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Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries


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

For over 25 years, Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) has served students in many of the larger communities by offering free homework assistance at county library branches. The program has grown from the original location in Seaside to a total of 10 locations. They are now looking to expand the program even further to offer in-person homework assistance in some of the smaller and more rural branches, including Aromas, Buena Vista, Big Sur, San Ardo, San Lucas and Parkfield. Their award-winning homework centers are a one-stop shops that offer reading assistance, help with math and writing assignments and even makerspace activities. During the summer months when school is out, MCFL’s homework centers stay open and offer free lunch in the library to children and teens in addition to other fun summer learning opportunities.

This is a really great service. I’m very glad that it’s free. The tutors are very nice and always explain to me when I don’t understand something.

- David Alami

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.