Monterey County Gives! is a special project of Monterey County Weekly in partnership with Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, enabling you to donate in traditional ways, or through different types of gifts, such as via your IRA retirement fund.

This year our MCGives! fundraising will support the expansion of telehealth access to behavioral health services for adults and children across Monterey County, and we will receive a generous prorated match on the first $75,000 that we raise.

Behavioral Health has been an increasing community health concern for many years, and the complication of the pandemic has only exacerbated the intense need for services in Monterey County and across the country. In order to have the greatest reach possible while providing a variety of behavioral health services, we are raising funds to expand telehealth access and add support to existing service lines. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System hopes to increase access using telehealth as a resource, along with providing more support for patients with behavioral health and substance abuse crises. Fundraising to provide these telehealth opportunities is a good first step, and we hope to further support this effort by providing financial assistance and underwriting to ensure that all behavioral health patients get the initial and, most importantly, the ongoing care that they need, regardless of their ability to pay out of pocket.

Join us by giving today – this great campaign and the match opportunity expire December 31. Please make your check payable to MC Gives and add Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation on the memo line so that we can receive your gift and a generous match. You can also make a gift online at

On behalf of our staff, physicians, nurses, and patients, thank you for your generosity. Together, we can make an impact on the behavioral health resources available to our community!