YOU DID IT!
You answered the call. A record number of donors raised a record total for 170 local nonprofits in the 2021 Monterey County Gives! campaign.
Thank you for stepping up.
-The Monterey County Gives! team.
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 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