VITA, Volunteers, VIVA!, and more!         

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Free bilingual tax preparation services

Beginning Monday, January 31 and running through April 18, the UpValley Family Centers will provide free tax preparation services through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA services are provided by UVFC’s Economic Success staff and a group of dedicated community volunteers. Assistance will be offered virtually or in person at UpValley Family Centers offices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-9pm in Calistoga, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-9pm in St. Helena, and Saturdays from 9am-2pm in both communities.

The UpValley Family Centers VITA team members are IRS-certified to provide free expert tax preparation services for households earning less than $58,000 per year and help maximize refunds – including Earned Income and Child Care Tax Credit claims. Last year, UpValley Family Centers VITA volunteers and staff provided over 600 households with free tax preparation assistance, which brought back $1,109,867 in refunds for our community.

Please call (707) 965-5010 to schedule an appointment and to learn more about this year’s process. Bilingual assistance is available, as well as renewals of Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs).

Our VITA program is made possible thanks to generous support from United Way Bay Area, Napa Valley Vintners, Wells Fargo, Umpqua Bank, Redwood Credit Union, the Thacher Family Fund and Rasmussen Family Fund and Strong Communities Fund of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, and individual donors.


Volunteer Tutors needed in Calistoga

We are currently seeking in person volunteer tutors to support First Grade students at Calistoga Elementary School. In person COVID-19 safety precautions include proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all tutors, masking requirements for everyone on campus, and daily health screenings of both students and tutors. Volunteer Tutors will work with First Grade teachers to support students with general learning activities such as reading, writing, and math. A virtual option is available for those who would like to volunteer, but would prefer to not be in the classroom at this time. 

If you want to make a difference in the educational success of child, sign up to be a volunteer tutor today by filling out our Google Form at: If you have any questions about the tutoring program please email Adriana Avalos, Education Program Specialist at or call (707) 965-5010.


Save the date for Viva! Napa Valley

The UpValley Family Centers’ 8th annual online auction, VIVA! Napa Valley, will take place Friday, February 25 (8 am PST) through Monday, February 28 (8 pm PST). Featuring fine collectible wines, superb dining, exceptional hospitality experiences, and unique activities, VIVA! Napa Valley 2022 is sure to offer something for everyone. An exclusive preview of lots will begin on Monday, February 21. Visit to learn more and register to bid!

VIVA! Napa Valley is the signature annual fundraiser for UpValley Family Centers, supporting vital services for more than 3,500 clients of all ages every year through a broad range of programs – including guided referrals to services, immigration support, educational opportunities, family and senior wellness, economic success, and disaster preparedness and recovery. Your participation in the auction helps ensure that all members of our community have access to the guidance, support, and resources they need to achieve a better life.



Learn about the link between mental health and substance use/abuse among youth and adults. Parents and interested community members are invited to join UpValley Partnership for Youth, Aldea Children & Family Services, and the St. Helena Police Department for a bilingual presentation at the Carnegie Building in St. Helena on Thursday, February 10 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact Daniela Flores Paniagua, UpValley Partnership for Youth Program Coordinator at (707) 965-5010 or


Utility Payment Assistance for St. Helena Residents

Utility assistance is available for low or median income St. Helena residents who have been impacted by Covid-19 economic hardship. The assistance is available to both renters and homeowners. Appropriate documentation will be requested. For more information or to obtain an appointment, please call (707) 965-5010 or email This assistance is available thanks to a Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Relief (CDBG-CV) through the City of St. Helena.


The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is still open and taking applications! By submitting your competed application, you can be eligible for eviction protections until March 31, 2022, if COVID has affected your ability to pay rent. Learn more at

UpValley Family Centers can provide bilingual (English and Spanish) eligibility verification and application assistance for those with additional questions. Please call UpValley Family Centers at (707) 965-5010 or email for an appointment.


Join our team!

Are you interested in doing meaningful work that strengthens families and the community?  Please visit our website to view current openings. 


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

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