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ETC. Photo of the day by Sara Rubin. A member of the Berkeley Hang Gliding Club lands on the bluffs at Pacific Valley along the Big Sur coast, at the end of a 15-minute ride from the top of Plaskett Ridge. Members of the club came from as far away as Oregon for the Nov. 6 glide. Submit your best horizontal photos. (Please include the location where the photo was taken in the caption.)

The key to a meaningful life is to make an impact, small or large.

Good afternoon. 

Bradley Zeve here. I recently celebrated my friend Marty’s 60th birthday, complete with enchiladas, a little añejo tequila and one impromptu birthday candle in a fresh apple (Marty doesn’t like cake). He isn’t much for self-congratulations and would have been perfectly content with no such public recognition for his milestone event. But a few of his friends would have nothing of that humble sentiment.

Marty grew up in San Jose, graduated from UC Santa Cruz and never thought he’d make it to 30 years old, much less 60. It wasn’t that Marty was living a hard life, he wasn’t running with a fast crowd, wasn’t taking drugs or even drinking much. His father is an alcoholic and Marty wanted a different path. But Marty came out as gay in his 20s, at time when HIV/AIDS was rampant and presented an inherent risk. That time now feels long ago, thanks largely to a dedicated movement—driven in no small part by nonprofit leadership—to invest in medical research and treatments. Even though my friend is now 60, he still doesn’t think much about making it to another big birthday, 70 or 80. He is a self-proclaimed pragmatic and simply wants to live a meaningful life, and for Marty that means this: “making an impact, whether small or large, it doesn’t matter.”

I was thinking about his words and in a nutshell, that’s the essence of Monterey County Gives!, a project the Weekly has championed with great partners, and which has raised over $35 million since its inception 10 years ago.

Some of the participants in MCGives! are well funded and well staffed, and have critical roles in our community – for example helping feed the hungry, house the homeless and care for those living on the edge. Many organizations are tiny in comparison, run by a handful of staff or entirely by volunteers, led by a devoted board of directors. Their missions may be smaller in scale, their impact may be harder to measure, but their organization is included in Monterey County Gives! because our team believes they can—and do, and will—make an impact.

My invitation is for you to read about all of these big and small organizations (in the print edition of the Weekly on newsstands today, or online) and to donate $10 or $10,000, whatever you can afford. Visit the website and “like” the nonprofits that share your passion (this will help when you get to the checkout process), and click “share” to bring in others. Choose one or a handful to support with a donation. They need your support, as doing nonprofit work is an act of service and the work is never, ever complete.

Your donation through Monterey County Gives! can have life-changing benefits for the people and places and animals that receive a nonprofit’s services—and will also add meaning to your life. You’ll be making an impact in a concrete, simple and measurable way. Marty will be pleased to know his wisdom may be inspirational to others. Please join him.

-Bradley Zeve, founder & CEO, bradley@mcweekly.com

BY THE NUMBERS

With 50 days to go in the 2021 edition of Monterey County Gives!, the average donation amount so far is $190 and the largest donation so far is $2,500.

LATEST LOCAL NEWS

El Sausal Middle School's athletic field will be named after former quarterback Joe Kapp. The Salinas Union High School District board voted unanimously on Tuesday, Nov. 9 to rename the field as the Joe Garcia Kapp Athletic Field.

Monterey County evicts people living in vehicles from a government parking lot. About 35 or so RVs, trailers, vans and cars were tagged with bright orange stickers from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announcing vehicles must be moved by Nov. 12 or be towed.

With money to spend, Monterey County revives its focus on economic development. Supervisors made room in this year’s budget for a new economic development manager – a position that had been vacant for years – and in August brought on Richard Vaughn.

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LOCAL INSPIRATION

LOCAL INSPIRATION of the day. Salinas has a rich history of honoring veterans, as does the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Every Veterans Day and Memorial Day, staff at SVMHS pay tribute to those who have served in the military with a public display of flags. Today, SVMHS staff continued the tradition and put approximately 350 flags, some of which can be seen here, in front of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Submit your Local Inspiration (digital art, music, multimedia, video, etc.; please include the medium you’ve used, and note when and where it was created).

Watch a film about fashion, talk about it. The True Cost documents the impact of the fast fashion industry on people and the environment. Probably won’t be pretty.

Lauren Gibbs took up bobsledding at 30. “It feels like the most extreme aggressive slip-and-slide you’ve ever been on,” says the Olympic medalist

Hacienda Hay & Feed opens Saturday. The new concept for the Carmel Valley mainstay includes the beloved chicken coop and bunny barn, plus local artisanal goods for sale and workshops on topics like pickling and beekeeping. The revamped community hub celebrates with a grand opening at 1-8pm Saturday, Nov. 13, with food and live music.

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IN CONTEXT

Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. In an opinion piece, Joseph Holsworth says asking the VA for help doesn’t mean veterans receive it.
-San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 7, 2021

A teaspoon of arsenic. A sample of brand name herbs and spices finds some not so nice things in the mix.
-Consumer Reports, Nov. 9, 2021

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