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ALERTA DE SEGURIDAD: El uso de una computadora puede ser identificado y actividades en la internet nunca pueden ser totalmente eliminadas del disco duro. Si piensas que tu uso de computadora posiblemente esta siendo monitoriado favor de encontrar un  lugar seguro donde puedas navegar la red social, por ejemplo la casa de una amistad confiable o la biblioteca publica. O llama a nuestra  linea de Violencia Domestica disponible las 24 horas al 707-255-NEWS (6397) si te encuentras en el Valle de Napa, o a este (800) 799-7233 si te encuentras fuera del Condado de Napa. Si estas visitando nuestra pagina y necesitas salirte rapidamente a una pagina no relacionada, oprime el boton rojo de ESCAPE arriba en la esquina de la mano derecha y seras desviado/a. Favor de probar este función en su computadara AHORA MISMO para asegurarse que se sienta comodo/a usando esta función.

Los servicios de NEWS están disponibles para todos, independientemente del estatus migratorio.

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NEWS is here to help!

NEWS is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, especially during this time of escalated stress and anxiety. Out of deep respect for the health of our employees and their families, our service deliveries have been altered slightly. In no way will our commitment to providing safety, hope, healing and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse be minimized.

NEWS considers itself to be an “essential service” and we remain active and available to support those individuals and families suffering during this uncertain time.

On March 17th, NEWS staff started offering services remotely. NEWS program staff will do everything possible to provide compassionate trauma-informed care throughout this situation, with as little disruption as possible.

As of March 27th, NEWS is working to continue to maintain safe housing for our clients. We are experiencing a high volume of housing assistance requests. People requesting housing assistance may be asked to be put on a wait list to be contacted at a later date. We understand this is a very stressful time. We will contact those requesting services as quickly as possible. We ask that people requesting housing assistance have patience with us during this time as the NEWS Housing Program is doing its best to keep up with the needs of our community. 

If you, or anyone you know, needs to access NEWS services at any time, please have them call our 24-hour help line (707) 255-6397 for immediate assistance. Also, visit us at or email us at

Thank you for your understanding and consideration,

Tracy Lamb
Executive Director

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Los servicios de NEWS están disponibles para todos, independientemente del estatus migratorio

¡NEWS está aquí para ayudar!

NEWS se compromete a apoyar a las víctimas de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual, especialmente durante este tiempo de mucho estrés y ansiedad. Por un profundo respeto por la salud de nuestros empleados y sus familiares, nuestros servicios se verán ligeramente distintos. De ninguna manera se minimizará nuestro compromiso de proporcionar seguridad, esperanza, sanación y empoderamiento a los sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual.

NEWS se considera un "servicio esencial" y permanecemos activos y disponibles para apoyar a las personas y familias que sufren durante este tiempo difícil.

El 17 de marzo, el personal de NEWS comenzó a ofrecer servicios de forma remota. El personal del programa NEWS hará todo lo posible para brindar atención compasiva informada sobre el trauma en toda esta situación, con la menor interrupción posible. A partir del 27 de marzo, NEWS estará trabajando para continuar manteniendo viviendas seguras para nuestros clientes. Estamos experimentando un gran volumen de solicitudes de asistencia de vivienda. A las personas que solicitan asistencia para la vivienda se les solicita que se incluyan en nuestra lista de espera para ser contactados más adelante. Entendemos que este es un momento muy estresante. Nos pondremos en contacto con los solicitantes de servicios lo antes posible. 

Si usted, o alguien que conoce, necesita acceder a los servicios de NEWS en cualquier momento  llamen a nuestra línea de ayuda las 24 horas (707) 255-6397 para asistencia inmediata. Además, visítenos en o

Gracias por su comprensión y consideración.

Tracy Lamb, directora ejecutiva de NEWS

707-255-NEWS (6397)




CVNL 6th Annual Heart of Napa Awards™ Recipients

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership’s 6th Annual Heart of Napa Awards™ is Pleased to Announce Recipients

NAPA, CA, 3/22/21 — Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 6th Annual Heart of Napa™ Awards. Nearly 300 community leaders, volunteers, elected officials, and business members logged into the virtual event on Thursday, March 18th, 2021, from 11:00am to 12:30pm.  

“This was the second year we had to convert Heart of Napa, a very large, in-person event, into an online format,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO at CVNL. “Even though Heart of Napa is attended by many, we pride ourselves on making it intimate, meaningful, and inspiring for all. We were thrilled that we were able to transfer that feeling to a virtual event without losing the ‘heart!’”

“The community came together to show appreciation and gratitude for all the nominees and recipients,” continued Jacobs. “With contributions of their time, talent, and resources, the individuals and organizations nominated for the Heart of Napa Awards demonstrate repeatedly that Napa is a community of great leaders that do the right thing.” 

Tim Myers, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Bank of Marin, the event’s Presenting Sponsor, had this to say: “The uncertain times we are living in have challenged each of us to step up and do more where we can, to come together for the benefit of our communities. As the presenting sponsor of Heart of Napa, Bank of Marin is grateful that Linda and her team at CVNL continue to ensure that we have the opportunity to honor some of the very special people who have responded to that challenge in support of our Napa County nonprofit community.”

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Barry Christian of American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation. Barry volunteered to lead virtual hikes to ensure that everyone could experience the outdoors safely during COVID-19. He volunteers to help elementary school students with creek clean-up activities, worked with American Canyon High School Students for science projects, served as a Board Member for the Friends of the Napa River, serves on a variety of elected or appointed positions throughout the County, and more.

The Excellence in Board Leadership Award was given to Deborah TonellaMusic in the Vineyards. Deborah worked with the Executive Director during the pandemic to create budget scenarios, engage sponsors and board members, create a work-from-home structure for staff, and replace their summer festival with virtual events.

Youth Volunteer of the Year Award recipients included: Andre Aikins, American Canyon Boys & Girls Club, for his help with meal services and his fundraising initiative “go-to-high-school, go-to-college,” a program that helps to inspire and empower youth to reach their educational goals; Rudolph Barragan, Napa Valley Boys & Girls Club, for his involvement with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, putting together care packages for troops with Operation with Love from Home, the ZD Wines Crush Challenge, helping coordinate fundraisers for the Northern California Wildfire relief efforts, and leading projects such as Teen Family Dinners; Kalaya Jones, Mentis, for her involvement in the Teens Connect Program where she implements activities to help combat trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as her work in numerous other community service projects such as serving food, distributing care packages to isolated seniors and filling backpacks for homeless people; Ava Rubin, Napa County Robotics, who manages two robotics teams, and who in 2020 volunteered 400 hours providing hands-on assistance, peer-to-peer tutoring, project planning, and helping teams work with schools in presenting their STEM projects; and Mariah Smith, Expressions of Hope, where she volunteers two to three times a week serving foster families and social workers, helping them with resources such as meals, clothing, and holiday gifts.

Hilary Zunin, Co-Founder of Napa Valley CanDo, was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award posthumously. Her legacy includes: the Give Guide, which has helped raise $3,746,341 for 125 participating nonprofits; four food projects aimed at reducing food insecurity; and creating a volunteer arm for Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster to address the need for volunteers due to COVID. 

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award was presented to NEWS, dedicated to providing safety, hope, healing and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Last year, NEWS continued to provide all programming without putting the health of their staff or clients at risk, serving a total of 1,560 individuals, 247 of which were sexual assault survivors, nearly ½ of those were children under the age of 18. 

All recipients were presented with certificates of recognition from Congressman Mike Thompson, State Assemblymember Cecila Aguiar Curry, State Senator Bill Dodd, and the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

Additionally, winners received an award of $5,000 or $2,500 for their nonprofits. The five Youth Volunteers of the Year received $1,000 each. The Awards were sponsored and presented by Syar Foundation (Volunteer of the Year); Comerica Bank (Excellence in Board Leadership); Redwood Credit Union (Youth Volunteer of the Year); Pacific Gas & Electric Company (Excellence in Leadership); and Kaiser Permanente (Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence). 

“In the six years CVNL has produced this event in Napa, we’ve been able to award thousands of dollars to dozens of nonprofits,” said Jacobs. “CVNL is a resource, connection, and voice for the nonprofit community and the challenges we face.  With offices in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma County, we stand united with our nonprofit colleagues and stakeholders, ready to support them in 2021 and beyond.”


About CVNL: For over 50 years, CVNL has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders and volunteers every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer services, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™, Heart of Napa™, and Heart of Sonoma County™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, Solano, and Sonoma Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders and volunteers, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. Visit to discover more.