CVNL Opens Virtual Emergency Volunteer Centers, Calls for Donations and Volunteers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE8/26/20
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CVNL Opens Virtual Emergency Volunteer Centers, Calls for Donations and Volunteers
Northern CA, 8/26/20 — Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has been activated to operate Emergency Volunteer Centers (EVCs) in Napa and Solano Counties due to the North Bay wildfires. CVNL’s Sonoma County Transit Paratransit program, Volunteer Wheels, has also been helping transport evacuees safely to shelters across the Bay Area. At this time, those affected by the fires are in need of gift cards. CVNL has established an online donation page where the community can donate by county. Due to COVID, the preference is for online giving, however, gift card collection centers have also been established in Napa and Sonoma counties:

Napa County Drop-off location and hours: CrossWalk Community Church2590 1st St., Napa, CA 94558Hours: Open 24/7

Sonoma County Drop-off location and hours: CVNL Santa Rosa Office153 Stony Cir #100 Santa Rosa, CA 95401, Classroom AHours: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm

Solano County Drop-off locations and hours:

1. Realty ONE Group11 Town Square Place, Suite C, Vacaville, CA 95688Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5:30pm
2. Sanctuary Church2024 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA 95687Hours: Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 2pm

Online donation page:https://cvnl.org/donate-2/
Please note: we are not accepting any physical donations at this time. We encourage community members to donate gas, food, or VISA/Mastercard gift cards that can be used for each recipient’s specific needs.

Call for Volunteers:Volunteers are urgently needed to help the community respond to challenges related to the wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Solano counties. CVNL has established volunteer pages specific to each county where the public can browse volunteer opportunities:

Marin/Napa: https://volunteer.cvnl.org/

Sonoma County:https://sonoma.cvnl.org/

Solano County:https://solano.cvnl.org/

Support for Nonprofits: Nonprofits who have disaster-related volunteer opportunities can post on CVNL’s volunteer portals for free (see portal links, above). If you need support with your volunteer postings or have questions, please email volunteering@cvnl.org.To stay up-to-date on what is happening with donations and volunteering in each county, visit https://cvnl.org/volunteerism/disaster-services/. CVNL also operates EVCs in Sonoma and Marin counties and is on stand-by to be activated.
CVNL has been a leader in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery work for nearly 30 years. Our hearts go out to everyone affected the wildfires. Along with our partners, we are dedicated to helping coordinate volunteers and to getting funds quickly and directly dispersed to meet community needs.

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About CVNL: For nearly 60 years, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer matching, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™ and Heart of Napa™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities.