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Every day, we gather generous hearts and bright minds to solve the problems that lie beneath the surface of this beautiful place we call home.

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Volunteers and applicants work to fill in U.S. citizenship applications at a citizenship workshop hosted at Congregation Beth Shalom, in Napa, Calif. The workshops are a core part of the One Napa Valley Initiative launched by Napa Valley Community Foundation in 2013. The Initiative includes four nonprofit partner agencies who collaborate to host monthly citizenship workshops, and offer U.S. History and Civics classes to residents who are eligible for U.S. citizenship.

One Napa Valley Initiative: Celebrating 2,388 New U.S. Citizens

Since its launch in 2013, our One Napa Valley Initiative (ONVI) has profoundly transformed the Napa Valley community, turning the dream of U.S. citizenship into a tangible reality for thousands. Spearheaded by Napa Valley Community Foundation, this program is a testament to the power of collaboration among four key nonprofit partners: Immigration Institute of the Bay Area, On the Move, Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center, and UpValley Family Centers. Together, these organizations have crafted a seamless approach to navigating the complexities of naturalization.

More than 2,388 hardworking community members have gained citizenship through ONVI, and with a remarkable success rate of 98 percent, the collaborative approach to assisting lawful permanent residents (also known as “green card” holders) in becoming U.S. citizens is a model for other communities.

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A couple hugs in front of their ADU home. Text reads: The ADU Center Expands to Marin County

The ADU Center Expands to Marin County

When we launched the Napa Sonoma ADU Center in 2020, it was a significant undertaking — the recent wildfires had severely impacted an already tight housing market, and we believed that Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) had the potential to become a bigger part of the solution.

Now, we are excited to share The ADU Center’s rebranding and expansion into other North Bay counties, starting with Marin County. The newly renamed ADU Center’s next phase is fueled by a significant investment from the County of Marin, which recognizes how the ADU Center’s efforts can help local communities achieve their housing goals.

“Expanding our services to Marin County marks a milestone in our work,” shares Scott Johnson, Director of the ADU Center. “We’re here to support Marin residents every step of the way, from dreaming about an ADU to turning those dreams into reality.”

Expanding Access to The ADU Center: From Napa and Sonoma to Marin County
Text reads: California Forever? May 15, 2024 at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. Exploring California’s most newsworthy proposed housing development with New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty.

Our May Town Hall Event: California Forever?

On Wednesday, May 16, 2024 join Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) for a thought-provoking Town Hall event,  “California Forever?,” featuring Conor Dougherty, a distinguished New York Times reporter renowned for his in-depth coverage of housing and urban development.

Conor brought the ambitious California Forever project into the national spotlight when he broke news about the eye-popping proposal and its until-then secret backers.

This event will delve into Conor’s groundbreaking and comprehensive reporting on the Solano County mega-project and explore, more broadly, the challenges and opportunities of creating more housing in California.

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