In the wake of a bruising national election, which has caused some of us to celebrate and some of us to despair, there is at least one thing we can all agree on, whatever our political preferences may be: there are divides in America that need our attention, and we should challenge ourselves to address them.
At Napa Valley Community Foundation, we believe in giving back, and getting involved. We feel very fortunate to serve a community where civic life is so strong, and where neighbors unfailingly lend a hand to those in need. We are proponents of respectful conversations, and the sincere and thoughtful discussion of different points of view.
In this New Year, at this time of taking stock, we think it is more important than ever to come together -- as local community members -- and search for common ground.
Next week, there is a special opportunity to do just that.
We are proud to be one of the 100 local groups behind MLK Monday: A Day of Action and Compassion.
The celebration on Monday, January 16 is open to all Napa County residents, and is organized by a coalition of nonprofits, faith organizations and service groups. The goal: to encourage people of all ages, at a local level, to actively participate in community service and learning opportunities. Throughout the county, there will be places for residents to get involved and spend time with one another, ranging from environmental cleanup to supporting seniors and veterans.