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Positive Parenting Awareness Month

The Napa County Board of Supervisors and California State Legislature have proclaimed January 2023 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month! Triple P Positive Parenting Programs strengthen families through parenting education, supports, and interventions for families of young children, teenagers, and families of children with special needs. UpValley Family Centers is a member of the Napa County Triple P Collaborative, a dedicated group of 12 partner agencies throughout Napa County that have come together to support parents learning ways to manage life’s stressors and parent in positive ways that reduce the risk for child abuse. Contact Lupe Maldonado at (707) 965-5010 ext. 403 or lmaldonado@upvalleyfamilycenters.org to learn more about the Triple P services our certified practitioners can offer. 

Napa County’s Triple P Collaborative Partners include: Aldea, Napa NEWS, Child Start, ParentsCAN, Courage Center, Cope Family Center, Napa County Library, UpValley Family Centers, Queen of the Valley Medical Center: St Joseph Health , Napa County Office of Education, Napa Valley Unified School District, Napa County Health and Human Services Agency: Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency, Public Health and Mental Health Division.


Free bilingual tax preparation services

Beginning Tuesday, January 24 and running through Tuesday, 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 in person at UpValley Family Centers offices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-9pm in St. Helena (1440 Spring Street), Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-9pm in Calistoga (1500 Cedar Street), and Saturdays from 9am-2pm in both communities. Assistance will also be offered at the St. Helena Library on Thursdays from 10am-3pm from February 16 through April 13.

The UpValley Family Centers VITA team members are IRS-certified to provide free expert tax preparation services for households earning less than $100,000 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 $1,148,477 in refunds for our community.

Please call (707) 965-5010 to schedule an appointment. Bilingual assistance is available, as well as applications and renewals of Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) for residents without a social security number, who also file their taxes through the VITA program.

Our VITA program is made possible by the following generous funders: United Way Bay Area, Napa Valley Vintners, Wells Fargo, Umpqua Bank, Redwood Credit Union, the Strong Communities Fund - a Community Impact Fund of Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Thacher Family Fund, Napa Fund, and Rasmussen Family Fund of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, and individual donors. 

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a VITA Volunteer, please contact: Karen Garcia, Economic Success Program Coordinator at kgarcia@upvalleyfamilycenters.org or (707) 965-5010 ext. 304. You can also get connected by filling out the volunteer interest form on our website!


Save the Date for VIVA! Napa Valley 2023

The UpValley Family Centers’ 9th annual online auction, VIVA! Napa Valley, will take place Friday, February 10 (8 am PST) through Monday, February 13 (8 pm PST). Featuring fine collectible wines, superb dining, exceptional hospitality experiences, and unique activities, VIVA! Napa Valley 2023 is sure to offer something for everyone. An exclusive preview of lots will begin on Monday, February 6. Visit viva2023.givesmart.com 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 3,000 clients of all ages every year through a broad range of programs – including educational and mentorship opportunities, comprehensive case management, parenting resources, immigration consultations and application assistance, community health outreach, financial coaching and tax preparation, and guided referrals. Your participation in the auction helps ensure that all members of our community have access to the guidance, support, and resources they need to create a future of opportunity for generations to come. 

Here is a sneak peak at a few of the lots we’re lining up for you: 
-- A special collection of 2013 magnums from Napa Valley in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of one of the best vintages ever made
-- A private cooking class for twelve people at Cakebread Cellars in their professional “home” kitchen for a fun day of whipping up some favorite recipes with their resident chefs
-- A getaway package with a two-night stay at Hostellerie de Levernois in Burgundy, France and a private tour of the Chablis Grands Cru vineyards and Domaine Servin cellars


Fall Tutoring Highlights

At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year we brought back our in-person tutoring volunteer program to St. Helena Primary, Elementary, and Middle Schools, and Calistoga Elementary School. Tutoring takes place on campus during school hours at participating schools. 

Volunteers work one-on-one with students, in group settings, or in a classroom for general assistance based on student and teacher needs helping with a variety of topics including reading, writing, math and social skills. We are seeking more tutors in St. Helena for this Spring! 

If you want to make a difference in the educational success of child by becoming a tutoring volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form at upvalleyfamilycenters.org/volunteerIf you have any questions you can email Gayle DeRusha Davies, Volunteer and Donor Engagement Coordinator, at gdavies@upvalleyfamilycenters.org


In the News

The St. Helena Star invited local leaders to weigh in on what’s ahead for their organizations in 2023. Click here to read what Jenny Ocon, Executive Director at UpValley Family Centers had to say!


Get Involved!

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

If you are interested in volunteering at UpValley Family Centers, please fill out the volunteer interest form on our website!


UpValley Family Centers
1440 Spring Street  | Saint Helena, California 94574
707-965-5010 | info@upvalleyfamilycenters.org

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