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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Center for Community Advocacy (CCA)


CCA is committed to providing opportunities, venues and programs that allow motivated residents to develop their leadership skills and potential.  Whether through volunteering at CCA and community events, serving in a leadership capacity in a local community group or board or by participating in a workshop series, CCA works to provide residents with opportunities to participate, network and avail themselves of ideas and best practices for civic engagement and community involvement.

The Big Idea

The Center for Community Advocacy’s project Youth for Change (Y4C) is designed to develop leadership capacity, support higher education and other opportunities for young people in East Salinas. Former Y4C members created the curriculum, so it reflects the perspective of people who benefit from it directly. The Center for Community Advocacy aims to empower people with the skills to make positive changes, and Y4C specifically aims to help youth discover their leadership potential and make them active participants in their community. Next is using their skills to improve quality of life for themselves and their peers, develop community-based youth agendas for collective action and pursue higher education and career guidance. MCGives! contributions will go toward a vehicle to transport more young people on trips so they can gain access to different educational opportunities.

I would like to ask for your help to make a dream come true, to get a vehicle that CCA can use for the transportation of the youth to educational trips and trainings that continue to motivate and support them.

- Veronica Leon

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

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.