The season of giving is upon us and once again we are looking forward to hosting this year’s Back to the Vine. This annual charity event helps us raise money to donate to underprivileged children of low-income families in our very own community.
In 2014 we were able to raise money to help 300 children. This year, with your support and the generosity of Central Valley Project we would like to increase this number to 400. According to a study conducted by Bay Area economists, more than 7,000 families are employed by the vineyards in our area during peak growing season. These families are living in low-income situations, paycheck to paycheck, and many don’t qualify for government aid.
The Effects of the Drought
With the current drought wreaking havoc on the state of California, many farmworkers wages have been cut. Many employers are only paying workers the piece rate. While California is not a stranger to the impacts of drought, most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows wage loss as a result of the current drought at nearly double that of the drought in 2009.
Therefore, as we gather with family and friends this holiday season, we want to share our spirit and joy with these very families. The families who do so much and work so hard to make Napa the vivacious and wonderful community it is.
Back to the Vine 2015 will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Napa on December 6th and kicks off at noon. During the event we will provide winter coats and early Christmas gifts to the children of vineyard, cellar, service, and farm workers in our area. In addition, Chef Gerry from Castro Catering and Alma from Picnics & Pairings will extend the good cheer by passing out a few snacks and goodies to the kids in attendance. Plus, we’re working on bringing lots more surprises to all attendees in the way of live music, DJ, and all sorts of family friendly activities.
How can you help?
Thanks to the immense generosity of Central Valley Project we do not need additional donations this year. However, we still would LOVE for you to join us for a magnificent celebration. Here are a few ways you can help make this event a successful one:
Nominate a Family
We strive to be intentional with our gift distribution. To achieve this, we donate presents based on the nominations of our friends a business partners. If you are aware of a family within your operation or community that you think should be blessed with a special holiday surprise, please do not hesitate to let us know. We would be incredibly honored to help provide them with a magical holiday experience.
Just send an email to email@example.com and include the following information:
- The first and last name of a parent/guardian in the nominated family.
- A contact phone number for the family.
- The names, ages, clothing sizes, and genders of the children. (Don’t worry if you’re unsure about these details, we can always contact the family prior to the event to secure the necessary info.)
- Any special circumstances or struggles the family is facing which you might want to mention.
Please send in your nominations no later than November 28, 2015 in order to ensure Central Valley Project has enough time to take care of the logistics.
Join Us On Location
Help us give hugs, love and good wishes by joining us on location for the event! We believe in the power of community and to make sure this event is a success we need everyone’s help. Stopping by and acting as an agent of goodwill would go a LONG way in helping us achieve this. If possible, here are a few items we would love for you to bring:
- A bottle of wine to share with volunteers after the activity.
- An item for a basket raffle
- A bottle or two of wine for Napa Private Tours to use to facilitate blogger outreach and increased awareness of the event.
- A big smile and TONS OF LOVE!
Please let us know if you would like to volunteer no later than November 27th by sending us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not able to make it but still want to help make this event a success? We would be happy to pick up your wine donation prior to the event. Just contact our team at email@example.com.
Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley
1515 Pueblo Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
Dates and Times:
December 6th, 2015
Volunteer Arrival: 10 am
Event Begins: 12 noon
Nominated Families Arrival: 1 pm