GIVE!GUIDE DONATIONS TO DATE
ST. HELENA STAR EDITORIAL
Napa Valley Give!Guide makes philanthropy
easy and fun.
Read the editorial here
No act of kindness no matter how small
is ever wasted. "
QUICKLY SPOT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
This buttery yellow color
Have an hour or two?
CanDo helps make it easy
to make a difference.
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BITS AND PIECES
The Best Cranberry Sauce You'll Ever Eat
Honey Crisp apples, Bartlett pears, Satsumas, roasted pecans, dried fruit and - oh yes - cranberries.
With turkey or veggies or on top of really good vanilla ice cream.
Let us know
what you think.
"Wrapping paper is one of the most confusing
holiday items to dispose of because it's made out of
so many things! If it is
shiny or metallic, it has
to be landfilled.
Instead, consider using a reusable cloth wrapper or just using an old box without wrapping paper or wrap it in newspaper."
Editor: Thanks for the tips, Kendra. We'll add placing gifts in reusable mesh bags.
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
There's an "app" for that. It's CanDo's
Farm to Food Bank Project.
In just an hour or two, CanDo volunteers pick up donations from Napa Farmers Market vendors. and take them to the
Shelter and the
Napa Food Bank.
Any Saturday year-round.
South Napa Century Center
195 Gasser Drive
to learn more or to
Teens and older, supervised children are welcome.
NEXT GREEN BAG
PICK-UP: SAT., DEC. 14
Here's a sneak peak at the Food Bank's most needed foods for December.
- 100% juice (in plastic containers)
- Canned fruit in water
- Canned protein
- "Meals in a can" (chili and stew)
HELP ALLEVIATE FOOD INSECURITY IN NAPA COUNTY
It's our December pick-up! Lend a hand (or two) as we bring in and do a quick sort of food donated every two months by hundreds of generous CanDoers.
This volunteer opportunity suitable for middle school and older. Eight slots are reserved for students.
Sat., Dec. 14 9:30-noon
: Napa Food Bank - 1766 Industrial Way - Napa
HERE'S WHAT YOU
TO GET INVOLVED
CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank
fresh, local produce for the CAN-V Food Bank. We also collect produce from generous Farmers' Market vendors for the Food Bank and Homeless Shelter.
Waterway Keepers began as a CanDo project. Now it's orchestrated by our friends at the Napa Co. Resource Conservation District. Volunteers help maintain our river and streams to keep them vibrant and alive.
Raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits in a year-end giving campaign.
hilary or Nancy.
CanDo has a brilliant way to help share food with neighbors in need.
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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.
GIVING THANKS FOR THE BIRDS
A CanDo Give!Guide Incentive this Week!
Through December 1, every donor giving to CanDo through the
is eligible for a random drawing.
One lucky donor will receive a Wild Birds Unlimited Cylinder Feeder, Naturally Nuts No-Melt Suet,
Birds of Napa County
by Hermann Heinzel, and an original linoleum block print on rice paper by Napa artist, Carol Dick.
and please share with your birding friends.
CREATING KINDNESS - YOU'RE INVITED
provides a wonderful way for local nonprofits to come together and share their message with each other and with the community.
Collaborating with seven other nonprofit participants in this year's
, Shelly Hanan, Community Engagement Director for ParentsCAN, solicited art created by children for a show at the Napa County Library during the month of December. The
theme? "Create Kindness." We asked children to show us what kindness looks and feels like to them.
The artists are served by these organizations: NEWS, Loving Animals Providing Smiles, Community Resources for Children, Napa Valley Community Housing, Teens Connect, Napa Farmers Market and ParentsCAN.
On Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30, some of the young artists and their families will gather in children's room to celebrate being part of a kind and generous community. You're invited to stop by.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5:30PM
LOCATION: Napa Co. Library Children's Room - 580 Coombs St. - Napa
Shelly 707.220.3050 or hilary 707.252.7743
To learn more about ParentsCAN and 45 other local nonprofits making a difference in Napa County, visit:
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?
A project that deserves your support
: Heritage House and Valle Verde Apartments
LOCATION: North end of Valle Verde Dr. (old Sunrise Assisted Living building)
: Gasser Foundation, Burbank Housing, and Abode Services
Heritage House remodels an old, unused building into 66 apartments (58 studios & 8 1 bedroom) for much needed supportive housing for people in the City of Napa. Thirty-three of the homes will be supportive housing for previously homeless people. The remaining units will be for people with very-low incomes. Support staff will be available 24/7. Only residents who are capable of living independently will be offered residency.
Valle Verde Apartments will include 24 homes (Twelve
1 bedroom, six 2 bedroom and six 3 bedroom apartments). There will be a community room with resident services on-site. Families earning up to 60% of area median income will be eligible.
We know how
the need is for affordable housing in Napa. You can show your support by attending what is likely to be a dynamic public hearing. Can't make it? S
end a message to the Planning Commissioners or City Council. See contact information here.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, December 5, 6
City Council Chamber, 955 School St. - Napa
all or text Grania at 707.480.0174.
Q. For years I've tossed my beloved Barry's Gold Blend tea bags into compost after use. Now
I learn that they, and most tea bags, use microplastics and polypropylene to seal bags.
What to do?
Ugh, yes, unfortunately plastic rears its ubiquitous, ugly head once again. Many tea bags are completely compostable and plastic-free, however some tea bags have plastic netting and/or plastic sealants.
What to do? Well, you can reduce waste and keep plastic out of the environment (and your body) by buying and brewing loose tea. Or, if you do want to use tea bags, just search out the ones that are
free of plastic
, made just from paper or other compostable materials.
If you do end up with a plastic tea bag - empty the tea into the compost, toss the plastic bag into the landfill cart, and fire off a message to the company that produced the plastic tea bag to demand that they get the plastic out of your favorite tea!
Editor's note: We wrote to Barry's. They responded immediately:
"Our teabags are predominantly made of paper and natural wood fibres. They currently contain a small amount of polypropylene to allow the teabags to be heat sealed. Our filter paper supplier carries out regular testing to assure that they are safe for consumers. The filter paper is subject to rigorous safety testing and complies with various safety directives.
Like many other tea producers, we are currently testing alternative options for heat sealing our teabags with plant-based alternatives to reduce the use of plastic in the environment.
Our trials are well under way and are at an advanced stage, Once we have a solution confirmed we will share this information with our consumers."
Email us questions about Curbside Composting
or recycling to "Compost Corner."
Responses graciously provided by
Tim Dewey-Mattia, Napa Recycling
& Waste Services.
Events and Volunteer Opportunities
from Other Groups Around the Valley
Tell 'em you heard about it through CanDo!
Note: Posting events in this "Spotlight" does not constitute an endorsement by Napa Valley CanDo unless expressly stated.
We list a variety of
programs we feel may be of interest to our readers. Explore! Enjoy! Get involved!
BICYCLE RODEO: MT GEORGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SPONSOR: Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Bicycling Rodeo (delivered to rotating classes of students over several hours) is usually 5-6 hour, 1 day per week, event. It briefs students in the classroom on proper bicycle safety, then gives them the opportunity to apply their knowledge on a set-up bicycle course on their school property. This course is laid out by SRTS with cones and includes real world obstacles such as crosswalks, railroad crossings, stop signs, and so on.
Volunteers needed for fitting helmets, set-up, operating signs, directing students, moving/maintaining bicycles, cleanup. Time commitment: 5-6 hours max / 1 day.
Be prepare for cool mornings, hot sun in afternoon, lots of standing, excited kids.
DATE: Tues., Dec. 3.
: Coventry Presbyterian Church
Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming live adaptation, staged by Lucky Penny, features music by Meredith Wilson, creator of the
Music Man. It's the story of a little girl who believes in the magic of Christmas, a man who believes he's the real Kris Kringle, and a mother who needs to believe in love again.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30PM silent auction/7PM curtain
Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208 - Napa
: $40 adults, half price 12-years-old and younger
FFI: 707.255.9426 (9-noon) or visit their
PRIDE & JOY HOLIDAY GIVING
SPONSOR: Horizon Foundation
This year, Horizons Foundation will once again join forces with Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay (JFCSEB) to provide holiday gifts for LGBTQ refugees who have recently relocated to the Bay Area. Despite the decidedly unwelcoming restrictions of current federal immigration policies, this year no fewer than 40 LGBTQ individuals have come through the official resettlement program at JFCSEB - the only one of its kind in the country - and we want to give them a warm Bay Area welcome from their new neighbors and LGBTQ community.
DATE: Donations accepted through December 14.
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