NAPA, CA (March 19, 2021) – The Napa Valley Farmers Foundation (NVF) is pleased to announce a donation of more than $60,000 to the Napa Valley Farmers Foundation. The St. Michael’s Hospital St. Joseph’s Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to support the COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  Donations come from generous contributions through a matching grant program in which FWF and an anonymous donor match dollar donations.

St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Vaccination Clinic After he was vaccinated at the St. Helen’s Hospital Foundation immunization clinic, Max Kinworthy was diagnosed with the disease. Helen; photo by Sarah Anne Risk.

The success of the fundraising campaign was made possible by the abundant financial support of donors within the communities of Florida River Valley Vineyarders and Napa Valley Vineyarders (NVVV).  This donation follows a previous donation of $10,000 at the opening of the immunization clinic, bringing the total donation to FWF to date to over $70,000.

Throughout the pandemic, the Napa Valley Farmers Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital worked to improve the quality of life for the population. The St. Helena Hospital Foundation has worked together to prioritize the health and safety of key farm workers.  In July, the FWF and the NVG jointly funded a pilot program of the SHHF mobile testing facility, which has since successfully conducted approximately 15,000 KOVID-19 field tests for workers in vineyards and wineries.

The most recent FWF grant came at a time when the government was focused on equitable distribution of vaccines to eligible populations. Napa County farmworkers have done indispensable work throughout the pandemic, and SHHF has demonstrated its commitment to agriculture and the community at large during this difficult time by prioritizing Napa farmworkers and the agricultural community since the first vaccination day two months ago.  To date, his clinic has administered nearly 20,000 vaccines, of which more than 10,000 have been delivered to farmers.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Farmworkers Foundation has been a true partner in the community, first with our support of the mobile testing center and now with our COVID-19 vaccination clinic, said Glen Newhart, president and CEO of the Saint Helena Hospital Foundation. We value this ongoing partnership and share the goal of providing key farmworkers with immediate, safe and reliable access to key vaccines and resources for COVID-19.

Although vaccine supply was a statewide problem, the SHHF team, with support from the FWF and Napa County, developed a streamlined, company-wide registration program to ensure that Napa businesses continued to have access to their assigned vaccination dates. Since the program began in February, the FWF, along with the NVG, has provided 500 hours of bilingual support. They helped with appointment scheduling, Spanish translations, various on-site requirements, and registration with SHHF and the Napa County Immunization Clinic.

The FHWA is proud to support equal access to vaccines.  This vital funding will help the Foundation continue immunizations through a streamlined, company-wide immunization process.

To speak with a representative of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, please email Caroline Keller, Marketing Manager, [email protected].

About the Napa Valley Winemakers….

Napa Valley Vineyards is a non-profit trade organization that has helped build Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class wine region for 45 years.  Its mission is to preserve and promote world-class vineyards in the Napa Valley. NVG represents 685 wineries and related businesses in Napa County.  For more information, visit the Napa Valley Grapegrowers website and follow Napa Valley Grapegrowers on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation

The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation was established in 2011 by Napa Valley winemakers with the goal of supporting and advancing Napa Valley winemakers through education and professional development. The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is the only one of its kind in the United States offering educational opportunities, professional development programs, leadership and management courses, English language programs and more. To date, the Vineyard Fund has provided educational and training opportunities to more than 21,000 vineyard workers and their families. For more information, visit the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation website and follow the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

About St. Mary’s Hospital St. John’s Helena Foundation

St. John’s Day The St. Helena Community Foundation was established in 2004 to best serve the residents of the Napa Valley and surrounding communities through fundraising and philanthropic activities.  The board approved an additional $1.5 million to fund the latest equipment and technology and attract the best medical team to provide the highest level of patient care at St. Helena Adventist Hospital and its affiliated clinics. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Foundation works with supporters across the region to fund technologies, devices and programs that improve and save lives.  For more information, visit the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation website. Helen.

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