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The CanDo Connection - #570

May 17, 2022

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Election Essentials

California Primary Election 

June 7, 2022

Moved recently? Just turned 18? Register!

The red button below takes you directly to the California Online Voter Registration website, where you can--

  • Register to vote now
  • Pre-register (for Californians aged 16 and 17)
  • Check your registration status

Find in-depth information about the candidates and issues on your ballot, according to your zip code. Click the button below.


Important Dates

May 23: Last day to register to vote

May 28: First day vote centers open in Voter’s Choice Act counties (including Napa County)

June 7: Election Day; last day to mail in ballots

June 14: Last day for ballots to be received (must be postmarked on or before June 7

Nov. 8: Midterm Elections

Napa Food Project

How to Become a Neighborhood Coordinator

New to Napa? Or been here awhile? Want an easy way to meet your neighbors?

Let us tell you about the Napa Valley Food Project! 

All you have to do is sign up your neighbors to provide one green bag of nonperishable food every other month, pick up their donation from their porch and deliver it to the Food Bank. What could be easier? 

Food Projects like ours are in many cities around the country. The video below gives you a quick 3 minute overview of the process. 

Our next Zoom orientation for new Neighborhood Coordinators will be on Tuesday May 24th, 5:30-6:30. If you are interested, please let us know here and we will send you the invite!

Our current 117 Neighborhood Coordinators are busy signing up new Food Donors, helping us reach our goal of 1000 by our next pick-up on June 11th. Join us!

Compost Corner

Feather Pillows

Q. What is the best way to dispose of old feather bed pillows?



A. Well, the feathers could be composted if emptied out of the pillow, but the outer fabric covering would have to go into the landfill.

I wouldn't recommend you call Recycle More to pick it up. There are too many variables with types of pillows, and the clothing recyclers specifically don’t want pillows.

A pillow case is fine since that’s a linen/textile that we accept, but the emptied cover of the pillow would probably just need to go in landfill. 

To avoid a mess of feathers all over the street, I’d also probably recommend putting the emptied feathers in a compostable or paper bag before placing in the compost cart, as opposed to loose in the cart.





Tim Dewey-Mattia of Napa Recycling graciously answers your questions about recycling, composting, etc.


Quick Tip

How to Water

 Your Veggie Garden in a Drought

Just how often, and how much, should you water your vegetable garden? Too much water isn't good for them or for our environment.

In most cases, drip systems are preferable to hand watering. They're reliable, conserve more water, and can be tailored to the needs of your individual plants.

Next, you need to figure out exactly how much water your plants need.

We found a handy home garden watering guide and calculator to help you.

So, gardening friends, go forth and irrigate... with conservation in mind!


Poppies in CanDo's Food Bank Garden

CanDo's Napa Valley

2022 Give!Guide

Mandatory Orientation


In order to apply for the 2022 Give!Guide, your NPO must send a representative to the mandatory orientation meeting.

When: June 22, 11:00 to 12:30 

Where: Crosswalk Community Church.

Click the button and send us an email stating your interest.



Happening Today:

Turning Trash Into California's Next Innovation Boom

Live Streaming Interactive Circular Economy Symposium

Tuesday May 17, 2022

from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join state and business leaders and Californians from all walks of life as we plan how to build a circular, remanufacturing and reuse system to make sure products used in California are recycled right here in our state.

Update: Thank you for the flood of registrations for California’s first Circular Economy Symposium.

To meet the overwhelming demand, CalRecycle has upgraded the symposium to an interactive, live-streaming event with NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Bits and Pieces

Baby Please Don't Go

These seeds have "awns" that allow them to do something extraordinary... something that really irritated our ancient ancestors.

Words Matter

"Plans to protect air and water,

wilderness and wildlife

are in fact

plans to protect man." 

-- Stewart Udall

Random Ramblings

Taken for Granted:

Jon Batiste on

the Art of Pushing Your Limits


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

CanDo's Projects

Featured This Week: CanDo's Gleaning Project

CanDo's Gleaners harvest home-grown fruit and vegetables that otherwise might go to waste, taking it to the Food Bank where it's distributed to food-insecure people in our Napa County communities. Please contact us if you have excess fruits or vegetables. Or consider joining our friendly team of on-call gleaners (you won't necessarily have to climb ladders!) Email us.

CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank We're excited to welcome a group of out-of-town volunteers from American Express, who will be helping us in the garden tomorrow, May 18. We love local volunteers too, and can use a bit more help on Saturday mornings. Interested? Contact Barbara.

CanDo's Food Rescue Team

Join us as we collect food donations from Farmers Market vendors and shoppers every Saturday, year-round. It all goes to the food-insecure in our community. Sign up for a Saturday that works for you. Kids aged 8+ are welcome to bring along their adults. Read more, or sign up, here. We partner with Feeding It Forward Napa Valley.

Waterway Keepers

WWK began as a CanDo project more than a decade ago; 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.

Napa Food Project 

You can volunteer as a Food Donor, or as a Neighborhood Coordinator. Help us get to 1,000 food donors by June 11, our next collection day! All you do is fill a bag with nonperishable food every two months. Email us.

CanDo's Napa Valley Give!Guide The 2022 Give!Guide will launch in November/December, and it will be our TENTH anniversary!  If your NPO wishes to apply, you must attend a mandatory orientation meeting on June 22 from 11:00 to 12:30 at the Crosswalk Community Church. Email us


Monday May 30: The Party's Over. Now What?

Help Recover and Distribute Excess Food, Of Course

WHAT: Help Feeding It Forward recover excess food from BottleRock and distribute it to community organizations throughout the Valley that serve those most in need. Last year we recovered over 12,000 pounds of food from this event.

WHEN: Monday, May 30 (collect food) and Tuesday, May 31 (distribute food).

WHERE: At the event location: Napa Valley Expo, 301 First St. in downtown Napa.

Shifts and jobs will be listed. Please review the opportunities and select any you would be interested and available to fulfill.

Join Feeding It Forward in our fight against food waste and food insecurity!



Events and Resources Recently Featured

in the CanDo Connection

Napa Climate NOW! Reusable Foodware and Waste Reduction Ordinance Survey for all Napa Citizens. Take the survey here, or click the QR code to the right.

Register to vote - Last day to register to vote in the June 7 Primary Election: May 23. Register here.

Volunteer as a Civil Service Commissioner with the City of Napa - click here and then on "Vacancies" at the top of the page. Applications accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27th.

Vaccines, Testing, Data - May 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

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

Disaster relief for the 2020 wildfires continues with Disaster Case Management through UpValley Family Centers. Click here for more information in English and Spanish or call (707)965.

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.



Sponsor: Whiskers,Tails & Ferals

Whiskers, Tails & Ferals a cat & dog rescue needs volunteers to take on the fun & rewarding task of petting & brushing cats getting them ready for adoption and cleaning their cages. Thursday & Friday is needed now and 2 people could share a day by doing every other week. The task takes 3 hours in the mornings, start times are flexible. Our cat room is in the Napa Petco. There is also a great need for substitute caretakers, you may only work 1-2 days a month

DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursdays and Fridays, flexible times

LOCATION: Napa Petco, 3284 Jefferson St.

FFI: Email, call Karen at 707.337,9584 or visit their website.



Sponsor: Rianda House

A special fundraising event hosted by our Board of Directors to gather Rianda House supporters during Rally4Rianda. Join us in celebrating Older Americans month, our anniversary, and in thanking our retiring Executive Director, Julie Spencer. Additionally, you’ll also have a chance to meet our new Executive Director, Maury Robertson. Stroll the beautiful gardens, toast with elegant Spottswoode wines, savor delicious bites by Elaine Bell Catering, be dazzled by classic cars, and sway to the music by Kith & Kin. RSVP by May 16.

DAY/DATE/TIME: Friday, May 20, 4:30-6:30PM

LOCATION: Spottswoode Estate, St.Helena

COST: $200 ($100 is tax deductable), Purchase online (

FFI: Email, call 707.963.8555 or visit their website.



Sponsor: Rianda House

Join us for this casual mix & mingle celebration at Rianda House! Enjoy light refreshments and anniversary cake, while chatting with our Board, Staff, and Instructors. Take the opportunity to bid a warm farewell to Julie Spencer, retiring Executive Director. No cost to attend. Thursday, May 26th, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Donations encouraged to help us reach our fundraising goal by May 31! All are welcome. RSVP appreciated.

DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 26, 3-6PM

LOCATION: Rianda House, 1475 Main Street, St. Helena

FFI: Email, call 707.963.8555 ext. 101, or visit their website.


DAY/DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 4, 11AM-3PM

LOCATION: 68 Coombs Street, Napa

FFI: Email, call 707.255.3578 or visit their website.



Sponsor: UC Master Gardeners of Napa County

Tree Walks at Fuller Park, Food Forums, Soil Workshops, Pest and Weed Management and much more can be found on the Master Gardeners website.


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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