Our (Grass) Roots
Following the 2008 presidential election, a small group of Napans dedicated to furthering change created a grassroots community service group. The goal? To encourage greater community involvement by easing the path from intent to action. Napa Valley CanDo is that organization.
We're an issue-oriented group, not a partisan one. Community service and advocacy are not the domain of Republicans or Democrats or Independents. To our way of thinking, it's the job of each of us to see what we CanDo to enrich our community, bit by bit.
A core of about a dozen people keep CanDo moving forward. We have no membership requirements, no dues and no mandatory service hours. We don't even meet on a regular basis as a whole. Instead, a weekly email blast "The CanDo Connection," highlights done-in-a-day projects and events we think you'll want to know about. We call for volunteers at the request of area non-profits and create projects when our volunteers are inspired by an unmet community need.
Projects are selected based on members' creative energies and interests. When a potential project arises, we always begin by educating ourselves and researching what efforts may already be in place. We have no desire to duplicate others' activities. But if we can assist another group's project or if we recognize an unmet need, we move forward with purpose.
How does it all unfold? A small CORE (steering) committee gathers monthly to see what's what and to keep things cooking. It's amazing to see what we CanDo when we work together.
None of this happens without you. It's your energy, your dedication to a stronger community, and your willingness to say "Yes!" that keeps us growing. Napa Valley CanDo is growing by leaps and bounds. Though we are not yet a 501(c)3 organization, we initiated our application process in 2013. Join us in these next exciting steps.