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Special Kids Connect


Special Kids Connect develops resources, raises awareness and provides support for children with disabilities and their families in Monterey County.

The Big Idea

Special Kids Connect’s REACH Academy provides online education and enrichment opportunities for young people who have special needs in reading, math and the arts. Through small group and one-on-one instruction, the academy is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities and academic needs, while also encouraging social skills development in an online environment. REACH matches special-needs kids with high school volunteers—and with each other—for weekly instructional sessions that make online learning fun and inclusive. The program is fully accessible to every child with special needs in Monterey County, regardless of their location or socioeconomic status.

Parents of children with special needs often hear the term “inclusion,” but rarely do we encounter a program that delivers. Special Kids Connect’s REACH programs do just that. Age, income, and level of ability do not matter. REACH programs are focused on fun rather than on competition. With the utilization of enthusiastic, caring, and delightful volunteers, REACH participants with their own unique needs are able to thrive and participate. Special Kids Connect does not just provide programs, but rather a community where everyone is welcome. And for that I am eternally grateful!

- Lecia Duplechin

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 12.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.