Getting Involved

Please contact these organizations to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Collaborating with Collectivize Kayla Jones, River Navaille, and Angelica Gonzales, and invite you to join a new group we’ve created for our region; Collectivize Monterey County. Our mission: “Collectivize Monterey County is for people of color in Monterey County to trade material and immaterial goods and services, support our communities, get our needs met, and reject capitalism. Collectivize Monterey County is a NONMONETARY group. There is no buying or selling, only trades between people of color. White allies are welcome in the group to offer services or contributions to people of color. The goal of this group is to address income inequality locally, support local people of color, and to heal our communities. We are reaching out to activist groups across the county to partner and spread the word. The more folks join the group, the more successful it will be. More than anything, we believe in the power the collective community has to serve the needs of community members. We hope you will consider joining and spreading the word.

link to the group: https://www.facebook.com/group s/collectivizemontereycounty/ In solidarity, Collectivize Monterey County

The Monterey Peace & Justice Center’s mission is to Inspire and Mobilize the people of Monterey County to Cultivate Peace, Social Justice, Nonviolence, Democracy and Environmental Sustainability in our Community and the World through Education and Advocacy. Current projects include Monterey County Jail Reform. View the Weekly Peace Calendar to learn about events held at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center and other locations, or phone 831 899-7322.
NAACP Monterey County – The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. General membership meetings are the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM. Standing Committees include Criminal Justice, Education, Youth Council, Labor, Veterans, Political Action and more. For more information, contact Joe Watson, Branch President or visit montereynaacp.org.
National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Monterey County was founded in December 1993, as a “non-profit,leadership training organization dedicated to ending discrimination, intolerance, and inter-group tension.” It is a community chapter of NCBI International, which connects this local organization with an international network.  Over the years, we have reached over 20,000 Monterey County residents in hundreds of schools, businesses, government and non-profit agencies through trainings, workshops, consultations and programs, and by promoting dialogue and coalition building to address controversial issues at the root of conflict in our communities. Current projects include developing youth diversity leaders in local high schools and middle schools, and a series of community anti-racism workshops. Find us at, NCBI Monterey County Facebook, or contact Sue Parris, Chapter Director.
BlackLivesMatter Seaside See description: http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/local_news/mom-and-daughter-duo-launch-a-seaside-chapter-of-black/article_fa093fda-51ae-11e5-8020-d34200e5f6cb.html Co-founders Miriam Smith and Gertrude Smith organized events, Pause the Calls in August and Community Action for Seaside in October. Contact Miriam Smith at mailto:nolackms@yahoo.com
LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens). Mission: to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. Programs include Civic Participation, Civil Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Health, Housing, Immigration and more. Contacts: “Monterrey” Council – President Maria Buell; Salinas Council – https://www.facebook.com/LULACCouncil2055/timeline; North Monterey County – Diana Jimenez, President, 831-663-4652.
Communities Organized for Relational Power (COPA) is a multi-issue, nonpartisan organization consisting of 22 member institutions across Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, including congregations, synagogues, schools and nonprofit organizations. Founded in 2003, COPA is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation Network, a network of 60 community organizations nationwide. Recently, after months of organizing, COPA leaders secured a unanimous vote to fund and implement a $500,000 pilot program to expand health services to undocumented residents. For more information, contact Tim McManus, COPA Lead Organizer, 831-728-3210. or visit copa-iaf.org/. For more information email mailto:sue@alliancemonterey.org.