The Institute provides year-round programming that propels rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from low-income families toward college in a step-by-step learning process.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to add 10,000 Degrees to our list of charity partners this year.

www.alliancemed.org

Alliance Medical Center serves as a safety net for thousands of Sonoma Country families each year, families that would otherwise be utilizing the emergency rooms at their local hospitals, a costly alternative for both the family and the community. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has partnered with Alliance Medical Center support their Comprehensive Prenatal Services Program which will provide services to over 330 prenatal patients in 2015 and has the goal of healthy babies and mothers who are healthy and better prepared for successful parenting.

http://artsguildofsonoma.org

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is a public non-profit educational arts organization whose purpose is to showcase artists of their community.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support their ARTescape program, a free Friday evening teen drop-In art program to inspire and empower students to become more creative.

www.becomingindependent.org

Becoming Independent works with people with developmental disabilities to promote community inclusion and participation for an improved quality of life.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support Becoming independent again by helping them to equip a multi-sensory classroom, the most beneficial environment for learning and development, as recommended by the UC Davis Mind Institute.

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County have been working together since 1990.  Together the groups have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of young people in Sonoma County.  Most recently the two organizations have teamed up build the club’s Leaders In Training program.  The goal of the Leaders In Training program is for youth to develop leadership skills, explore the world of Boys & Girls Club work, and understand the value of a career in helping others.  The intended impact of the program is for each participant to become an adult who demonstrates good character and citizenship.

http://bgcsonoma.org/

The Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley has been serving the youth of Sonoma Valley for over 50 years.  With a wide range of programs covering everything from visual art, to athletics, to gardening, to academic support, to music, The Club is a tremendous resource for the youth of Sonoma Valley.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is extremely proud to have supported The Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley since 1992 with over $960,000 in funding.  Most recently, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend supported The Club’s Future Focus program, a multi-faceted approach to ensuring that teens in Sonoma Valley will graduate with an individualized college and career plan.

www.ctesonomacounty.org

The CTE Foundation brings together public/private funding to incentivize local schools (middle school through post secondary) to provide the technical and soft skills training required to fill a pipeline of skilled workers and aligning with the economic development industry drivers as identified by Sonoma County EDB. Sonoma County economic drivers include Agriculture; Advanced Manufacturing; Health and Wellness; Wine, Food and Tourism; and Construction and Green Services.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has partnered with the CTE Foundation to expand CTE programs by linking high school students with Santa Rosa Junior College to explore career opportunities and training that support workforce needs of the local wine, agriculture, and tourism industries, matriculate to post-secondary training, and lead to viable local careers.

www.ceresproject.org

Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring fresh, whole, and organic food to its place as the foundation of heath, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others, and the earth.  Ceres achieves this goal by providing nourishing meals to people in the community who are in crisis due to a serious illness such as cancer.  The meals are prepared by teen chefs who volunteer their time and in tern learn about growing, preparing, and enjoying healthy whole foods and discover the joy of giving to others.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is honored to support Ceres Community Project in their effort to provide 78,000 meals to 600 client families and 18,000 hours of mentoring and service learning to 500 youth in 2015.

www.chopsonline.com

Chop’s Teen Club proudly serves teens in grades 7-12 in enrichment and recreation programs, including art, technology, sports, music, culinary, leadership and workforce ready programs.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to continue our partnership with Chop’s into 2015 with their exciting Awesome Pretzel Cart Work Ready Program.  The program prepares teens to get and keep a job by focusing on 15 competencies that Sonoma County employers identified as being needed for success on the job.  The Awesome Pretzel Cart teaches the teens business skills such as marketing, profit margins, inventory, customer service, cash handling, food safety, and sanitation. Participants earn a basic food handlers certificate and gain valuable work experience by taking the pretzel cart out to local Farmers Markets.

http://www.communityactionpartnership.com

The Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County is an innovative, private nonprofit agency that focuses on moving vulnerable families in Sonoma County to self-sufficiency by means of educational and supportive programing, through the Healthy Communities Department, that provides the tools and information necessary to ensure success for individuals and families.  In 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend provided a grant to Community Action Partnership for their Giffen House program, a transitional housing program where participants receive intensive and supportive case management services while stabilizing the family unit through family reunification provided in conjunction with Sonoma County child welfare services. At Giffen, women are offered a safe and nurturing environment during which time they will have access to a wide range of services, such as parent education, art therapy for children, health and nutrition classes, domestic violence and drug abuse counseling and employment, financial literacy and housing education.

http://www.communityactionpartnership.com

The Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County is an innovative, private nonprofit agency that focuses on moving vulnerable families in Sonoma County to self-sufficiency by means of educational and supportive programing, through the Healthy Communities Department, that provides the tools and information necessary to ensure success for individuals and families.  In 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend provided a grant to Community Action Partnership for their evidence-based Save our Smiles program.  The program strives to make major contributions to the local fight against oral disease in under-served children using comprehensive preventive education and treatment programs and services.

www.community-matters.org

Yet another new grant partner for 2015, Community Matters in a nonprofit organization that collaborates with schools and communities in creating safe and inclusive environments where all youth and adults thrive.  One of the ways that Community Matters achieves its mission is through its Youth Empowered to Stop Bullying (YES) project.  The project engages, equips, and empowers young people from Petaluma HS and Petaluma JHS with the skills and courage to intervene with their peers in and out of school to prevent, deescalate, and stop bullying, harassment and cyber bullying.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is glad to be able to support such important work.

www.councilonaging.com

Council on Aging is designed to provide information and services to underserved seniors, 60 years and older, in Sonoma County. Currently Council on Aging provides wraparound services to over 5,000 seniors that promote well-being and maintain independence through sixteen programs in four departments: Social, Financial, Legal and Nutrition.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support the Nutrition Services and Programs of Council on Aging as they provide over 285,000 meals to seniors in 2015.

www.sonomacasa.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Sonoma County (CASA) is a tremendously important program for Sonoma County.  The CASA program is designed to prevent abused and neglected children from becoming lost in the Juvenile Dependency system by matching a CASA Volunteer, a trained advocate from the community, to ensure that the child’s best interest is represented.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is extremely excited to add CASA to our ever-expanding list of charity partners with a grant to recruit more volunteer child advocates.

http://friendsinsonomahelping.org/

Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) has been providing emergency help to residents experiencing financial hardships in Sonoma Valley at no charge since 1971.  Their programs include food distribution, gently used clothing, transportation services, and emergency rental and utility assistance.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to have been a supporter of F.I.S.H. since 2005, contributing nearly $70,000 to their wonderful work.

www.fjcsc.org

The Family Justice Center Sonoma County empowers family violence victims to live free from violence and abuse by providing comprehensive services, centered on and around the victim, at one location.  With a grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, 15 children will be able to attend Camp Hope, a summer camp designed especially for children living in situations plagued with domestic violence.

www.fenceatthetop.com

Fence at the Top is a comprehensive mentoring program for at-risk youth in Sonoma County that provides youth with vital life skills that will foster the greatest success possible for each of them.  Fence at the Top supports the youth they serve with a variety of services; on and off-campus mentoring sessions, sports and health programs, field trips, motivational speakers, tutoring, employment search, and community service.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is happy to be able to support Fence at the Top in 2015.

www.fftfoodbank.org

Food For Thought is a nonprofit grassroots agency dedicated to meeting the nutritional and basic needs of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County.  Founded in 1988, Food For Though currently provides comprehensive nutrition and other services to more than 700 people from all walks of like – as well as their dependent children – in a safe and welcoming environment.  All services are provided free of charge.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was pleased to continue our partnership with Food For Thought in 2015 with a grant to help them supplement the food that they grow and get donated by generous local farmers and businesses.

www.forgetmenotfarm.org

Forget Me Not Children’s Services serves as a haven for children and animals to bond and break the cycle of abuse.  This truly special program works to break the inter-generational cycle of abuse by introducing at-risk children from violent backgrounds to a new way of interacting with other life forms.  Each year, FMNCS helps 400 children, ages 3-18 who are victims of abuse and neglect in Sonoma County, heal from trauma through animal-assisted and horticultural therapeutic interventions.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is excited to begin a partnership with FMNCS with our support of their Foster Youth Work-Readiness Mentoring Program.  The program helps teen aged 14-18 obtain a Work-Ready Certificate from the Sonoma County Office of Education through structured, ongoing mentoring while engaged in service learning at the Sonoma Humane Society and Forget Me Not Farm, Garden, and Farm Stand.

http://www.svfol.org

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the presence of the library in the community and supporting its efforts to bring the pleasure of reading, listening, and viewing to our population through traditional media, technological innovations, and diverse programs.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to add the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library to our roster of community partners with a grant in to offer multi-language, language-learning software at all library branches in Sonoma County.

www.giannicycling.com

Gianni Cycling is a grassroots organization that works cooperatively with local landowners, land management agencies and the local community to orient and protect public and private land.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support the Gianni Cycling Club in with a grant to sponsor trail works days in West Sonoma County.  The workdays will be realized in partnership with the El Molino High School Mountain Bike Team, whose members will benefit from mentoring and training by the Cycling Club and other land stewardship experts.

www.gotrsonomacounty.org

Girls on the Run inspires 3rd – 8th grade girls to stay true to themselves and live free from societal stereotypes. Their 10-week after school curriculum innovatively weaves training for a non-competitive 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk with lessons that empower girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices and embrace their gifts.  A new charity partner in 2015, Girls on the Run received a grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend to increase the amount of scholarship funding they have available so that more girls from economically disadvantaged areas can participate in this life-changing program.

www.globalstudentembassy.org

Global Student Embassy’s mission is to empower young leaders to become environmental stewards, social innovators, and community leaders. In collaboration with international peers, students generate and implement powerful community-based solutions to shared ecological concerns.  With the proceeds from the 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend are able to support the development and expansion of this wonderful program across Sonoma County.

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www.habitatsoco.org

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is a faith-based organization dedicated to improving lives by building modest, affordable homes in partnership with the community and families in need.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to be able to support Habitat for Humanity as they work to build five homes for deserving families in Cotati, CA.

http://www.hannacenter.org/

Hanna Boys Center changes the lives of troubled, motivated youth through faith, education and caring, helping them grow into productive members of society.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to have supported Hanna Boys Center with nearly $120,000 since 1995.  The most recent grant to Hanna Boys Center is for their Read to Succeed Program, which approaches reading comprehensively through a student’s three senses: auditory, visual, & tactile.

www.hbtb.org

Hospice by the Bay works is to alleviate pain; to prevent and treat conditions that might otherwise threaten the quality of life; and to provide support to the patient’s family and loved ones, including grief counseling for adults, teens and children.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support the Hospice Care Room, a program in collaboration with the Sonoma Valley Hospital skilled unit that creates a viable care option for low income, terminally ill individuals who have complex medical/psychosocial needs or have no primary caregiver.

www.ifsn.org

InterFaith Shelter Network, Inc., works to provide housing and a “hand up” for homeless men, women and children in Sonoma County, in an environment of dignity, respect and kindness, towards an outcome of empowerment, self-sufficiency and independence.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is extremely proud to be able to support InterFaith Shelter Network’s “Home Again” program, which will provide material assistance, and supportive services to a minimum of 200 homeless Veterans and their families in Sonoma County in 2015.  The program helps Veteran’s and their families with start-up housing costs like rental application fees, holding and security deposits, moving and storage expenses as well as with furniture, appliances, bedding, and household items to help make a home a home.

http://jewishfreeclinic.org/

Since 2001, the Jewish Community Free Clinic has been providing completely free medical care to anyone in need, regardless of any discriminating factors.  The clinic offers an atmosphere of respect, empowerment and partnership with their patients, and strives to assist them in attaining full health and well-being.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to continue our partnership with the Jewish Community Free Clinic in 2015 with our funding of their student-training program.  Each year the clinic trains several dozen of future medical professions, allowing the students to learn firsthand the complexity of ensuring care for an underserved population that has special needs reflective of the barriers that exist in achieving full health and wellbeing.  Training these professionals in a free clinic setting positively affects the public health in the community by diversifying the foundations of future health care professionals.

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www.jfcs.org

Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) aims to alleviate suffering and help people of all ages develop and maintain their highest level of independence and functioning through the provision of comprehensive professional and volunteer social services.  A new charity partner in 2015, Sonoma Wine County Weekend is pleased to be able to support JFCS with a grant for their JFCS RIDES program, which provides timely door-through-door rides for elder adults for medical appointments, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other personal needs.

www.kidscoopnews.com

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to be able to add Kid Scoop News to our list of grantees in 2015.  Kid Scoop News is an educational newspaper for kids designed to enable children to become informed, healthy, active participants in their local communities.  The newspapers are offered free of charge to elementary school teachers and are paid for through corporate and private sponsorship.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is extremely pleased to be able to sponsor papers for 60 Sonoma County classrooms, impacting 2,100 students each month.

www.laluzcenter.org

La Luz is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our Sonoma Valley neighbors, who contribute to the economic, cultural and social well being of our community. La Luz provides English language training, teaches computer skills, distributes food, host medical services, offers crisis counseling, and supports events that celebrate the richness of our multicultural community. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to help the La Luz Center offer Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) classes to their clients.  Triple P is an international, evidence-based program built on 30+ years of ongoing research. It provides parents with a support system to learn skills to prevent and treat behavioral, social, developmental and emotional problems in children and teenagers.

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www.lagunafoundation.org

The Laguna Foundation restores and conserves the Laguna de Santa Rosa and inspires public appreciation for this Sonoma County Wetland of International Importance.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation with a grant to help bring their Learning Laguna wetland education program to 1,250 students across Sonoma County.  The program provides students with meaningful opportunities to engage their senses, make discoveries, and learn about the natural world, including: wetland ecology, function, ecosystem services and conservation, and wetland-dependent plant and animal species.

www.montgomeryhighschool.com

Montgomery High School is a comprehensive high school, meaning it serves students from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and needs, providing everything from a top academic International Baccalaureate Program to classes for students with severe cognitive and physical disabilities.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is very pleased to be able to support Montgomery’s innovative Power Days program, which helps provide a jumpstart to 75 sophomores that need help owning their education.  The program offers a day of reflective games and activities that are springboards to self-discovery and deeper discussion.  The program has been incredibly influential to past students, 100% of whom were not on track to graduate at the time of the program, to the point that over 85% of them ended up graduating from High School.

www.alexandervalleyusd.org/nuevos-horizontes-adult-english-classes/

Nuevos Horizontes, which translates to New Horizons in English, is a unique ESL school in that it aims to reach all members of English learner families by offering quality ESL instruction to parents, homework help/preschool skills for their children, and leadership training for teenagers so that the whole family will thrive and become successful participants in the community.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is very pleased to be able to support this wonderful program with the funding it needs to be able to serve families well into the future.

www.operationaccess.org

Operation Access organizes volunteer physicians, support staff and community hospitals to donate surgical and specialty services free of charge to low-income, uninsured Bay Area residents.  They believe that every person should have access to specialty care when they need it, that physicians and nurses want to give back to their local community, and that the entire community is well served when those most vulnerable receive care.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was very pleased to begin our partnership with Operation Access by providing them with a grant to help fund their efforts to prevent and cure blindness among uninsured agricultural workers in Sonoma County.

www.operationblanket.com

An inspirational program founded by then 9–year-old Ian Rich, Operation Blanket provides new blankets to homeless children and their families in Sonoma County.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend first learned about Operation Blanket when both organizations received a Champions for Children award from the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs).  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to provide Operation Blanket with the funding they will need to provide 240 blankets to those in need in Sonoma County.

www.pedidental.org

In California there are 5 million children enrolled in the state-provided Denti-Cal dental insurance program.  There is also a severe shortage of dentist accepting Denti-Cal with only 1 dentist for every 700 children, and only half of those dentists are accepting new patient.  This is largely due to the fact that California ranks last in the nation to reimbursement rates for Denti-Cal dentists.  What this leads to is 26,614 emergency room visits for dental problems, costing tax payers $4.5 million and 500,000 kids missing school for dental problems, costing our already cash-strapped schools over $30 million each year.  At the forefront of the effort to combat this issue is PDI Surgery Center in Windsor.  Since it’s founding, PDI has performed dental treatment to nearly 11,000 children from 30 counties across Northern California.  A typical PDI patient is three and a half years old and has 10 or more cavities.  In addition to providing a treatment for these suffering children, PDI also works to education children and families about oral hygiene and preventative care.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is honored to support PDI Surgery Center for both their treatment and outreach programs.

www.pephousing.org

PEP Housing is the only non-profit developer of affordable housing in Northern California that focuses exclusively on low-income seniors. PEP Housing has 16 senior housing communities serving nearly 450 seniors: 75% are senior women, nearly all of whom are extremely low-income, and 27% are minorities. In addition to providing affordable living units, PEP also provides Professional Service Coordinators who help our residents access the benefits and services they need to age in place with comfort, safety and dignity.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to begin our support of PEP Housing in 2015 with a grant to support their resident emergency medical fund, which assists residents with unexpected expenses for emergency medical, dental, and prescription needs.

www.petalumapeople.org

Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC) is dedicated to improving the social and economic health of their community by providing programs that strengthen the dignity and self-sufficiency of the individual.  Among the many services that PPSC provides to their clients is the iRIDE program, which provides transportation to seniors beyond what is currently available through local fixed route and para-transit services.  The goal of iRIDE is to reduce isolation of the seniors by encouraging them to utilize the service to volunteer at elementary school campuses that offer he United Way of the Wine Country’s Schools of Hope program (Schools of Hope is an ongoing partner of SWCW’s Fund the Future intiative).  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to be able to support the work of Petaluma People Services Center as they help seniors connect with children so they can build the critical reading skills needed to succeed in school and life.

www.refb.org

We all know how important it is for students to have healthy meals if they are going to be successful in school.  Sadly many students in Sonoma County don’t have enough to eat, which of course opens them up to health and nutritional issues in addition to making them likely to fall behind in school.  Luckily, Sonoma County has one of the best Food Banks in the nation in the Redwood Empire Food Bank.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has been partnering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank since 1998 and has contributed over $430,000 to their wonderful work.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to provide the Redwood Empire Food Bank with a grant that will help them to provide 85,000 meals to low-income children during the summer.  During the school year these children rely on food programs at school to ensure adequate nutrition, so programs like the Summer Lunch program are extremely important when these kids are out of school.

www.srhealthcenters.org

Santa Rosa Community Health Centers (SRCHC) provides patient-centered primary health care, dental care and mental health services to low-income and uninsured people in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to begin our support of SRCHC with funding to purchase a IRIS Intraoral Dental Camera.  The camera will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of SRCHC’s pediatric dental services for the 1,500 patients they serve each year.

www.schoolgardens.org

The School Garden Network (SGN) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and support of K-12 schools garden programs throughout Sonoma County. The School Garden Network works to address the most significant obstacles school gardens face by providing gatherings, trainings and direct financial and mentoring support to school garden programs.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to be able to support the School Garden Network as they expand their services to more schools while continuing to support their existing school partners.

www.sebastopolseniorcenter.org

The Sebastopol Area Senior Center was founded in 1968 to create and maintain an environment that encourages independence for older adults by providing learning, social, and recreational opportunities in the continuing pursuit of a fulfilling and Healthy life.  They achieve this by hosting numerous classes, events, and activities every single day.  The Sebastopol Area Senior Center welcomes people of every family composition, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, religious background, ethnicity, race, gender and income.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to support The Sebastopol Area Senior Center by providing them with a grant to support technology upgrades that will allow them to improve the efficiency of their services and track participation in their various services.

www.saysc.org

Social Advocates for Youth, (SAY), is a local non-profit organization with a 43 year history in providing hope, support, and opportunity to Sonoma County youth and their families.  The principal organization serving at-risk youth in Sonoma County since 1971, SAY is dedicated to creating and supporting a caring community where all children, teens, youth and families grow, thrive and succeed.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is extremely pleased to be able to provide SAY with two grants this year.  The first grant is to support the development of the Dream Center, a center that will provide a comprehensive array of services and supports and a shift from surviving to thriving for 70 homeless and former foster youth each year.  The Dream Center will also serve as a campus for youth, offering counseling, employment, and education training for up to 1,000 youth annually.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is also very pleased to be able to support Social Advocates for Youth as they take over the services of the Willmar Family Grief & Healing Center.  Monies from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend will support a school-based grief support program for children aged 7 to 14.

www.sonomaartslive.org

Established in 2010 as the Sonoma Theatre Alliance, now known as Sonoma Arts Live, is a nonprofit organization that was formed to act as a fiscal umbrella to member production companies, to aid in the presentation of high-quality theatrical productions; and to provide training in the theatre arts for adults and children, thereby enriching the cultural life of our community.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to support Sonoma Arts Live’s Teens ‘N Training program.  The program provides a healthy and creative outlet for participating teens affording them the opportunity to have their voices heard within their own community, all the while teaching them skills that will empower them both inside and outside of the theatre.

http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is honored to have the opportunity to support the Sonoma Community Center for the tenth consecutive year.  Since 2004, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has supported the Sonoma Community Center with nearly $260,000 in vital funding.  Most recently, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was able to support Sonoma Community Center’s wonderful Performance Playhouse program, which enriches, educates, and entertains children ages 3-10 years old.

www.sonomacountyfair.com

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is very pleased to begin our support of the Sonoma County Fair Foundation in 2015 with a grant to support the development of their Sara Lee and Richard’s Barn.  The Barn will be a permanent building that will offer year-round agricultural education experiences, particularly to Sonoma County youth.  The building will host a variety of different educational experiences from animal displays to a demonstration kitchen, and will serve over 300,000 fairgoers and youth each year.

www.scplf.org

The primary purpose of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation is to strengthen the ability of the Sonoma County Library to serve our community, to promote the use of library resources, enthusiasm for reading, and increased literacy for all Sonoma County residents.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able support the Library Foundation’s Free Bookmobile Program.  The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County is a program that promotes literacy and love of reading by giving away high quality books to access-challenged people throughout the region, especially children, adults, and seniors living in rural and low-income areas.

http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/SupportParks/RegionalParksFoundation.aspx

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation raises funds, fosters partnerships, and advocates on behalf of Sonoma County Regional Parks.  The Parks Foundation supports 50 parks and trails across Sonoma County, providing opportunities for outdoor recreation to over 5 million local residents and visitors each year.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support the Sonoma County Parks Foundation in their development of the Taylor Mountain Natural Play Area, an innovative play area that will encourage thousands of children over years, and even decades, to play outdoors, benefiting their fitness and health while introducing them to Sonoma County’s magnificent open spaces.

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http://youthecologycorps.org/

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) is a jobs, workforce training and ecosystem education program that employs youth and young adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship. Youth (more than 50 percent of whom are at-risk) work primarily in crews on environmental and conservation-related projects that provide a tangible benefit to the community.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to continue our support of the wonderful work of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps with a grant to help fund six-weeks of crew work.

www.sonomaecologycenter.org

The mission of Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) is to work with our community to enhance and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley and surrounding areas.  One of the ways that the Sonoma Ecology Center realized its mission is through its’ Watershed Education Program.  The Watershed Education program aims to increase the knowledge, skills, and environmental awareness of the over 1,000 student participants the program serves each year.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to begin our support of the Sonoma Ecology Center by supporting this wonderful program.

www.sonomafilmfest.org

Celebrating its 18th year in 2015, the Sonoma International Film Festival features more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance on Sonoma’s historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.  The Sonoma International Film Festival also supports the local community through its support of young filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers at the annual “Student Showcase.”  The showcase gives local students the opportunity to have their films seen by both professional filmmakers and festival audiences, an inspiring, albeit daunting, opportunity for most students.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was proud to help underwrite the Student Showcase again this year.

www.sonomafilmfest.org

Celebrating its 18th year in 2015, the Sonoma International Film Festival features more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance on Sonoma’s historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.  The Sonoma International Film Festival also supports the local community through its support of young filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers at the annual “Student Showcase.”  The showcase gives local students the opportunity to have their films seen by both professional filmmakers and festival audiences, an inspiring, albeit daunting, opportunity for most students.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was proud to help underwrite the Student Showcase again this year.

www.sonomaovernightsupport.org

Sonoma Overnight Support was founded in 1996 to offer a safe, temporary shelter to anyone in need, where one can find nourishment, daily structure, and individual guidance toward community outreach services.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was honored to assist Sonoma Overnight Support again this year by helping them to provide over 23,000 meals to families and individuals in need in Sonoma Valley.  Since 2010, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has granted $45,000 to Sonoma Overnight Support.

www.sonomaparadiso.com

Sonoma Paradiso Foundation was founded in 2004, by two leading wine industry families, the Jackson-Banke Family, and the Furth Family.  Jess Jackson, Barbara Banke, and Peggy and Fred Furth were determined to work together to find ways to make a greater impact on the lives of children in their community, and to focus their respective family foundations’ philanthropy on the children most in need of education, health care, social services, after school programs, and the arts.  Each year the Sonoma Paradiso Foundation puts on a wonderful Family Concert Series and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was pleased to be able to support the series with another grant in 2015.

www.svchc.org

The Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, founded in 1992, provides a wide variety of medical services to over 6,500 Sonoma Valley patients each year.  Those services presently include pediatrics, a Teen Clinic, pre- and post-natal care, adult and geriatric services, behavioral health, and many others.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to help the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center with the implementation of a Patient Portal system to support their new Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Systems. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has supported the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center with over $800,000 since 1998.

http://sonomavalleyhigh.org/

As the only High School in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Valley High School is the only opportunity for most valley youth to receive formal agricultural based education.  The Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department serves 350 students each year, offering classes that include: Agriculture Mechanics, Floral Design, Agriculture Biology, Agriculture Chemistry, and Agriculture Earth Science.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to support the Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department with three grants this year.  Since 2010, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has supported the Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department with nearly $115,000.

www.depotparkmuseum.org

The mission of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society is to provide a forum and a resource for the study and dissemination of Sonoma Valley history for present and future generations by identifying collecting, preserving and sharing artifacts, documents and images.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to help the Sonoma Valley Historical Society with the upgrade of their computer hardware and software necessary to support the data-basing of archival collections, the evaluation of collections for preservation treatments, and the selective digitization of archival holdings.

www.svh.com/foundation

As one of the original benefactors, the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend have been working together to maintain, improve and restore the health of everyone in Sonoma Valley.  Since 1989 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has contributed over $2.3 million to the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation.  In 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation with two grants.  One grant to support the development of their new Cancer Care Program which provides regular, integrative therapies for cancer patients in active treatment. These therapies include acupuncture, massage, guided imagery and others, which are proven to reduce symptoms including depression, anxiety, nausea, and pain.  Our second grant to the Hospital Foundation is to support their new Health and Nutrition programs which will provide community-based health programs to positively counterbalance the issues of obesity, heart disease, stroke and other life-style issues, with an extra focus on children and underserved adults.

www.sonomamentoring.org

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance invests in the future of Sonoma Valley by creating and supervising long-term relationships between caring adults and at-risk school children in need of social and academic support.   Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to support the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance for the fifteenth consecutive year in 2015 with our grant to support their Road Map to Your Future program.  Road Map to Your Future’s primary goal is that the majority of the 200 participating mentees further target their future career interests through 1-3 career/college site visits in at least three of Sonoma County Office of Education’s Career Pathways.  By providing Sonoma Valley’s most vulnerable youth the opportunities for career and college exploration outside of school, these youth are less likely to engage in risky behaviors including substance abuse, sexual activity, and delinquent acts.  To date, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend as granted over $640,000 in funding to Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

www.svma.org

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is a magnet of creative energy and cultural inspiration. Its exhibitions and educational programs engage the community in the art and ideas of our time, encouraging curiosity and innovation.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to once again support the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art with a grant to for scholarships to their Young Artists and Writers workshops.  The goals of the scholarship program for the Young Artists and Writers workshops are to widen the field of opportunity for participation among children of low-income families in Sonoma Valley and to diversify the field of student participants, which will generate a richer range and exchange of personal experiences.

www.svteens.org

Sonoma Valley Teen Services empowers teens to develop into happy, healthy, contributing members of their community.  They do this in collaboration with local schools, businesses, and other community agencies through their programs, which include: operation of micro business, work readiness training, internships, and job placement services.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to continue our long-time support of Sonoma Valley Teen Services with funding to support their Ready to Work program.  The program helps Sonoma Valley teens and young adults, aged 14-23, develop the necessary skills and confidence to prepare them for employment and help them gain employment and 2) provide quality and prepared workers for Sonoma Valley businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has supported Sonoma Valley Teen Services with nearly $144,000 since 1997.

www.stewardscr.org

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is a non-profit, environmental and interpretive organization that works in partnership with California State Parks in the Russian River District to support volunteer, education, and stewardship programs.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to begin our support of this wonderful organization with a grant to support habitat restoration and stewardship projects for youth and adult groups in the Willow and Fife Creek watersheds.

www.sunnyhillsservices.org

Sunny Hills Services is a private, non-profit organization serving vulnerable youth and their families. Founded in 1895 as an orphanage and farm in Marin County, California, Sunny Hills Services is now a regional child welfare organization dedicated to protecting, serving, nurturing and healing at-risk children and adolescents.  The mission of Sunny Hills Services is to engage vulnerable children and youth, enrich their connection with family and community and empower them to lead healthy, rewarding lives.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to continue our support of the YouTHRIVE program at Sunny Hill Services, which has as its goal to mitigate gang involvement and violence among youth and to assist youth in increasing their commitment to their education, personal development, and community.

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www.thechildrensvillage.com

The Children’s Village of Sonoma County is a unique, non-profit organization providing nurturing, family-style homes for children and siblings in foster care. Opened in August 2006, The Village currently consists of four large houses serving 24 children, and four apartments for seniors who act as surrogate grandparents. “Village Parents” staff the homes and care for the children; “Village Grandparents” spend volunteer time with the children.  In 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was pleased to be able to grant The Children’s Village $10,000 to aid them in developing a driver’s education program as a part of their Teen Transition program.  The Teen Transition program aims to provide the teenagers living at The Children’s Village with the same experiences and opportunities that most teenagers have, something that most children in traditional foster care don’t have access to.

www.thelivingroomsc.org

The Living Room is the only day center in in Sonoma County that specifically serves homeless and at-risk women and their children. The center fills a special need, in conjunction with other community agencies, by providing participants with a place to be during the day when overnight shelters are closed.  The Living Room provides hot meals, a computer center, daily necessities such as toothbrushes and shampoo as well as community referrals and on-site counseling.  To better serve their clients, the Living Room has recently moved to a new, larger facility, however the kitchen at the new facility is not adequate to serve the 30,000 fresh and nutritious meals The Living Room expects to serve this year.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is extremely pleased to provide a grant to help The Living Room build and equip their new kitchen.

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www.tlc4kids.org

TLC Child & Family Services (TLC) is dedicated to providing permanence, shelter, education, guidance, emotional healing and support to emotionally disabled children. A variety of expertly structured environments are provided so children can realize a richer life experience and discover hidden potential, develop character and a self-identity that is positive and productive in the community.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to be able to add TLC Child & Family Services to our ever-growing list of grantees with a grant to recruit, train, and certify new foster families.

www.transcendencetheatre.org

Through its’ Broadway Concerts and Musicals in the majestic open-air ruins of a historic winery in Jack London State Historic Park the Transcendence Theatre Company creates transcendent experiences that inspire others to go beyond the usual limits and change the world in extraordinary ways.   Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is excited to partner once again with the Transcendence Theatre Company and help them to fund their wonderful Broadway Kids Camp and Skits Under the Stars performances benefiting Sonoma Valley youth, as well as the community at large.

http://swimamericasonoma.org

Valley of the Moon Aquatics introduces the sport of swimming to the children of Sonoma Valley with the belief that learning to swim increases self-confidence enhances physical fitness, and, importantly, provides young people with extremely valuable safety skills in and around water.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to continue our partnership with Valley of the Moon Aquatics with the funding to offer 160 scholarships to Sonoma Valley youth that may not otherwise be able to access their wonderful services.

http://ourverity.org/

Verity is a community-based organization founded in 1974 with the aim of eliminating all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse.  Verity offers a wide variety of services including a 24/7 crisis hotline, prevention education for children, youth, and adults, as well as counseling services.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to support Verity in all of their wonderful work, but most recently has funded the Child Abuse Prevention Program.  The program aims to empower children aged 6-12 with the tools to protect themselves and understand at an early age what bullying is, and what a plan of action means when risky life situations arise.  The long-term impact of the Child Abuse Prevention Program will be the empowerment and understanding of children in relationship to their body rights and boundaries. They will understand the importance of using their voices to reach out to an identified trusted adult when facing potentially abusive and/or dangerous situations.

www.volunteernow.org

For forty years, the Volunteer Center has matched volunteers with local nonprofits to help them help others. They inspire thousands of people from all walks of life to share their skills and talents with worthwhile causes and organizations that help our community thrive.  Among the flagship programs of the Volunteer Center is the 2-1-1 Sonoma County information and referral service. In 2014, Sonoma County residents made a total of 39,756 phone calls and website visits to 2-1-1, seeking information to help them meet critical needs for food, medical care, shelter, tax assistance, and other essential services.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is pleased to initiate our support of the Volunteer Center with a grant to support the tremendous community resource that is 2-1-1 Sonoma County.

www.wchealth.org

West County Health Centers mission is to provide comprehensive, quality, and accessible health care services to the communities of western Sonoma County.  West County Health Centers served 13,810 unduplicated patients with 59,501 recorded visits including 1,524 teen visits, 52,157 individual primary and mental health visits and 5,820 dental visits, representing an overall increase of 40% in patient visits in the last three years. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is proud to begin our support of the West County Health Centers with a grant to increase both the number of patients served and the percentage of patients enrolled in health insurance plans, especially children.

www.womensrecoveryservices.org

The mission of Women’s Recovery Services is to break the cycle of addiction for women in a safe residential setting, allowing them and their young children to live together while learning the life skills necessary to become strong, responsible contributors in their communities.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is very pleased to add Women’s Recovery Services to our list of grantees in 2015 with a grant to support the on-site medical and psychological care the program provides.

www.worthourweight.org

Worth Our Weight (WOW) apprentices are young people from 16-24 who have faced major challenges in their lives, including foster care, difficulties with the law, homelessness, and significant family disruption.  At WOW, apprentices receive tuition-free culinary and foodservice training during a program that initially lasts one year. The program invites these young people into the greater world of food—sustainable farming, professional cooking, and access to high-quality food prepared by chefs and food service professionals—as well as provide them with the skills to prepare quality food for themselves.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is honored to provide a grant to Worth our Weight so that they can purchase a new catering van.  The van will allow the program to increase their on-site catering service, one of the largest sources of revenue for the program.

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