Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity named nonprofit of the year for 2017

Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity was named the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year by state Sen. Bill Dodd, his office announced.

Representatives of the home building organization were hosted on the Floor of the California State Senate by Sen. Dodd and were joined by other nonprofit leaders from Senate districts across the state that were also honored at the 2017 California Nonprofits Day event.

“Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity is truly honored to have been named Nonprofit of the Year in Senator Dodd’s Third District,” Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity board president Gerry Raycraft said. “This recognizes the dedication, commitment and hard work of our board, staff and in particular, our amazing volunteers.”

Founded as a grass-roots charity in 1991, Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing in the community.

The agency’s first home was constructed in Fairfield in 1994.

Napa County was incorporated into its service area in 2002 and the name was updated to reflect this wider presence in the community. Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity also operates the ReStore, providing home improvement supplies and furnishings at a much lower cost than traditional retailers.

“I am honored to recognize the Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity as our nonprofit of the year,” Dodd said. “Having served on several nonprofit boards, I know the hard work required of staff and volunteers to make a positive difference in our communities. Habitat for Humanity has made an immense difference in the lives of many families.”

In its 26 years of service, Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity has built 15 new homes from the ground up and rehabbed many more in Solano and Napa Counties, agency officials said. In Solano and Napa, the high cost of housing makes the services provided by Habitat for Humanity even more impactful, they said. Habitat has developed programs that allow businesses and organizations to…

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