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We invite you to make monetary or in-kind donations to support families who are at risk will be appreciated. Your generosity can go a long way. Here are just a few ways you can make a difference.

Donate gift certificates to a restaurant, movie theatre, retail store or amusement park.

Donate time to assist and support Resource Families in need.

Donate new or lightly used toys or athletic equipment, children’s furniture or clothing.

Offer a safe, private meeting space for family meetings at your church or place of business.

Supply refreshments for community meetings or meetings where family meetings are held. Monetary Donations, accepted through the Best Friends fund, can be designated for Family to Family.

To make a tax-deductible contribution make checks payable to:

ACTION of Monterey County

And mail check to:

The Best Friends Fund
c/o Monterey County DSES, Family and Children Services
1000 S. Main Street, Suite 111
Salinas, CA 93901

Or you may charge your designated contribution to your Visa/Master Card, by calling the ACTION at (831) 783-1244.


Support individuals and work as a volunteer.

You can contact MCAFCC, our caregivers association, at 831-770-7039

Support constitutes:

Temporary, non-reoccurring child care, excluding overnights

Activities such as attendance at sporting events; day trips; children’s clubs; dinner outings; general recreational activities; music lessons or other enrichment



General resource family support


Become active in your community to support children and their families by contacting our Liaisons at 831-757-7915

Here are some ways to get involved:

Offer home maintenance skills to help ensure the safety of a Resource Family home

Knit afghans or sew baby cloths

Teach a child to play a musical instrument

Tutor a child in math, writing, or reading

Assist at an after-school program

Organize your own neighborhood to support families who live there

Or to apply to be a social worker, office assistant, or social service aide in Monterey County’s child welfare program, click on the following link…..