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The Village Project


To help our communities reach a greater state of well-being by delivering community defined, culturally congruent best practice services.

The Big Idea

The Village Project now provides mental health services for Monterey County, and their current goal is to continue a program implementing “Eagala”—an experiential approach where horses are incorporated into a person’s therapy sessions. The focus is on the ground in the horse pasture, where the horses are reins-free—deliberately unhindered, never ridden and allowed to interact with clients as they wish. With the support of professional facilitators, this creates a space for the client to reflect and make deep connections, regaining control of their lives. Horse interaction teaches relationship-building and trust in a free environment where nature provides an opportunity for a deep connection with oneself. The Eagala model honors the ethical considerations of the horse, and human well-being.

I’ve loved horses through all my life now. One day I’m going to have one. If I’m having a hard day and then I’m going to the ranch and I see my horse, Dakota, I won’t even think about that anymore.

- Zachariah Alexander, 9 years old 

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.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.