Donate to support SCGGF’s Farmworker Resiliency Fund.

Wildfire Recovery Support

After two devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2019, SCGGF acted quickly to establish a Wildfire Housing Support Fund, raising more than $2 million dollars to support Sonoma County farmworkers. SCGGF supported approximately 1,500 farmworkers and their families during these unprecedented disasters by purchasing trailers for temporary housing, providing rent support, offering financial assistance toward new and/or temporary housing, supplementing lost wages, and providing gift cards to purchase new household items, food and supplies.

In August of 2020, the Walbridge fire forced many Sonoma County residents to evacuate and/or halt work within the mandatory evacuation zones. Considering this recent development, the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation has reopened its resiliency fund for ag workers and their families who were displaced from their homes, lost wages or were impacted by the fire. The fund will serve to assist any workers who are employed by a farmer, rancher or an agricultural employer in Sonoma County.

In order to qualify for support farmworkers must meet the following criteria:

  1. Support can only be provided to full-time, year-round agricultural families working in Sonoma County. Seasonal employees are not eligible.
  2. Managerial employees and their families are not eligible, support must go to employees who work primarily in vineyards (tractor driver, canopy management, pruning and suckering etc).
  3. Employees must have experienced one of the following economic losses on or after August 18, 2020:
    • Missed work because they were evacuated
    • Missed work because the vineyard was inaccessible (vineyard is within the mandatory evacuation zone)
    • Reside within the mandatory evacuation zone and experienced a financial impact due to evacuation.

To receive assistance, only applications submitted by agriculture employers will be accepted. Employers should fill out the application below and send it to [email protected]. Please note, employers can list all ag employees on one single form, and each will receive a gift card for immediate use. Priority will be given to farmworkers in our grape growing community.

If you have questions about this fund or process, please contact [email protected].

COVID-19 Support

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation (SCGGF) has launched two separate funds to support Sonoma County’s ag employees and their families through this very difficult time. Although agricultural employees are deemed essential and are currently working, the upheaval of our economy and way of life has had a significant financial impact on people throughout the world. Many of Sonoma County’s ag employees have experienced personal financial losses as a result. These two funds are designed to help alleviate some of the financial strain being placed on our local ag community. A farmworker in Sonoma County can be eligible for and receive assistance under both funds.

COVID-19 Farmworker Family Resiliency Fund

COVID-19 has had a significant economic impact, leaving millions of Americans unemployed. Although agricultural employees are deemed “essential” and are currently working, SCGGF recognizes that many agricultural families rely on dual income. Early indicators and data show many of the spouses of agricultural employees recently lost their job as a result of COVID-19. SCGGF has launched a Farmworker Family Resiliency Fund which has limited funding available for those families seeking financial stability. SCGGF is currently accepting applications for support.

In order to qualify for support agricultural families must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Support can only be provided to full-time, year-round agricultural families working in Sonoma County. Seasonal employees are not eligible.
  2. Managerial employees and their families are not eligible, support must go to employees who work primarily in vineyards (tractor driver, canopy management, pruning and suckering etc).
  3. Employees must be able to provide a letter or some form of documentation showing their spouse was recently laid off as a result of COVID-19. A letter from the past employer would be acceptable, as would unemployment documentation. The documentation must be in English.
  4. The Employer will be required to gather all the documentation and fill out the application. Only applications completed by the employer will be accepted, applications from individual employees will not be accepted.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funding is exhausted. They will be prioritized on a first come, first serve basis. Upon receipt of the application and supporting documentation, SCGGF will act quickly to provide agricultural families with a $250 gift card to help offset lost revenue.

Should you have any questions please contact Kate Piontek, [email protected].

COVID-19 Farmworker Resiliency Fund

Although farmworkers are considered essential workers, SCGGF recognizes COVID-19 has had an economic impact on many Americans, regardless of their “essential business” status. SCGGF, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente has limited funding available to directly support farmworkers who have suffered financial losses because of COVID-19. SCGGF is currently accepting applications for support.

In order to qualify for support farmworkers must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Support can only be provided to full-time, year-round agricultural families working in Sonoma County. Seasonal employees are not eligible.
  2. Managerial employees and their families are not eligible, support must go to employees who work primarily in vineyards (tractor driver, canopy management, pruning and suckering etc).
  3. Employees must have experienced one of the following economic losses on or after March 18, 2020:
    • Missed work because they (or a family member within their household) had COVID-19 symptoms
    • Missed work because they needed to quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19
    • Missed work due to childcare issues because of COVID-19
    • Missed work because they were getting tested for COVID-19

The Employer will be required to gather all the documentation and fill out the application. Only applications completed by the employer will be accepted, applications from individual employees will not be accepted.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funding is exhausted. They will be prioritized on a first come, first serve basis. Upon receipt of the application and supporting documentation, SCGGF will act quickly to provide farmworkers with a $100 gift card for each day of work missed (with a maximum of 5 days/$500).

Should you have any questions please contact Kate Piontek, [email protected].

COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto económico significativo, dejando a millones de estadounidenses sin empleo. Aunque los empleados agrícolas se consideran “esenciales” y actualmente están trabajando, la Fundación de Productores de Uva del Condado de Sonoma (SCGGF) reconoce que muchas familias agrícolas dependen del doble ingreso. Los primeros indicadores y datos muestran que muchos de los cónyuges de empleados agrícolas perdieron recientemente su trabajo como resultado de COVID-19. SCGGF tiene fondos limitados disponibles para aquellas familias que buscan estabilidad financiera. SCGGF actualmente está aceptando solicitudes de apoyo.

Para calificar para el apoyo, las familias agrícolas deben cumplir con todos los siguientes criterios:

  1. Solo se puede brindar apoyo a las familias agrícolas de tiempo completo durante todo el año que trabajan en el condado de Sonoma. Los empleados estacionales no son elegibles.
  2. Los empleados gerenciales y sus familias no son elegibles, el apoyo debe ir a los empleados que trabajan principalmente en viñedos (conductor de tractor, manejo de dosel, poda y succión, etc.).
  3. Los empleados deben poder proporcionar una carta o algún tipo de documentación que demuestre que su cónyuge fue despedido recientemente como resultado de COVID-19. Una carta del empleador anterior sería aceptable, al igual que la documentación de desempleo. La documentación debe estar en inglés.
  4. El empleador deberá recopilar toda la documentación y completar la solicitud. Solo se aceptarán solicitudes completadas por el empleador, no se aceptarán solicitudes de empleados individuales.

Las solicitudes se aceptarán de forma continua hasta que se agoten todos los fondos. Se les dará prioridad por orden de llegada. Al recibir la solicitud y la documentación de respaldo, SCGGF actuará rápidamente para proporcionar a las familias agrícolas una tarjeta de $250 regalo para ayudar a compensar la pérdida de ingresos.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Kate Piontek, [email protected].

Aunque los trabajadores agrícolas se consideran trabajadores esenciales, SCGGF reconoce que COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto económico en muchos estadounidenses, independientemente de su estado de “negocio esencial”. SCGGF, en asociación con Kaiser Permanente, tiene fondos limitados disponibles para apoyar directamente a los trabajadores agrícolas que han sufrido pérdidas financieras debido a COVID-19. SCGGF actualmente está aceptando solicitudes de apoyo.

Para calificar para recibir apoyo, los trabajadores agrícolas deben cumplir con todos los siguientes criterios:

  1. Solo se puede brindar apoyo a las familias agrícolas de tiempo completo durante todo el año que trabajan en el condado de Sonoma. Los empleados estacionales no son elegibles.
  2. Los empleados gerenciales y sus familias no son elegibles, el apoyo debe ir a los empleados que trabajan principalmente en viñedos (conductor de tractor, manejo de dosel, poda y succión, etc.).
  3. Los empleados deben haber experimentado una de las siguientes pérdidas económicas a partir del 18 de marzo de 2020
    • Falto en el trabajo porque ellos (o un miembro de la familia dentro de su hogar) tenían síntomas de COVID-19
    • Falto en el trabajo porque se vieron obligados a ponerse en cuarentena debido a la posible exposición al COVID-19
    • Falto en el trabajo por problemas de cuidado de niños debido a COVID-19
    • Falto en el trabajo porque estaban siendo examinados para COVID-19
  4. El Empleador deberá recopilar toda la documentación y completar la solicitud. Solo se aceptarán solicitudes completadas por el empleador, no se aceptarán solicitudes de empleados individuales.

Las solicitudes se aceptarán de forma continua hasta que se agoten todos los fondos. Se les dará prioridad por orden de llegada. Al recibir la solicitud y la documentación de respaldo, SCGGF actuará rápidamente para proporcionar a los trabajadores agrícolas una tarjeta de regalo de $ 100 por cada día de trabajo perdido (con un máximo de 5 días / $ 500).

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Kate Piontek, [email protected].