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The CanDo Connection - #574

June 14, 2022

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What's Juneteenth All About?

Juneteenth commemorates the day-- June 19, 1865-- that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached  slaves in Texas. That's 2-1/2 years after the proclamation was signed; the delay was probably due to nefarious reasons, though Texas has since redeemed itself by being the first state to declare Juneteenth a state holiday.

That announcement in Texas in 1865 was followed by "The Scatter;" today, Juneteenth celebrations often include red soda water and Marcus Garvey salad. Curious to learn more? Click the button. 


American Canyon Celebrates Juneteenth

The City of American Canyon, the American Canyon Arts Foundation, and Brenda Knight Events present AmCan's very first annual Juneteenth celebration, featuring--

  • Live entertainment (Gospel, Blues, Jazz and R&B)
  • Proclamations from City Officials
  • Historical Speakers
  • Vendors & Food Trucks
  • Kid Zone

For more information, contact Brenda Knight Events:


Napa Food Project

12,291 lbs. of Food Delivered to the

CAN-V Food Bank

Despite the sweltering temperatures last Saturday, our intrepid Neighborhood Coordinators managed to deliver 11,707 lbs. of non-perishable food to the Napa Food Bank, and 584 lbs. of food directly to the St. Helena pantry. We appreciate each and every one of you! 

To all the Food Donors who faithfully left their donations on their porches for pick-up, kudos!

Finally, a big shout out to the warehouse volunteers who unloaded and sorted all that food and re-folded bags. It was a real challenge given the weather. WARM thanks to all of you!

Cereal was one of the most-needed-items at the Food Bank this month. As always, our Food Donors delivered!


CanDo’s Napa Valley Give!Guide 10th Anniversary

Mandatory Meeting Next Week

for Nonprofit G!G Applicants

Do you have a favorite nonprofit here in the Napa Valley? Why not contact them and ask if they've considered applying for this year’s anniversary edition of the Give!Guide? They're eligible to apply if they've been serving Napa County for two years or more. 

In nine years, CanDo’s Give!Guide has raised over $4 million for 135 local nonprofits. 

To apply,  a representative from the organization must attend one of two ZOOM orientation meetings, to be  held on June 22 and June 30, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Click the button below to sign up for a meeting.


If you have any questions please call Nancy at 707.226.7458.

Photo courtesy of Terry Eggers

 Bits and Pieces


"Sequoia sempervirens is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae. Common names include coast redwood, California redwood, and giant redwood. It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious* tree living 1200–1800 years or more."

-- Wicktionary

The recent heat wave had us thinking about the magic of a cool, foggy redwood forest. Did you know that entire distinct ecosystems exist within each redwood tree?

Who and what lives in a redwood tree? The Sempervirens Fund invites you to "climb" a redwood with them, from roots to crown, in this intriguing infographic.


The Land Trust of Napa County preserves a grove of ancient redwoods. Scientists from Humboldt State University are studying how climate change is affecting them.


The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is carrying out a local man’s vision to expand a grove of Coast Redwoods into a community forest. It was recently featured in the National Association of Conservation Districts blog.


*Of a plant or invertebrate animal having both the male and female reproductive organs in the same individual; hermaphrodite.

Words Matter

“It is foolish to let a young redwood grow next to a house. Even in this one lifetime, you will have to choose. That great calm being, this clutter of soup pots and books– Already the first branch-tips brush at the window. Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.” 

— Jane Hirshfield

 Quick Tip

Tips for Coastal

Redwood Tree Care

If you're lucky enough to live near (or, perhaps, in) a redwood tree, you should know something about caring for it.

Many thanks to Bill Pramuk, a longtime independent Registered Consulting Arborist here in Napa, for sharing his expertise with us.


Who Doesn't Love Porchfest?

It's coming up on July 31, 2022. Porchfest organizers are seeking sponsors and volunteers. 

"This event wouldn't happen without our volunteers. Come and join a great group of people as we welcome our neighbors to Napa Porchfest."

-- Porchfest website.

Sign up to help out, and tell them you're with Napa Valley CanDo!



Trauma Informed Care Workshop (Spanish):

Tomorrow, June 22 in St. Helena

Obtenga una comprensión de la base del trauma y cómo puede

identificar y apoyar a quienes experimentan un trauma.

Este taller será en persona en la iglesia presbiteriana de St. Helena (1428 Spring St, St Helena, CA 94574).


Gay Pride Month

LGBTQ Events and Resources

Rainbow Action Network (RAN)/ First Five

LGBTQ Connection

Calendar of events and resources in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Calendar of Napa County Pride Month events.

Compost Corner

Recycling Styrofoam: No? Yes? If So, Where?


I used to take molded pieces of polystyrene foam to Cartons & Crates on Industrial Way in Napa, but they told me they no longer take them. Is there anywhere else I can recycle this material?


A. No-- unless you are traveling and can drop it off at one of the few regional recycling locations.


Cartons & Crates can reuse clean flat foam sheets, wine shippers and packing peanuts, but they cannot take this type of block polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam) for reuse.


You can find that info, and info on a few other local shipping stores locations that can reuse some types of foam (but not molded blocks like the picture), at


While there are no local reuse options for block foam pieces, there are some drop off locations available in the wider Northern California regions. We’ve always posted DART in Lodi as an option, and on the Home For Foam website it looks like there is also drop off available at Insulfoam in Dixon and a few other Bay Area/Central Valley spots.


Otherwise, it needs to go in the landfill cart. If the blocks are too large to fit, you can order an extra trash pickup (fees apply – current rate is $9.61 per 30gal bag for NRWS City customers) or cut the pieces down to fit in the landfill cart. 


We are seeing polystyrene slowly being phased out, and hopefully with new legislation and commitments from shipping companies, we’ll see foam blocks disappear in favor of recyclable or reusable shipping options in the near future.




P.S. We recommend you stop by Cartons & Crates if you need packing materials like bubble wrap or air-pillow film; you can buy it used, in large bags. At least that way it's getting a second life.

CanDo's Projects

Featured This Week: Napa Food Project 

In the NFP article above, you see how impactful it can be when hundreds of families all over Napa donate just ONE green bag full of food to the Food Bank every two months. Want to join them? Email us.

CanDo's Napa Valley Give!Guide The 2022 Give!Guide will launch on Giving Tuesday, November 29, and will run through December 31. It is our TENTH anniversary!  If your NPO wishes to apply, someone from your organization must attend one of two orientation meetings, either June 22 or June 30 from 11:00 to 12:30. Due to Covid these meeting will be done on Zoom. Email us

CanDo's Gleaning Project Last week a group of friends-- who've known each other for decades-- helped us glean a fruit tree here in Napa, then transport everything to the Food Bank. According to all, it was a fun-filled and gratifying experience. How about you and your friends, co-workers, or family? Email us.

CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank We harvested our first summer squash yesterday and delivered it, still warm from the sun, to the Food Pantry on Yajome Street. Interested in helping in the garden? Contact us

CanDo's Food Rescue Team 

We need one or two more volunteers to help us at the Farmers Market this Saturday, June 18, as we collect food donations for the Food Bank from market vendors and shoppers. It takes about an hour and a half. More info, or sign up, right here. 

Waterway Keepers

WWK began as a CanDo project more than a decade ago; when the project outgrew CanDo, we passed it on to Napa County Resource Conservation District, which organizes cleanups of the Napa River, its tributaries, and our wetlands several times a year. RCD offers volunteer opportunities in other areas, too, like planting oak seedlings.


Napa County Open House for

Emergency Preparedness

All are invited to Napa County’s 2022 Emergency Preparedness Open House!

When: Tuesday, June 21st from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Where: County Administration Building Parking Lot, 1195 Third Street, Napa, CA 94559



Events and Resources Recently Featured

in the CanDo Connection

Zonehaven: Find Your Evacuation Zone. Be prepared for emergencies.

Napa Firewise: Are you prepared for wildfires?

Vaccines, Testing, Data - June vaccine clinics that offer 1st, 2nd, 3rd and booster doses. Here's Napa County COVID-19 Information

Learn about Napa County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters): video. Check for current volunteer opportunities on their website.

Napa Valley to UkraineClick here to donate to Nova Ukraine and World Central Kitchen through the Kiwanis of Napa Foundation.

Napa County Medical Reserve Corps and Medical Volunteers

Napa Recycling Guide (available in English, Spanish and other languages)

COVID-19 tests - every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order a third round of free at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests. Visit

Donate Blood - Click here to help alleviate a nationwide blood shortage.


Events & Volunteer Opportunities from 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 opportunities and programs we feel may be of interest to our readers.

If you represent a local nonprofit, you may submit a SPOTLIGHT event or VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY by completing the form found here.

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Sponsor: Napa Valley Marathon Board (NVM)

The NVM Board is hosting a Half Marathon with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and Napa Firewise. The run starts and finishes at the Silverado Resort and volunteers are needed for the race expo on Friday July 15 and race day on Saturday July 16. Thank you in advance for helping make this event possible. Click here to sign up to volunteer at this event.

DAY/DATE/TIME: Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, flexible times,

LOCATION: Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Raod.

FFI: Email, call Karen at 949.433.0745 or visit their website.



Sponsor: UC Master Gardeners of Napa County

Join the Napa MGs on the second Tuesday of the month for a docent led walk around Fuller Park and learn about the rich history of the park and the trees that are there.

Registration is encouraged as the walks are limited to twelve participants.

There is a little video on the MG website that takes you over the tree-tops for a bird's eye view of our downtown park. Look for the twirling blanket at the end!

DAY/DATE/TIME: Second Tuesday of every month through October, 10AM to noon

FFI: Email, call 707.253.4143 or visit their website.

Like to Have Your Event in the CanDo Spotlight?
Are you a nonprofit in need of volunteers? Or do you have a fundraiser, educational opportunity or fun event you'd like to share in CanDo's SPOTLIGHT? 

Space permitting, posts run up to three weeks prior to your event. Photos you'd like us to consider MUST be sent as a jpg. 

FFI: Learn more and submit your event here.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, 6PM for the following Tuesday's blast. 

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.

CanDo's COVID-19 Guidelines

Napa Valley CanDo abides by all CDC

guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Volunteers are requested to do their best to practice physical distancing and to

wear a mask.

We will provide volunteers with masks if needed.

For the safety of our volunteers, those who don’t abide by these guidelines may not be able to participate in face-to-face activities.


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CanDo's Mission

Napa Valley CanDo is a vibrant, all-volunteer service organization.

We connect, inspire, and empower neighbors by making it easy to take positive action as volunteers and to learn about our community.

We create and implement dynamic projects when we recognize unmet community needs, often collaborating with other local service organizations.

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In 2009 Hilary Zunin and Grania Lindberg, along with a small group of Napans dedicated to furthering positive change, created an all-volunteer, grassroots community service group: Napa Valley CanDo. The goal? To connect, inspire, and empower neighbors by making it easy to take positive action as volunteers and to learn about our community. All of CanDo’s efforts are designed to strengthen and enhance the lives of Napa Valley residents. At our heart, CanDo is about neighbors helping neighbors.

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