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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

Al & Friends Sunday Breakfast


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 bring 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

The guiding belief is simple: that everyone deserves a good meal. For the past 10 years, Al Siekert has been serving breakfast on Sunday mornings as well as giving away socks and more to those in need. His Big Idea is transportation for those who can’t get to the breakfasts. He uses two vehicles (one for catering and one for premade meals) to bring his cuisine to those in need and upkeep is the main overhead. Having the ability to be mobile means Al can serve those who aren’t able to come to him.

“I’ve lived in Monterey for over 20 years and owned my own home here. Then a series of unfortunate things happened and I lost my home. That’s when I became homeless. I don’t remember who, but someone told me about Al And Friends on Sunday morning. Al is amazing. His food is so creative. I look forward to Sundays.”

- Dana Smith

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 $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.