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The YWCA Monterey County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

The Big Idea

YWCA Monterey County supports survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking through every step of their healing journey, providing safe and confidential shelter in a warm and inviting atmosphere with food, case management and transportation. Clients in either safe house program are provided with legal advocacy and court accompaniment as they face their abusers in court. The are provided with multiple types of family, individual and group counseling to help process their trauma, along with access to resources to acquire transitional and long-term housing once they have left their abuser. YWCA Monterey County advocates partner with each client to meet their individual needs on their journey toward healing and living a life free from violence.

My journey with the YWCA Monterey County has been a great experience. All the amazing people have been very supportive, positive, loving and willing to go the extra mile to see me succeed and become someone great. Before I came to the YWCA, I was not doing so well, and now my life has changed for the best. I got my high school diploma, my first job, and now I’m becoming a medical assistant, all thanks to the YWCA and their unconditional love and support. As I move further in my journey I would like to give back to other people just as the YWCA MC has done for me by continuing the cycle of paying it forward and making a difference in the world, especially human trafficking victims, just like myself. Even though my journey is ending soon, I’ll never forget what I was taught by the women that surround me.

- Anonymous

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.