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The CanDo Connection - #588

Sept. 20, 2022

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Banned? Says Who?

Banned Books Week is Sept. 18-24

The more they try to ban them, the more we'll read them.

Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of the American Library Association compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary reports sent to OIF from communities across the United States.

Here are the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2021.

Help the American Library Association Fight Censorship

Here in Napa: Banned Books and Bites

Our own Napa County Library invites you to exercise your right to read banned books-- by reading them. Banned Books and Bites is a new place to read and discuss challenge and banned books in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Open to ages 14 and up for light snacks and good conversation.

WHEN: Thursday Sept. 29, 6-7:15pm

WHERE: Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St., Napa

Banned Book Bingo

How many of these banned books have you read? Can you get a BINGO, or better yet, a BLACKOUT?

Let us know how you do!

Compost Corner 

Disposing of Unusable Pillows and Comforters

Q. I struggle with what to do with old bedding-- pillows, comforters in particular. I have called animal shelters who won't take them. Goodwill won't take them either. Is there an alternative to putting them in the trash?

Thanks, Denise 

A. We did the feather pillow question in the spring… here’s an expansion to this new question:


Sheets and washable bedding (like fleece blankets) are accepted with other textiles on our Recycling More Program. However for unusable pillows and comforters, there are not really any good options for reuse, so these items do need to go in the landfill cart for disposal.


If the pillows or comforters are filled with natural cotton or feathers, the cotton or feathers could be composted if emptied out of the fabric. The outer fabric covering would then need to disposed of in the landfill cart. Please do not put synthetic filling in the compost cart, so if you are unsure over what the filling is made from, please dispose of the entire item in the landfill cart.


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


Thanks, Tim

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


Napa Food Project 

Be Part of a Simple System That Really Works! 

Every two months-- on the second Saturday of every even-numbered month-- our Neighborhood Coordinators pick up green bags of healthy nonperishable food that neighbors have left outside their front doors. The NCs leave empty bags for next time and take all the food to the CAN-V Napa Food Bank. It’s that easy!

You're invited to our Neighborhood Coordinator Orientation tonight, Sept. 20, at 6:00 PM. If you're interested, click the button below, email us, and we'll send you a Zoom invite. Don't delay!

It's a great way to introduce your children to the importance of community involvement. We hear that they love to help collect the green bags with their family on a Saturday morning!


Stow It- Don't Throw It! 

Attention Tennis Players

We need your empty tennis ball canisters, with their lids. Why? Find the answer in the poster below.

We want to keep tangled fishing line out of our waterways, where it injures and kills wild animals and birds. Save those canisters for us, with their lids. We'll pick them up.

If you can help, contact Karen.

Bits and Pieces

Random Ramblings

Hidden Brain:

Decoding Emotions

We like to think that all humans are born with the same core emotions: anger, fear, joy, sadness and disgust. But what if that's not true?

Psychologist Batja Mesquita offers a different model of emotions — one that can help us to better understand our own feelings and those of the people around us.


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

Words Matter


like charity,

should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there."

--Clare Boothe Luce

CanDo's Projects 

Featured this Week: 

Stow It- Don't Throw It, Napa!

Here's a sad coincidence. Just as we launched CanDo's newest project, Stow It- Don't Throw It!, our friends at Napa Wildlife Rescue posted on their Facebook page this picture of a pelican tangled in fishing line. In the photo, they are removing a fishing hook that was embedded in its pouch.

Stow It- Don't Throw It! is a youth-driven, nationwide effort to keep loose fishing line out of waterways where it tangles and injures-- or kills-- wildlife. CanDo is looking for local Napa County youth groups that would like to learn about this project and possibly get involved. 


CanDo's Garden for the Food Bank Contact us if you'd like to help us harvest summer veggies on Saturdays or Wednesdays, approx. 8:00-10:30am. Come join our friendly group of volunteer gardeners as our summer crops wind down and we begin to plant for the fall/winter. Email Karen.

CanDo's Gleaning Project Debbie, coordinator of our Gleaning Project, is proud to report that they have officially doubled the number of gleans from their first full year of operation (2021). We think she and her intrepid team of gleaners deserve a round of applause for this spectacular growth!



Number of


Pounds of Food

Donated to the Food Bank



728 lbs



4,459 lbs

2022 to date


11,990 lbs

Email Debbie if you have more fruit or vegetables than you can use (enough to feed at least 10 families), and you'd like to request a glean. If you'd like to be added to our list of on-call gleaners (no ongoing obligation; give it a try just once)!-- let us know.

CanDo's Food Rescue Team Join us at the Napa Farmers Market on any Saturday, year-round, for just one hour. In that hour, you'll help us provide fresh fruit and vegetables for the food-insecure in Napa Valley. More info and sign-up here.

CanDo's Napa Food Project Want to become a Neighborhood Coordinator (NC) in this dynamic project that supplies the CAN-V Food Bank with a reliable source of nonperishable food year-round? It only takes about 2 hours every other month, after initial set-up.  Our next ZOOM orientation for Neighborhood Coordinators will be THIS EVENING, September 20th. Sign up here to attend.

Waterway Keepers is a project of Napa RCD, originally begun by CanDo back in 2012. It coordinates multiple volunteer-led trash pick-ups throughout the year along the Napa River and its tributaries. Contact Ashley or call 707-690-3117.

CanDo's Napa Valley Give!Guide Since its inception in 2013, the Hilary Zunin CanDo Spirit Award (a part of our Give!Guide campaign) has gone to an exceptional young person (35 or under) who is employed full-time by any NPO in Napa County. The award is generously sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners. The winner receives a plaque and a check for $1000.00. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2022.

Support CanDo 

Without Leaving Home

We have numerous jobs that are quick an easy and can be done from the comfort of your own home!


SEPTEMBER: National Preparedness Month 

Personal and Organizational Preparedness for Emergency Workers, Disaster Workers, & Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organization Staff

CVNL is leading a series of free trainings in partnership with The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (BAUASI). Come learn the fundamentals of disaster preparedness and how to make sure your staff is prepared to support your organization during a disaster.

Personal Preparedness is an important tool for readying yourself and your family for a disaster. Learn some tips and best practices, including: What’s in your family plan? Why does it make sense for organizations to encourage their staff to be personally prepared for emergencies-- whether it is an earthquake, wildfire, or pandemic? 


When: Thursday, September 22nd from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: Online, via Zoom


Organizational Preparedness: Emergency Operation Plans for Emergency Services Organizations.  Why does it make sense for organizations to encourage their staff to be personally prepared for emergencies-– whether it is an earthquake, wildfire, or pandemic?

An in-depth 2-hour training about Organizational Preparedness, including: learning how to craft a disaster mission statement, forming teams for support, learning about the value of collaborations -- where are your allies?-- and receiving an agency template for preparedness. Participants will leave the webinar with a list of concrete next steps on how to prepare their organization for an emergency.

When: Tuesday, September 27th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: Online, via Zoom. 



Events and Resources Recently Featured

in the CanDo Connection

On-Call COAD Volunteer Disaster Response Team - Napa County

Free Garden Field Trips for NVUSD Teachers. Deadline: 9/20/22. If interested, email us TODAY and let us know:

  • If you prefer a fall or spring visit (2022/23)
  • If fall, what date and times do you prefer this Sept./Oct.?
  • Your name, contact info, school and grade level
  • Approx. number of students (max 35) and adults who will come

2022 Hilary Zunin CanDo Spirit Award: open to any young, full-time employee (25+ hours/week) working in the Napa County nonprofit sector. FFI, and nominator/nominee applications, hereDeadline: 9/30/22

Election workers needed: The Napa County Election Division is now hiring temporary employees to work in vote centers during the 2022 general election.

Apply here.

Teachers: Shop for FREE school supplies at the Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay. Or volunteer for TRCNB!

See More Reminders HERE

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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Sponsor: Napa Valley Community Housing (NVCH)

"Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person."

Our "Help With Homework" program is looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor resident children grades 5-12. The 1:1 tutoring can be in person or virtual, whichever works best and is most convenient. Time commitment is minimum 3 hours/week, up to 10 hours/week through the 30 week school year.


LOCATION: To be determined, may be virtual

FFIEmail, call 707.257.2844 or visit their website.

FFIEmail, call 707.253.7444 ext 124 or visit their website.


Sponsor: Share the Care Napa Valley

Please join us for Share the Care Napa Valley's 1st Golden Gathering featuring Wine at the Watermark. There will be appetizers served in the courtyard, live music and a silent auction. It's an opportunity to meet others and show your support for the health, well-being and independence of older adults. RSVP to

DAY/DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 22, 5-7PM

LOCATION:  4055 Solano Avenue (next to Justin Siena HS)

FFI: Email, call 707.492.3198 or visit their website.


Sponsor: League of Women Voters of Napa County

Please join us for the following voter forums. Forums are free and open to the public, and viewers may choose simultaneous translation in Spanish. Recordings will be available (English only) at YouTube/LWVNapa. Register for via Zoom for all forums at

  • - St. Helena Mayor & City Council: Two candidates for mayor, three candidates for two city council seats. Thursday, September 22nd, 6:00–7:30PM.
  • - Napa County Board of Supervisors: The top-two candidates each for Districts 1 & 3. Co-sponsored by the Napa County Chamber CoalitionWednesday, September 28th, 6:00–7:30PM 
  • - Calistoga Mayor & City Council Candidate Forum: hosting five nonpartisan candidate forums for contested mayoral and city council seats. Two candidates for mayor, three candidates for two city council seats. Submit questions two days prior at LWVNapa@gmail.comThursday, September 29th, 6:00–7:30PM.
  • - American Canyon Candidate Forum & Pro/Con on Measure J: Running for two city council seats: Jesse Corpus, Mark Joseph (incumbent) & David Ore (incumbent). Monday, October 3rd, 6:00–7:30PM.
  • - Pros & Cons of the Seven State Propositions: Thursday, October 6th, 6:00–7:30 pm, co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Napa Branch. The unbiased, in-depth information will give you a comprehensive understanding of these ballot issues. Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Napa Branch. Thursday, October 6 from 6:00-7:30PM (.

FFI: Email, call 707.287.2021 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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