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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Legal Services for Seniors

Mission

"Legal Services for Seniors provides legal services at no charge to Monterey County seniors 60 years of age and older with an emphasis on the socially and/or economically needy."

The Big Idea

Even before Covid-19, many Monterey County seniors were living isolated lives, subject to physical and elder abuse with no voice in the justice system. The pandemic has made these vulnerable community members even more susceptible to such threats. Legal Services for Seniors has seen a staggering increase in attempted evictions despite the government’s current ban, as well as attempts at defrauding elders. The nonprofit provides legal services at no charge to Monterey County seniors 60 and older, with an emphasis on the socially and/or economically needy. They represent seniors in landlord disputes, with creditors and other cases.

Mr. X, a 69-year-old widowed cancer victim was being brutalized by his 35-year-old, drug-addicted son. Mr. X came to our office distraught over his situation. The son stole more than $10,000 worth of possessions from our client's home along with our senior’s peace of mind. LSS obtained a restraining order protecting our client from his son’s physical and financial assaults. We also won a financial elder abuse complaint in Superior Court, which forced the son to return our client's money and precious family heirlooms.

- Kellie Morgantini

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.