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Al and Friends


Headed by Alvin Siekert, the Mission of Al & Friends is to lift up members of the community who suffer from the most pressing challenges: hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Our organization thrives because we are an effective social service provider, a consistent presence, and a growing local network of dedicated citizens built from within the community that we serve.  By serving thoughtfully planned meals regularly, Al & Friends helps adds dignity to people's lives, nurtures benevolent values within our community, and invites everyone to get involved in doing something that matters.

The Big Idea

“Sunday Breakfast for the Hungry,” run by Al Siekert and friends (now officially called Al and Friends), has served over 15,000 breakfasts to the Peninsula’s hungry and homeless in the last eight years. Hundreds of men and women, young and old, rely on these meals each week. While many local cities and businesses have generously provided food, equipment and a place to cook, they still have to get that food to the people who need it, and transportation costs, such as fuel and vehicle repairs, are high. To continue offering Sunday breakfasts for the hungry, Al and Friends needs a fuel and maintenance fund for their two vehicles. Monterey County Gives! funds will keep them on the road, making sure hot food goes out each and every Sunday to those who need it the most.

I’ve been dealing with Al for three years. He has been my strength, my backbone and my sanity. I reward him for helping all the rest of these helpless people out here that are struggling to come up afloat. And I would appreciate if you guys donate every little small thing, it’s the richest thing you can do to help him stay strong.

- Patricia Bosworth

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.