Napa Valley CanDo

Napa Valley CanDo

What We Do:

CanDo connects, inspires and empowers neighbors to take positive action through volunteerism. Challenged by COVID-19, wildfires, and the economic downturn, we’ve made substantial modifications to the Give!Guide and our food insecurity projects to help keep everyone safe and strong. We’re also assisting in organizing volunteers county-wide for Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD).

CanDo has no membership requirements, dues, or mandatory service hours. We stay connected via a weekly eNewsletter that highlights done-in-a-day volunteer opportunities and community events. Projects are based on members’ interests and a commitment to addressing genuine community needs. When ideas arise, we educate ourselves and research efforts that may already be in place. Why duplicate others’ activities? If we identify an unmet community need, we move forward with purpose.

CanDo led successful efforts to limit single-use plastic bags county-wide. Our Napa Valley Food Project has delivered more than 225,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the CANV Food Bank since 2016. CanDo’s Food Rescue Team gathers fresh produce from generous Farmers Market vendors every Saturday morning, bringing thousands of pounds of food directly to the Food Bank, homeless shelter and Chef Ken Frank of La Toque who prepares wonderful meals for unsheltered neighbors. Our new Gleaning Project sends out gleaners to backyard “farmers” to make sure that all food finds a home.

Other Ways to Help:

  • Volunteer: Sign-up to receive our weekly email with volunteer opportunities, whether for CanDo projects or other local nonprofits. Most are done-in-a-day.
  • Attend a CanDo Gathering: Simply listen or share your thoughts/ideas. Learn how we keep moving forward. They’re listed in our weekly email.
  • Invite us: We’ll present a bit of the CanDo story to your professional, faith-based, service, school or social group.
  • Partner with us:  Business partners make a tangible difference! They supply volunteers, funds, spread the word. We always return the favor with shout outs in social media and on our website.


CanDo provides fertile ground and support to those with the seed of an idea. Because it's not a single-focused group where ideas need to be animal or education or healthcare driven, any seed is welcome … No one else in the Napa Valley does such a thing.

~ Carrie Strohl, The School Garden Doctor

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    Metropolitan Planning Group
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    Carole Terry-Symes
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    Joan Sullivan and Walter Norton
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    Kendra Bruno
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    Joan Foresman
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    Gayle Adamowicz & Roger Bray
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    frances knapczyk
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    Kat Greer in honor of Patricia Moynihan Bantly
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    Andy Demsky
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    james hawker
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    Kathleen Montgomery
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    Elizabeth Munk in honor of John Forster
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    Jeanie Whelan
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    Andrea Knowlton
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    Linda Mallett
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    Marianne Carleton in honor of On Behalf of Marianne Carelton
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    Hilary Zunin in honor of Matching Funds
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    Terry Wunderlich
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    Ellen Wulf in honor of In Memory of Don Wulf
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    Karen and Kyle Brocker
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    Colleen Clark
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    Julie Spencer
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    Jill Pahl in honor of All the folks that had losses in the wildfires and with the pandemic.
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    Kathie Fowler in honor of All the work CanDo does for our community.
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    Sherry Fournier
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    Julia Winiarski
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    Jane Zastrow
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    Michele Farhat in honor of Hilary Zunin
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    Julie Bardenhagen in honor of Elmer Bardenhagen
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    Carlo Rocca
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    John and Carol Glaser
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    Lori Lautze
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    Lee Morhar in honor of Judith Morhar
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    Bob Fioretti
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    Dr. Denise A. Flaherty
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    Carol Poole
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    Sharon Macklin
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    Steve Callis
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    Jonjie Lockman
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    Anonymous in honor of Sandra Cruz, Andrea Cazares, Anne Pentland, David Garden Jr., Dana Johnson, Jamie Graff, Margaret Dennett, Kerri Beeker, Mary Miroglio, and Nick Cann
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    Catherine Adams
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    Judy Levin
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    Anonymous in honor of Betsy Cipriano
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    Tempe Reichardt
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    Susan Mandel in honor of Susan Mandel
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    Celeste Giunta
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    Treve and Mikie Thornburg
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    Linda Leonard in honor of CanDo's Green Bag Project
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    David and Donna Mendelsohn
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    Rivka Livni
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    Nancy Boudett
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    Julie Worthington
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    Jack Bergin in honor of CanDo's Green Bag Project
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    Kathy Tranmer in honor of CanDo's Green Bag Project
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    Carole Terry-Symes in honor of CanDo's Green Bag Project
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    Emily Schmidt
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    CanDo Project Organizers in honor of Matching Funds
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    David and Lana Stanley
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    Mike & Donna Mertz
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    Gail Lansingh
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    Marilee Talley
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    Robin McCarthy
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    Kristin Miller
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    Carrie Strohl
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    Kelly Cliff
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    Teresa Reynolds
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    NANCY DEMERRITT in honor of Carol Kirk
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    Paula Peterson
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    Markley Sutton, PhD
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    Judith Cahill Bravo in honor of CanDo and the fabulous work of the community of Napa!
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    Jill Hancock
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    Melinda Cervantes
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    Ben & Marilane Bergfelt in honor of Loving Animals Providing Smiles volunteers
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    Ed Wheeler
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    Virginia Means in honor of Michael G. Means
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    Lora Engle
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    Elaine Herrick
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    Sue Hepple
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    Carole Rehbock
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    Vicki Green, Ph.D.
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    Harris Nussbaum and Johanna Muth
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    AnnMarie Schwartz
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    Kathleen Stewart-Lightner
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    Sandy Hausser
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    Christie Fulton
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    Mary Stephenson
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    Mechanics Bank in honor of Matching Funds
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    Gillian Roberts
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    Cathy Zinsli
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    Angela Stem in honor of All of our sweet "littles" growing up in our community.
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    Karen Olson
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    Linda Jesmok
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    Sally Buchanan
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    Jacqueline Jackson
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    Carol Nelsen
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    David Freed
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    Joan Harrison
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    Douglas Cole
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    Jill and Stuart Bockman
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    Tom Clancy
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    Sue Kesler in honor of Fred Kesler
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    Marilyn Soulsburg
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    Sandra and Dean Hansen
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    Jessie Quigley
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    Sandra Pena
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    Ellen Udoff
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    John Lansingh
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    Barbara Campbell in honor of Bp
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    Paul Reiser
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    Helen Bowman
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    Karen and Chris Kvidahl
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all the great work you do
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