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The CanDo Connection                                                          November 14, 2017
In This Issue
SEE  YOU  TONIGHT  
Napa Food Project Neighborhood Coordinator Training
Tuesday, November 14 in Napa, 6-7:30PM. 

FFI:  Email us or call 707.252.7743.
Even if you haven't signed-up, you're welcome to participate.


COMMUNITY  OAK PLANTING  DAY
SPONSOR: Napa County Resource
Conservation District

CanDo says,
"Let's replant our precious oak trees!"

 
In the aftermath of the wildfires, help re-oak Napa with native oak trees. 
Now more than ever, 
Napa needs oak tree regeneration.

 Volunteers will help clear weeds, plant acorns, and place protective materials and mulch over plantings. 

Meet at the hillside above the dog park at Alston Park. All ages welcome.  Dress for outdoor gardening; bring a water bottle and mug for coffee. Gloves and tools 
are provided. 
Heavy rain cancels.

DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday, November 18, 9:30-11:30AM
FFI:   Email, call 707.252. 4189 x31201 or visit their website.


BITS AND PIECES

DARK, DAMP DAYS GOT YOU DOWN?

Let  these joyful children , caught in the act of playing, bring a smile to your face.



QUICK TIP

Suggestions that are both heartful and practical 
to help a friend who has lost their home 
in  the fires.


  WORDS  MATTER

"My work is loving the world."
- Mary Oliver


Reminder
This buttery yellow color indicates volunteer opportunities.  


FARM  TO  FOOD  BANK

  LAST CHANCE TO HELP 
IN 2017!

Our fabulous Napa Farmers' Market ends on Nov. 21, so 
Saturday Nov. 18
will be CanDo's last produce pickup for this season.

Come and join us,
11:30-1:30PM 


     
Arceo Ranch 
has been a faithful donor to the Food Bank every week during the past two years. Annette and Robert: what a pear!

Click  here  for details 
and to sign up.
 

 SAVE  THE  DATES
Every Saturday through November and December is Big Give Day. 
Five Saturday donors are drawn at random to receive incentives worth $100+, no matter whether you donate $10 or $1000. Learn more here.

 
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 river and streams 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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The CanDo Connection 
is filled with volunteer 
opportunities and events to help you connect
with community. 



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. 


SO  MANY  FACETS TO  THE  JEWEL THAT  IS
THE  NAPA  VALLEY  GIVE!GUIDE
Current donations:   
$27, 575. 00

Kickoff Celebration Photos
Here's a Give!Guide  family who really knows how to kickoff the 
giving season!  

More Kickoff Celebration photos can be found in a Facebook album here.

Free Facebook "profile photo":
If you donate online to any nonprofit through CanDo's 
Napa Valley Give!Guide,  your receipt will feature this jpg "badge." You can use it as your profile photo on Facebook. Be proud. Show the community that you care.

Super Tails:   Watch for "Super Tail" signs to go up on ten large transit buses this week. 

Posters available:  Have a wall or window for a  Give!Guide poster in English  or Spanish? 
Just email us. 

                                NVGiveGuide.org

SUPPORT  LOCAL  BUSINESSES  
THAT  SUPPORT  OUR  COMMUNITIES 
THROUGH   CanDo's  GIVE!GUIDE

At our Kickoff Celebration, dozens of mouth-watering pizzas were supplied as a gift to the  Give!Guide effort from Forge Pizza - Napa. Big props to Forge! And every single  G!G donor receives a Thank You from CanDo that includes your very own Margherita Pizza at Forge Napa during the  month of January. Here's their menu if you simply can't wait that long.


























Amazing Anette's Chocolates are the dessert of choice at the celebration. Anette has been a G!G supporter from the very start. Again, each G!G donor receives a certificate good for two truffles at Anette's during January. Sweet deal! 
Learn more about this local treasure here.

Did you know? Marketplace Magazine was mailed 
November 4  with your personal copy of the 
Give!Guide catalog tucked inside.
But since Marketplace doesn't go to Calistoga, 
we had another 1,200 copies inserted in this week's Calistoga Tribune

Need multiple copies of G!G catalogs for a classroom, social or service group? Want a speaker to talk for a few minutes about  the remarkable Give!Guide story?   
Simply 
email 
us. 

You  make  a  choice.  You  make  a  difference. 
The  Give!Guide  makes  it  easy.


COMPOST CORNER - FURNACE FILTERS

Q. A heating and air-conditioning professional came to my house today for the HVAC fall check-up. He changed the furnace filter (as is surely happening in far greater numbers than usual throughout the Valley since the wildfires).

I asked where he disposes of the used filters. His response:  "They can be recycled in the blue bin. At least that's what I do and nobody's told me not to."

That doesn't sound right to me. Where should the used filters go?

A. T hey can't go in the recycling. That's because the filters are typically made from a mix of materials. Depending on the type, they could have fiberglass, metal wire, and/or plastic to go along with the paper frame. 

The used filters are also full of particles of dust, smoke, etc. which could cause contamination of recycled products. So, used air filters need to go in the trash.
 
There are actually washable, reusable air filters available but how well they work doesn't seem clear. In part, it depends on the age and type of furnace you have. I suggest doing some reading online.

From CanDo:  BTW, the HVAC technician redeemed himself. He reminded me that though many of us are changing furnace filters in an effort to clean the air in our homes post wildfires, a furnace filter actually isn't designed for that purpose. It's designed to keep dust out of the furnace. A home or room air purification system is where one needs to go if cleaner indoor air is your goal.


--- MLK, LGBTQ ---

TWO GREAT WAYS TO HELP CanDo 
AND OUR COMMUNITIES
Can you lend a hand with one or both of these 
dynamic, time-limited projects?

1.  Martin Luther King Day of Action and Compassion 
On January 15 there is a county-wide event organized by a steering committee composed of representatives from local government, faith-based and nonprofit agencies. 

Your job?  Attend a handful of meetings accompanied by a CanDo Board member. That's once or twice a month for the two months leading  to the mid-January event. Share your thoughts. Help organize and possibly lead activities on MLK Day, Mon., Jan. 15, 2018. Next meeting:  
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Wed., Dec. 6, 4PM
(There will be 4 more Wed. meetings leading up to the event).
LOCATION:  Center for Spiritual Living, 1249 Coombs Street, Napa

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2.  LGBTQ Informational Forum Series
Collaborating with LGBTQ Connection, PFLAG, and the Napa and St. Helena Libraries, CanDo helped create two  very well-received community forums in 2017. They focused on the new language of sexual and gender identity. We're planning another forum for early 2018.

Your job? Help us plan and execute upcoming forums.
Next planning meeting (1-2 per month until the events): 
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Thurs., Dec. 7, 10-11:30AM 
LOCATION: VOICES in the On the Move building, 
780 Lincoln Avenue, Napa

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Want to know more? Email  us. In the subject line, please write the name of the project you're interested in (LGBTQ or MLK Day). As always, you'll be teamed up with an experienced CanDo volunteer.   
 



STAY  TUNED  FOR  WORK  PARTIES 
IN  OUR  NEW,  MUCH  LARGER  GARDEN

There's lots to be done. 
We're dodging rainy days, so the best way to know when and how you can help is to  email  Karen.

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.  
ATTENTION: FIRE VICTIMS ARE IN NEED OF HOUSING
SPONSOR:  Napa Valley Community Housing (NVCH)
Families with children, couples, and individuals are in need of housing.  Napa's Home Sharing Match-Up Program is looking for compassionate home providers who have space in their home to rent temporarily or permanently. 
How it Works:  NVCH conducts one-on-one interviews and criminal background checks with participants. They work with participants and their families to check personal references.
  • NVCH conducts background and credit checks for participants.
  • NVCH provides resources and referrals to other local government and nonprofits agencies in the area.
  • After a match is made, NVCH may help mediate through any difficult issues at no cost.
Call Napa Valley Community Housing at: 707.253.6157 or email Blanca@nvch.org or  Marlene@nvch.org 
COMMUNITY STORE #napastrong
SPONSOR: Native Sons of the Golden West 
This is a pop-up store that is a resource for all families affected by valley fires. They have consolidated donations and are making them available to community members impacted by the wildfires at the free store. They are looking for people to help merchandise, support customers, sort, restock, etc.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Sunday through Saturday until Nov. 25 
FFI:   Email or call 707. 299.0771 or visit their website
CLIMATE CHANGE: TAKING IT LOCAL
SPONSOR:  League of Women Voters and 
Napa Climate NOW!
While climate change is a global issue, many solutions can and must be found locally. An interactive slideshow demonstrates how even small changes can positively impact our environment. You'll hear the latest information on Napa County's Climate Action Plan (CAP) and the importance of reducing short-lived climate pollutants such as methane and black carbon.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, November 15, 7-8:30PM
FFI:   Email or call 707.963.7210 or visit their website
STOP LECTURING AND START LIVING!
SPONSOR:  Napa County Office of Education
How to Raise Capable, Cooperative, 
Responsible and Respectful Kids 
In this upbeat, informational presentation, parents will be pleasantly surprised by the reasons to "zip-it" and will find comfort and confidence in their ability to parent their children, all while preparing them for the world outside their home. The presenter provides insight as to why all the over parenting, nagging, hovering, and helicopter parenting is not working out for you or your child. She also identifies five of the biggest parenting obstacles and how you can "clear away the clutter" and create clarity that will guide your family for years.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Thursday, November 16, 6-7:30PM
LOCATION:  Napa County Office of Education, 2121 Imola Avenue   
FFI:   Email or call 707.253.6999 or visit their website
FRUIT TREE SELECTION AND PLANTING
SPONSOR:  UC Master Gardeners of Napa County
Now is the perfect time to select those bare root fruit trees to put in the ground or transfer one from a pot to the ground. Join the Napa Master Gardeners and learn it all, from preparation to selection and maintenance. Pre-registration is recommended via the MG website. Find the Master Gardeners on Facebook.
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday, November 18, 9:30-11:30AM
LOCATION:  Napa UC Meeting Room, 1710 Soscol Avenue 
COST:  $5   
FFI:   Email, call 707.253.4221 or visit their website.