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The CanDo Connection - #581

Aug. 2, 2022

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When a Disaster Strikes,

Shelter Support Volunteers 

Spring Into Action

Circumstances can force your hand.

So think ahead!

-Robert A. Heinlein

The more prepared we are, the more smoothy and efficiently everything runs during an emergency. That goes for the dedicated volunteers who help out at shelters, too.

There are three volunteer opportunities:

1. Volunteer Team Leader

2. Volunteer – Children’s Activity Area

3. Volunteer – Older Adults and

Individuals with Disabilities

Often, they have to be turned away because they haven't been vetted or trained. COAD has a process that assures that volunteers' efforts are used in the most timely and efficient way possible.

Here are excerpts from COAD's latest update:

"COAD continues to recruit volunteers to support vulnerable populations in shelters during a disaster...

"The process to become a shelter volunteer requires completing a background check, as well as basic training on shelter operations, so that the volunteers are immediately deployable to work in the Shelter. These volunteer opportunities are not immediate, but are for when a need is identified in the shelters during a disaster."

ALREADY SIGNED UP AND VETTED as a shelter volunteer? There is a shelter volunteer update meeting on Aug. 9. You should have already received an invitation to this meeting.


Fire season is upon us.

Let's be prepared!


Words Matter

"Definitive answers

remain at large." 

-Herman Pontzer, Phd 

 from BURN

Random Ramblings

Secrets of the Orpheum Theater

With classic architecture that has been maintained and restored, secret doors, and a hidden apartment, the Orpheum Theatre on Market Street in San Francisco has a history that dates back to the Vaudeville era. In this podcast, you'll learn about this fascinating structure that calls San Francisco's changing Tenderloin District home.


CanDo's President, Camille Gentry Kaijankoski, kindly shares some of her favorite online discoveries in this space.

Napa Food Project

Volunteer Sign up:

Aug. 13 Pick-up Day

Warehouse Help

Aug. 13 marks CanDo's bi-monthly Green Bag collection at the Food Bank Warehouse. Come and join the awesome volunteers who unload bags from cars, sort packages and cans of food, and fold bags for re-use.

Please choose whichever time slot works best for you in the signup section and prepare to be amazed by the generosity that characterizes our community.

We look forward to seeing you on August 13!



August Preparedness Calendar

This month's topics:

Fire preparedness, including Red Flag and PPS awareness, Zonehaven, Wildfire Links, Defensible Space videos, Critical PG&E information, and more.


Quick Tip

Yellow Squash Fritters

If you've got a garden, we know you've got too many squash.

Here's a delicious recipe that will have you eagerly waiting for more to ripen.

We added fresh corn, cheese, and chopped mild green chiles to the recipe, and a bit of flour to bind the batter.


Volunteer Opportunity

Fortinet Golf Tournament

Sept. 14-18

Support CanDo by volunteering with us at Silverado Resort for this renowned golf tournament, and/or the evening concerts.

We'll fill positions as servers, runners, expeditors, and cashiers. CanDo volunteers have always enjoyed this event!


Bits and Pieces


It's a more nutritious vegetable than you might think.

Pruning squash plants? Yes.

CanDo's Projects

Featured This Week: 

Stow It - Don't Throw It, Napa! 

CanDo's newest project seeks to reduce the amount of nylon monofilament fishing line left behind in the wild, where it can endanger or kill wildlife. We're looking for youth groups, individuals or families who would like to make personal-sized fishing line recycling containers that we'll distribute to anglers and boaters. It's an easy thing to do, and we'll help!

FFI, contact Karen.

CanDo's Gleaning Project Gardens and orchards everywhere are going gangbusters-- this week's gleans include apples and nectarines. If you have, or know someone who has, more fruit or veggies than they can use, contact us. We're also looking for volunteers with a truck or van to haul ladders, and someone to manage our spreadsheet. FFI: Email Debbie.

CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank You might already know this, but it bears repeating: there are naturally-occurring anti-depressant microbes in soil! That's just another reason to come and garden with us on Mon., Wed. or Sat., approx. 8:00am-10:30am. Email us

CanDo's Food Rescue Team Napa's generous Farmers Market vendors and shoppers donate fresh produce to the Food Bank every Saturday. CanDo volunteers, with the help of Dave Busby of Feeding it Forward Napa Valley, gather and transport it to our hungry neighbors. More Info and sign-up here.

Napa Food Project It's that time again! On August 13, volunteers all over Napa will be transporting green bags full of food from their neighborhoods to the Food Bank Warehouse. If you'd like to find out how you or your organization can become part of the Napa Valley Food Project, please email us. You can sign up  right here to help at the warehouse on Aug. 13.

Waterway Keepers WWK began as a CanDo project more than a decade ago; when the project outgrew CanDo, we passed it on to our friends at Napa County Resource Conservation District (Napa RCD). RCD organizes cleanups of the Napa River, its tributaries, and our wetlands several times a year. Mark your calendar for RCD's community-wide trash cleanup on Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 17, 2022. Bring your family and friends! We'll be looking to see how much discarded fishing line we find, and where we find it.

CanDo's Napa Valley Give!Guide Since 2013, CanDo’s Give!Guide has raised over 3.1 million dollars for local nonprofit organizations with donations beginning at $10. And with the exception of credit card charges, every penny goes to the organizations selected by each donor. CanDo takes no fee for orchestrating the project. Applications for the 2023 Give!Guide are currently under review. The Give!Guide goes live at the end of Nov. and continues through Dec. 31.

Plastic-Free July

Thanks for Helping Turn the Tide

Plastic Free July has some good news. Over the last 11 years, an estimated 140 million people have joined the movement, taking action to help end plastic waste.

While Plastic Free July 2022 is now over, for many, the journey of reducing plastic waste is just beginning. Our research shows that 84% of participants made one or more changes that have become new habits and a way of life. Together, our long-term behavior changes make a real difference.

When many people make the switch to reusables, and choose products with less packaging, some take the challenge into their workplace or school and a few contact businesses to ask for change, we collectively trigger systemic changes like plastic bansnew laws holding producers responsible and help stop plastic waste at the source.

People participated by:

  • Switching from single-use cups to reusables and inviting colleagues at work to take part.
  • Bringing reusable containers to the deli, bakery and supermarkets.
  • Choosing plastic free shampoo bars and soap.
  • Switching to reusable water bottles like the ambassadors from England Golf who then noted down the number of uses in order to show the impact that a small change can have on the environment.
  • Holding a plastic free morning tea at work or a picnic to share with friends.
  • Taking part at work, like the “Green Team” at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama who shared ideas each week, hosting exhibits with alternatives and providing sample items to their team.

What changes have you made?


Events and Resources Recently Featured

in the CanDo Connection

California Grants Portal website: type in key words and get access to more than 100 grants available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Napa County Farmers' Markets: Tues. and Sat., 8:00-12:00 noon, 1100 West St, Napa, CA 94559 (Pearl and West)

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

Napa Firewise: NCFF's mission is to reduce the risk and impacts of wildfires through fire fuel reduction and community education in Napa County. Fire Safe Councils work with local fire officials to design and implement projects that increase the wildfire survivability of their communities.

Vaccines, Testing, Data - August 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 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.

Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? SPOTLIGHT

Volunteer Opportunities & Events 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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FFIEmail, call 707.690.3117 or visit their website.


Sponsor: Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay (TRCNB)

Do you have a few free hours a month and a desire to visit some of the beautiful wineries in our valley? Are you interested in helping TRCNB with one of our most steady fundraisers? The Tinfoil Project revolves around collecting tin capsules from local, participating tasting rooms and recycling them for funds to purchase classroom supplies for our NV teachers. Foils are generally picked up from our winery partners on 2-3 Thursdays each month, and sorted over the weekend. Our coordinator is seeking some assistance for extra-busy times. For more information, please contact TRC Board Member Sarah Vreeburg. Thanks!

DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursdays, no set time, you can fit the volunteer work into your schedule

LOCATION: Tasting rooms throughout the valley

FFIEmail, call 949.878.0721 or visit their website.

FFI: Email, call 707.505.6999 or visit their website.

FFI: Email, call 707.253.4221 or visit their website.


Sponsor: Athletlic Feat - Bicycle Works

The Tour of Napa Valley is a recreational road ride that began in 1976. For over 40 years, riders from all over the Bay Area and beyond make the trek to Napa each year in August and ride through the Napa Valley and over the mountains into far flung regions of Napa County. We are proud to continue this long-standing tradition of bringing cyclist from all over to explore the Napa Valley. This year a 33 and 66 mile route is being offered along. A festival is to follow with food, beer, and music!

DAY/DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 21, 8AM-4PM

LOCATION: 2201 Imola Ave., Napa

FFI: Email, call 707.253.7000 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.

You want to help. We make it easy. TM
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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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