Napa Valley Vintners Receives National Recognition For Farmworker Housing Efforts
1/9/2003 - St. Helena Calif., - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) was recently named to the 2003 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association executives (ASAE) in Washington, D.C.
One of only 66 associations recognized nationwide the NVV received the Honor Roll award in the Business and Social Innovations category for its role in "Innovative Farmworker Housing Solutions." Specifically the NVV:
· Formed the Farmworker Housing Oversight Committee to advise the Napa County Board of Supervisors on key issues and to craft solutions;
· Sponsored state legislation to create a permanent assessment on Napa County vineyard land. Vineyard owners voted to tax themselves $7.76 per acre and proceeds will fund new and continuing housing needs for migrant farmworkers;
· Raised over $700,000 through voluntary assessments to fund operating costs for county farmworker camps. Funds were also used to purchase yurts, which provided needed housing for the 2001 and 2002 harvests;
· Commissioned a reliable study performed by University of California - Davis to define needed housing and future locations;
· Supported a measure to amend the County's General Plan allowing farm labor camps in protected agriculture zones, and a program allowing landowners to donate land for that purpose (Measure L) and;
· Donated $2,087,772 to farmworker housing projects through the Napa Valley Wine Auction and industry donations over the past seven years.
Now it its 13th year, the prestigious ASAE Associations Advance America Awards program recognizes associations that help propel America forward with innovative projects. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.