Cultivating Community Since 1959
Our Commitment to Community began in 1959, when winemaking pioneer, Rod Strong envisioned Sonoma County as a special place for producing wine. Sonoma County is the foundation on which our commitment is built and “community” for us means many things. It means a commitment to winemaking, sustainability, innovation and family. However, our most important commitment extends beyond the winery in Sonoma County. It’s our commitment to the bigger community, to giving back and being stronger together.
We’re proud to support the following organizations:
LUTHER BURBANK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Just a few miles down Old Redwood Highway from the winery, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts offers an array of cultural, popular and family programming selected to enrich and entertain the North Bay community. The center includes a contemporary art museum, an education program and community use of the facility.
CORE – Children of Restaurant Employees
CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees provides financial relief to food and beverage service employees with children when either the employee or their child faces a health crisis, injury, death or natural disaster.
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. WCK has created a new model for disaster response through its work helping devastated communities recover and establish resilient food systems. WCK has served more than 50 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world. Resilience Programs in the Caribbean and Central America have trained hundreds of chefs and school cooks, advanced clean cooking practices, and awarded grants to farms, fisheries and small food businesses while also providing training and networking opportunities.
California Academy of Sciences
The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration.
PBWC – Professional Business Women’s Conference
We envision an inclusive world where access to opportunity and pay is equal for all. Our work includes connecting, informing, inspiring and empowering un- and under-represented professionals to dream big, achieve their ambitions and lift others as they rise.
Sonoma County Grape Growers – Farmworker Resiliency Fund
After two devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2019, SCGGF established a Wildfire Housing Support Fund, raising more than $2 million dollars to support Sonoma County farmworkers. SCGGF supported approximately 1,500 farmworkers and their families during these unprecedented disasters by purchasing trailers for temporary housing, providing rent support, offering financial assistance toward new and/or temporary housing, supplementing lost wages, and providing gift cards to purchase new household items, food and supplies.
In the summer and fall of 2020, additional wildfires forced thousands of Sonoma County residents to evacuate and/or halt work within the mandatory evacuation zones. The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation immediately reopened its resiliency fund for ag workers and their families who were displaced from their homes, lost wages or were impacted by the fire. The fund serves to assist any workers who are employed by a farmer, rancher or an agricultural employer in Sonoma County.
American Forests creates healthy and resilient forests, from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building.
Sonoma County Fund the Future – Children’s Literacy
Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF) is an accredited 501c(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Its purpose is to consistently support local nonprofit organizations that address issues within the Sonoma County community. The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation cultivates a vibrant and diverse Sonoma County by elevating lives through charitable events and philanthropic giving. Our fundraising efforts have a direct impact in the areas of literacy, education, health & human services, the environment and arts & culture. With the Foundation’s many initiatives including the Community Grants, Fund-the-Future, Fund-A-Need and Emergency Relief Fund, we have the ability to impact all needs, ranging from the immediate to the long term.
Wine Institute is the only U.S. organization advocating for wine at the state, federal and international levels. We bring together the resources of 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses to support legislative and regulatory advocacy, international market development, media relations, scientific research and education programs that benefit the entire California wine industry.
Summer Search was originally created by Linda Mornell to provide experiential opportunities for students from underrepresented communities, offering young people a supportive environment to get out of their comfort zones and experience confidence-boosting adventures. They’d reflect on their experiences and emerge with a greater understanding of their goals and purpose. These were summer searches into their hearts.
Today, summer experiences are still an essential part of the program, with our students traveling to locations all over the world. The program has grown to include in-depth mentorship, post-high school advising, and career support. As our students advance through the program, they find that their summer experiences have transformed into life searches – a continuous, enriching approach to discovering their life’s purpose.
Meals on Wheels Sonoma County
Since 1977, Council on Aging has operated the largest meal program for seniors in Sonoma County.
The Council on Aging Senior Nutrition Services provides over 285,000 meals annually to seniors in need in the following five programs: Meals on Wheels, Congregate Dining, Senior Social Club/Adult Day Respite Program, and Weekend Meals. These meals reach our most vulnerable, food insecure seniors. The meals provide one third of the recommended dietary requirements for seniors. For many clients, it is their only meal of the day.
Council on Aging is committed to reducing food insecurity in the elderly. The commitment costs over a million dollars annually. Only 38% of the program is supplemented by the federal government. We must rely on the support and generosity of the community to cover the remaining costs of the program.
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Since 1987, the Redwood Empire Food Bank has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. We distribute food through our own programs and our partner organizations in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties. As the largest hunger-relief organization in our area, we work on the front lines of emergency food assistance in our region, playing a crucial role in helping individuals, families, seniors, and children.
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