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Impact100 Sonoma continues to celebrate the amazing work of the nonprofits serving Sonoma Valley. To highlight the accomplishments of its grant recipients, Impact100 initiated a series of Profiles of Impact, a one-page profile featuring each of our nonprofit grantees, summarizing the services they provide and the impact they have made.

In addition, videos were produced to accompany these profiles.  Impact member, Pat Meier-Johnson and her husband, Russ Johnson, have donated their time and expertise to the production of these videos. Videos are posted on the Impact100 YouTube channel and on our website, below.  Thanks so much to Pat and Russ for these videos that capture the very essence of the impact of the nonprofit organizations.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) – Shifting Goals to Meet a Dire Need

In the aftermath of the devastating October 2017 fires, the staff of Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Grief Services evaluated the critical situation in Sonoma Valley and asked Impact100 Sonoma if they could shift the focus of their 2017 Community Grant to meet the needs of children, youth and families affected by fire loss, trauma, and other losses brought to the forefront by the fires.

“During the 2017/18 grant period in which our work was supported by Impact100, our resilience as a community was tested,” explained Melissa Bentley, SAY’s Director of Counseling Services. “The flexibility of Impact100 to allow the use of grant dollars to address the more immediate counseling needs of youth and families allowed SAY to make the shift and serve Sonoma Valley with immediate, relevant services.”

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Teen Services Sonoma – Grant Recipient Success!

Thanks in large part to 2016 and 2017 Community Grants, Teen Services Sonoma launched, then expanded, their successful Welding Program in collaboration with Hanna Boys Center.

The goal: Offer valley youth living-wage job skills!


Community Grant Fires Up the Community Center’s New Kiln!

September 9 was a day of celebration for the ceramics program of the Sonoma Community Center as Kala Stein, Ceramics Director and Impact member, cut the ceremonial red ribbon and officially “fired up” the Center’s new kiln. The Community Center raised a total of $40,000: $35,000 for the kiln and $5,000 for installation and necessary upgrades to the kiln shed.

During the ceremony Executive Director John Gurney thanked Impact100 Sonoma for the crucial $10,000 Community Grant, as well as other donors, that made it possible to replace the aging 30-year-old kiln with the new one that is safer, more energy efficient, and will allow the popular ceramics program to expand. Congratulations one and all!

ACR Conservation in Action:  Mentoring Women Conservationists

Women Take Action for Conservation.  From Audubon Canyon Ranch bulletin:  Conservation in Action

Julia Clothier, Education Program Manager

When I joined ACR, among my first projects was designing and directing a summer camp.  The direction was clear. Create a summer program combining ACR’s commitment to Conservation in Action, our extraordinary female staff and financial support from Impact100 Sonoma. The purpose: inspire and mentor tomorrow’s incredible women conservationists.
The new Conservation Science Intensive (CSI) program, entirely funded and led by women, included an unprecedented cross-program team of all of ACR’s female conservation, stewardship and education staff.
Read the full article in ACR’s Bulletin:  Conservation in Action

Safe School Ambassadors: Thank you note to Impact100!

The Community Matters Safe School Ambassadors program is thriving partly due to the Impact100 Sonoma Community Grant in 2016 which helped strengthen the program’s sustainability. Community Matters recently partnered with Umpqua bank to provide a sweet treat to Sonoma County Ambassadors as a “thank you” and recognition for the hard work they do each day.  Ambassadors work hard to keep their schools safe and inclusive for all students by standing up and speaking up when they see or hear mistreatment.  These photos show many of our Sonoma Valley school ambassadors at an ‘All Ambassador’ meeting. Schools such as Adele Harrison and Altimira Middle Schools in Sonoma are so lucky to have community organizations like Impact100 that have helped them sustain their programs with financial support.   On behalf of the team here at Community Matters, the staff and students of the schools – THANK YOU!

Check out the Community Matters website for more information on the Safe Ambassadors Program

4Paws Learning and Wellness Center

Making the lives of pets and people better

4Paws teams bring smiles, comfort, and a love for learning to patients and students…

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10,000 Degrees

Creating college graduates who change the world

I was an interesting child. How could I not be?

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Art Escape
Explore, Play, Engage, Create
Art Escape makes creative activities affordable and accessible…

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Becoming Independent 

Promoting community inclusion and participation for people with developmental disabilities

James came to Becoming Independent in 1990, when he was 20 years old…

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley 

Providing positive opportunities for youth to learn and succeed

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley impact 2,000 children and teens annually…

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Ceres Community Project 

Connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others, and the earth

Ceres is much more than a meal service…

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Child Parent Institute 

Building brighter futures for our children and families

CPI’s focus is on strengthening families and the communities in which they live…

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Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County 

Promoting literacy and a love of reading

This bookmobile began in 2009 as a family community service project…

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Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) 

Providing emergency help to residents experiencing financial hardships in Sonoma Valley

In 1971, eight local churches established FISH to provide emergency assistance…

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Hospice by the Bay 

Ensuring access to hospice and palliative care in the Sonoma Valley

Hospice works with partners to ensure access to end-of-life care when needed…

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Jack London Park Partners 

Making Jack London State Historic Park thrive as a relevant community resource

An enormous challenge came in 2011 when the state parks were closed…

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La Luz Center 

A catalyst for change in Sonoma Valley through health, education and financial security

Many of those who have been helped by La Luz find ways to say thank you…

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Pets Lifeline 

Protecting and improving the lives of cats and dogs in need

Each cat and dog that finds a loving home becomes a single story…

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On the Move: Parent University & Early Learning Initiative 

Moving ideas to action

Parent University means having the opportunity to grow as a parent…

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Redwood Empire Food Bank 

Building partnerships to end hunger

The REFB has supplied 900,000 pounds of food for distribution…

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Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) 

Ending youth homelessness

SAY runs two key programs in Sonoma Valley…

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Sonoma Community Center 

Enriching the lives of the people of Sonoma Valley

It is estimated that SCC serves more than 30,000 people annually…

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Sonoma Ecology Center 

Protecting the beauty and biodiversity of Sonoma Valley

It began with an event in 1990 to celebrate Earth Day…

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Sonoma Land Trust 

Protecting the land forever

The Trust is uniquely qualified to help lead a new coalition…

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Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS) 

Helping the homeless and hungry in Sonoma Valley

There are increasing demands for food and emergency shelter…

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Sonoma Valley Community Health Center 

Providing accessible, quality health care to those who need it – especially the underserved

What impressed me the most was the relaxed, inviting atmosphere…

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Sonoma Valley Education Foundation 

Inspiring young learners

The goal of the citizen group was to spur community investment in local schools…

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Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation 

Healing here at home

Since its inception, the Foundation has many success stories…

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Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance 

Matching responsible adults with at-risk kids for social and academic success

Over 1,500 disadvantaged children have been matched with a mentor…

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Sonoma Valley Museum of Art 

Engaging the community in the art and ideas of our time

Art has enabled me to work through challenges in my life…

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Teen Services Sonoma 

Empowering teens to develop into happy, healthy, contributing members of their community

Esther Oros became involved with SVTS at the age of 14…

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Compassion, safety, and support

Verity is Sonoma County’s sole rape crisis, trauma, and healing center…

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WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center 

Providing compassionate support for grieving children, teens, and their families

This community program was created to meet the needs of bereaved children…

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 Impact100 Sonoma would like to thank each of the nonprofit organizations for the information they provided from which the profiles were developed.  In addition, special thanks go to the following Profile Project Committee members:

Elsa Nelson (Chair), Celia Canfield, Patti England, Constance Grizzell, Russ Johnson, Grace Meeks, Pat Meier-Johnson, Diana Sanson, and Judy Scotchmoor

And special recognition for: Overall guidance and direction: Elsa Nelson

Writing and Editing: Lisa Lilienthal and Judy Scotchmoor

Formatting and Design: Kathryn Perry

Review: Carole Eubanks, Cathy O’Neill, Pam Sloane

Website: Judy Scotchmoor

In addition to the individual profiles, Impact100 Sonoma is extremely grateful to Pat and Russ Johnsonwho generously donated their services and expertise to create several short videos to accompany some of the profiles.  These videos are available on our website and on YouTube!

You can learn more about Russ and his work at


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