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Breast Cancer Assistance Group

Mission

Our mission is to help women with breast cancer as we would want to be helped ourselves. BCAG is supported by breast cancer survivors who raise funds and awareness to improve the lives of local breast cancer patients and their families. The BCAG is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization.

The Big Idea

During Covid-19, the combination of increased expenses related to cancer treatment, high unemployment and challenges of daily expenses made it harder for more cancer patients to support themselves. Locally, the Breast Cancer Assistance Group (BCAG) experienced a 44-percent increase in applications for food and financial assistance in the first half of 2021. The nonprofit’s Big Idea is to continue funding grants to support its mission of providing practical financial assistance to breast cancer patients, currently helping 66 people meet daily needs so they can focus on cancer treatment and recovery.

“Nobody ever is prepared for a cancer diagnosis but as a single mother at 32 years old - it was not something I could even fathom. As you go through this process, the fear of your health is jarring but I felt the constant worry about bills that just did not stop coming. Moments when I should be concerned about my health soon were overtaken by concerns about finances. Then I got a call from BCAG. Not only were they able to provide me relief, I found a compassionate listener on the line. BCAG legitimately cares about the people they serve. I wasn’t just a list of questions and data - I was a human. As someone who has never been in this situation, I was in absolute awe of their compassion, kindness, and support. I am forever grateful to this organization and inspired by their work.”

- Nikki Ahrenstorff

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.