News from Grant Recipients

Sonoma Valley Ceres Program: Nourishing the roots of community

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  “We are not just teaching cooking skills.  We are teaching how to be a responsible member of the community.”     - Francesca Fifis, Project Manager, Sonoma Valley Ceres Program On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week, the well-appointed kitchen at the Hanna Boys Center is abuzz with local teen volunteers working diligently under the guidance of the Ceres Project chefs to … [Read more...]

A Unique Hospice Facility Now in Sonoma

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The Hospital Care Room at Sonoma Valley Hospital is the only one of its kind in the country, and has already proven to be a much-needed option for Sonoma Valley patients facing the end of life and who need community support. Struggling with increasingly complex symptoms effects all individuals in need of medical and physical care and/or those who lack family or other resources are in need of a … [Read more...]

Good Parenting as a Strategy for Gang Prevention

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In January 2011, Richard R. Ramos, a noted gang expert, speaker, and author, posted a blog entitled Good Parenting is the BEST Gang Prevention Strategy for Any Community, and good parenting is exactly what the California Parenting Institute (CPI) is all about. Gang prevention has always been of interest to CPI because they serve a large Latino population in Sonoma County, and unfortunately … [Read more...]

There is nothing as fundamental to health as nutritious food

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Living in poverty means that people have numerous challenges to deal with, day in and day out, but most fundamental is the need for nutritious food.  A family facing food insecurity struggles to put healthy food on the table, especially expensive items like fresh produce and lean protein.  As food insecurity increases, the nutritional value of the food often decreases leading to a variety of … [Read more...]

Many Hands Make Light Work

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Greater Impact project at Becoming Independent readies gardens for spring Over two sunny Saturdays in January, work groups from Impact100 Sonoma, the Kiwanis, and the staff and board of community grant recipient Becoming Independent rolled up their sleeves -- quite literally -- to enhance a small garden area at 355 West Napa Street and prepare it for spring planting.   “The garden … [Read more...]

SVHF creates the Women’s Resource Center

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Everyone suffers from stress in their lives, particularly women.  Sonoma Valley Hospital now offers a safe and comfortable environment in which local women of all walks of life can learn how to handle stress and explore other health issues such as pregnancy, puberty, diabetes, menopause, bone health and more. Kelly Mather, CEO of Sonoma Valley Hospital, tapped Jackie Lyons, Manager of … [Read more...]

WillMar expands its highly successful Grief Reach program

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In 2010 WillMar Center began its relationship with Impact100 Sonoma, receiving its first operating grant of $2,500.  We were able to introduce Impact100 members to our services that provide free and essential peer grief support for children, teens, and their families, who are grieving the death of a loved one, and for those living with family members within the Sonoma Valley suffering from a … [Read more...]

La Luz Center continues changing lives with its Impact100 Grants

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  I went into your parenting classes thinking that I was going to learn to change my 5-year-old son’s behavior.  I learned that it is me as a parent that needs to change.             -  Parenting Class Participant I feel safe.  You helped me make the hardest decision I ever had to make.  Now that he is gone, I can finally breathe.  I can do things on my … [Read more...]

A new “home” for the Bookmobile!

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The Free Bookmobile is now protected from the elements!  Our beautiful new vehicle shelter was recently installed at our home base and is keeping both rain and sun off of our roof.  It will also do a great job of protecting the custom mural that adorns the driver's side of the vehicle. Each month we perform outreach to Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and Boyes Hot Springs.  We additionally schedule … [Read more...]

VOICES is making an impact thanks to Impact100 Sonoma

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Having VOICES services available to me in Sonoma was a help to me because it was conveniently located in the same town I live in. I didn't have to drive or find a way out of town for help and answers concerning my resume, cover letter, job opportunities and even financial aid for college.                               ... A message from a youth living in Sonoma The partnership between VOICES … [Read more...]