Big Sur Relief Fund

Big Sur Relief Fund

Big Sur Relief Fund

The devastating Soberanes Fire and 2017 winter’s heavy rains caused tremendous hardship for Big Sur residents, employees and their families. HWY 1 was closed with massive mudslides, and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge – the lifeline that connects the North and South – was declared unsafe and demolished.

Iconic businesses like Esalen, Nepenthe, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Ventana, and Post Ranch were all temporarily closed. Over 1,000 Big Sur employees were out of work, and hundreds of families displaced. Thousands of people were in need of food, housing, and immediate assistance.

In light of these unique and challenging circumstances, several businesses came together to raise funds to provide relief for local individuals and families. The Big Sur Relief Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) provided relief and emergency assistance to those affected.

More than $410,000 Granted

Grants from the fund were distributed to nonprofit agencies and organizations directly assisting individuals to meet needs as they arise and deploy resources where they are needed most.

Organization Name Date Awarded Amount Description
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 5/10/17 $208,000 Relief for those not working in Big Sur due to Pfeiffer Canyon and Hwy 1 closure
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 9/15/17 $135,000 Immediate Relief for those not working or reduced hours in Big Sur due to Pfeiffer Canyon and Hwy 1 closures
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 12/8/17 $9,199 Final distribution to those impacted by the Highway Closure
Big Sur Health Center 7/24/18 $25,000
Big Sur Fire 7/24/18 $25,000
Mid-Coast Fire Brigade 7/24/18 $10,000
Total Granted $412,199

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Your gift will support the affected residents and individuals working in Big Sur in Monterey County, California and is fully tax deductible. 100% of donations will be used for relief and assistance.

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  • Mail a check:
    Community Foundation for Monterey County
    2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA, 93940
    “Attention: Big Sur Relief Fund”
  • Donate by Phone
    Call 831.375.9712 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
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    Please contact Christine Dawson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, for details at 831.375.9712 ext 126.

All donations to the Big Sur Relief Fund are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897

Press Release & Photos

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Feature photo courtesy Kodiak Greenwood

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