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YWCA Monterey County events have changed and evolved due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have altered our events with health and safety in mind.  We have taken to using virtual events to continue our progress in eliminating racism and empowering women.  If you have questions as to how you can become involved in virtual events, please contact info@ywcamc.org.

Fill the Wish List!  9/12-10/2

The Monterey County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council has put together wish lists from the local shelters. The shelters your gift will go to:

  • YWCA Monterey County Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Casa De Noche Buena
  • Comm Homeless Shelters Solutions
  • Gathering for Women

We have several drop off locations and created a Wish List on Amazon so you can ship directly to our offices.

*We cannot take used items


  • Baby wipes & diapers
  • Baby blankets
  • Bottles for 3m-2yrs months to two years
  • Blankets for all ages, including adults.


  • Hair combs, shampoo/conditioner for all hair types, scrunchies
  • Deodorant
  • Sports bras all sizes
  • Sweats and sweaters
  • Laundry detergent & dryer sheets
  • Notebooks, & craft supplies
  • Gardening tools
  • 5 small fans


  • Body soap
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Nail Kits
  • Disposable razors
  • Feminine Pads (thin &thick)
  • Hair ties
  • Diapers size 6
  • New underwear adult & children & socks
  • Plastic hangers


  • Gloves
  • Knit hats, beanies, winter scarves
  • Hand warmers
  • Hairbrushes
  • Blankets
  • first aid kits
  • flashlights
  • thick leggings of all sizes
  • long-sleeved t-shirts and sweaters of all sizes.


Salinas: YWCA 11 Quail Run Cr, Suite 203 OR Family Service Ctr, 433 Salinas Street

Castroville: Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, 11140 Preston St.

Monterey: Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, 1200 Aguajito Rd, Suite 103

Seaside: Seaside Family Service Center 1178 Broadway Avenue

Marina: Community Homeless Solutions 3087 Wittenmyer Ct

King City: Courthouse/DA’s Office 250 Franciscan Wa

Domestic Violence Advocate Training- Starts 10/4

Completion of this training meets the requirements set by California Evidence Code 10 3 7 .1 designated to become a Domestic Violence Counselor.

Topics include:

  • Civil and Criminal Law of DV
  • Privilege and Confidentiality
  • Public Assistance Housing and more

In-Person at the Greenfield School District Office, 4 9 3 El Camino Real, Greenfield at 12 :00PM-4 :00 PM

Session Dates:
Tuesday Oct 4, 2022
Thursday Oct 6
Tuesday Oct 11
Thursday Oct 13
Tuesday Oct 18
Thursday Oct 20
Tuesday Oct 25
Thursday Oct 27
Tuesday Nov 1
Thursday Nov 3
Tuesday Nov 8

For any questions and to register: Call (831) 422-8602 or emccleaf@ywcamc.org or avazquez@ywcamc.org

Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women

October 10th at 6:30 pm PST

Free Zoom event: https://montereycty.zoom.us/j/9780914984Webinar ID 978 0914 9484
The Commission on the Status of Women invites you to our October meeting to welcome our speaker, Christine Duncan YWCA-MC CEO. She will discuss the role of YWCA in our community, as well as discussing domestic violence, homelessness and their intersectionality. Our regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 6 pm with Christine speaking at 6:30 pm PST.


Surviving to Thriving Presented by the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

October 21, 2022 8AM-3:30PM, $25(+fee)
Oldemeyer Center – 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside

Keynote Speaker:Dr. Liz Perez-Cordero, Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach will teach us about
the neuroscience of wellness, resilience, and post-traumatic growth: practical strategies for thriving after adversity.

Guest Speakers: “Annie”, will describe her journey from domestic violence victim to UC Berkeley graduate to author.

Lenore Schaffer, RESTORENYC, Economic Empowerment, providing confidence- building employment/entrepreneurial skills & opportunities to survivors.

Lee Garland, author of “HEAR, HERE”, Effective Communication-Engaging with our Hearts, with Offender Treatment Provider, Kelsey Hansen, and Partners for Peace

Past Events:

Nurture Development 5/23/22

We are so excited to be a part of this virtual event with Cormac Russell to discuss the Nurture Development initiative. Check out his Ted talk on Youtube HERE  and register for the event, HERE!

His most recent book (Cascade Books, 2020): Rekindling Democracy – A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space

Nuture Development

Human Trafficking Symposium 2022 March 3rd 9a-3p

montery county eventPlease join Community Human Services, YWCA, Monterey County Office of Education, and the Monterey County Dept. of Social Services for the 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium. This is a NO COST and VIRTUAL event, that will inform leaders on the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in Monterey County. Our event will feature experts in the field both from Monterey County, and other parts of the state.

This event is FREE and open to all. Our event will begin at 9 AM with welcome remarks followed by our Keynote Speaker: trafficking survivor Alia Dewees from the Safe House Project

Regristration Information – please follow the steps below to register:


  • Once on the event home page, click the “register here” button
  • You will be re-directed to our virtual event platform, GiFT

If you did not attend this event last year, please sign up for GiFT to complete registration

  • Use “none” for the Trainings drop down, and “HT Virtual Symposium” for the Event Attending drop down.

If you DID attend this event last year, please log in using the email/password used last year.

  • You will be automatically registered upon sign in
  • Use the categories filter or search bar on you home page to search for “HT2022” to see the event sessions.  

Domestic Violence Advocate Training. This 40-hour training class meets California Certification Requirements.

Domestic Violence Advocate Training

The YWCA-MC and Community Action Partnership with Justice at Last have created a virtual webinar for youth to know and understand their rights.

January 18th, Know Your Rights virtual youth training

Know Your Rights training focuses on topics that youth and young persons express they want to learn more about, including their rights to education, their employment rights, minimum wage, and the right to access birth control, healthcare, etc. This interactive presentation is designed to empower youth and young persons so they can achieve independence and break the vulnerabilities to exploitation.

Monterey County event

The YWCA-MC and Community Action Partnership with Justice at Last has created a virtual webinar regarding Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

January 20th Community Partner CSEC Training

This training focuses on the rights of minors and young adults that have been trafficked or who are vulnerable to exploitation and addresses CSEC and labor trafficking of minors.

Monterey County event


Join us for My Name is… play by David Norum October 19, 2021 at 6:00 Pm

Monterey event

September 21st Community Building for Partnership Against CSEC

CSEC Training

September 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th California Rodeo Salinas

salinas rodeo


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month