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CASA of Monterey County

Mission

To train and support community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children placed in foster care, upholding the children's rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home.

The Big Idea

More than 400 children are in Monterey County foster care, and many of them have frequently suffered physical or sexual abuse, severe neglect or maltreatment. They often find themselves forced to navigate a confusing legal system. Each Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer trained to build a genuine friendship with one foster child and help with the particular challenges they face (e.g. educational, medical, home placement). Through the guidance of staff, personalized information can then be submitted to the Dependency Court judge so they are better equipped to make informed decisions about the child. A CASA volunteer is a safe person for a child facing an uncertain situation, and the Big Idea is to expand the training for these volunteers.

CASA put mentors into my life when I first entered foster care to help me process my past trauma and get back into a positive mindset. CASA gave me my first examples of healthy, gratifying relationships. My assigned CASA became my best friend growing up. There were no secrets between us. [My CASA] was always accessible to me and would drive long distances to neighboring counties just to take me out for food and check in. [He] played a huge role in making sure school was always a priority. He made sure I received tutoring. He helped me open my eyes to the true limitless potential I had within me and pivot me in a direction of growth, healing, and awareness of the world around me.

- Anonymous

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.