Humboldt Area Foundation honors the passion and compassion of the people we serve by providing a non-partisan and inclusive place for people to come together, define community issues and search for solutions.
Hours & Accessibility
We are open to the public Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and are closed on Fridays. However, due to current public health guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, guests may access our offices by appointment only for essential business that cannot be conducted by phone, mail, or email. Hiking trails remain open from dawn to dusk.
You can reach our front desk by calling (707) 442-2993.
Humboldt Area Foundation's Community Center is located at 363 Indianola Road in Bayside.
(For information about our affiliate in Crescent City, the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, click here.)
The upper part of the parking lot has ADA-accessible parking spaces. The Humboldt Transit Authority offers transportation to the intersection of Old Arcata Road and Indianola Cutoff, approximately 0.5 miles away, but reservations must be made in advance. Visit HTA's website for more information.
Our meeting rooms may be used by nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, community groups, municipalities, schools or educational institutions, and non-partisan groups free of charge, with the exception of evenings and weekends, when a nominal fee to support staff time is required. The use of the space must be in alignment with practices that reflect values promoted by the Foundation, that of community, empathy, and equity, and that does not discriminate on any basis. The rooms are ADA-accessible and there is a kitchen in the building to accommodate catering and other refreshments. Audio-visual and interpretive equipment is available to check out at the front desk. Please call our main number to make reservations.
Vera Vietor, the founder of the Humboldt Area Foundation, left her original estate for use by HAF. (You can learn more about our history here.) The Vietor House, which was built by renowned architect John Yeon, is still in use as an office building by some staff and can be accessed from a separate driveway. If you need to visit the Vietor House, follow Indianola Road past the signs for HAF's Community Center and look for the Vietor House signage on the left. The short driveway uphill will take you to the building. Members of the public are welcome to visit and enjoy the koi pond and original architecture during regular business hours. The majority of HAF staff and facilities are at the HAF Community Center, our main campus. We also recently opened the Emmerson House, named after Orvamae Emmerson, which houses our Finance staff and is located adjacent to the Community Center in the upper parking lot.
The Foundation acknowledges that the land where the Foundation sits is part of the unceded ancestral territory of the Wiyot people, Soulatluk hou lughurruqu’l (Wiyot people’s land), more specifically Wigi (Humboldt Bay). With respect and gratitude, we take this opportunity to honor the original caretakers of this land, which they continue to cherish, share and protect. As part of our commitment to being good guests on Wiyot land, we have entered into an agreement with Wiyot tribal members for the gathering of plants that are used for basketry or other culturally significant practices. We also pay an honor tax annually to the Wiyot Tribe. and we encourage others living on Soulatluk hou lughurruqu’l to make a voluntary contribution to the honor tax, a system set up by local people as one way to acknowledge the sacrifices and resiliency of the Wiyot people. To learn more about the honor tax system, visit www.honortax.org.
Community members are welcome to hike on the Lynn Vietor Nature Trail from dawn to dusk. The trail is an approximately 0.5 mile loop and quite steep in some places. Dogs on leash are also welcome. The trailheads can be found at the back of the upper parking lot of the Community Center and at the driveway to the Vietor House. In the spring the trail is decorated with beautiful trilliums. Visitors should keep a look out for poison oak in all seasons and be sure to clean up after their dogs.
The Rooney Resource Center
The Rooney Resource Center is available for individuals and nonprofits interested in learning more about starting or strengthening a nonprofit. Community members are welcome to visit during normal business hours, but appointments are recommended for individuals seeking assistance. The resource center includes a library with resources on nonprofit management and racial equity, and access to the Foundation Directory grants data base. For more information click here.
Due to the current closure of our offices, we are not currently hosting any art exhibits, however artists interested in displaying their work at the HAF Community Center once the offices reopen can contact Operations Manager and exhibit coordinator Jill Moore at (707) 442-2993.