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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries

Mission

The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries (FMCFL) believes in the power of libraries to enrich and change the lives of Monterey County residents, each of whom deserves equal access to information that will open windows to a larger world. FMCFL’s mission is to assure and accelerate the mission of the MCFL system by providing resources and outreach.

The Big Idea

The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries believes in the power of libraries to enrich and change the lives of Monterey County residents, each of whom deserves equal access to information that will open windows to a larger world. Covid-19 has severely limited that access, as libraries everywhere have had to shut their doors. That’s why FMCFL is introducing their Big Idea, called Access for All: Ensuring Library Services are Available for Anyone, Anywhere. As of now, all library resources are currently available online, which has been a relatively easy transition for computer-savvy patrons with internet access—but those without easy access to the internet and technology have been left out. Funds will be used to reach patrons that have limited online access, including lendable Wi-Fi hotspots, digital database subscriptions, take-home craft kits and e-printing credits for job seekers, as well as digital resources like online homework help.

Although I have been unemployed since March 2020, I value our public libraries tremendously, and because a friend donated part of his stimulus check to me, I am passing on the generosity to a few of my favorite organizations.

- Adele Negro

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.