Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.

9th Annual Heart of Napa Awards

$22,500 in awards in six categories, recognizing and honoring Napa County’s outstanding nonprofit volunteers, leaders, and organizations. 

9th Annual Heart of Napa

The Corporate Community Service Award is presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.


The 2023 Nominees are:

Air Doctor

Bank of Marin

Hersly Wines

La Cheve Bakery & Brews

Poppy Bank


Sponsor: OPEN

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 Napa County nonprofit organization.

The 2023 Nominees are: 

Ray Branstetter, UpValley Family Centers

Chris Chandler, World Affairs Napa Valley

Dennis Dowling, Share the Care Napa Valley

Sarah Dunn, Zero Prostate Cancer

Powell Helems, American Canyon CERT

Amanda Holthouse, DO, Operation Access

Melanie Oberting, Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley

Rachel Perkovich, Aldea, Inc.

Rose Sheehan, Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley, Operation With Love From Home, and Napa Valley TV


Sponsor: Syar Foundation

The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $2,500 for the recipient’s nonprofit is presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Napa County nonprofit Board of Directors.

The 2023 Nominees are:

Kim Brown Sims, Mentis

Kristen Georges, UpValley Family Centers

Anna Hickey, Agape Napa Valley

Stan Knight, World Affairs Napa Valley

Bob Nations, Napa Valley Support Services

Pete Richmond, CommuniCare+OLE

Andrea Stover, Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley

Bruce Streblow, Suscol Intertribal Council


Sponsor: PG&E

Up to five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards and $1,000 each will be presented to full-time middle or high school students serving a Napa County nonprofit in the community, education, or faith environment.

The 2023 Nominees are:

Paola Barajas, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Presley Brazell, Napa County 4-H

Julia Bui, Bring Change to Mind and Mentis

Jessica Cullen, Mentis

Julian Damron, Napa County 4-H

Sophia Dominici, The God is Good Group

Demian Gonzalez, Napa Valley Education Foundation

Edmundo Gonzalez, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Mikayla Grogan, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Melody Kondor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Leonie Muth, Agape Napa Valley

Nicholas Muth, Agape Napa Valley

Reilly Parga, Napa County Library

Fatima Rodriguez, Agape Napa Valley


Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union

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.

The 2023 Nominees are: 

Evie Ayers, Music in the Vineyards

Jason Beers, Operation Access

Olivia Cowell and Aimee Guillot, Cafeteria Kids Theater

Jamie Graff, Nimbus Arts

Heather Luna, Share the Care Napa Valley

Jennifer Stewart, Napa Valley Education Foundation


Sponsor: Comerica Bank

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to its constituents.

The 2023 Nominees are:

10,000 Degrees

Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Cafeteria Kids Theater

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa


Cope Family Center

First Responders Resiliency, Inc.

Molly’s Angels of Napa Valley

Monarch Justice Center

Napa County Historical Society

Napa Valley Chamber Orchestra

Napa Valley Education Foundation

Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation

Napa Valley PSI, Inc.

Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center

Share the Care Napa Valley

Sunrise Horse Rescue

Suscol Intertribal Council

UpValley Family Centers


Sponsor: The Peter A. & Vernice H. Gasser Foundation

Join Us To Celebrate!

9th Annual Heart of Napa Awards Luncheon & Celebration

Thursday, May 16, 2024, 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Thank You Presenting Sponsor

2024 Award Sponsors

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has honored local leaders and their causes at the Heart of Napa Awards for eight consecutive years. As the largest recognition event in the county, the 9th Annual Heart of Napa Awards is expected to reach close to 300 attendees and give $22,500 to honor Napa nonprofits and the passionate individuals who dedicate their work to advancing our communities. 

Learn more about becoming an award or media sponsor and the benefits of sponsorship.

Thank you for your interest and support!​