Welcome to Napa Valley CanDo
A vibrant grassroots community service organization!
Napa Valley CanDo brings together people from all over the Napa Valley who want to help our communities thrive through volunteerism and community action. We're strong, creative, and growing quickly! We have no dues and no required service hours. We don't even meet on a regular basis as a whole.
What do we do? We feature "done-in-a-day" and family-friendly volunteer opportunities. Some of these come at the request of local nonprofits seeking volunteers. Others are generated out of the creative interests of our members. We also spotlight exciting community events.
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Napa Valley Give!Guide
Honored with Community Award
More than 200 guests attended ceremonies at Copia to present the 2014 Community Awards. The Napa Chamber of Commerce and Mechanics Bank honored Hilary Zunin and the CanDo Give!Guide Team with an award for "Special Project Recognition" for the innovative project that helped raise over $100,000 in November and December for 40 local nonprofit organizations.
"We set out to inspire a community of givers. With a dedicated team of CanDo volunteers, including four member of last year's Leadership Napa Valley class, and a strong collaborative effort on the part of the nonprofits, we did just that," said Zunin.
"To work with the extraordinary Give!Guide volunteers was honor enough. To be recognized for our efforts by the Chamber and Mechanics Bank, well that's the proverbial icing on the cake."
Save the Dates
FOOD BANK SORTING
Gather at the Napa Food Bank to help sort donated food. Dress in layers and wear close-toed shoes. Supervised children 12 and older are welcome.
LOCATION: NV Food Bank
1755 Industrial Way, Napa
CanDo CONVERSATION DESSERT
Thursday, April 16
Earthquake Relief for the Napa Food Bank
CanDo was on it.
Oh, Napa...we do love you. In just over ten days you collected over three tons of provisions plus a pile of cash.
6,539 pounds of food plus $2,855
CanDo Spirit Award Winner
The CanDo Spirit is alive and well in Napa County.
The CanDo Spirit Award, generously sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners with a $1000 prize, celebrates outstanding work performed by an exceptional, young professional in the Napa County nonprofit sector. All Napa County nonprofits were invited to nominate an employee age 30 or younger. Sarahid Rivera Vazquez of Legal Aid of Napa Valley is this year's winner.
"Compassionate, patient and extremely caring" with a "never quit attitude" are just a few of the ways Legal Aid's Executive Director, Diana Dorame, describes this remarkable young woman.
As a bilingual paralegal , certified domestic violence counselor, and Board of Immigration Appeals Representative, Rivera Vazquez sensitively assists clients who are often anxious about their legal issues. Many have been the victims of violent crimes including domestic violence and sexual assault.
In addition, she conducts outreach education programs for members of the immigrant community through organizations such as Napa emergency Women's Services, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Migrant Education.
While a single mom and full-time professional, Rivera Vazquez maintains balance in her life by participating on a voluntary basis with the Suscol Inter-Tribal Council and performing throughout the Bay Area with a Native American dance group.
Of her commitment to the nonprofit sector, Rivera Vazquez says, "The rewards in working at a nonprofit are always rewards for the heart, never the wallet." And yet, the services provided by Rivera Vazquez and the attorneys of Legal Aid reward clients by helping to ease their confusion as they learn their rights and navigate the complex legal system. Sarahid's goal is clear. "I want to continue to be part of change in my community, one family at a time."
Napa Valley CanDo, the Napa Valley Vintners, and representatives of the 2014 Give!Guide's 40 featured nonprofits will honor Ms. Rivera Vazquez at the Give!Guide kick-off party November 6 at Napa Valley College. The event is free and open to the public.
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 the activity is a good fit, that is to say compatible with your interests and abilities.