Jefferson Award

Congratulations to the 2016 Jefferson Award Winners!

Published:  November 18, 2016

The Jefferson Awards program is a national recognition program that brings attention to contributions in public service and unsung heroes in America. Locally, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors annually seeks nominations from the community that highlight nonprofits, boards, organizations, and individuals for demonstrating "Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement."

2016JeffersonAwardBoys&GirlsClub195Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County (The Club) (Non-profit) – Serving Sonoma County youth for the last seventy years, changing their lives by providing homework help, character building experiences and positive relationships with other youth.  Since a handful of area clubs combined organizations in 2008, the Club has grown from serving 300 young people to over 3,000 each day and over 6,000 per year. The Club works hard to achieve their mission of enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

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2016JeffersonAwardWinnerCommunityActionPartnership195Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP) (Non-profit) - Serving the local community for 50 years, with the mission of striving to eliminate poverty and empowering families through partnerships, advocacy, and high-impact programs in the areas of Community Engagement, Health & Wellness, Education, and Financial Stability. CAP serves between 8, 000 to 9,000 low-income individuals in our community.

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2016JeffersonAwardWinnerPetalumaHealthCareDistrict195Petaluma Health Care District (Board) - For nearly 70 years, the Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) has served the changing health and wellness needs of Southern Sonoma County residents, ensuring access to quality acute care and emergency services while supporting comprehensive community-based health promotion and illness prevention programs to nurture the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health of residents. PHCD focuses its community outreach and education efforts on the social detriments of health, and looks at atypical factors that one might not association with health, but actually do directly impact current and future residents – factors that include education, transportation, housing, and the economy.

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2016JeffersonAwardWinnerSoCoVetConnect195Sonoma County Vet Connect, Inc. (Non-profit) - Providing outreach to all former military service members and their families, since 2008, assisting them with access to services and benefits due them for their service to our country. Sonoma County Vet Connect, Inc., seeks to eliminate Veteran homelessness in Sonoma County, and was instrumental in getting 60 Veterans into the new Palms Inn. This organization is made of up 40 volunteers and 42 service providers, all dedicated to the mission of assisting Veterans.

2016JeffersonAwardWinnerHerbWillams195Herb Williams (Individual) - His commitment to the youth in our community come from his belief of “paying it forward” and he has spent decades ensuring the skills he received from the Boy Scouts as a young man are passed on to future generations. He has also been instrumental in spearheading and growing impactful organizations such as the Family Justice Center of Sonoma County, and the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. Herb's leadership roles on various boards and organizations has helped develop sustainable groups of leaders to carry those organizations well into the future.

Contact Information

Sylvia Lemus

Jefferson Awards Program Manager

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
575 Administration Drive
Room 116 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465237, -122.725363