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Sea Otter Classic Foundation

Mission

Through sports and recreation, we promote a healthy lifestyle for children and support our recovering veterans.

The Big Idea

Housing and transportation are two critical needs for homeless veterans as they move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Homeless veterans who obtain housing through the Veterans Transition Center (VTC) need access to convenient transportation. Sea Otter Classic Foundation is working in partnership with the VTC to provide a fleet of e-bikes that veterans can use for travel to the VA-DoD health center in Marina, and for other personal needs. Along with e-bikes, the foundation will provide safety training, helmets and maintenance clinics to keep the bikes (and bikers) in good working condition. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries to assist pedaling and provide low-cost, energy-efficient, and emissions-free transportation with a range of associated physical and health benefits. The Big Idea is to support recovering veterans and to promote a healthy lifestyle through sports and recreation.

I am a 50 year old veteran and I live in Marina, CA. When I was a resident at the Veteran Transition Center it was a bicycle that was provided to me through the program that became my primary transportation. I rode that bike to all of my VA appointments, DMV, and the grocery store . When I left the program I returned the bike and another veteran used it as transportation to get to his job.

- Dan Scott

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.