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The CanDo Connection                                                                     June 23, 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.


" Sometimes the people around you won't understand 
your journey. 
They don't need to, it's not for them." 

- Joubert Botha


In fewer than four months, it's astonishing to consider all we've learned about this virus. Scientists the world over have turned their skills and focus to a  novel microbe.  

The key word and challenge  for scientists was "novel." And the key word and challenge for us - even though we wanted everything  to be crystal clear from the start - was and is "flexible."

Initial  assumptions haven't always held true.

Here are 18 myths 
( Huffington Post) that have been proven wrong. 

HP's disclaimer:

"Experts are still learning about the novel coronavirus. The information in this story is what was known or available as of press time, but it's possible guidance around COVID-19 could change as scientists discover more about the virus. Please  check the CDC
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for the most updated recommendations."

Volunteers are still needed, organized county-wide by Commu- nity Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). 

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 thanks from us all.

To start the simple three-step registration, comp- lete 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.



We are so very grateful for the new volunteers who've signed up to help our Food Rescue Team. We gather produce donated by Saturday Farmers' Market vendors and take it to the Food Bank and Homeless Shelter.  

But did you know that some volunteers also take on a "Lead" role? After one or two times working with a Lead, you'll understand how to do this easy and fulfilling job and will be ready to work with new volunteers.

There are currently four of us taking turns serving as "Leads."
 We'd love for you to join us!

Older teens and families 
are welcome.
 This project takes about 
two hours, any Saturday 
you choose,  year-round.

  for details 
and to  sign up. 
if you have questions.


and an important petition w/ a due date June 26. It needs to be mailed!

Q.  Hi,  Tim.  Hope you're finding ways to maintain some semblance of balance in an out-of-balance world.
Is there any chance that NRWS - at some point in the future - might organize a special, perhaps one time collection of clean, dry film plastic bags?  So many people receiving grocery deliveries because they're  staying-at-home have been inundated w/ plastic bags. This after many years of changed, responsible habits. It's downright depressing.

A.  Read Tim's thoughtful response on the state of 
our world, the state of "our" plastics, and what we CanDo to help create substantive change.

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. 

Corona Virus:  
The challenge is to distance ourselves physically 
but not emotionally.

"We cannot ever fully protect ourselves from each other. Bodies and their collisions are the fabric of our world, 
and there is no escaping that. 
The challenge of this crisis is to frame social distancing 
as an act of community, 
as something that brings us closer 
because it is practiced  out of compassion, 
even as it physically asks us to keep apart. 

But another, smaller challenge will be
 to keep seeing our homes and families 
as a source of support rather than fear. 
Even if we have to avoid each other's bodies, 
we can try not to let that avoidance 
seep into our emotional lives."

Helena Fitzgerald
The Atlantic 3.15.20


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.

St. Helena Testing Now Available for Some Groups

Drive-up COVID-19 testing is available for people who live and work in St. Helena and are symptomatic or have had contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, officials announced.

Napa County has a limited number of test kits available and asks those who have been sheltering at home, not experiencing any symptoms and are otherwise at low risk to wait until the next mobile test center is available.

To reserve an appointment for testing, email

FFI:  Visit  countyofnapa.org/TEST or call 707.253.4540.


Over 16,000 COVID-19 tests have now been done in Napa County and the program is being expanded. 

Testing is our best tool to determine where the virus is. As we identify those persons who are infected, most of whom have no symptoms, we are able to intervene using contact tracing and isolation to mitigate the spread.

To that end we need 10 more non-medical volunteers to help support the medical staff at the Napa 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 help but know someone who might be interested? Please (please!) forward this information.

Looking for facts and figures about the virus in 
Napa County? Here you go.

Spread the word ... not the virus. 


During the COVID-19 crisis, CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank is providing not only fresh, local produce for neighbors in need. It provides physically distanced but socially connected respite in these challenging times. Meaningful work. Meaningful connections. Simple joys.

A Farewell
Last week we said goodbye to Pam, who's been gardening with us 
for  four years. 

We wish her well in her new venture. We will miss her in our Food Bank Garden where she was always a cheerful and calm presence.
Garden on, Pam!

A Welcome
Also last week, Lauren Muscatine contacted us with exciting news:  she's developing a Seed Library for Napa. What a gift for our community and for CanDo's Food Bank garden!

We're thrilled that she reached out to CanDo's gardeners, and we're exploring ways to partner with her.

What is a Seed Library, you ask? Click below to watch a short video Lauren made with her daughter. They will answer all your questions. 

If you want more info, you can contact Lauren here.

Introducing the Napa Seed Library! ��������
Introducing the Napa Seed Library! ��������


You'll create Twitter and Instagram accounts for us, 
and then post certain items from our 
weekly newsletter to those accounts.

This will probably take less than two hours each week.

CanDo?  Email us. 
Please write "Social Media" in the subject line.
Thank you in advance.



Watch  this toddler.

"If you're feeling concerned about the future of classical music, look no further than this tiny toddler enthusiastically conducting to a  Borodin opera.
"The little man in question is the son of American-Armenian pianist, composer, and conductor Karén Hakobyan, who is the founder and Artistic Director of Pegasus The Orchestra.
Hakobyan's 18-month-old was watching him conduct the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin's opera Prince Igor on TV... and he decided to join in, with gusto."

--- Maddy Shaw Roberts

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: Ride Napa Valley
Rock the Ride was created as a way for the community to get involved by using their voices (and feet) to raise funds for local and national nonprofit organizations addressing critical issues on gun violence. The power of our collective voice is what will make the difference to keep our nation a safer, more civil and kinder place to live, thrive and stay alive.
While nothing can replace the beauty and joy of coming together and experiencing a bike ride, walk, brunch and talk, this year, due to COVID-19, Rock the Ride will be a simple and virtual experience.  
DAY/DATE/TIME:  Saturday, June 27, 8AM-noon  
LOCATION:   Virtual  
COST:  $20
FFI:  Email , call 707.278.8377, or visit their website .   
 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. 

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.