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Catholic Charities

Organization Mission

The mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey is to provide service to people of all backgrounds and beliefs who are in need, advocate for social justice, and call other people of goodwill to do the same.

We provide support to individuals and families with essential resources, educational training, and connections to community resources to assist them on their path to stability. Our core services include: Financial Aid for Rent and Utilities, Immigration and Citizenship Services, MediCal and CalFresh Application Assistance, Nutrition Education, Disaster Relief, and Laser Tattoo Removal. Your support will be directed to Santa Cruz County residents. Annually, Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey serves more than 20,000 individuals in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

The Big Idea 2022:
Together we thrive! Juntos salimos adelante!

Your generosity will provide direct rental and utility assistance to Santa Cruz County residents still struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic. Seniors and adults ineligible for federal aid continue to walk through our doors seeking help and hope to stabilize their homes. Your support can provide up to $1,200 in rental and utility assistance to each individual struggling with past due rent or bills.

Catholic Charities is a 501©(3) nonprofit agency serving people all backgrounds and beliefs.

Typically our Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance program runs November – February but has been adapted to a year-round program to support people financially impacted by the pandemic.

We feel like we have started living again. We now have housing in this expensive county, are going to school, and started on the path to achieve or goals. We feel less frustrated and sad now. We have hope. We are grateful to Catholic Charities staff.

Juana F., Santa Cruz

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.