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The CanDo Connection                                                                     June 30, 2020
In This Issue


This buttery yellow color  indicates volunteer  opportunities.  
Have an hour or two? 
CanDo helps make it easy 
to make a difference. 
Family Friendly Event

See this image? 
It's a  family friendly  event.


COVID-19 testing is encouraged for all adults who live or work in Napa County. The county's new testing procedure uses  a less invasive nasal swab that is equally effective as the original longer one in detecting COVID-19.

Click here to find everything you need to know about Napa County's testing program and how to make an appointment.

Visit  countyofnapa.org/TEST  or
or call 707.253.4540.

Coping  with   COVID-9  

 MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES (English and Spanish)
Click here.


"We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. 
We shall endure."

-  Cesar Chávez

When COVID-19 struck, CanDo became a library - that is to say we lent out hilary Zunin so that she could help lead efforts to organize volunteers county-wide during the pandemic.

Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) develops and enhances partnerships for communi-cation, coordination and collaboration amongst the whole community  during all phases of a disaster.  That includes nonprofit and faith-based organizations, govern- ment agencies, and the private sector 

Once you complete the Volunteers on Call (VOC) process, you'll receive a weekly email with volunteer opportunities. If nothing suits, simply delete. If you're game, RSVP. You'll receive a confirmation and our thanks. 

Start the simple three-step registration by completing the form at the link below. Your contact info will NEVER be shared with third parties. 

Share this  link  with friends and neighbors. 
They need not be involved with CanDo. 
They just need to care.

Spread the word --- not the virus.



Summertime, and the livin' is

from NRWS 
on how to keep your 
compost fresh.

Email  questions about 
Curbside Composting 
or recycling to 
"Compost Corner." 

Responses graciously provided by 
Tim Dewey-Mattia, 
Napa Recycling 
& Waste Services.


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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. 


from the  Napa Valley Register 
by Alexandria Brown

"Napa County is not exempt from racism and anti-Blackness. Like the rest  of the country, they are baked into its very foundation. 

Even slavery  stains our soil. Brought to Napa from a North Carolina cotton plantation  by slaveholder William Rice, Robert and Dilcey, their son and daughter- in-law Aaron and Charlotte, and Aaron and Charlotte's two boys Nathaniel  and Lewis arrived in Napa in 1860.

"William quickly freed the rest of the family but kept 14-year-old Nathaniel,  violating the bondage contract he and the Rices had signed.

"What must it have felt like to be brought thousands of miles from the place  you were born then torn from your family by a man who saw you as nothing but  property?"

Read more ...


Napa County cases rose by 40 
in the past 72 hours.

Napa County's COVID-19 testing program is expanding!

Each of us needs to maintain social distancing, wear face covers, and follow hygiene recommendations. But testing is our best tool to determine where the virus is and where it may be going. Napa County data is updated daily and presented here.

As we identify persons who are infected, most of whom have no symptoms, we are able to intervene. By isolating those who are ill and contact tracing we can mitigate the spread. 

We need more non-medical volunteers to help support the medical staff at the Napa expo site.

Volunteers must be healthy and 18-60 years old. The age requirement is firm. They  must also be registered and sworn in through Volunteers on Call (VOC). Start that process  here .

To see just what's needed to help in this incredibly important work, read more.

Can't help but know someone who might be interested? Please (please!) forward this information.

Spread the word ... not the virus. 


Hymn  To  Freedom  -   Oscar  Peterson

When every heart joins every heart 
and together yearns for liberty,
That's when we'll be free.
When every hand joins every hand 
and together molds our destiny,
That's when we'll be free.
Any hour any day, 
the time soon will come when men will live in dignity,
That's when we'll be free, we will be
When every man joins in our song 
and together singing harmony,
That's when we'll be free.

Oscar Peterson - Hymn To Freedom (Ray Brown - bass, Ed Thigpen - drums)
Oscar Peterson (piano and composer)  - Hymn To Freedom
(w/ Ray Brown - bass, Ed Thigpen - drums)



As a Lead Volunteer on CanDo's   Food Rescue Team,
you won't be wearing a hard hat, reading procedure manuals, or attending staff meetings.

No, you'll just be helping new volunteers get the hang of this fun and easy gig: gathering  food donations at the Saturday Farmers' Market for the Food Bank and Homeless Shelter

Sign up to work with us 2 or 3 times, and you'll be ready 
to go. Leads support each other and take turns so 
no  one has to make an ongoing commitment.

Older teens and families  are welcome.

 This project takes about  two hours, any Saturday 
you choose,  year-round.

Click here    for details  and to  sign up. 
Or email Karen  if you have questions.

Spotlight - Stars
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 opportunities and  programs we feel may be of interest to our readers. Explore! Enjoy! Get involved!
 SPONSOR: Napa County Library 
All ages are invited to join the Summer Library Adventure at the Napa County Library. This year's theme is "Dig Deeper, Read!" The community is invited to read, investigate and discover new books, materials and events at your local library this summer either virtually or in person. Registration for the 2020 Summer Library Adventure runs through August 31st. Sign up online at www.napalibrary.org/sla
DATES:   Now through August 31st 
LOCATION:   Napa Main Library, 580 Coombs Street 
FFI:  Email , call 707.259.8393, or visit their  website.  


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, your post may run for up to three weeks leading to the date of your event. Photos you'd  like us to consider MUST be sent as a jpg. 

FFI:  Learn more and submit event  here .
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  S unday, 6PM for the following Tuesday's blast.   


Preventing food insecurity: In CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank we grow  fresh, local produce for the CAN-V Food Bank. CanDo's Food Rescue Team collects produce from generous Napa Farmers' Market vendors for the Food Bank and Homeless Shelter.  Email   Karen.

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.  Email Ashley.

Raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits in a year-end giving campaign. Planning takes place beginning each spring. Lots of ways to help!  Email hilary or Nancy.

CanDo has a brilliant
 program to share food with neighbors in need. Email Marilyn.