NAPA VALLEY WINE AUCTION DONATES ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO BENEFIT CHILDCARE AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
$75,000 grant helped increase childcare options for low income families in Napa County
8/16/2002 - St. Helena, CA, . - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has approved one additional grant to benefit the Los Niņos Child Development & Family Program in Napa County. Generated by proceeds of the 2001 Napa Valley Wine Auction, the new $75,000 grant caps a year of charitable giving by Napa vintners to the local community.
Los Niņos will use the grant to cover the final completion costs of a new childcare site located on Old Sonoma Road, on the same grounds as the Samaritan Family Center for the Homeless. The project involved the renovation of 900 square foot existing childcare facility and the construction of an entirely new 2,400 square foot modular facility.
The Wine Auction grant enabled Los Niņos to cover the project's unanticipated costs of adding new underground utilities, storm drainage and repaving of the original parking lot.
Known as the Samaritan site, the facility has been fully operational since June 1, 2002 and is now serving 40 infants, toddlers and preschoolers, all of low income. There are currently 522 children in Napa County waiting to receive subsidized childcare and development services.
Last year alone, the NVV contributed $7.2 million of 2001 Auction proceeds toward the betterment of the Napa Valley community. Of that amount, a special projects fund of $415,000 was set aside for unanticipated community needs that might arise before this year's Auction 2002 distribution of funds. The Los Niņos grant came directly from that fund.
The Napa Valley Wine Auction is a registered nonprofit, established in 1981 by the NVV to raise private contributions for Napa County charitable organizations and residents in need. Since its inception, the Wine Auction has raised more than $42 million for local Napa charities.