The ACTION Council of Monterey County, Inc. was created in 1994 to address the reduction in government funding for health and human services for low-income and vulnerable people. Our goals are to create public/private partnerships to promote economic and social justice; to initiate community dialogue and action on critical issues; to provide a focal point for achieving community transformation and to develop resources to facilitate needed change. Our name represents our role in the community. ACTION is Advocacy, Community Transformation, Incubating, Organizing, Networking. We conduct our work in four principal areas of focus:
- Program Incubation: Based on periodic community assessments, we’ve initiated several programs, which demonstrate our success in identifying community needs, developing program plans, securing funding, implementing and sustaining programs.
- Community Building: We’ve initiated community-wide forums on such issues such as the status of women and girls, the effects of the economic downturn on non-profit organizations, and affordable housing.
- Research & Evaluation: We provide a full-range of research, evaluation, and assessment services to local nonprofits, foundations, public agencies, and other community-based organizations.
- Fiscal Sponsorship: ACMC acts as fiscal agent for over two dozen coalitions of individuals who provide valuable services, which are often not available through traditional community resources.
The ACTION Council’s goals presuppose a strong commitment to educate and inform funding agencies, public policy makers and the community on issues that impact Monterey County in order to initiate needed change. We have partnered with both public and private agencies to successfully produce systems change, and are actively invited to take a leadership role in planning for and implementing such transformation.
We have achieved considerable success in identifying community needs, fostering community partnerships and developing new projects when our involvement can make a critical difference. We lend our passion, creativity, expertise, leadership and resources to achieve sustainable programs and then set them free. When the ACTION Council gets involved, positive change happens.