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The CanDo Connection                                                                     June 2, 2020
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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.


"This is a time of mourning, deep pain and despair 
in the wake of 
George Floyd's senseless 
and horrific murder. This is a time of reawakening to our nation's history of racism and social economic injustices. This is a time of listening to the many who have not had 
a voice or feel connected to community. 
This is a time for 
self reflection of our individual and community biases. This is a time we come together in person, in spirit, in peaceful protest. This is the time we seek solutions for dignity and justice without distinction.
 This is the time."

-- Napa 
City Councilwoman 
Liz Alessio



It takes CanDo volunteers less  than two hours, start to finish,  to collect and deliver fresh  produce donated by Farmers  Market vendors. 
It all goes to the Napa Food Bank or to provide  meals 
for the homeless. 

Older teens and families 
are welcome!

Choose any Saturday  that works for you,  year-round. 

  for details  and to sign up.


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

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


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. 


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.   


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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. 

"As long as poverty, injustice 
and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us 
can truly rest."

--- Nelson Mandela

... and none of us SHOULD truly rest.
          -- NV CanDo



On Sunday May 31,  Napa Police posted a photo of Chief Robert Plummer on one knee, speaking with demonstrators. The picture was accompanied with   the caption,
"We are with you. #GeorgeFloyd #NapaStrong."

Napa  County  Young 
Farmers  and  Ranchers

Here's an exclusive  offer
just for you --

Young Farmers & Ranchers received 2,000 beet starts 
from an industry partner. 
CanDo is working with YF&R to find good homes 
for these  beet babies. 

Here's the catch:  they're available this week only. 
Deadline for pick-up is THIS FRIDAY, June 5th. 

First five people to reach out can 
receive a box of 400 plants!

Great handout activity for summer camps, 
garden projects, community or food bank gardens, etc.

Email YF&R Community Outreach Coordinator
  Camille McDonald for more information.

Camille will arrange for delivery or meet-up on a case by case basis, depending on where you are located.
 Napa County Young Farmers and Ranchers are active, 
vital members of the Napa County Farm Bureau.
 Find out more about them here.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) has created a way for Napa County residents to stand up and say, "I want to help." It's Volunteers on Call (VOC).

The situation changes rapidly, so we need to be ready to respond with dispatch. With your help, we can. Last week we sent volunteers to pack and deliver food boxes, work with our data base, support medical staff at the COVID test site, phone fellow volunteers, research apps to make VOC even more effective, and assist with the 2020 census.

Want to help? Simply complete the form at the link below. Your contact information will NEVER be shared with third parties. Instead, we'll reach out as needs arise. Then you select those opportunities that seem to you to be a good fit.

Sign up 

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

Spread the word --- not the virus.

Vine Transit - Napa Valley
For more information, click here


As disappointing as it is for many of us, Shirley King, Program Director of CAN-V's Napa Valley Food Bank is clear. It is in the best interests of public health and the Food Bank's mission to forego CanDo's June 13 green bag collection.

At this time, individuals are asked NOT to drop off donations at the warehouse or pantry.
Our next pick-up is scheduled for August 8. Let's hope that all sorts of conditions are better by then so that we can lovingly place green bags outside our front doors once again.

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.  
Death Positive Event Series
Amita Lhamo of the Mandorla Project, will explore ways we can develop kindness even when we feel afraid. As a hospice chaplain she found an abundance of love and compassion which taught her that kindness is always available. She will read stories from her award winning book, Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying, to initiate a conversation about some of the qualities of kindness or presence that we can offer at any time.
DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 4, 6:30-8PM
LOCATION:  Virtual  
FFI:  Email , call 707.738.6271, or visit their website .   
Death Positive Event Series
Pre-Pandemic Death CafĂ© Napa was a place for friends and strangers to come together in a relaxed, safe and supportive setting to talk about death & dying while enjoying tea & cake. Now we've gone virtual! Please join Anne Jungerman and co-host Anne House, Volunteer Services Manager at Collabria Care online. Yet, there will still be a group-directed conversation with no set agenda, theme or objective, offering everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions & questions about death. Please note: This is a discussion group, not a grief support or bereavement counseling session. Visit  www.deathcafe.com  for more info. 
DAY/DATE/TIME:   Thursday, June 18, 6:30-8:30PM 
LOCATION:   Virtual  
FFI:  Email , call 707.738.6271, or visit their website .