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“LOVE Big Sur” In Memory of Weston Call

Welcome to a “Locally Organized Visitor Experience” for Big Sur, or LOVE Big Sur! This thoughtful acronym was created by Weston Call, a proud resident of Big Sur. Eager to impart a sense of conscious tourism onto incoming visitors, Weston thought up the concept from his long sought-after dream home on a ridge line overlooking Big Sur’s Valley and the...

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VIDA Community Health Worker Program Announced

VIDA Expands Access to COVID-19 Resources Over 110 Community Health Workers (CHWs) in ten organizations are now available to help Monterey County residents navigate COVID-19 Resources where they live, eat, play, work and worship. Thanks to a $4.9 million program funded by the County of Monterey in partnership with the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC), CHW’s are trained and equipped to...

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CFMC Announces $1.32 Million Packard Grant to Support COVID-19 Response

Funding will boost Community-led Efforts for Testing and Vaccination Coordination, Communications and Outreach Monterey County, CA – The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) announced at $1.32 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to support the work of the COVID-19 Collaborative. In fall 2020, a group of cross-sector stakeholders formed the COVID-19 Collaborative to better coordinate efforts...

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Asian American Hate – CFMC Commentary

By Laurel Lee-Alexander, CFMC Vice President of Community Impact and Janet Shing, CFMC Director of Grantmaking, a commentary on behalf of the Community Foundation for Monterey County Over the past year, there has been an alarming rise in anti-Asian racism and violence. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly 3,800 anti-Asian incidents of harassment, discrimination, and violence in all 50 states...

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COVID-19 Grant – Independent Transportation Network

COVID-19 rendered seniors homebound. As a vulnerable group, sheltering in place presented tremendous difficulties. They still had to eat, pick up prescriptions and attend doctors’ appointments even in the midst of a global pandemic. That’s when the Salinas-based Independent Transportation Network (ITN) Monterey County went to work, using a $20,000 COVID-19 Relief Fund grant to change its services, partnering with...

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CFMC Names Three to Board of Directors

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Romero Jalomo, Adriana Melgoza and Jennifer Walker to their Board of Directors. Romero Jalomo, a native of Wilmington, CA and 21-year resident of Salinas, is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Hartnell College, a role he has held since 2013. Romero is a steering partner...

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My Scholarship Story: Ismael Rocha

Ismael Rocha, College Futures Monterey County Scholarship Recipient, has gone from high school student dreaming of attending college to living his dream and now, giving back.  I can assure you that your investment in people like me will be one of the best ones you can ever make. I can assure you all that I will not let you down...

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