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The CanDo Connection                                                                   August 8, 2017
In This Issue

   WORDS  MATTER 

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." 

-Mother Teresa


Reminder
This buttery yellow color indicates volunteer opportunities.  

   
  FARM TO FOOD BANK
 
HELPING HANDS AND STRONG BACKS NEEDED

The summer harvest is 
at its delicious peak and many hundreds of pounds of produce are being donated Saturdays at the Napa Farmers' Market!
 
Available slots:
Aug. 12: 1 more volunteer
 Aug. 19: 3 more volunteers
 Aug. 26: 2 more volunteers

SIGN UP  HERE

   
Longtime CanDo volunteer JoAnna accepts beautiful
 stone fruit from
Thank you!

Click here  FFI and to select 
a Saturday Farmers' Market date that  works for you.  

 
 BITS  AND  PIECES

FANCY A ROAD TRIP
 from Chicken Bristle, IL, to Handsome Eddy, NY?

are some of the weirdest 
town names in the USA.




CanDo QUICK  TIP
 
PLANNING A CARWASH FUNDRAISER? 
ENJOY WASHING YOUR 
CAR AT HOME?
 
 Hint: Don't do this!

Our friends at the   will consult for free with organizations hosting car wash events. They'll even provide tools and materials to reduce car wash pollution.


Help Wanted Tools
 
Now and then, CanDo makes spiffy buttons for volunteers and supporters to wear. The process is a snap. An assembly-line of three or four people have fun and can easily turn out 100 buttons in an hour.

We'd love to show you how it's done and then be able to call on you to help supervise a button-making session 
a couple of times a year.
CanDo?


 
or call 707.252.7743
 
 
COMPOST  CORNER
 
Email questions about Curbside Composting or recycling 
to the "Compost Corner". 

We'll get responses to your questions from  
Tim Dewey-Mattia, 
Napa Recycling  
and Waste Services  
 

 SAVE  THE  DATES  
 f   
Save the Date    

CanDo's  
NAPA FOOD PROJECT 
PICK-UP
Saturday, August 12
9:30-noon
FFI:  Click here
 

The Choices We Make

Napa Valley CanDo seeks to inspire and facilitate action  by alerting interested Valley residents about opportunities for service. If you participate as a volunteer in an activity that you learned about through Napa Valley CanDo, whether initiated by CanDo or another organization, please take personal responsibility for your involvement. Use common sense. Only you can determine whether an activity is a good fit, that is to say  compatible with your interests and abilities. 


NFPCanDo's
NAPA  FOOD  PROJECT 
PICK-UP THIS SATURDAY: 
AUGUST 12 

The Napa Food Bank is grateful to take all non-perishable food donations. How do you know what to give? If it's something you'd serve to your family, it's something another family might love to eat. We're proud to tell you that the Food Bank reports that donations from CanDo's Napa Food Project donors tend to be top notch, healthy, foods.

To our more than 750 participating Food Donors, this month, there's a particular need for canned fruit packed in juice or water and for "meals in a can." Things like chili or stew. 

If this is all news to you because you're new to CanDo or were otherwise engaged before, watch a three-minute video introducing the process here.

Want to get involved? Sign-up at NapaFoodProject.org.
We're particularly keen on engaging new
Neighborhood Coordinators.

Next Neighborhood Coordinator training in Napa: 
Monday or Tuesday, Sept. 10 or 11, 6-7:30PM.
FFI: 
Email or call 949.338.6522. 
 
Safeway

CanDo  AT  THE  SAFEWAY  OPEN
OCTOBER 4-8
Have a (golf) ball and earn CanDo big bucks.
Shifts are filling fast.

 
Find details and sign-up for your two shifts here.
 
This year, CanDo volunteers (incl. your friends and neighbors who might want to sign-up) will staff the first tent inside the gate. We'll sell tickets for food and beverages. We will not be pouring drinks.
  • Shift times:  7-11AM, 11AM-2PM, and 2-5PM.
  • Two shifts per volunteer:  It worked well last year, so we're again asking volunteers to sign-up for a minimum of two shifts over the five days. Choose the shifts that work best for you.
  • Free pass:  Each day you volunteer, you're rewarded with a day pass to watch the tournament. That includes admittance to evening concerts if you volunteer Thursday through Saturday.
  • Concerts:  Thursday, Gavin DeGraw; Friday, Weezer; Saturday, Goo Goo Dolls
  • Silverado's donation to CanDo:  Silverado will show their appreciation for our valuable time with a generous donation to Napa Valley CanDo. That should be around $4000 dollars and will help support the CanDo projects you know and love.
QuestionsEmail us (CanDoSafewayOpen@gmail.com) 
or call Marc 707.363.4551 or Kathleen 925.200.0655.

Learn more about the tournament here.
 
 

CanDo  CanGrow
Been missin' us?
Harvest is going strong, as you can see.

Fresh? Local? You bet. 
These beauties were at the Food Pantry just hours after being picked (we mean the vegetables, though the gardeners are beauties too).

Come out 
and help harvest! 
Join us from 
7:30-11:30AM Wednesday  and Saturday   mornings in the Community Garden at the corner of Jefferson 
and Trower in Napa.
CanDo's garden is in the northwest corner.    
Remember to bring a hat, water, sunscreen and  close-toed shoes. 


FFI:   Email Betty.

Spotlight - Stars
THE CanDo SPOTLIGHT
Events and Volunteer Opportunities
from Other Groups Around the Valley
 Tell 'em you heard about it through CanDo!

Note: Posting of events in this "Spotlight" does not constitute an endorsement by Napa Valley CanDo unless expressly stated. We list a variety of opportunities and  programs we feel may be of interest to our readers.  
GROWING WINTER VEGETABLES    
SPONSOR:  UC Master Gardeners of Napa County
Enjoy fresh veggies thru fall, winter and early spring right in your own garden. Join the Napa MGs and learn about soil prep, sunlight requirements, when and how to plant, fertilizing, pest management and harvest tips. All details can be found on their website along with how to become a Napa County Master Gardener in 2018. Pre-registration is recommended for this very popular workshop.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday, August 26, 9:30-11:30AM
LOCATION:  1710 Soscol Avenue, Napa UC Meeting Room
FFI:   Email,  call 707.253.4221, or visit their website.

2017 NAPA VALLEY WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S   
SPONSOR:  Alzheimer's Association
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!
When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel the Alzheimer Association's mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer's awareness in our community. The Alzheimer's Associa­tion provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goals. While there is no fee to register, participants are encouraged to fund raise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday, September 16, 8:30-10AM
LOCATION:  Yountville Park, Yountville
FFI:   Email,  call 707.573.1210, or visit their website.
 
HERE'S  WHAT  YOU   CanDo TO  GET  INVOLVED
 
We grow fresh, local produce for the Napa Food Bank. Email Karen or Betty.

Waterways Keepers help maintain our rivers and stream to keep them vibrant and alive. Email Karen.

Raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits in a year-end giving campaign. Email hilary or Nancy.

CanDo has a whole new way to help the Food Bank feed neighbors in need. Email Marilyn. 
 

  

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