NAPA VALLEY WINE AUCTION DONATES ADDITIONAL $615,000 TO LOCAL CHARITIES
Funds will support farmworker and homeless youth housing as well as mental health services for Napa County children
5/16/2001 - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has approved three additional grants to benefit local Napa County entities - the Napa Valley Housing Authority; Catholic Charities; and, Aldea, Inc. - in collaboration with Family Service of the North Bay, Napa Walk-In Center and Hospice of Napa Valley.
Generated by proceeds of the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction, the three new grants cap a year of charitable giving by Napa vintners to the local community. A $350,000 grant for farmworker housing goes to the Napa Valley Housing Authority. $175,000 goes to Catholic Charities for homeless youth housing. And, $90,000 goes to Aldea, Inc., for mental health collaborative services.
The farmworker housing grant will be used by the Napa Housing Authority for start-up expenses for a new, permanent, 60-bed farmworker housing facility in Napa County. The Wine Auction grant will also help the Authority compete for additional State of California funds to assist with the actual construction of the facility. Peter Drier, Executive Director of the Housing Authority also believes the Wine Auction's sizable grant will greatly assist in obtaining additional financial support at the local, state and federal levels.
Catholic Charities, recipient of a $175,000 grant, will use the funds to help purchase a local Napa apartment building to be used for homeless youth. Seven to nine local youth in need will be housed in the new facility, while participating in educational or job training programs.
A beneficiary of the Auction's grant cycle last November 2000, Aldea, Inc. will receive an additional $90,000 for a collaborative multi-agency effort to support school-based mental health services for Napa County children.
Last year alone, the NVV contributed an unprecedented $8.7 million toward the betterment of the Napa Valley community. For the first time, a special projects fund of $910,000 was set aside for unanticipated community needs that might arise before this year's Auction distribution of funds. The three grants announced today come directly from this fund.
The Napa Valley Wine Auction is a registered nonprofit, established in 1981 by the NVV to raise private contributions for Napa County charitable organizations and residents in need. Since its inception, the Wine Auction has raised more than $29 million for local Napa charities.