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Special Kids Connect


Special Kids Connect develops resources, raises awareness, and provides support for the over 10,000 children with disabilities and their families in Monterey County.

The Big Idea

For the more than 10,000 children with disabilities in Monterey County, Special Kids Connect provides valuable resources and support. This nonprofit’s Big Idea is to expand its REACH enrichment programs, which are designed to be accessible and fun for all abilities. These noncompetitive academic, athletic and artistic activities allow youth to participate at their own level with other kids, both those with and without special needs. By offering an inclusive environment where youth with special needs and their typically-developing peers have fun together, this program reminds us that we are all more alike than different.

Special Kids Connect has given my son an opportunity to not only get together with his friends with special needs, but to be around typical kids. My son has participated in SKC’s Zoom lunches practically every week, and he’s enjoyed painting with REACH Art. It has been really fun to see the things that they’ve been able to put on and have the kids create.

- Bridget Henmi

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.