Press Release: 2020 Sonoma County Human Race Cancelled

March 25, 2020

Linda Jacobs
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Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley
Director of Marketing & Communications

2020 Sonoma County Human Race Cancelled

Difficult circumstances force the cancellation of the annual nonprofit fundraising event 

3/25/20, Sonoma County, CA — At CVNL + Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, our number one priority is the health and safety of all the members of our community. As a leader in disaster preparedness and response we take emergency situations seriously. As such, we have made the difficult yet necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Sonoma County Human Race, which was scheduled for Sunday, May 2, in Santa Rosa. 

In accordance with state and county recommendations for canceling events and gatherings, we looked into alternatives to a physical event and polled our participants and members about the option of holding a virtual fundraising event. After serious deliberations we will not be moving forward with a virtual fundraising event, it just isn’t the right time for that. We will, however, keep the Human Race website open through June 2, 2020, as there are still companies, teams, and individuals fundraising. For those who want to continue to use the platform to fundraise or for those who want to donate please visit:

We are sorry that we will not be able to continue the 39-year tradition of celebrating our community together. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and community members and look forward to coming together for the 2021 Human Race. 

In Sonoma, Marin, Solano, and Napa Counties, CVNL and the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County operate Emergency Volunteer Centers, working with government and nonprofit agencies to gather and assess community needs on an ongoing basis when a disaster strikes. Our role is to oversee and manage spontaneous volunteers and physical and monetary donations, distributing them to nonprofit agencies helping individuals directly affected.

To make a donation, sign up to volunteer, or find resources to support the community response to COVID-19, please visit us here:

How you can help:

For nonprofits:

  • Nonprofits who have volunteer opportunities can post on our Volunteer Portal for free: If you need support with your volunteer postings or have questions, please email

About CVNL and VCSC: Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) joined forces on July 10, 2019 to better meet the growing needs of nonprofits in Northern California. For over 50 years, CVNL and VCSC have 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 services, 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. Visit to discover more.