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Rancho Cielo


Rancho Cielo invests in all young people facing challenges for success through diploma education, vocational training, counseling, and life skills development in a safe and affirming environment.

The Big Idea

Idea: Rancho Cielo invests in young people facing challenges for success. This happens through diploma-earning education, vocational training, counseling and life skills development in a safe and affirming environment. The nonprofit is more than a place for students to complete their studies—the ranch is also “home” for a number of students and alumni, who have lived on-campus receiving support and guidance from residential staff throughout the pandemic. Under strict Covid-19 guidelines, Rancho Cielo’s programming hasn’t stopped either. They bring small cohorts of students to campus to continue their culinary vocational training program with curbside meal pickup for customers. Likewise, Rancho Cielo’s construction academy has been deemed essential because they are constructing tiny homes for a local homeless initiative. Students continue learning while gaining practical skills and serving their community.

The staff at Rancho Cielo are supportive. Ask them anything and they'll find a way to help you. They genuinely care for us. At first you might feel like you can't do it but the staff here see the potential in you and encourage you.

- Brenda N.

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.