Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity Recognized as Nonprofit of the Year

Monday, July 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity was honored recently as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Bill Dodd. Representatives of the home building organization were hosted on the Floor of the California State Senate by Senator Dodd. The local nonprofit was 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 Non-Profit of the Year in Senator Dodd’s Third District.  This recognizes the dedication, commitment and hard work of our board, staff and in particular, our amazing volunteers,” said Gerry Raycraft, President of the Board of Directors of Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity.

Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity first opened in 1991 to serve the residents of Solano County. Solano Habitat for Humanity was founded by a grass-roots group of Solano County residents as a charity organization, dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing in their community. The first home was constructed in Fairfield in 1994.  Napa County was incorporated into their 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,” said Senator Dodd. “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 to the community, Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity has built 15 new homes from the ground up and rehabbed many more in Solano and Napa Counties. In Solano and Napa, the high cost of housing makes the services provided by Habitat for Humanity even more impactful. Habitat has developed programs that allow businesses and organizations to volunteer a “Habitat Team”. This innovative model allows coworkers, friends, and loved ones to build stronger relationships, while also building a new home for a needy family. Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which since 1976 has established more than 1,500 affiliates and 80 national organizations around the world that have helped Habitat build, renovate or repair more than 1,000,000 homes. 


Photo Caption: Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity Board Secretary Nancy Nelson, Board President Gerry Raycraft, Executive Director Diane Agnone, Board Member Ann Cousineau, and Board Vice President/Treasurer Craig Paterson, were honored by Senator Bill Dodd at the Capitol recently during the California Nonprofits Day Celebration.

Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa Counties. You can learn more about Senator Dodd at