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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Breakthrough Men's Community


Breakthrough helps men build more deeply meaningful and happy lives. Breakthrough is a guided, life changing exploration in which we work together, hands-on, to tackle the challenges all men face. Breakthrough empowers all men to reclaim their hearts and participate more fully and confidently in their family and their social and professional worlds.

The Big Idea

Breakthrough Men’s Community helps men build more deeply meaningful and happy lives. They offer workshops where they work in hands-on ways to tackle the challenges that all men face, inspiring and empowering participants to reclaim their hearts and take part more fully and confidently in their family, social and professional worlds. Breakthrough hopes to reach more men with these workshops. They have extended their location from Seaside to include a workshop in Spreckels; more than half of the men who attend these workshops pay less than standard tuition due to financial hardship. The Big Idea is to raise $50,000 to support a full-size class in Salinas, helping more men change their lives for the better.

Growing up in a culture with a strong emphasis on machismo made it difficult for me to explore my own emotions. Breakthrough helped me do that in a powerful and life-changing way. Finding a community of like-minded friends at Breakthrough has also been invaluable for me. The support I received and the confidence I built at Breakthrough gave me the courage to finish my AA degree at Hartnell, and next year I will continue my studies enrolled full-time at UC Santa Cruz. I was so fortunate to continue my Breakthrough journey on the leadership team in Spreckels this year. More than half the guys in the workshop were Latino and it was powerful for me to see a room full of Salinas guys beginning their Breakthrough journey.

- Francisco Solano, age 34

We Did It, Together!

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.