News from Grant Recipients

4Paws Making a Difference in Our Schools

4Paws has had a lot of press lately and with good cause! It was a joy to read the extraordinary testimonials from teachers who have witnessed first-hand the transformation that takes place when a therapy dog joins the classroom reading program. I cannot emphasize enough how something so simple can create such a special time in class where children feel safe and love to do what they are learning. … [Read more...]

Impact Presents Video #9 and #10!

This month we have the good fortune to share two new videos with you - thanks again to Impact100 member Pat Meier-Johnson and her husband, Russ Johnson. The first video highlights the efforts of the Ceres Community Project through which Sonoma teens learn about healthy organic cooking, the power of diet, and the ability to make a difference in the lives of people in need. The second shares … [Read more...]

The Impact of Impact100 Sonoma

One expects an elementary school to be abuzz with energy, but at El Verano and Sassarini Schools that energy extends well beyond normal school hours thanks to a series of new classes offered by Sonoma Valley Parent University. Members of Impact100 Sonoma were recently given the opportunity to learn more about the history of Parent University and its progress in Sonoma Valley since receiving the … [Read more...]

Sonoma Overnight Support Story in the Press Democrat

Congratulations to Sonoma Overnight Support for a wonderful article in the Press Democrat. The article shares several personal stories about those who have found shelter at The Haven, "where  nonresident homeless can take showers, do laundry, use a computer or telephone, eat a meal, find counseling and … [Read more...]

A Special Invite to Impact100 Sonoma from Redwood Empire Food Bank

Here is your chance to see first-hand the early results of our 2014 Impact Grant and to roll up your sleeves and get involved. The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) invites Impact100 Sonoma members to visit their amazing facility and to help pack food boxes for the Diabetes Wellness Project of Sonoma Valley. For those of you who attended the Annual Meeting last June, you will recall the recorded … [Read more...]

Glen Weaver wins the prestigious Jefferson Award

Congratulations to Glen Weaver, founder of the Free Bookmobile, on receipt of the Jefferson Award for his efforts in promoting literacy throughout Sonoma County.  The Jefferson Awards were started by the American Institute for Public Service in 1972, as part of the institute’s mission to build a culture of service.  As stated in the June 17, 2014 article in the Sonoma Index Tribune, “On a local … [Read more...]

The new preschool at Sassarini Elementary School is open!

Youngsters attending the new preschool at Sassarini Elementary School are adjusting to the new “school” atmosphere that will help jump-start their kindergarten and total school experiences. Several Impact100 Sonoma board members were delighted to attend the recent “mini” dedication to commemorate the opening of the new preschool.  Laura Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley … [Read more...]

Great news from the Bookmobile!

We  look forward to receiving news from our awardees, and the emails received from the Free Bookmobile are always positive and heart-warming.  But this past month, the news was particularly special.  The Free Bookmobile has a wonderful new home as a program of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation! "An independent non-profit organization, the SCPLF supports the local library system, … [Read more...]

Sonoma Valley Ceres Program: Nourishing the roots of community

  “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 Hanna Boys Center is abuzz with local teen volunteers working diligently under the guidance of the Ceres Community Project chefs … [Read more...]

A Unique Hospice Facility Now in Sonoma

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...]