Michael Castro, CFMC Director of Community Initiatives (second from left) gathers with VIDA Community Health Workers providing interpretation at the Local Assistance Center. (Contributed)

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Storm Relief Fund has surpassed $1 million in grants to local nonprofits to support recovery efforts.

Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) created the Storm Relief Fund on Jan. 10 to assist communities affected by the 2023 winter storms. Through April 21, CFMC has awarded 43 grants totaling $1,071,455 to community-based organizations around Monterey County.

These organizations include ACTION Council, American Red Cross of the Central Coast, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey, Community Bridges, Casa de la Cultura Center, Food Bank for Monterey County and Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance for storm relief for impacted communities.

“The need is great to support local families,” said Laurel Lee-Alexander, CFMC vice president of Community Impact. “Donations to the Monterey County Storm Relief Fund will help nonprofits providing direct assistance and recovery.”

American Red Cross of the Central Coast is among the Storm Relief Fund grantees to assist communities affected by recent storms. (Contributed)

Monterey County Storm Relief Fund is a trusted repository for donations, and 100% of gifts to the website cfmco.org/StormRelief will be used for grantmaking to local nonprofits for storm relief and recovery throughout the county.

Donations to the fund will provide emergency assistance and relief through local nonprofits for immediate needs, including food, emergency shelter, financial assistance to those evacuated and support for first responders, as well as recovery efforts.

Grant information, guidelines and application details for nonprofits are available at cfmco.org/StormReliefGrants.

Those wishing to contribute to the fund can donate online at cfmco.org/StormRelief, mail a check payable to “CFMC” to the Community Foundation for Monterey County, 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940, with “Storm Relief Fund” in memo line, or call 831-375-9712 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The mission of the CFMC is “to inspire philanthropy and be a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County.” The CFMC has granted nearly $300 million to nonprofits working toward a vision of “Healthy, Safe, Vibrant Communities.” For more information, visit cfmco.org.

CFMC Vice President of Community Impact Laurel Lee-Alexander (far left) gathers with Casa de la Cultura Center Executive Director Sister Rosa Dolores (center) and team members. (Contributed)
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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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