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To foster empathy, respect and responsibility in youth through the human-animal bond.

The Big Idea

After months characterized by isolation, UnChained is ready to deliver a revamped and new curriculum designed to bring at-risk kids and homeless dogs together, cultivating empathy, respect and responsibility through animal training programs. UnChained’s Big Idea is responding to the evolving needs of participating youth: hiring a mental health professional to serve the program. This new service, Ruff Time, will help youth process their thoughts and feelings through animal-assisted therapy.

It's no coincidence that I felt my two program dogs mirrored me, as a person. Rosco is always happy, yet lacks self control and has a short attention span. Van is trustworthy and an incredibly fast learner. They are just like me. One thing I learned about myself is that as a teacher, you need to be patient and understanding and not give up on your students. The students have to work with you, as well. Mine did. I learned as a leader that you have to give off the energy your followers need to move forward. I'm so glad I agreed to do this program and I'm proud I saw it through til the end and completed it. Thank you for the opportunity. Eli - Juvenile Hall

- Elijah We don't have access to last names, for the security of the youth in juvenile hall.

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.