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VITA volunteer and a family center board member, Michael Caldarola, pictured above

Free tax preparation assistance

Beginning Monday, February 1 and running through April 15, the UpValley Family Centers will provide free tax preparation services in English and Spanish to households earning less than $65,000 per year. While we will begin our services next week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not open e-filing of taxes until February 12. Due to the pandemic, our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer tax preparation assistance remotely by phone, until conditions permit otherwise.  Appointments are available Monday-Thursday and on Saturdays. Call us at (707) 965-5010 to make an appointment.

Our VITA program ensures tax payers maximize refunds by claiming cash back tax credits like the Federal and California Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Young Child Tax Credit, which is available to working Californians with young children. California residents who made less than $30,000 in 2020 may be eligible for up to $8,000 in tax credits, depending on income and family size. Last year, our VITA Program brought back a total of $1,086,613 in refunds, averaging $1,811 per household.

As part of our services this year, we can assist with the renewal of Individual Tax Payer ID numbers, for those clients needing that service. In addition, we can help households to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit if they were eligible but did not receive the full amounts of the Economic Impact Payments last year.

Our VITA program is made possible thanks to generous support from Citi Community Development, Strong Communities Fund of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, United Way of the Bay Area, Napa Valley Vintners/Auction Napa Valley, Wells Fargo, individual donors, and dedicated IRS-certified volunteers from our community.


DACA services available

US Citizenship & Immigration Services is now accepting first-time requests for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Individuals who never had DACA can now apply if they are eligible. DACA information and eligibility guidelines can be found on the USCIS website and the United We Dream website. The UpValley Family Centers' Immigration Program is here to help you file your application.  To make an appointment for an initial consultation, please call (707) 965-5010.


Save the date for Viva! Napa Valley

The UpValley Family Centers’ 7th annual online auction, VIVA! Napa Valley, opens on Friday, February 19 (8 am PST). Featuring fine collectible wines, superb dining, exceptional hospitality experiences, and unique activities, VIVA! Napa Valley is sure to offer something for everyone. Visit to learn more and register to bid!

VIVA! Napa Valley is the signature annual fundraiser for the UpValley Family Centers, which provides a broad range of services that build resilience, foster stability, and promote equity for vulnerable and low-wage households in Napa’s rural north. Your participation in the auction helps ensure that all members of our community have access to the resources they need to secure health and well-being for their families, to achieve stability in uncertain times, and to access new opportunities for growth.


Pictured above are just a few of the staff and volunteers who made our Holiday Assistance Program a success this year.

Thank you!

Thanks to you, 460 struggling upvalley households had a brighter holiday season, receiving food and gifts via festive drive-through events this past December - one in Calistoga and one in St. Helena. It wouldn't have happened without the amazing generosity of so many organizations, donors and volunteers pulling together. Truly heart warming!  Read more about it in this St. Helena Star article.


UpValley Family Centers
1440 Spring Street  | Saint Helena, California 94574
707-965-5010 |

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