4th Annual Napa River Rock & Stroll Puts the “Fun” in Fundraising

Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano presents the Napa River Rock & Stroll family fun run on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The 6K fun run/walk along the Napa River Trail is a great way to engage in a healthy activity and support local families. The event is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

The fun begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Kennedy Park softball fields and ends at Veterans Memorial Park in Downtown Napa. Participants will enjoy live music performed by local musicians along the River Trail during their run or walk and will be greeted at the Finish Line Festival by hopping dance tunes and cheering crowds. The festival features kids’ activities and family-friendly vendors. Registered participants receive a race bib, race t-shirt and reusable water bottle (while supplies last), goodie bag, free downtown parking and shuttle to the starting line at Kennedy Park.

Entry fees start at $15 for children to $25 for adults. Participants can register online at www.napariverrockandstroll.org  or pick up an entry form at Cope Family Center. Early registration is encouraged, as prices will increase on September 8th. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Kennedy Park softball fields.

Community members who want to do more to benefit the children and families of Napa County are encouraged to form teams of co-workers, friends, neighbors, family or club members, and raise funds. All donations and funds raised will benefit Cope’s child abuse prevention programs and are tax-deductible. Details on forming a team are provided at www.napariverrocknstroll.org

To volunteer, contact Aimee Inglis at 252-1123 x 104. For sponsorship information, please contact Liz Marks at 252-1123 x 108. For all other information, contact Christina Mitchell at 252-1123 x 114.

Volunteer Project: Somos Napa – We Are Napa

Like many communities in California, one of the major divisions in our community lies along Spanish-speaking and English-speaking lines. However, unique to others, we are working to bridge this divide by supporting the startup of a fully bilingual community website, Somosnapa.org. Cope Family Center’s work is focused on strengthening families and nurturing the social fabric of the community so parents get the support they need to raise their children. Family isolation is a key risk factor in the incidence of child abuse, so we feel that it’s important to overcome divisions and bring people together.

Modeled after the Berkeley Parents Network, Somosnapa.org seeks to provide community information to parents and a space for information to be exchanged across cultural and language barriers. This promotes equal access to information and the exchange of ideas, which enhances our ability to solve problems collectively. Somosnapa.org is about parents working together to raise their children,  having a place to talk about the unique joys and challenges of doing so in the Napa Valley.

A website itself won’t break down cultural and language barriers, but it’s a tool that can help us get closer to our vision of all children having the opportunity to reach their full potential. With volunteer support we will be able to bring the community together to use this tool. As well as building content on the website and troubleshooting technical challenges, we need people willing to reach out to individuals and community organizations to promote use of the website. Contact Aimee at ainglis@copefamilycenter.org to get involved.

By Aimee Inglis, Community Engagement Program Manager