Our Impact Grant Winners
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2020 $100,000 IMPACT GRANT RECIPIENT
4Cs Sonoma County
4Cs Sonoma County will be using the 2020 Impact Grant to expand their Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) and support rebuilding and increasing the capacity of child care programs in Sonoma County. Child care slots have been dramatically diminished following the Tubbs Fire of 2017 and by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, only 50% of licensed child care facilities are open with greatly reduced student capacity. Seventeen additional facilities have permanently closed, with more closures anticipated.
Parents Earning – Children Learning requires licensed facilities as part of a stable and long term recovery for our communities. CCIP is a five-week training session designed to (1) increase the availability of child care, creating better access, (2) generate small business opportunities for women of color in high need communities, and (3) provide quality early learning environments to children. The CCIP expansion will recruit, train, and support 90 prospective family child care providers, provide incentives to reduce barriers, and track participants’ learning, completion, and license status, as well-child care slots created. More information about Sonoma 4Cs is available at www.sonoma4cs.org
2020 $10,000 Finalist Merit Award Winner
Legal Aid of Sonoma County
The mission of the Legal Aid of Sonoma County is to promote social justice and advance basic human rights for vulnerable people in our community. Their clients typically have nowhere else to turn. Their Homelessness Prevention Project helps tenants facing imminent homelessness in the eviction process and helps homeless people obtain housing by removing financial and legal barriers that keep them on the street. Additional information about this nonprofit is available at www.legalaidsc.org
2020 $10,000 Finalist Merit Award Winner
The Climate Center
The power outages in August 2020 were a reminder of how fragile and obsolete our current power system is. While all communities are disrupted and suffer from power outages, low-income households suffer the most, with fewer back-up resources and less able to withstand financial losses. “Powering Santa Rosa’s Low-Income Communities with Clean Energy Resilience” will provide “islands” of clean power (solar combined with battery storage) capable of maintaining power reliability during outages, independently of PG&E, for two community facilities located in a lower-income neighborhood of Santa Rosa. Learn more at theclimatecenter.org
2020 Impact Grant Nominees
10,000 Degrees Sonoma County, 6th Street Playhouse, Becoming Independent, Ceres Community Project, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County, Community Matters, Community Support Network, Corazon Healdsburg, COTS- Committee on the Shelterless, Council on Aging, Daily Acts, Dogma Animal Rescue, Inc., Kashia School, Landpaths California – CA, Legal Aid of Sonoma County, Luther Burbank Center, North Bay Organizing Project, Northern California Center for Well-Being, Pepperwood Preserve, Petaluma People Services Centers, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Restorative Resources, Santa Rosa Community Health, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Social Advocates for Youth, River to Coast Children’s Services, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, SOS Community Counseling, St Joseph Health Hospice Services, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Summerfield Waldorf School, The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, The Climate Center, The Living Room Center, Inc, West County Health Centers, Women’s Recovery Services
2019 $100,000 IMPACT GRANT RECIPIENT
Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services
The Impact 100 Redwood Circle annual meeting was held on November 9th to choose the $100,000 Impact Grant winner. Over 130 members were in attendance to hear presentations from the three finalists – Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services, Santa Rosa Community Health, and Social Advocates for Youth. Members attending the meeting and those who had previously submitted absentee ballots chose Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services as the 2019 Impact Grant recipient. For more information about Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services, visit their website at http://www.forgetmenotfarm.org
2019 $10,000 Finalist Merit Award Winner
For the first time, Impact 100 Redwood Circle implemented Finalist Merit Awards for the two nonprofits not selected for the Impact Grant. This year the Finalist Merit Award was $7,500. each.
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) began over 45 years ago with a mission to keep teens out of jail and off the streets. Today, they provide housing, counseling, and career services to youth and families throughout Sonoma County.
2019 $10,000 Finalist Merit Award Winner
Santa Rosa Community Health
Santa Rosa Community Health serves our diverse community by providing excellent, culturally responsive, comprehensive primary care that is accessible to all people. We care for the whole person with compassion and respect. We cultivate a safe, supportive learning environment where employees can do their best work in a way that embraces diversity. We advocate for health care as a human right because it is fundamental to social justice.
2019 Impact Grant Nominees
Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bergin University of Canine Studies, BOOST Conductive education, Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, Ceres Community Project, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Community Housing Sonoma County, CTE Career Technical Education Foundation, Disability Services, and Legal Center, Dovetail Learning, Inc., Early Learning Institute, Face to Face, Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services, Free to Be, Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County, Humane Society of Sonoma County, Individuals Now – aka Social Advocates for Youth, Jewish Community Free Clinic, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Landpaths, Legal Aid of Sonoma County/Social Work, Lime Foundation, Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Museum of Sonoma County, PDI Surgery Center, Rebuilding Together Petaluma, Rotary Club of Sebastopol Foundation Inc, Russian Riverkeeper, Santa Rosa Community Health, Santa Rosa Symphony, Save Our Students – SOS Counseling, The Living Room Center, United Way Wine Country, West County Community Services, West County Health Centers, Women’s Recovery Services, YMCA of Sonoma County.
2018 $100,000 IMPACT GRANT RECIPIENT
The Impact 2017/2018 Grant was given to Catholic Charities for an Emergency Services for Homeless Children Program by funding a Children’s Resource Navigator and Emergency Childcare Subsidies.
Nominees for this grant included the following organizations: A Theater for Children, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Canine Companions for Independence, Career Technical Education Foundation Sonoma County, Catholic Charities, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County, Community Support Network, COTS, Daily Acts, Family Justice Center of Sonoma County, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County, North Bay Organizing Project, Occidental Arts, and Ecology Center, Petaluma Arts Center, Rebuilding Together Petaluma, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Restorative Resources, Santa Rosa Community Health, School Garden Network, The Living Room, The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, West County Community Services, West County Health Centers, Women’s Recovery Services, and YWCA of Sonoma County. (finalists in red)
2017 IMPACT GRANT AWARD RECIPIENT
Food for Thought
For 26 years, Food for Thought has provided nutrition services for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County. Impact 100 RC monies will fund a pilot program to provide these comprehensive nutritional services to people affected by other chronic illnesses.
Nominees included – 10,000 Degrees, Bird Rescue Center, Boys and Girls Club, Burbank Housing, Center for Climate Protection, Ceres, Children’s Museum, Chrysalis Community Counseling, Community Child Care Council, COTS, Face to Face, Food for Thought, Girl Scouts of Northern California, Habitat for Humanity, LandPaths, PDI, Pepperwood Preserve, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Santa Rosa Players (6th Street Playhouse), Santa Rosa Symphony Simply Strings, SAY, SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry, Taskforce for Homeless, The Living Room, TLC Child, and Family Services, YWCA Domestic Violence Services.
2016 IMPACT GRANT AWARD RECIPIENT
VOICES is an innovative nonprofit that provides youth with the resources they need to leap from foster care to successful, independent adulthood. Impact 100 RC monies will be used to develop and implement a “Foster Youth Navigation Program,” which aims to increase the percentage of foster youth successfully matriculating through college.
Nominees included: ArtStart, Bird Rescue Center, BOOST, Boys and Girls Club, Ceres Community Project, Children’s Speech Therapy Center, Community Action Partnership, COTS, Dovetail Learning, Face to Face, Forget Me Not Farm, Global Student Embassy, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, LandPaths, Pediatric Dental Center (PDI), Social Advocates for Youth, School Garden Network, Sonoma County Museum, The Living Room, United Way, VOICES