By Sonya Godinez
Special to the Express
Mark your calendars! This year’s Big Day of Giving is Thursday, May 5, and nine Winters nonprofit organizations are participating.
The Big Day of Giving (BDOG), hosted by Sacramento Region Community Foundation, is an annual 24-hour giving challenge that helps over 600 local nonprofits raise funds for their programs. Funds raised make a big difference in Winters. BDOG is a critical opportunity for donors to rally around the nonprofits operating in and serving our community.
This year, non-profit organizations from Winters are once again working as a team to prepare for and publicize the Big Day of Giving on May 5. The participating nonprofits are Winters Farm to School, Winters Education Foundation, Winters Friends of the Library, Winters Music Boosters, Winters Museum, Winters Participation Gallery, Winters Senior Foundation, Winters Healthcare Foundation, and the Putah Creek Council.
While their missions are varied, each participating nonprofit contributes to both the character and quality of life of our community. Here are some highlights about each of the nonprofits:
Winters Farm to School’s mission is to raise funds to provide fresh, local produce, fruits and nuts for our children’s school food program; educate children about the positive, long-term health benefits of healthy eating habits and to reconnect children to the rich, deeply rooted agricultural heritage in the community.
Winters Education Foundation raises funds to ensure continued educational excellence and equal educational opportunities for every child in a Winters public school classroom.
Winters Friends of the Library works to promote literacy, foster a love of reading, enhance the cultural life of the community, and encourage involvement in the library and its programs.
Winters Music Boosters is dedicated to providing financial support and volunteer assistance to help maintain the music programs in Winters public schools.
The Winters Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of Winters through educational events, research, oral histories, and photo and artifact exhibits.
Winters Participation Gallery sponsors the Winters Historical Mural Project, providing a unique creative and artistic opportunity for Winters’ youth to learn about the town’s history and translate that into an exterior mural, beautifying Winters one wall at a time.
The Winters Senior Foundation is a local nonprofit, all volunteer, community-based organization representing and advocating for the senior population in the City of Winters and surrounding areas.
Winters Healthcare Foundation is a small Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate health care to each person, regardless of his or her ability to pay.
The Putah Creek Council protects and enhances Putah Creek, its watershed and tributaries through advocacy, education, and community-based stewardship.
Early donating opens on Thursday, April 21. Donations will be accepted until midnight on the Big Day of Giving, Thursday, May 5. Donations can be made at www.bdog-winters.org.