Our Mission in Action
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 and volunteerism by easing the path from intent to action. Napa Valley CanDo is that organization. It's all about making connections. We invite you to join in our efforts to foster positive change in this community we love.
Since our beginnings in December 2008, we:
~ Raised over $27,000 for the Napa Food Bank;
~ Held three successful blood drives;
~ Worked with the City of Napa on MLK Day to clean-up downtown and with the Regional Conservation District on the Creek to Bay clean-up;
~ Supported Napa Valley Community Housing’s Reading Challenge;
~ Helped volunteers find their way to countless sites and projects including (but hardly limited to) the Cope Family Center, Napa Food Bank, Stone Bridge School, MacPherson Cultural Plaza Project; Napa Valley Girls on the Run; Playground Fantastico, Children's Resource Center "Storytime," and many more;
~ Started our first "carbon circle;"
~ Coordinated with the Volunteer Center of Napa to create a Volunteer Recruitment Fair;
~ Formed ongoing issue groups: Energy and Environment, State Governance, and CanDo Kids/Teens to promote community service for children and youth. Issue group members explore ways we can have a positive impact locally on big issues.
~ Helped support the Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay, a CanDo initiated project now functioning as an independent 501c3. TRC-NB enables Napa County teachers to pick-up needed school supplies at no cost to them.
~ Frequently staff tables in public venues such as the Farmers' and Chefs' Markets to distribute information on issues of interest to the community;
~ Ran phone banks to help Napans better understand the need for meaningful healthcare reform;
~ Held a series of public, educational forums on "Fixing Sacramento: How to Get Government Working Again" and hosted experts from the League of Women Voters as they presented key ballot propositions;
~ Organized more than 100 guides for Napa's first and second Project Homeless Connect events. CanDo volunteers greeted each homeless participant and guided them through a day of free, on the spot services;
~ Is coordinating a Valley-wide drive to provide gently-used shoes in January 2011 for distribution by Soles4Souls.org, a nation charitable organization.
...and we're just getting started.
Learn more about what you CanDo to support this dynamic community! Simply fill in some basic information by selecting Join Us below and we'll add you to our list. In return, you'll receive a weekly email, "The CanDo Connection," high-lighting done-in-a-day projects we've organized or that other community groups have put together. There are also opportunities for longer term involvement. If you have a particular interest in any areas addressed by our Issue Groups or if you're passionate about a topic you don't see addressed, let's talk! Questions or comments are always invited.