The Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific see value and strength in diversity. In past years we have issued financial grants to many community minded non-profits. Sometimes these grant partners are a match made in Heaven!  Like our grant gift to Rancho Cielo, located in Salinas, CA.

The organization states, “Rancho Cielo is a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved and disconnected youth in Monterey County who share our vision of their future success. Our goal is self-sufficiency, and the self-esteem it generates, for all young people.” To learn more  about Rancho Cielo, visit their website at ranchocieloyc.org.

When asked about the Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific, Susie Brusa, CEO, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus shared, “the Club was a very early supporter of Rancho Cielo, when the Founder, Judge John Phillips, was scraping together the funds to start and sustain the program. Without the support of the local Rotary Clubs, Rancho Cielo might not exist.”

Rancho Cielo Culinary Students

We are not the only club who has and is assisting Rancho Cielo. Brusa shared that, “Other clubs that have supported Rancho Cielo as well: Corral de Tierra has been religious about supporting Rancho Cielo with cash donations; the Carmel club has been very generous with its treasure; The big Salinas downtown club did a service project early on to build the entrance gate; The Alisal Club held their weekly meetings at the Culinary Academy when it first opened, for a couple of years; literally almost every club in Monterey County has given in some way, from King City to Pacific Grove to Carmel Valley!!”

Brusa concluded, “Rotary is a tight network of professional people who care deeply about their community and the world. The projects are impressive – for example, the 5 Salinas Clubs getting together to refurbish Closter Park in East Salinas – to drinking water projects on other continents.” The Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific has our walking trail clean up the first Saturday of the Month on the walking trail by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and many other civic minded “sweat equity” projects.