Your support helps us to continue to build community resiliency up valley...
$5,000 helps 30 low-income families receive free tax preparation and financial literacy coaching
Tax time can be critical for low-income households. Last year, we provided free tax return assistance to 601 low income (>$54,000 annual income) households, bringing back $810,000 in refunds – an average of $1,348 per family.
$2,500 provides civics tutoring, consultation and citizenship assistance to help 5 people seeking citizenship
The Migration Policy Institute found that Napa County immigrants are less likely to be naturalized than immigrants statewide. Citizenship is correlated with higher family income, higher English proficiency, and more engagement in community affairs. As a member of the Napa Citizenship Legal Services Collaborative, we offer immigration services up valley; we have helped 779 people gain citizenship since 2014 together with other members of the Napa Citizenship Legal Services Collaborative.
$1,000 provides field trips for 40 students in the CLARO/A Program
Latino students drop out of school at higher rates, score lower on standardized tests, enter and graduate from college at lower percentages, and feel less empowered in school than any other ethnic group in the state. Our weekly, school-based CLARO/A groups provide up valley Latino teens with mentors needed to bridge cultural and socio economic gaps and foster school engagement. Of the 143 teens participating last year, 97% reported having plans for their future because of CLARO/A; 90% reported increased problem solving skills.
$750 purchases early literacy program materials for 30 children and their parents to form a love of reading
In Napa County, there is a 17% kindergarten readiness gap between English-learners and their English-fluent peers. Adults who read, talk and sing with young children increase their children's' readiness for school. We reach 80 families with free parent/child early learning programs annually. We reach 252 children and caregivers with free early learning programs annually. The majority of our parents report more confidence establishing reading routines at home and reading to their child 3 times per week.
$250 provides a healthy lunch and an engaging workshop for 20 seniors
Activities that reduce isolation and foster social relationships are essential for maintaining seniors' health and well-being. 25% of Calistoga's population are seniors. In Calistoga's 3 senior mobile home parks, 62% of residents are low-income and 19% rely on Social Security benefits as their only income.
$100 connects families and individuals to needed resources
UpValley Family Centers served 1,273 people last year with resources and guided referrals in English and Spanish. Our trusted staff assist clients with applications for health insurance, unemployment insurance, rental assistance and disaster emergency assistance related to the Napa Wildfires. We make our rural communities stronger by offering local, safe and welcoming places for residents to seek help when they need it.