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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 personnal 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 abilites.



Hummingbirds at Home

A National Audubon project sponsored locally by

Napa Valley CanDo and Napa-Solano Audubon.

Did you know?

  • A newborn hummingbird is about the size of a honeybee and their eggs are the size of small beans.
  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
  • Ruby-throated hummingbirds fly non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico –500 miles!
  • Flowers are blooming earlier along hummingbirds' migration routes, perhaps disrupting their breeding cycle.
  • Eighty percent (80%) of all birds, including hummingbirds will not live to see their first birthday. 
  • Hummingbirds are very imortant pollinators, especially of wildflowers. 

Everybody loves hummingbirds, and now you can help scientists understand how climate change may be affecting their migration and breeding habits.

What’s a “Citizen Scientist”?

People just like you all around the country will provide water and food for the hummingbirds, monitor their visits, note what they see, and then report their sightings. Audubon researchers will use all the information they gather from citizen scientists to further their understanding of these important birds.

Want to get started?

Go to http://www.hummingbirdsathome.org/ and watch the short video that introduces the project. There you can sign up and receive a free ‘app’ for your smart phone, or you can report your sightings right on the website.


Supporting Our Local Food Bank 



Even before Napa Valley CanDo had a name,

we initiated a drive for the Napa Valley Food Bank.


According to its director, Shirley King, the Food Bank's Emergency Pantries

        ~  Serve over 1000 families each month.

        ~  Home-bound elders receive food through the Senior Brown Bag program.

            CanDo has raised over $45,000 and tons of food.

        ~  CanDo continues to help sort food donations and steer volunteers to

            staff the pantries and donate fresh produce through our

            CanDo CanGrow Project.





The Great Sunflower Project


From 2009-2011, CanDo volunteers distributed Lemon Queen sunflower seeds and literature to interested people at our table at the Napa Farmers’ Market.  When the sunflowers bloomed, people were asked to observe the flowers and do a pollinator count. The stated goal (from the website) is to find out “how our green spaces in the urban, suburban and rural landscapes, are connected as well as shedding light on how to help pollinators." During the summers of 2010 and 2011, CanDo planted Lemon Queen sunflowers at the Napa Community Garden and posted signs explaining the project, encouraging gardeners to observe and count pollinators and submit the data to the Community Garden account on the Great Sunflower Project website (www.greatsunflower.org). Seeds and signs were purchased with funds donated by CanDo volunteers.





13,011 pairs of shoes are on their way!



In 2011 Napa Valley CanDo gathered over 13,000 pairs of gently-used shoes for distribution via Soles4Souls. Since its inception following the devastating Asian tsunami in 2004, Soles4Souls (www.soles4souls.org) had distributed nearly 12 million pairs of new and gently used shoes, half in the U.S. and half overseas.


The driving force in this CanDo effort involved kids. Students from Napa's middle schools helped lead the way through "The Green Teens" leadership program. High schools collected shoes as did Scouts. At nearly a hundred sites in businesses, libraries, and on people's front porches, shoes were collected. Shoes were sorted, counted, and packed by CanDo volunteers in a donated building. A local shipper, Biagi Brothers, donated a truck and driver to transport the shoes to Las Vegas, NV, Soles4Souls' nearest warehouse.


 Thanks to everyone who helped, including our generous partners:

 Napa County Environmental Management

Can-V Culinary Arts Program

Shelter Bay Real Estate (Mill Valley) 

and the following businesses:


Andrew_Lane Etude Judds_Hill






NVLifeLogo NV_Petroleum Biagi_Bros


 Thank you Napa Valley for helping to change the world, one pair of shoes at a time! 




CanDo Spirit! 

"Project Homeless Connect - Neighbor to Neighbor"




Napa Valley CanDo recruited, trained and coordinated over 100 volunteers to guide homeless clients, including 50 children, during Project Homeless Connect in 2009.


Among services offered were on-the-spot medical, dental and vision care; job assistance; haircuts and make-overs; drug and alcohol counseling; mental health services; a catered lunch; banking assistance; clothing and food supplies.  There was daycare for the children, even veterinary services for pets.