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MEarth's mission is to educate and inspire through environmental stewardship.

The Big Idea

While this nonprofit continued to educate on environmental stewardship virtually through the pandemic, nothing can compare to welcoming visitors back to get hands-on experience at MEarth’s Hilton Bialek Habitat. To meet the community’s needs as it transitions out of the pandemic, MEarth’s Big Idea is to host a series of free stewardship programs that are inclusive and appropriate for multiple generations. Activities include learning about native animals in this nonprofit’s outdoor setting and taking home seeds to cultivate a home garden.

As a community wellness program, focused on sustainability through local sharing of resources, The Big Share relies heavily on partners such as MEarth. We believe there is plenty for everyone, and that if we all grow more, we can share more. MEarth does that. The dedication to community that drives MEarth has allowed The Big Share to grow and thrive. Every week hundreds of families enjoy the bounty of beautiful produce that comes from the gardens. Bringing fresh healthy produce into Big Sur has had a huge impact on our community. Some residents have been inspired to grow more in their own gardens. Our volunteers have loved developing relationships with the MEarth staff and the children who harvest for us. We are thrilled to be partnering with MEarth, one of the most impactful organizations we work with. Thank you all for your hard work, consistency and passion!

- Helen Handshy

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 $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 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 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.