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Issue No. 9 | April 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Doing Good

LOCAL PARTNERS, DOING GOOD

At a time when normal life in Wine Country has been turned upside down, it’s important to celebrate those partners and organizations that are working to make reality more palatable and helping those that need it most during this time. Here, in no particular order, are some of our neighbors doing things we admire.

Costeaux Bakery CEO Will Seppi earlier this month launched the Costeaux Knead Program, which will bake up to 20,000 loaves of bread a month for those in need. The bakery will cover the cost of the first 2,500 loaves. To help fund the remainder, Seppi is seeking a $5 donation for each additional loaf or simply buy a loaf and he’ll match. The bread is going to Sonoma Family Meal and The Redwood Empire Food Bank which is including it in its boxes of food.

The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation in April introduced a $1.2-million aid program for Sonoma County. The program comprises two parts: the new Winery and Restaurant Employee Assistance fund and the annual distribution of Community Grants to support more than 80 other nonprofits. The group also donated $145,000 to Corazón Healdsburg and other area charities.

SingleThread (pictured above) – a three-star Michelin restaurant in downtown Healdsburg – announced in late March that it will begin producing 200 meals a day for local families in need. They are working in collaboration with Sonoma Family Meal and support efforts to get meals out through nonprofits including Corazón Healdsburg, Sloan Emergency Women’s Shelter, Graton Day Labor Center, and Council on Aging. Zach Dorman, director of events and strategic partnerships at SingleThread notes “We couldn’t do it without the incredible support of a number of local wineries, families, and individuals who have generously donated.”

The nonprofit Sonoma Family Meal emerged from the 2017 Tubbs Fire with a clear mission: To become Sonoma County’s emergency food network. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Sonoma Family Meal is teaming with Jordan Winery and the John Jordan Foundation, which donated $150,000 and is matching donations up to the same amount.

It’s also worth noting that the Sonoma County Library has expanded and strengthened its online offerings so Sonoma County residents can have access to free resources and materials while physical buildings are closed.

Also in this Issue

PROJECT UPDATE Q&A with David Hill

David Hill is the managing director of Mill District, the guy in charge. That means he has perhaps the most comprehensive perspective on the project, its priorities, and the things that will need to happen to make the endeavor successful from here on out.

FEATURE Hailing the Community

The best teams weather adversity together, coming through unexpected circumstances stronger and closer than ever before. This was true for Healdsburg and the entire Sonoma County community during the wildfires. It is true again now, during this current and unpredictable Coronavirus crisis.

SPOTLIGHT Skip Brand

One of the most vibrant communities within the Healdsburg community comprises customers of Healdsburg Running Company, or HRC. The shop, which opened in 2014, is the brainchild of Skip Brand, who has almost single-handedly cultivated an active running community in and around the Healdsburg area.