The Center for Community Advocacy’s “Helping Farmworkers Help Themselves” Big Idea project has been accepted by the Monterey County Weekly’s Monterey County Gives! program to raise funds for local nonprofits.

Now it’s up to our many loyal supporters to help us continue our good work by donating to CCA through Monterey County Gives!

This year’s Monterey County Gives! campaign will run Nov. 9 through midnight Dec. 31, with a special McGives! Guide to be inserted into Monterey County Weekly on Thursday, Nov. 9 (the same day the McGives! website goes live).

In last year’s campaign Monterey County Gives! raised more than $3.17 million in six weeks, thanks to over 4,000 donors. Since its inception, the program has raised and donated over $8 million to over 250 local nonprofits.

More than a decade ago, the Weekly decided they could leverage their resources and create a new program for local philanthropy — to support the nonprofit community even more. They first established the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund as a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (in 2000), and have created an annual appeal to its readers since — Monterey County Gives!

The Center for Community Advocacy (CCA) wants farmworkers and other low-income working families to have a say in and be involved in issues affecting their communities by establishing, training and supporting neighborhood committees.

These committees provide residents with opportunities to participate, network and avail themselves of ideas, techniques and the best practices to be used in civic engagement and community involvement.

Committees can get involved in issues that directly affect them and their families, such as negotiations with landlords to resolve issues such as unsafe housing conditions, housing discrimination and security deposits as well as to provide preventative health information and interventions in their neighborhoods.

Through actions such as volunteering at CCA and community events, serving in a leadership capacity in a local community group or board or by participating in a workshop series, motivated residents can develop the skills necessary to lead their neighborhood committees.

This year, to be accepted as part of Monterey County Gives!, all checks from donors must be made payable to CFMC/MCGives!, and include instructions that it is a donation for Center for Community Advocacy, either in the memo line or on a separate piece of paper.