ACTION sponsors the work of numerous coalitions of individuals who provide valuable services, which are often not available through traditional community resources. Under our fiscal umbrella, these groups are eligible to receive tax-deductible donations and program grants, which enables them to have a significant impact on those they serve.
This ten-year initiative of the California Endowment strives to make 14 communities in California healthier places to live, learn and play. Action, Inc. was brought on in 2010 to launch, guide and advance the effort in East Salinas. As a community driven initiative, this effort is grounded in a strong local history of community advocacy and active partnerships between residents, private organizations and public agencies. Participants are working together to effect local planning and policy decisions that are transforming their environment into places that support health and economic well-being.
As part of Monterey County’s child welfare redesign, Action, Inc. helped to transform the system by implementing a different way to respond to allegations of child abuse and neglect. This early intervention and prevention program strives to keep children safe in their homes and out of the child welfare system. Pathways to Safety is a community-based response to the first signs of family problems that might endanger children. It provides a systematic way to help families self-identify and access the correct services to achieve stability.
A Time for Healing and Grieving provides a monthly support group, confidential one-on-one sessions, referrals and crime scene support to the victim’s family.
Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Immigrante holds an annual conference to empower and inform immigrant women about health issues.
Autism Neighborhood is committed to increasing public awareness regarding autism and its effects through a series of candid and compelling interview with experts and professionals in the field as well as those individuals and families with autism.
C3 Salinas seeks to unify community through art. Joining together to Cultivate Creative Community and inspire positive change.
Our mission is to increase opportunity for community youth and families to enhance their lives through academic success and the game of soccer. Our primary goal is for every academy member to pursue higher education and receive the educational, personal, and communal support needed to gain admission and successfully complete their college education.
We are a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals working to end human trafficking and modern slavery in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties through education, outreach and collaboration. We put victims and survivors of human trafficking at the center of all our work.
CASP is a networking alliance of over 325 members of the community made up of 70 agencies and departments from the non-profit world, government, education, business, medical, neighborhood and faith communities, gathering together determined to reduce violence and build a better future for our children.
FRIENDS of MARINA PARKS brings together community members, civic groups and city leaders to identify needs within seven parks in Marina. FOMP performs small scale physical improvements in the parks as well as sponsoring events that contribute to community health and wellbeing. The Marina parks include Gloria Jean Tate Park, Locke-Paddon Park, Marina Library Park, Marina Sports Complex, Preston Park, Vince DiMaggio Park and Windy Hill Park.
Friends of Rippling River is a low-income special needs senior development located in the Carmel Valley Village. FORR advocates to assure residents experience a safe and compassionate environment, have sufficient community resources to maintain an active, engaged life, and act with the guidance of the residents.
The Greenfield Community Science Workshop is a community-based organization committed to enriching the education experience of historically underserved youth by providing them with a safe, fun, and stimulating environment where they can explore their world through science.
Historic Monterey’s mission is to promote and interpret Monterey’s rich history to its visitors and citizens, as well as to safeguard Monterey’s cultural heritage by preserving and protecting its historic buildings and collections for the betterment of generations to come.
The Institute for Advanced Thought on Aging seeks to expand knowledge and awareness of problematic aging issues facing persons, their communities and their societies. By bringing to bear opinions of recognized thought leaders at annual conclaves and reporting results we will inform the aging community, policy makers and the general public.
Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women is an advocate for women on matters that particularly affect women – including affordable and quality child care, education, housing, health, equal pay, sexual harassment and other workplace issues.
Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County endeavors to increase the capacity and collective power of the nonprofit industry for the benefit of all people in Monterey County by developing and implementing programs that encourage our members to work collaboratively and support one another, improve the internal operations and structures of nonprofit organizations, and speak to the larger community about the critical role of the nonprofit sector in society.
One Pueblo is a group of volunteers who run outdoor camps in rural Mexico to encourage girls in orphanages to overcome physical and psychological limitations through challenging outdoor sports and other activities. Many of the girls have been victimized by abandonment or physical abuse. We also support girls’ individual education needs.
Postpone Teen Pregnancy is a peer education program offered at two high schools in Salinas: Everett Alvarez High School and Alisal High School. Postpone is open to all high school students enrolled at the high schools. Peer educators are trained around various health topics then present to their peers.
Salinas Living Poetry and Prose helps authors in Monterey County learn how to publish their own books. We provide coaching on writing as well as assistance with proofreading, layout and cover design.
The Salinas Valley Mathematics Initiative works with students, parents, and educators to increase mathematical proficiency in Salinas and the Salinas Valley. We believe a strong foundation in mathematics can empower people to achieve fulfilling educational and life outcomes.
To show our gratitude and appreciation, WCAC visits agricultural worksites to bring awareness to farmworkers about Covid-19. We provide supplies needed to keep agricultural workers and their families safe such as masks, cleaning products and health information. We also deliver books for their children, census information, resource listings, and lunches.
In 1996, a community assessment identified children’s dental care as one of the most urgent health needs for children in Monterey County. In response, Action, Inc. sought community partners, raised over $800,000 in funding, developed the program’s components and hired staff, creating Monterey Country’s first children’s mobile dental center. Once its sustainability was ensured, Action, Inc. created the 501(c)(3) Appolonia Foundation to administer the program. Since its inception in 1998, the Children’s Mobile Dental Center has served over 17,000 children per year—who would not have otherwise received needed care—and has had a significant impact on the dental health of the rural children in our county. Now called Community Oral Health Services, the organization offers education and prevention services in addition to countywide treatment services.
Based on a community assessment undertaken by Action, Inc. in 2001, youth development and mentoring programs were identified as significant county needs. Action, Inc. adopted ECHO with the intention of expanding services, developing organizational capacity and sustainability and when ready spinning it off as an independent non-profit organization. ECHO began in1999 in one high school as one program: Education, Careers, Health, Opportunity (ECHO). After ten years of stewardship under Action, Inc., ECHO, now Girls Inc. of the Central Coast, became an independent 501©(3) organization.
Girls Inc. has grown to serve more than 1,700 girls each year with seven programs, in 41 schools throughout 10 cities and rural Monterey, San Benito and most recently Santa Cruz County.
This internationally recognized parent education program provides support and encouragement for parents from the time of pregnancy until their child turns five. Using a home visitation model and evidence-based practice, parents learn about child development, parenting practices and community resources. PAT also provides screenings for potential developmental delays and health issues. Helping children develop optimally during their early years builds a lasting foundation for success in school and life.
In 2001, our emergency foster care system was in crisis. Action, Inc. formed a collaborative partnership with the Monterey County Social Services Commission and the Department of Social Services to develop a new comprehensive system of care for children who have been placed into protective custody.
The recommendations included adoption of a community-based system of foster care: Family-to-Family – then active in five communities in the US. The Cherish Center was established as a receiving center for children who had been removed from their families. Then, as now, it provides a safe, friendly place to go while awaiting placement. The Cherish Center spun off from Action, Inc. in 2003.