Heart of SONOMA COUNTY AWARDS
Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.
Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.
$35,000 in awards and eight categories, recognizing and honoring Sonoma County’s outstanding nonprofit volunteers, leaders and organizations.
The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.
3rd Street Aleworks
Anesthesia & Analgesia Medical Group, Inc. (AAMGi)
Century 21 Bundesen
Jackson Family Wines
Summit State Bank
The Volunteer of the Year Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an individual (other than a board member) who has provided exemplary volunteer service to a Sonoma County nonprofit organization.
Susan Baur, Petaluma People Services Center
Michelle Blake, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin
Tom Giannini, Equi-Ed Therapeutic Riding Program
Keli Hendricks, Project Coyote
Bruce Hope, Sonoma Ecology Center
Nita Ledford, VIDAS Legal Services (North Bay)
Michael L Pezold, MD, Providence Medical Group Santa Rosa – Vascular Surgery
Chris and Daniel Pinney, Food For Thought
Stephen Prevost, Council on Aging
Chef Steve Rose, Chop’s Teen Club
Toni Rothschild, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Bob Safreno, Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
Kathy Sharp, Redwood Empire Food Bank
Shana Woodfield, The Living Room
The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Sonoma County nonprofit board of directors.
Mike Behler, North Coast Builders Exchange
Janet Connors, Sonoma County Alliance
Patrick Fanning, Occidental Center for the Arts
Vince Figueroa, Elsie Allen High School Foundation
Bill Gabbert, COTS
Rosanne Gephart, Better Beginnings for Babies
Mona Hanes, Reach for Home
Clark Houston Lewis, Roustabout Theater
Lynn Martin, Sonoma Community Center
Kim Rothstein, Sonoma Family Meal
Karla Schikore, Petaluma Downtown Association
Sponsored by: Summit State Bank
The Excellence in Innovation Award and $5,000 will be presented to an individual, organization or partnership that has developed new, creative and effective strategies for advancing solutions to critical issues in our community.
Common Ground Society
La Plaza, a program of On the Move
Petaluma People Services Center
Side by Side
Sonoma County COAD
Volunteer Fire Foundation
Zero Waste Sonoma and Conservation Corps North Bay
Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente
Up to five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards of $1,000 each will be presented to full-time middle or high school students serving a Sonoma County nonprofit in the community, education, or faith environment.
Ferne Alvarez, Teen Services – Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley
Elise Curtis, Ceres Community Project, Pepperwood Preserve, and the Jewish Community Free Clinic
Oscar Fernandez, Teen Services- Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley
Galen Freed, Sonoma Ecology Center
Citlaly Garcia Alonso, Boys and Girls Club
Mirian Gonzalez, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
Grace Hodges, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Eternity McDonell, Cardinal Newman High School – Free CPR/AED Training Coordination
Angelina Renfree, Vitalant, & Cardinal Newman High School
Mar Rivas, Sonoma Land Trust
Fiona Smith, Sonoma Academy
Porter Stein, Sonoma Academy
Jennifer Tellez, Teen Services- Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley
Blake Thomas, The Bird Rescue Center
Lily Zichichi, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
The Excellence in Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an executive director who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefiting the organization and community.
Christine Castillo, Verity
Susan Farren, First Responders Resiliency, Inc.
Camilla Fox, Project Coyote
Naomi Fuchs, Santa Rosa Community Health
Letitia Hanke, The LIME Foundation
Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, YWCA Sonoma County
Nicole Monachello, Storybook Village Preschool
Cary Snowden, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley
Mary Stompe, PEP Housing
Luana Vaetoe, Becoming Independent
Sponsored by: Medtronic
The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to its constituents.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley
California Human Development
Common Ground Society
Farm to Pantry
First Responders Resiliency, Inc.
Food For All/Comida Para Todos
Food for Thought
Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Heartfelt Help Foundation
Humane Society of Sonoma County
Journey Center, Inc
The LIME Foundation
Make it Home Bay Area
North Bay Children’s Center
Our Village Closet
Senior Advocacy Services Long Term Care Ombudsman
Social Advocates for Youth
Sonoma Family Meal
Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS)
Sponsored by: Community Foundation of Sonoma County
The Lifetime Achievement Award and $5,000 for a nonprofit of their choice will be presented to an individual who has made a positive and notable difference during their career by significantly contributing to address a cause, issue or discipline.
Dr. Susan Cooper
Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union
We are excited to bring the 2nd Annual Heart of Sonoma County to our community.
Heart events have celebrated the achievements of nonprofits and volunteers for decades. We have produced similar events – Heart of Marin and Heart of Napa Awards – for years, and have been able to award hundreds of thousands of dollars back to nonprofits and the individuals who serve them.
The 2nd Annual Heart of Sonoma County will not only help support nonprofits with critical funds, but provide a platform for sharing success stories, innovative strategies, and information on services offered with the broader community. Now more than ever nonprofits deserve recognition for the life-changing, vital services they provide every day.
The community is encouraged to nominate in all award categories. Award category panels are hand-selected and meet to select recipients in each category. CVNL facilitates these panels, but does not have a vote.
Everyone is invited to attend the awards ceremony where the recipients are announced and all nominees are recognized for their contributions. It is an afternoon filled with inspiration, gratitude, and some (happy) tears!
That’s great! Each nomination received is reviewed and judged separately by Award Panelists. However, the number of times someone is nominated does not influence the likelihood of that person/organization being selected as the recipient. This is why it is so important that you submit complete and thoughtful nominations which address ALL of the corresponding questions.
The event is our opportunity to publicly acknowledge all nominees and their commitments to the community. Since we do not announce award recipients in advance, all nominees are expected to attend. We are looking forward to hosting this year’s event, in person, on June 9, 2022, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
We would love to see you there! Register here.
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