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One Starfish


To serve those in need of shelter, financial security, and health care.

The Big Idea

Many people have lost their jobs or homes in the last year due to the pandemic or other circumstances. One Starfish’s safe parking and support program provides people without a home a safe place to stay in their vehicle. Having this kind of safe space – to legally park overnight, with access to sanitation and a degree of security that is not always available to people living in their cars – can help keep life from spiraling out of control. One Starfish is looking to expand these facilities and services to serve more of the homeless population.

The assistance that I received from One Starfish was truly a life saver. When I was forced to live in my vehicle, I quickly began losing hope. Money was tight, I was having a hard time getting ahold of my disability lawyers, I was just in a bad place altogether. The patience, the humanity, and the assistance I received really did wonders to help lift my spirits. I didn't feel hopeless, I felt like I had someone on my team, actively wanting to help me in any way they could. Without them, I'm not sure where I'd be today. I'm just grateful for where I am, and the people that helped me get here.


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.