We are community builders because we are building a better community by making civic engagement through volunteerism more accessible.
How are YOU a community builder?
In the summer of 2017, Community Builders for Monterey County set out to build a healthy, thriving, inclusive and engaged community.
Leading the helm were Co-Executive Directors Tish Sammon and Karen Csejtey. The two nonprofit veterans over combined 40 years of nonprofit consulting experience met the ambitions of two emerging nonprofit professionals—Charles Montesa and Salvador Jimenez. The four envisioned the potential of tapping the raw power of volunteerism to transform their community.
Today, Community Builders remains a diverse volunteer-driven grassroots initiative of students, young professionals and nonprofit veterans. We remain committed to serving the needs of Monterey County by connecting our neighbors to opportunities to engage with the community and make an impactful difference.
We host a robust volunteer portal that currently holds roughly 105 needs serves roughly 78 local nonprofits and 165 users. And our phone and inboxes are always open so we can work with you one-on-one to find the right opportunities that fit your interests, skills and needs.
MEET SOME OF OUR TEAM
Litzy is CBMC's relations coordinator and volunteers by contacting agencies, creating job descriptions, and being part of our communication out-reach campaign.
After working with Litzy, our agencies have showed their appreciation for the work CBMC has done in contributing to their growth. She hopes to work in Human Resources one day and was drawn to this position because it allows her to connect with volunteers and agencies.
Through her experience in volunteering with CBMC, Litzy has discovered that she wants a job that helps build a community and focuses on the people that help make all these positive efforts happen!
Meet Jerry--our Tech Support “Guru” for CBMC. He’s drawn to the role because of his ability to apply his computer skills, such as maintaining and supporting our volunteer platform, Galaxy.
He also creates graphics, logos and webpages that you may have seen on our website or other social media. Jerry’s knowledge has enhanced and enriched his community by teaching basic tech skills to our users in the Volunteer Portal.
He also hosts Galaxy Tech Reviews, which has even inspired organizations such as Meals on Wheels to create more volunteer opportunities in the Portal. Jerry is a major resource to our volunteer organizations by encouraging them to create and manage their page more effectively as a result of the Tech Reviews.
Brooke creates CBMC’s newsletters that you may receive via email. She majored in Communications but had previously never worked in digital communications. Working on the CBMC newsletters has given her the opportunity to apply her knowledge, skills, and showcase her creativity. Brooke encourages locals to make their positive impact in Monterey County while also allowing her to practice her Communications degree.
In Brooke's time with helping us, she's learned that volunteering involves quality work while giving the opportunity to branch out and develop yourself personally and professionally. Her experience with CBMC led her to sign on with AmeriCorps VISTA for one year to build volunteer capacity at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County.
Brooke's passion for volunteering since high school has opened many doors for her, and our team at CBMC strives to do the same for our organizations and volunteers!
Christian volunteers as our Communications Designer and currently studies as a Communication Design major at Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with a concentration towards Game Design and Interactive Media. He chose this position because of its involvement in designing and developing visual communications and collateral materials.
Christian designs visuals that would be used for onboarding new volunteers and interns. You may have seen some of his work in our newsletter, or even on this very website. Through this role, Christian is improving skills in designing visuals and communications to outreach new volunteers and agencies in Monterey County.
During COVID-19, finding job opportunities has been a struggle, but through CBMC Christian has received support as a volunteer—while also supporting his community! He may become a CBMC intern or possibly an employee for the rest of the academic year.