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The Carmel Foundation


The Carmel Foundation's mission is to provide a place for members to gather and enjoy a variety of activities and services in an environment of respect and camaraderie; it's a place to call home.

The Big Idea

With an estimated 1 in 5 seniors in California living at or below the poverty line, Carmel Foundation’s Big Idea is to provide affordable meals to over 3,400 seniors in our community. Chefs arrive at The Carmel Foundation at 4:30am to begin preparing meals for those enjoying lunch on site, as well as for those who are homebound. Seniors who come to the foundation’s hall for lunch are warmly greeted by a volunteer host or hostess to ensure that they enjoy not only a delicious homemade meal, but also camaraderie with their peers. They may choose to stay for a variety of informative and community programs. Volunteers also determine if additional support services should be offered. 

It’s been just a real lifesaver that we have this service [meal delivery to homebound seniors] and we can stay in our home and know that this is our little safety net.

- Roberta Miller

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.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.