How Do You Build a Strong Community? Shari Hastey, Executive Director of Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) answered that question: “One child at a time.”

CPY has been a grant recipient from the Rotary Club of Monterey PacificHastey shared that, “from July 1 through March 13th, CPY served 434 unduplicated students kinder through 5th grade; 477 middle school students learned life skills and completed the 8th Grade CHOICES program; and 29 high school students were mentored or are mentoring younger students, as well as gaining life and job preparation skills. 36 additional parents and younger siblings participated in family friendly events (building computers with Loaves & Fishes, preparing meals with Kids Eat Right, and marching together at M.L. King, Jr. March in Seaside). Through that time, we served 976 individuals.”

Hastey added, “CPY’s campus activities came to a close on March 13th. Through the Community Foundation Covid19 Relief Fund, we were able to reach out to our families every week. Through a partnership with National Charity League we have stocked up on art and school supplies, games, puzzles and creative projects. Our partnership with the Monterey County Food Bank and ALL IN Monterey County has enabled us to distribute food boxes twice a week to our families and staff.”

“In addition, MPUSD Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh asked CPY to help students who fall under the McKinney-Vento Act (students who may be challenged in their living space and are identified as homeless). Since August 31st, we are on campus at Ord Terrace and Highland,”  she concluded. To learn more about CPY, please go to their website.

Rotary clubs across the Peninsula have found the value in CPY’s program. CPY has received financial supports from the Rotary Clubs of Seaside, Monterey, Cannery Row and Carmel Rotary Clubs.