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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020



UnChained fosters empathy, respect, and responsibility in youth through the human-animal bond.

The Big Idea

UnChained uses the natural power of the human-animal bond to help under-served youth learn care, patience and responsibility. For 10 years, UnChained’s eight-week program, Canines Teaching Compassion, has been the vehicle for these transformations. To broaden the impact and deepen the reach, UnChained is piloting a 32-week program with Rancho Cielo to build a learning community for Monterey County youth through dog training, canine-themed curriculum topics and community service learning projects. This learning community will enable youth to share and learn from each other, improving relationships for youth and dogs.

I love helping my UnChained dog and seeing his successes. He helps me learn to work with other people and believe in myself. My dog is like me… but in a dog way!

- Daniel

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.