2020 Monterey County Gives!
A pandemic, three local wildfires, economic upheaval and business closures, physical confinement, mental unease—that’s a quick review of 2020. Chances are that 2021 won’t be much easier, particularly for those with less means.
What may be most remembered and revered after all this passes is how some folks shined in a time of crisis and even more important, how our community—as a whole—came together for the good.
Nonprofits are a vital cornerstone of our community. Whether you’ve attended local arts or music events (in normal times), received legal support or health care services, adopted a pet, or enrolled your child in a special school program, chances are high you’ve interfaced with a dozen or more groups.
Without the more than 1,000 local nonprofits working tirelessly to fulfill their missions — everyday — our community would look and feel like a very different place. Their collective missions and programs have a huge impact on our lives.
And this year, in particular, each needs your support however that comes forward.
CERV's Big Idea
CERV is one of 24 community-based organizations selected for the statewide Listos (Ready) California emergency preparedness campaign. That means empowering Californians with information and resources they need to be prepared for a range of emergencies, from wildfires and earthquakes to shelter-in-place orders and power outages. CERV works closely with 15 nonprofit organizations that serve the county’s most vulnerable residents, supporting people most at-risk who need to know how to plan and respond. That included all ages, language groups, people with disabilities and people who face significant socioeconomic challenges and also need tools to be prepared for disasters.
"The day-to-day struggles of raising a child with special needs, putting food on the table, and working long hours for low pay leave little time for advance planning. The Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula have allowed us to develop tailored messaging and innovative educational approaches that work with our population -- especially those who live in remote areas and for whom English is not their primary language."
- Laura Camberos
Matching Donations and Challenge Gifts!
An anonymous donor will match every dollar donated to the Community Emergency Response Volunteers through the Monterey County Gives campaign now through December 28, 2020.
Please, answer the call. Click DONATE to make a tax-free donation.
MCGIVES! runs through midnight December 31.We invite you to join in this great program, become a donor, even help spread the word. Use the social media to post your message to Facebook or Tweet about CERV and the Monterey County Gives campaign! Every bit helps. We’re in this together, and can collectively create positive change for all of us who call Monterey County home.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM DONATION?
The minimum donation accepted is $5.
CAN I DONATE THROUGH THE MAIL?
Yes. While we encourage to give via the website, donors who do not wish to donate online may mail donations to:
Community Foundation for Monterey County
2354 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Checks must be made payable to the Community Foundation for Monterey County (on the memo line write in: MCGives!) and include a detailed list of which organization(s) you are donating to. Include your address, phone, and email address. If donating to multiple organizations, please combine onto one check and include a list of the individual amounts you’d like applied to each organization.
WHAT IS A CHALLENGE GIFT?
A challenge gift is a donation that helps inspire more gifts for the recipient nonprofit. It can come from an individual, a family, a business, or a group like a Board of Directors. The donor is recognized on nonprofit’s page on the MCGives! website, and in the MCGives! issue of the Monterey County Weekly (if received before the publication date). If you would like to make a challenge gift, you should contact the nonprofit you wish to support directly.
CAN I DONATE STOCK OR FROM MY IRA?
Yes, we can accept donations of stock as well as from Individual Retirement Accounts (Click here for more information on IRA Charitable Rollovers). For instructions, please contact Brian Thayer at the Community Foundation for Monterey County at 831-375-9712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. Online donors will receive an email receipt immediately after making an online donation. This email serves as the official tax receipt for the charitable gift (for IRS purposes). Online donors will not receive an acknowledgement in the mail, so they need to print or save this email for their records. Donors of checks, cash or stock will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Community Foundation for Monterey County, which is a 501c3 nonprofit (Tax ID #94-1615897).