Champion Community

We believe that our community and our democracy are more vibrant when everyone participates in the decisions we make about our future. But all too often, certain segments of our population face obstacles to civic engagement – like the lack of affordable legal services to obtain citizenship, or the dearth of local journalism.

Citizenship: our impact

In 2013, we launched the One Napa Valley Initiative to provide immigrant legal services and pathways for local immigrants to become fully engaged in Napa Valley’s future.

Maria Pantoja is a Latina woman with long brown hair and a beautiful, welcoming smile. She is standing outdoors, and is wearing a chic black and white top with gold earrings.

ONVI has profoundly transformed the Napa Valley community, turning the dream of U.S. citizenship into a tangible reality for thousands.

Transforming Dreams into Citizenship: The Success of the One Napa Valley Initiative

$3 million+

in grants since 2013


people have received free legal consultations for citizenship or other immigration benefits


Napa residents have been sworn in as U.S. Citizens

Journalism: our impact

The past 15 years have witnessed a seismic shift in the local media landscape. A prime example is the Napa Valley Register, which once boasted a staff of over 100 dedicated individuals but has since experienced a significant contraction.

In times of crisis, the role of trusted news outlets becomes paramount, and the issue of language accessibility takes center stage.

And it’s why we launched a Media & Democracy Fund last year to preserve and grow independent journalism that can cover the important topics affecting our quality of life — like housing, education, and healthcare — and inform and engage residents in solutions to such issues.

An illustrated graphic reading media and Democracy Fund, with images of different types of mass media: newspapers, cell phones, tvs, computers, photography, video, podcasts, radio.

Read our 2023 Local Journalism Report  to learn why the avenues available to cater to the news and information needs of our Spanish-speaking community members remain woefully inadequate and find out what can be done to help.

New Report: the Future of News in Napa Valley 🗞️

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