NeighborWorks Sacramento, a frequent partner of SAR, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Their largest fundraiser, The Art, Wine and Food Tasting Classic, will be held on Saturday, August 25 at the Sutter Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets are $40 per person; sponsorship is $100. The sponsorship deadline is August 15th. For more information on tickets or sponsorship, contact Blanca Gutierrez, Blanca@nwsac.org. NeighborWorks is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, providing live 8-hour homebuyer education. NeighborWorks Sacramento started in 1987, serving four neighborhoods, under the original name of Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. Today they serve eleven counties. NeighborWorks Stockton opened in 2010. In 2011 NeighborWorks acquired the single-family housing programs and staff of Mercy Housing California when the programs were slated for elimination. Doing this preserved jobs and homeownership opportunities in rural communities. A Mortgage Help Center opened in 2011 in partnership with Fannie Mae, to address the large volume of calls for foreclosure counseling in Northern California. This is in addition to the capable mortgage and foreclosure counseling staff at the NeighborWorks Sacramento office. They have assisted thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure. They administer the Cal-HOME Loan program. This is a California state deferred 3%-simple interest loan. It is available in eligible census tracts to first-time buyers with AMI not exceeding 80%. It is due in 30 years, or whenever the home sells, or if the home is changed to rental status. They have renovated 65 boarded, blighted, vacant homes to date, many through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, in partnership with various municipalities, and they have sold these homes at affordable prices to owner-occupied buyers. NeighborWorks’ Paint the Town program was started 23 years ago and is still going strong. Volunteers revamp homes for homeowners who need assistance and can always use helpers to assist. Paint the Town is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sharon Eghigian at Sharon@nwsac.org. They founded the Oak Park Farmers Market, now in its third year (every Saturday from 9am to 1 pm at McClatchy Park). There are many more services offered by NeighborWorks, this article highlights a very few of them. For a more thorough understanding of NeighborWorks, please refer to their website: www.nwsac.org.