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Promotoras in action

Our outreach staff and volunteer Promotoras have been busy with community education activities. Between COVID testing, the vaccine, and ever changing guidelines and tiers - there is a great need to get out the facts. There's also an opportunity to help families be prepared in the case of a disaster or prolonged power outage. We are happy to partner with local and statewide organizations including the Latino Community Foundation and Listos California to help residents learn about the vaccine, access local clinics, and feel more prepared about how to keep safe. 

Here are 5 quick tips that you can use: 1) get alerts to know what to do, 2) make a plan to protect your people, 3) pack a go bag with things you need, 4) build a stay box for when you can't leave, 5) help friends and neighbors get ready.


Saida, a CLARA participant, shared the social media post above

Youth connections

Our CLARO and CLARA youth specialists, Jose Hernandez and Karina Solis, have led weekly online groups and individual mentoring with teens in Calistoga and St. Helena this school year, providing a valued peer network of support during the pandemic. Last week, 26 students attended our movie night, which featured the 2015 film Inside Out. This film highlighted the topic of emotions and let students know that it's okay to feel sadness and vulnerability in situations that are uncomfortable, and that those feelings can have positive effects by bringing us closer to family and friends. Each of the students were connected to the live stream video and received yummy snacks that are a must for any good movie night. Several more fun activities are in the works for this spring.


Pictured from left: VITA Associate Maria Morales with Community Liaison Karen Garcia

Tax filing deadline extended

The IRS has extended the filing deadline for 2020 taxes to May 17, 2021. The UpValley Family Centers continues to offer free tax preparation services for households earning less than $65,000 per year, through IRS-certified staff and volunteers.  Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program ensures tax payers maximize refunds by claiming credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit - which have been greatly expanded thanks to the American Rescue Plan recently signed into law.  We are also assisting 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. In addition, we can help individuals without a social security number to apply for or renew Individual Tax Payer ID numbers.

Appointments are available Monday-Thursday and on Saturdays. Call us at (707) 965-5010 to make an appointment.


Help is available

If you or someone you know is facing financial hardship due to the 2020 Wildfires or as a result of COVID, we are here to help. Please visit our website to learn more about resources available, or call our office at (707) 965-5010 to make an appointment with one of our case managers.


Join our team!

Are you interested in doing meaningful work that strengthens families and the community?  We are currently seeking candidates for two positions: Development Director and UpValley Partnership for Youth Program Coordinator. Please visit our website to view the full job descriptions. 


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

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