Genesis House

The California Maritime Academy

2017 Beneficiaries

The Robby Poblete Foundation was created in honor of Robby Poblete, who was killed by gun violence in Vallejo at the age of 23. The foundation’s mission is to get unwanted guns out of circulation through an annual gun buyback, and to transform them into instruments of hope and opportunity through art and vocational skills programs. 

Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park is an annual festival, where residents of all ages and economic backgrounds are invited come together for free professional outdoor theater in Vallejo, Martinez and Oakland. Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park produces one free live Shakespearean production each summer presented at Hanns Park. We believe the arts are an important part of the fabric of a community and we want to do our part to ensure a thriving arts environment and help raise the value of the arts as a public good. We present a “bare-bones” production, concentrating on the actor’s performances and honest storytelling, with minimal set and modern dress. 

Leadership Vallejo

In addition to providing a free, fun-filled event for the entire community, Vallejo Waterfront Weekend provides much more. The mission of the event committee is to unite the community while also providing various non-profits a venue to showcase their organizations and raise much needed funds. Net proceeds from this weekend are shared between the non-profits that participate in putting on the festival and the Vallejo Waterfront Committee. In our first three years, we have been able to donate over $50,000 to the rehabilitation of the Mira Community Cultural Center and with the addition of the volunteer labor and project coordination from Rebuilding Together Solano County that total is much higher.

This year we are expanding our list of beneficiaries to include 8 non-profit organizations to be able to help as many as possible as well as promoting participation in the event. They are:  Genesis House, Leadership Vallejo, McCune Art & Book Collection, and Shakespeare in the Park who will receive “as close to the full amount they requested.”

Another four nonprofits will receive even amounts distributed from the remaining proceeds from the weekend event: The California Maritime Academy, the Capitol Stairs Mosaic Project, Friends of Loma Vista Farm, and Robby Poblete Foundation.

McCune Art & Book Collection

Leadership Vallejo educates and trains future business, government, and volunteer leaders. Gain the skills and experience you need to make the change you want to see in Vallejo and the world.

The McCune Art & Books Collection Foundation provides public service in the Arts of the Book through its support of Vallejo’s McCune Rare Book Collection. We actively involve a diverse public in all our innovative exhibits and educational programs.  We also seek to enrich the culture of our community by augmenting the McCune Collection with relevant acquisitions.  The Vallejo Waterfront Weekend grant award is essential for The McCune to achieve an important goal:  the professional development of a Long-Range Preservation Plan for the Collection. This plan will include a condition survey, prioritized actions, and timetables. Environmental concerns, archival storage, conservation, remediation, and training of McCune staff will be addressed. The plan will also serve as a tool for future fund-raising efforts.  Proper preservation of the McCune Collection will ensure that the rare books and other artifacts remain intact and accessible to all citizens of Vallejo as well as Bay area visitors.

The Genesis House, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in May of 1972.  The initial formation of the organization was based on the idea of providing a re-entry program for other residential treatment program graduates.  By 1974 it became apparent that treatment services were needed and the program obtained state certification to provide long term treatment.  This continues to be the programs primary purpose today. We provide long term residential treatment to men and women who require a complete life-style and environmental change.  We offer 24 hour care in a highly structured drug, alcohol and tobacco free residential treatment setting aimed at assisting clients in becoming totally abstinent and self-supporting. Fees are based on client’s ability to pay.

Robby Poblete Foundation

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Friends of Loma Vista Farm

Capitol Stairs Mosaic Project

As a premiere maritime education center, in conjunction with the California Department of Boating and Waterways, our mission is to create a program where the main focus is Maritime Safety, Education and Outreach not just for Cal Maritime students, faculty and staff but also for the San Francisco Bay Area and the surrounding region. 

Currently, we hold beginner sailing classes for students, swimming classes, water safety courses, marine emergency response training and basic powerboating classes for a few community businesses. However, we want to expand this program to reach everyone in the Bay Area by offering programming, classes and school trips that are open to the community. With the implementation of the mandatory California Boater Card beginning in January, the need for more boater safety courses will be drastically increasing in the very near future. To achieve this goal, our first priority is to replace one of our boats so that it can handle the waters that we will be operating on and the people that it will need to serve. This boat would serve multiple purposes, facilitating our boating safety classes as well as marine emergency response training for firefighters & marine police, and also providing additional safety for our sailing team and recreational boating classes.

Our goal is to have affordable community programs open for anyone in the area. Much of this, aimed toward the purposes of getting water safety training or obtaining the knowledge required for the California Boater Card. Waterways are a big part of life in  the San Francisco Bay Area, and the need for boat and waterway safety education is high. Our long term goal is to reduce boat and waterway fatalities by providing knowledge and resources to foster safe and aware boaters. 

To create a place-making public work of art that will revitalize the Vallejo Capitol Stairs, built in 1914, by making them a safe, beautiful and appealing asset to the Heritage District and Sonoma Boulevard neighborhood corridor.