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How We've Helped

How We've Helped

Who Benefits from CERV’s Projects and Activities

Below is a list of organizations, agencies, individuals, groups and communities that CERV of the Monterey Peninsula has helped over the years.

2023

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE GROUPS IN MONTEREY COUNTY TO PREPARE AND THOSE IMPACTED BY DISASTERS

Listos California and CERV of the Monterey Peninsula

LISTOS 3.0 PROJECT: Disaster Preparedness in Monterey County CERV received a Listos California Target grant for Monterey County from the California Office of Emergency Services (June 2023-Dec 2024).

Project Director, Harvey Pressman, a CERV Advisory Council member, has led all of our Listos projects. The Listos 2.0 state-wide LISTO project is also underway (June 2022-December 2023). CERV’s sub-grantees partners for Listos 3.0 are Mujeres en Accion, Special Kids Connect, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Services (PVPSS). Subgrantees for Listos 2.0 also included the Fire Safe Council and ITN (Independent Transportation Network) of Monterey County.  

For more information, go to https://www.cerv501c3.org/pages/cal-e-prep. Learn about the project and our subgrantees:

STORM RELIEF

Storm Damage Monterey California

The Community Foundation for Monterey County awarded CERV a grant of $50,000 in early 2023 to help individuals and families to recover from the storms, targeting those in farm working communities. CERV collaborated with Laurel Lee-Alexander (CFMCO), Colby Pereira and Laura Penera (Braga Fresh Farms) to identify 169 families and distributed $300 checks. The checks were handed out January 27, 2023, less than one week after receiving the grant.

Read more about this project

https://www.cerv501c3.org/blogs/news/monterey-floods-2023-community-recovery-efforts

California Storm Damage Relief – Supporting those in the county who help keep our communities fed.  https://www.cerv501c3.org/blogs/news/california-storm-damage-relief

The Community Foundation for Monterey County also awarded CERV a grant of $30,000 to support people impacted by floods/mudslides in the Salinas Valley area in April, 2023. CERV distributed 60 checks of $500 to families significantly impacted, with help from our LISTOS subgrantees Mujeres en Accion and Special Kids Connect who identified those most in need.

The California Fire Foundation awarded CERV a $15,000 grant to support recovery efforts in the Salinas Valley during April/May. Once again, CERV worked with our subgrantees (Mujeres en Accion, Special Kids Connect) to identify families in need and distribute 30 checks ($500 each) to help these families recover.   

MONTEREYCO.RECOVERS.ORG

Recovers.org Monterey California Community Emergency Response Volunteers

The United Way, Monterey County and the Community Foundation for Monterey County awarded CERV grants to work with the non-profit, Supporting Resilient Communities. Recovers.org is SRC’s web portal that Monterey county used that enabled us to work collaboratively help individuals, agencies, organizations locate information, items, and support  that enabled non-profits, individuals, and government agencies to provide relief to those in need, during and after a disaster struck Monterey County. During 2023, the new recovers.org site was developed and launched. Initial beta/field testing is ongoing and will address accessibility and language, as well as usability issues.

MPUSC UNHOUSED FAMILY PROJECT

MPUSC UNHOUSED FAMILY PROJECT Monterey CA CERV

Initial funds for this exciting program were received from a private foundation ($50,000) in July, 2023. Another $20,000 grant was received for the project from the Community Foundation of Monterey County in December. During 2023, 11 families with children enrolled in MPUSD are now housed. And, multiple supports provided by MPUSD staff are being provided to these students and their families. CERV also enjoyed providing a mini-disaster preparedness workshop during one of their lunches. We talked with high school students who are participating. Carolyne and Greg Profeta, Sarah Blackstone and Harvey Pressman participated alongside several MPUSD staff members, most importantly, these young women and men who are working toward their high school diplomas.

CERT PROGRAMS

Big Sur CERT California

The Westin Call Fund awarded CERV a grant for Big Sur CERT of $2,700 in October, 2023. With congratulations and appreciation of their CERT program, these monies were provided to Martha Karstens, Co-captain of Big Sur CERT.  

https://www.cerv501c3.org/blogs/news/big-sur-cert-graduates-emergency-training

The Community Foundation of Monterey County recognized Martha Karsten at a September event. Martha donated $1,250 of her award to CERV with a designation that we send a check to Big Sur CERT, which was done the very next day.  

2021

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Mudslides Monterey CA Emergency Response CERV

CERV of the Monterey Peninsula has provided support for relief and emergency assistance related to Carmel Fire victims, thanks to a grant of $38,000 from the Community Fund For Carmel Valley of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. This was the second round of their generous efforts to help.

CERV of the Monterey Peninsula recently obtained a grant from the Community Foundation for Monterey County of $120,000 to support families in need of relief from mudslides and debris flow caused by the River Fire in Monterey County. We will be distributing funds in May, 2021.

Cal-Fire Foundation

Fire Monterey CA Cal-Fire Foundation

CERV also obtained a $10,000 grant from the Cal-Fire Foundation recently to support victims devastated by storms, debris flow and mudslides in Monterey County. We will also distribute these funds in May, 2021.

Monterey County Gives! Campaign 

Monterey County Gives Donations to CERV Emergency Response

Through the annual Monterey County Gives campaign CERV of the Monterey Peninsula has $5,500 to help support the ongoing work of our non-profit partners. 

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Support

Emergency Response Radio CERT Team

The Carmel Gives Fund of the Community grant (c/o Community Foundation for Monterey County) provided CERV with $2,000 to provide electricity to  Carmel's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) container in Sunset Center’s north parking lot. The work was completed.

CERV submitted a grant on May 3, 2021 for funding to improve the CERT emergency communications systems by purchasing equipment for Monterey and Pacific Grove Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT programs). 

2020

Listos, CA

Listos CA - CERV of the Monterey Peninsula

 

  1. CERV helped raise over $50,000.00 for basic needs of undocumented women during the pandemic for food, rent, utilities and basics needs.
  2. 15 CERV-funded non-profits pivoted to pandemic support. The state of California allowed emergency readiness grantees to spend up to 40% of their CERV budgets on immediate pandemic needs of their constituents. Grantees helped clients survive by providing basic need relief.
  3. The CERV Listos project created 13 disaster readiness modules for its' grantees. 
  4. Eight CERV Grantees created app-based organizational disaster plans.
  5. CERV helped raise $21,000.00 for homeless women living in cars.
  6. CERV grantees distributed over 3,000 masks in county nursing homes and other elderly facilities.
  7. CERV-funded non-profits surpassed over $100,000.00 in pandemic relief.
  8. CERV writers helped document progress for local emergency readiness grantees.
  9. CERV produced two online emergency readiness seminars that each reached over 100 participants.

PG&E Community Resilience Program

CERV of the Monterey Peninsula Receives PG&E Grant to Help Fight Fires

CERV received the PG&E Resilient Communities grant in 2020 which focuses on the critical issue of wildfire risk. To that end, PG&E funded four $100,000 grants that build community capacity to reduce wildfire risk and support healthy and resilient forests and watersheds.

Monterey County Gives! Campaign 2020

Monterey County Gives Campaign 2020 | Donate to CERV of the Monterey Peninsula

CERV is participating in the 2020 Monterey County Gives campaign to support our Big Idea for 2021, which is to build community preparedness, recovery and resilience beyond COVID-19. Vulnerable residents are most seriously impacted by disasters and community based organizations can help them prepare and recover. CERV works with families throughout Monterey County, representing all ages, language groups, people with disabilities/access and functional needs and people who face significant socio-economic challenged. 

    Monterey Recovers Program

    Recovers - Disaster Preparedness Monterey CA CERV

    CERV of the Monterey Peninsula supported matchmaking efforts for those impacted by the River Fire, the Carmel Valley Fire and the Dolan Fire. This is an ongoing project. CERV has already responded to specific 35 requests from residents impacted by the fires and many needs were met. We are still actively working on 10 separate efforts. 140 people offered donations and 180 people offered to volunteer within 1 month. 

      1. Managing requests and recruiting organizations to participate
      2. Responding to simple and complex circumstances with help from partners
      3. Documenting distribution of gift cards from NPS, DLI and other groups
      4. Making efforts to coordinate with people employed by MCOES, Social Services, Health, American Red Cross and Evacuation Centers.  
      5. Developing promotional materials to support awareness and participation.
      6. Enabling grass roots involvement and community building efforts. For example, a professor, Captain Natalie Poggemeyer, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) professor, collected money from the NPS and DLI communities. Then purchased about $1,200 worth of gift cards. Gigi Dominguez, employed by Social Services, distributed the cards (on her own time) to more than 30 families who had submitted needs through MontereyCo.Recovers.org
      7. Working with partners to address requests from https://montereyco.recovers.org/, Valley Bible Church, and other entities to support people recovering from 2020 fires. 
      8. Promoting partnerships with Monterey county agencies, non-profits, government entities and businesses.

    Community Foundation for Monterey County

    CFMC

    CERV submitted for and was awarded a grant for $30,000.00 from the Community Foundation for Monterey County. This grant is aimed at helping support those impacted by the fires in the Monterey County community. For example, visa debit cards are being distributed to  help support those in need ($300/individual and $500 family) through CERV's partnership with Orville Myers, Pastor at the Valley Bible Church. In the first two weeks 78 people were reached and close to $20,000 was distributed. CERV also has responded to other requests through MontereyCo.Recovers.org and has provided 2 generators, some money for a deposit for student housing and medical supplies. In addition, CERV is identifying needs through its Listos network of organizations servicing the most vulnerable populations. 73% report they have clients impacted by the fires.   

    1. Working with partners to address requests from people impacted by the fires who
    a. come for help to https://montereyco.recovers.org/
    b. are identified by pastor at Valley Bible Church in Cachagua area, and/or 
    c. are identified through Monterey County Listos sub-grantees who serve the county's most vulnerable populations.

    Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Support

    Monterey CERT supported by CERV | Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula

    1. Provided Carmel CERT with equipment and radios. 
    2. Helped support training for new CERT volunteers in Big Sur area
    3. Working with local and state to identify alternative ways and increase access to provide CERT training in the county

    2019

    PG&E Community Resilience Program

    Pacific Gas and Electric | PG&E | CERV of the Monterey Peninsula
    CERV received the PG&E Resilient Communities grant in 2019 which focuses on the critical issue of wildfire risk. To that end, PG&E funded four $100,000 grants that build community capacity to reduce wildfire risk and support healthy and resilient forests and watersheds. CERV's focus for the grant from PG&E is to help build awareness about these concerns with a focus on assisting the communities of Big Sur and their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.
    Big Sur Fire
    CERV worked with Big Sur CERT to increase awareness of issues related to power outages throughout Monterey County using social media platforms  

    Big Sur CERT

    CERT Team Training Event
    CERV helped fund refresher trainings and recruit new CERT volunteers by supporting CERT training with Isabel Preti.

    Monterey CERT 

    CERV of the Monterey Peninsula supports Monterey CERT Training
    CERV of the Monterey Peninsula offered its' continued support to Monterey CERT programs which included providing a label maker to make ID badges for new and existing FEMA trained CERT members. 

    Generator Project

    Weather power outages with safe use of generators :: WRAL.com

    Overhauled and distributed two generators to individuals impacted by the fires in Monterey County. CERV also obtained a third generator and will be seeking more. 

      Big Sur International Marathon

        Big Sur International Marathon 2019 | CERV of the Monterey Peninsula Volunteers
        CERV volunteers supported the 2019 Big Sur International Marathon by helping runners and event organizers before and during the event.

        Monterey CERT / CERV Summer BBQ

        Monterey CERT BBQ Potluck hosted by CERV of the Monterey Peninsula
        CERV of the Monterey Peninsula hosted the 2019 summer BBQ potluck to help raise awareness about CERT programs, emergency preparedness and volunteering around the community and fundraising for emergency response programs.

        Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Safety Fair

        Emergency Preparedness Fair | 90.3 KAZU
        CERV volunteers participated in the Safety Fair to help raise awareness about emergency preparedeness.
        • Partner. AFN Working Group. 
        • Grant from Church Mouse. Increase CERT participation for senior citizens in Monterey County

        Monterey County Gives! Campaign 2019 

        Monterey County Gives! - The Community Foundation for Monterey County
        Monterey County Gives! 2019 | CERV of the Monterey Peninsula

          2018

          • CERT collaboration – Monterey, Pacific Grove, South County, Marina, Seaside, Salinas, CalFire, Santa Cruz CERT instructors > Collaboration; Community Resilience – Preparedness, Relief Recovery

          • Project focused on Disaster Cycle Persons with Access and Functional Needs (AFN): Access to Communication, Safety, Health, Transportation, Mobility, Independence > Information exchange, Collaboration, Community Resilience – Preparedness, Relief and Recover

          • Monterey Gives video project underway as well as other activities related to people with AFN

          • Website and social media > Information exchange enhanced

          • Big Sur Marathons, July 4th parade and booth, Safety Fairs, Disaster events for general public > Collaboration, Information exchange, Community Resilience – Preparedness

          • AAA, CERV, OES AFN Working group collaboration. 5,000 backpacks to organizations representing people with disabilities/access and functional needs in Monterey County > Preparedness, Information exchange, Community Resilience, Collaboration

          • AFN Working group (CERV, ARC, MCOES, CCCIL, United Way, CCFM). Meeting monthly.

          • CERV to report to California Disaster Coalition report on Monterey County AFN Working Group activities. 

          • CERT/CERT Annual BBQ. 

          2017

          • Recovers Project – Soberanes Fire – Big Sur > Disaster Relief and Recovery / Community Resilience

          • Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel CERT Wish list project – Neighborhoods > Equipment

          • Red Cross Disaster Service Award to CERV member > Collaboration, Community Resilience 

          • Workshops – Red Cross  > Training

          • Website and social media > Information

          • CERT collaboration/Teen CERT – Monterey, Pacific Grove, South County, Marina, Seaside, Salinas, CalFire CERT instructor, Santa Cruz CERT instructors > Collaboration; Community Resilience – Preparedness, Relief Recovery

          • Big Sur Marathons, July 4th parade and booth, Safety Fairs, Disaster events for general public > Collaboration, Information exchange, Community Resilience - Preparedness

          2016

          • Early Action Mobile Units - Monterey, PG, Carmel, South County, Marina, Seaside, Big Sur, Cachagua CERT programs > Community Resilience/ Equipment

          • Label Maker Project -  Monterey CERT > Equipment

          • Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel CERT Wish list project – Neighborhoods > Equipment

          • Recovers website – Soberanes Fire – Big Sur Community and residents > Community Resilience - Relief/Recovery

          • Website and social media > Information exchange

          • Big Sur Marathons, July 4th parade and booth, Safety Fairs, Disaster events for general public > Collaboration, Information exchange, Community Resilience - Preparedness

          2015

          • Recovers Project – Training volunteers > Community Resilience – Relief, Recovery

          • Workshops (Meals on Wheels) > Training - Preparedness

          • Monterey CERT Wish list project > Equipment

          • Website and Video development > Information exchange

          • Big Sur Marathons, July 4th parade and booth, Safety Fairs, Disaster events for general public > Collaboration, Information exchange, Community Resilience - Preparedness

          2014

          • Recovers Project – CERT programs, Monterey Fire, PG City, Marina Fire, Seaside Fire > Community Resilience – Relief, Recovery

          • Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove CERT programs > Equipment 

          • Workshops (GoBags for Grandmas), Kinship Center Alliance on Aging ) > Training - Preparedness

          • Website, Facebook > Information exchange

          • Big Sur Marathons, July 4th parade and booth, Safety Fairs, Disaster events for  citizens, visitors, >Collaboration, Information exchange, Community Resilience - Preparedness

          2012-2013

          • Pacific Grove CERT Team > Equipment

          • Monterey Cert Teams >Equipment

          • Workshops (GoBags for Grandma) - Kinship Center > Training- Preparedness

          • 4 free CERV Seminars, ~ 150  attended – Individuals and first responders from Monterey, Seaside, Marina, Carmel >Training- Preparedness

          • Solar Panel Project, Feasibility study – Monterey CERT > Equipment

          • Inventory Project - Monterey, Carmel, PG CERT programs > Equipment

          • Website - Design, start up. Community resource > Information exchange

          • Big Sur Marathons, July 4th parade and booth, Safety Fairs, Disaster events for general public > Collaboration, Information exchange, Community Resilience - Preparedness