Since its launch in 2014, Landmark Vineyards has funded more than 156 projects through its community grants, which have supported more than 118 teachers and 39 schools, totaling nearly $650,000. Last week, Landmark, part of The Wonderful Company family of brands owned by Stewart and Lynda Resnick, announced its latest class of grants, which includes nine nonprofits, plus additional schools in the Russian River. Valley and Sonoma Valley in California. The winery will award a total of $90,960 in grants, of which $30,000 has been directed to K-12 schools in the community.
“We are honored by the quality of applications we receive each year and strive to help our neighbors have an even greater impact by giving them the resources they need to achieve their goals,” said Molly Scott, Director of Producer and Community Relations at Landmark. . “The Community Grants Program was created to support local nonprofits and community-run schools to help drive meaningful change. We’re proud to be part of the great work that’s going on, and it’s important to us that we work together with others to make a difference where our employees live, work and play.
From musical instruments and graphing calculators to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) materials and innovative virtual field trips, the grants help fund school supplies and educational opportunities for Sonoma County students.
Grant of the Year recipients focus on strengthening youth programs, social services and strategic community investments. The funds help support organizations that work tirelessly to provide lifelong opportunities and programs to empower youth and transitional social services. From job training and preventative dental care to mental wellness services and therapy, the Community Grants Program is open to all areas of focus. Organizations that receive grants are selected by a committee of employees who volunteer each year to identify organizations that provide projects and services that directly benefit local communities.
“Funding from Landmark Community Grants will enable the Jewish Community Free Clinic to provide primary care and other medical and social services to low-income workers and their families, always in an atmosphere of respect and compassion,” said Donna Waldman, Director. Director, Free Jewish Community Clinic. “Our clients come from a variety of low-income backgrounds and are primarily agricultural, domestic and service workers in Sonoma County. As a small, grassroots organization that never charges a service fee, this grant will go a long way to ensuring that free services, including labs, vaccinations, and medications, reach those who need them most.
Some of the 2021-2022 grant recipients include:
• Schell-Vista Volunteer Firefighters Association, to provide explosion-proof flashlights to 50 volunteer firefighters and assist in search and rescue operations.
• Sonoma Community Center, for four months of Queer Art Club activities for 60 to 70 identifying LGBTQIA youth.
•YWCA Sonoma County, for the purchase of a new stove and refrigerator to help serve 2,000 meals a year.
•Jewish Community Free Clinic, to provide free medical care to 750 non-denominational clients.
•Reach for Home, to provide 110 homeless people with free mental health services through a mobile health clinic.
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