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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

The Blind and Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County


Our mission is to empower the blind and visually impaired toward independent living through education, support services and skills training.

The Big Idea

The Blind and Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County empowers the blind and visually impaired to live independently by providing education, support services and skills training. To better meet the needs of the community, this nonprofit’s Big Idea will help open a second office in Salinas in partnership with Alliance on Aging. This office will host a support group and serve as a major hub for the low-vision mobile clinic, making these important services more conveniently accessible.

Any community-based organization that can continually provide service to its members and others for 50 years is a source of pride for all of us who have been involved, no matter if our service is for one or multiple years. The Low Vision Clinic started by Kathy Henson and her team rises above all of the wonderful programs and activities provided by the Center. Our fund­raising ability is a testament to the fine work and accomplishments of our staff and clients. Many in the community have given "legacy" gifts even before we ever had a legacy program. These funds have provided the basis of the programs and personal assistance we have provided to many, throughout Monterey County, for five decades. This year, the Center celebrates its 50th anniversary of impacting lives for the visually impaired community.

- Russ Hatch

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.