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 personal 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 abilities.

postheadericon 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.


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. By providing essential information and links to sign-up, those who want to help find it easy to get involved. We call for volunteers at the request of area nonprofits 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 (Board) gathers monthly to see what's what and to keep things cooking. All are volunteers. 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.


In 2013 Napa Valley CanDo became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.


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