Our (Grass) Roots
Where did we come from and where are we going?
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.
Napa Valley CanDo is growing by leaps and bounds. A core of about a dozen people keep it 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 we spot a need.
We also have ongoing "issue groups" which allow members to follow their passions in a variety of ways with others who share their enthusiasm. Currently our issue groups include Energy and Environment; California Governance, and our newest group, CanDo Kids/CanDo Teens, whose mission is to help create and promote service activities for children and youth.
Finally, there's our CORE (steering) committee, made up of issue group coordinators, our data base maven, a member-at-large, and our co-founders. The CORE gathers monthly to see what's what and to keep things cooking.
None of this happens without you. It's your energy, dedication to a stronger community, and willingness to say "Yes!" that keeps us growing.