News from Grant Recipients

A Special Invite to Impact100 Sonoma from Redwood Empire Food Bank

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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

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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!

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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

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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 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

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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


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


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


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...]