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Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation’s 10th Annual Día de la Familia: Celebrating Napa Valley’s Farmworker Community

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NAPA, CA – July 26, 2022 – It was a joyous day in downtown Napa as Napa County farmworkers and their families, and 50 community organizations, took part in the tenth anniversary of Día de la Familia hosted by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation (FWF) on Sunday, July 24. This annual street festival brought together the community at-large, showcasing its vibrancy, comradery, and good will, which makes Napa Valley an exceptional place to live and work.

Attendees enjoyed mariachi, cultural dance groups, and family activities at the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation’s Día de la Familia. Photos submitted by FWF staff

One of the day’s highlights was a visit from Congressman Mike Thompson, who recognized Arnulfo Solorio, the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation’s Vice President and partner at Silverado Farming Company, for his leadership within the farmworker community. Since 2011, the FWF has provided education and professional development for over 21,000 farmworkers and their families and much of its success can be attributed to Solorio’s belief that education is power; in May, Solorio received the Napa Valley Grapegrowers 2022 Grower of the Year award, which also recognized his community and industry leadership. 

“Día de la Familia is one of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation’s greatest accomplishments,” said Solorio, “With so many organizations participating, community members of all ages can access essential information and education all in one place.”

Participating community organizations set up booths along Napa Street and connected attendees with a multitude of free resources and support.

“Día de la Familia honors the hard work and dedication these farm working families bring to Napa Valley. At our booth, we provided tools to be self-sufficient,” said Blanca Huijon, Executive Director for Puertas Abiertas, “which includes knowledge and education about taking care of the body, health, and mind.”

The festival also included mariachi, ballet folklórico, traditional Aztec dance, children’s activities, opportunities to learn about the important work done in the vineyard, and of course, great food.  

This year’s 10th anniversary event was made even more special by the Napa Valley Latino Heritage Committee, who invited attendees to participate in their quilt project, Hilos Visibles, honoring Latino/x communities and cultures. Attendees were given fabric squares to express themselves through stories or cultural ideas, which will hang outside the Napa County Historical Society, October 7, 2022 – March 24, 2023.

OLE Health returned this year, as well, with complimentary health screenings. The screenings included blood pressure, BMI assessment, COVID-19 vaccinations, and more. Their service is another great example of the many resources accessible during Día de la Familia; on Sunday, OLE Health helped 95 community members and administered 40 COVID-19 booster shots.

Community organizations that participated in the 10th Annual Día de la Familia include:

  • Aldea, Inc.
  • California Health Collaborative/Every Woman Counts
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • California Human Development Farmworker Services Division and Immigration Division
  • Child Start Inc.
  • City of Napa
  • Community Health Initiative
  • Community Resources for Children
  • Connolly Ranch
  • Consulado General de México en San Francisco
  • Cope Family Center
  • County of Napa
  • IHSS Public Authority of the County of Napa
  • IIBA
  • Latino Heritage Committee
  • Mental Health Division, Napa County Health and Human Services
  • Mentis
  • Napa County – CEO Office
  • Napa County Ag Commissioner
  • Napa County Child Support Services
  • Napa County HHSA ADS
  • Napa County Master Gardeners Latino Outreach
  • Napa County Office of Education
  • Napa County Public Health
  • Napa County Self Sufficiency Services
  • Napa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Napa Resource Conservation Services
  • Napa Valley Adult Education
  • Napa Valley College
  • Napa Valley Community Housing
  • Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster
  • Napa Valley Education Foundation (Music Connection)
  • NCR/Innovations Community Center
  • NEWS
  • On The Move – The Neighborhood Initiative
  • Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center Cancer Support Services
  • Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Community Outreach Dept
  • Puertas Abiertas CRC
  • Recycling Division, City of Napa
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • Share the Care
  • Soluna Outreach Solutions on behalf of Napa Recycling Program
  • SRJC High School Equivalency Program
  • UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  • UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Department
  • UpValley Family Centers
  • Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety at UC Davis
  • Aldea, Inc.
  • California Health Collaborative/Every Woman Counts
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • California Human Development Farmworker Services Division and Immigration Division
  • Child Start Inc.
  • City of Napa
  • Community Health Initiative
  • Community Resources for Children
  • Connolly Ranch
  • Cope Family Center
  • County of Napa
  • IHSS Public Authority of the County of Napa
  • IIBA
  • Latino Heritage Committee
  • Mental Health Division, Napa County Health and Human Services
  • Mentis

Many thanks to the following partners who helped bring this year’s festival to life: Bright Event Rentals, H&E Equipment Supply, The Lux Productions, OLE Health, Puertas Aberitas, Silverado Farming Company, St. John’s Catholic Church, Walsh Vineyards Management, Suzanne Becker Bronk Photography, KVON Mega Mix, and Partners2Media.

About Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation

Founded by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in 2011, the mission of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is to support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development. The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is the only one of its kind in the United States, providing educational opportunities, advanced training programs, leadership and management classes, English literacy programs, and much more. To date, the Farmworker Foundation has offered education and professional development opportunities to more than 21,000 vineyard workers and their families.

For more information, visit our website and follow the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

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