Ways to Give
Donors make small dreams turn into big realities.
Consider making a donation to one (or more) of these AMAZING Charities this holiday season.
Achievement House Inc.
Achievement House, Inc owns and operates multiple businesses for our individuals to gain work experience on many different facets. AHI proudly operates six thrift stores, two food service sites, and a nursery all throughout San Luis Obispo County. Along with our business sites we offer services that are contractual or one-time need basis. By shopping, donating, or hiring us for your business needs you directly impact the individuals and staff we support!
(805) 543-9383• 3003 Cuesta College Road • San Luis Obispo
Art Center of Morro Bay
Non-profit Member Art Gallery featuring fine art by regional and local artists and workshops. The Art Center’s two spacious galleries provide one of the largest and best Central Coast venues for exhibiting fine art by regional and local artists. Proceeds from the sale of art in the galleries as well as revenue from Art in the Park allow Art Center Morro Bay to offer scholarships to local high school and college students and fund other Art Center programs.
(805) 772-2504• 835 Main Street • Morro Bay
By The Sea Productions
BTSP is Morro Bay’s only live theater company. Our mission statement is “Creating community through our passion for theatre and story-telling.” In action, our mission is to provide quality live theater to the residents of Morro Bay and those that visit from other areas.
Operating a live theater is costly. We pay rent and a percentage of ticket sales for the venue, in addition to royalty payments, set construction materials, advertising, props, costumes, lighting and sound equipment, storage for sets and costumes, etc. We greatly appreciate the donations and support we receive from individuals and local businesses. We welcome volunteers to help with set construction, distributing fliers, operating sound and lighting during shows, and of course, to come to our auditions.
(805) 776-3287• P. O. Box 2032 • Morro Bay
Through a variety of programs and in collaboration with other community service agencies, CAPSLO helps individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability through programs that focus on high-quality early education and child care; accessible, affordable dependent care; addressing barriers to safe, affordable housing and basic needs; health services and education; and resource connection and navigation.
(805) 544-4355• 1030 Southwood Drive • San Luis Obispo
Central Coast Dragon Boat Association
Central Coast Dragon Boat Association is dedicated to providing Dragon Boating programs, and related exercise and support programs, for cancer survivors and any person affected by cancer (supporters). Supporters include any person whose life has been affected by a cancer diagnosis of a family member or friend. We welcome everyone to participate on our dragon boat teams.
(805) 316-4569• P.O. Box 785 • Morro Bay
Central Coast State Parks Association
They support and fund interpretive and educational programs that promote understanding and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the State Parks of San Luis Obispo County, California. They have three local State Park visitor centers and nature stores in SLO County and all proceeds from the store's sales support educational programming and outreach - Purchase with a Purpose! The three locations are: Morro Bay Natural History Museum, Spooner Ranch House in Monataña de Oro State Park, and Monarch Grove Trailer in Pismo Beach.
(805) 548-0390• 202 Tank Farm Road, Suite H2 • San Luis Obispo
Community Foundation of Estero Bay, Inc.
The Community Foundation of Estero Bay, Inc. is a local 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to Estero Bay youth who financially would otherwise not be able to participate in Estero Bay area recreational activities. The foundation provides financial assistance by paying a portion of the enrollment fees for youth of qualified families, for their kid’s participation in various organized sports, recreation, and enrichment activities within the Estero Bay areas of Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria.
(805) 458-4494• P.O. Box 131 • Morro Bay
Family has always been at the heart of Eckerd Connects. When we were founded in 1968 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd, the legendary power couple was often asked what motivated them to start a non-profit in rural Florida. Their answer was always the same. “It’s the kids.”
Today those words still hold true – but much like other families, ours has grown. Five decades later with a presence in 20 states, our family of services has expanded to include foster care, adoption, workforce development, aid for the homeless, transitional services for troubled youth, and so much more.
(805) 439-2557• 3450 Broad Street • San Luis Obispo
Estero Bay Community Radio (97.3 The Rock)
Estero Bay Community Radio, a.k.a. 97.3/107.9 The Rock, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated and supported by listeners and residents of San Luis Obispo County, California. We connect the Central Coast with hyper-local, engaging, and creative community-based FM radio and online programming.
(805) 769-8458• 695 Harbor St • Morro Bay
Estero Bay Kindness Coalition
We are a 501 C-3 Non-Profit that is committed to serving the most vulnerable children and families here in the greater Estero Bay Community by providing a weekend nutrition program for food insecure students in the Estero Bay Community, delivering bags of groceries to over 148 food insecure students and their families weekly (approx. 550 people served), and operating Sunshine and Seed, a Kids Clothing Collective – a free clothing store in Morro Bay for kids, ages K-12 (open by appointment only).
(805) 305-5671• PO Box 614 • Cayucos
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3693
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.
(805) 772-1384• 2988 N. Main Street • Morro Bay
Friends of El Moro Elfin Forest
Adjacent to the Morro Bay estuary, the El Moro Elfin Forest in Los Osos is a 90-acre natural area belonging to San Luis Obispo County Parks and California State Parks. Its plant communities include coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe, pygmy oak woodland, maritime chaparral, and coastal dune scrub. The Elfin Forest supports more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals, and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians. It is home to rare plants, butterflies, snails, and birds. Chumash middens occur throughout the Elfin Forest.
A four-fifths of a mile boardwalk loop constructed in 1999 provides wheelchair access and protects the Forest's sensitive habitat. The Los Osos/Morro Bay Chapter of Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP), after being the prime mover in securing the lands, "adopted" the Forest in 1994.
Our mission: to preserve and maintain the El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area; to inform and educate about the natural history of the Elfin Forest and the Morro Bay Estuary; and to promote and support scientific research in the Forest.
(805) 528-0392• PO Box 6442 • Los Osos
Friends of San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens
A non-profit botanical garden that is exclusively devoted to the plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is located near the Pacific Ocean on the Central Coast of California. When the Master Plan is complete, our 150 acre garden will be exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. They serve the people of San Luis Obispo County and visitors by providing: nature education, community interaction, an event space, plant cultivation and propagation, water conservation and green energy, ecosystem conservation, a fire-safe landscape display, children’s exploration, innovative design and construction, life celebration gardens, outdoor recreation, botanical research, a horticultural library, connection to indigenous culture, and support of artistic endeavors. They strive to be a treasured local, national, and international resource; to delight, educate and inspire people to embrace nature, outdoor recreation, community interaction, celebration of the arts, creative endeavors, and health and wellness; to showcase and support world-class botanical collections, horticultural research, plant propagation, local history, indigenous culture, and universal access to the outdoors.
(805) 541-1400• 3450 Dairy Creek Road
Nature Nights • Nature Nights Video Invitation• San Luis Obispo
Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department
Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department relies entirely on donations from great people just like you! Help make a difference and preserve our beautiful Harbor. They are a not for profit community group established to help improve the Harbor Services in Morro Bay and are looking for fun, active, concerned citizens who have a love for the harbor and want to make sure it is adequately monitored and provided for.
(805) 550-9250• P.O. Box 718 • Morro Bay
Historical Society of Morro Bay
We are working on several important projects, not to mention general maintenance of our collections, all of which need financial support: Franklin Riley Park: this new park which the Society successfully sponsored to the City of Morro Bay needs development. We have a dedicated fund for it; Hidden History: we continue to research topics in Morro Bay's history that have been covered over by development or forgotten. These topics become interpretive panels at key locations around the city; Museum: we continue to look for a permanent home; Collections development: while we look for a museum, we continue to acquire artifacts and records that we need to store safely.
(805) 399-2772• 695 Harbor Street • Morro Bay
International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)
ICES is an international nonprofit youth exchange organization committed to educational study abroad programs. For over three decades ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of American families and exchange students from all over the world.
(805) 712-4549• 375 N. Stephanie Street, Bldg 16 • Henderson
Los Osos Cares, Inc
Joining together with others for a common purpose, creating a culture of care by identifying needs, finding resources, and through direct involvement addressing the needs of the underserved in the Estero Bay Community. Los Osos Cares has many programs including a Community Coalition, Resource Center that serves families and adults of all ages, Community Dinners, the Estero Bay Youth Coalition, Estero Bay Latino Outreach, Womenade Program, and the Senior Program.
(805) 592-2701• 880 Manzanita Room 18 • Los Osos
We believe everyone has a basic human right to live free of sexual and intimate partner violence. Advocacy, education, prevention, and public policy are powerful tools we are using to enact change in our community. Our Mission is to empower those impacted by sexual and intimate partner violence through innovative advocacy, healing, and prevention programs. We offer a wind range of services and education including a 24-hour crisis and information line; an emergency shelter; accompaniment & advocacy during medical exam, court cases and law enforcement interviews; case management; therapy; transitional housing; advocacy & legal services; and prevention & education.
(805) 781-6400• 51 Zaca lane Suite 150 • San Luis Obispo
Morro Bay Bird Festival
The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is a yearly ecotourism event promoting an understanding and appreciation of birds and other wildlife and an awareness of environmental and conservation issues of the Central Coast, while contributing to the well-being of the Morro Bay community. Each year the Festival has grown to include more events and to attract more participants. Morro Bay and the surrounding area is an idea spot for avid birders. Located on the Pacific Flyway, Morro Bay is a Globally Important Bird Area and a designated State and National Estuary. Morro Coast Audubon Society always ranks in the top five for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. In most years, over 200 different bird species are spotted during the Festival.
1-805-600-2147• P.O. Box 1175 • Morro Bay
Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen's Organization
The Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen's Organization represents the working men and women of Morro Bay, California's waterfront. The MBCFO works closely with governmental organizations, NGO's, business groups and other stakeholders on a number of issues every year to support commercial fisheries, improve marine environments and strengthen the social and economic health of our community.
PO Box 450• Morro Bay
Morro Bay Community Quota Fund
Our Mission is to develop and enhance a financially and environmentally sustainable Morro Bay fishery, built upon local stewardship of ground fish resources and secured fishing rights anchored in the community.
(805) 440-6137• 601 Embarcadero, Suite 11 • Morro Bay
Morro Bay Foursquare Church
Being a global church that spans hundreds of cultures requires flexibility in style and approach. But every Foursquare church around the world agrees on six foundational principles: kingdom partnerships, sound doctrine, empowering leadership, family relationships, Spirit empowerment and shared mission. These are called our Global Distinctives. It’s what makes us, us.
(805) 464-0700• PO Box 1437 • Morro Bay
Morro Bay Friends of the Library
Do you love the library? Are you interested in helping support this community and enthusiastic about learning? Or do you just love books?! Become a member of the Morro Bay Friends of the Library and help support our treasured Morro Bay Library and its patrons.
The purpose of the Morro Bay Friends of the Library is to benefit the public by providing financial and volunteer support to the Morro Bay Library.
Morro Bay Friends of the Library is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
(805) 772-6394• 625 Harbor Street • Morro Bay
Morro Bay in Bloom
Morro Bay in Bloom is a non-profit, all-volunteer civic group whose focus is to beautify public areas according to the America in Bloom model of widespread use of floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, environmental stewardship, historic preservation and public art with community involvement. Your donation helps fund these efforts to beautify Morro Bay!
(805) 550-4492• P.O. Box 782 • Morro Bay
Morro Bay Lions Club
Serving the communities of Morro Bay and Los Osos. Our mission: To empower volunteers to serve their communities and meet humanitarian needs. In Morro Bay a group of citizens joined together and became part of a worldwide organization, the Lions Clubs International. We adopted the Lions International Motto "WE SERVE" and made it a way of life for our club. The Morro Bay Lions serve our community, our country, and even extend our efforts to the entire world by helping the Lions International in its fight to eradicate preventable blindness. Our main efforts have been focused on the community level to make our city a strong viable part of our nation. We do this by sponsoring flag day, scholarships for our students and much more!
(805) 772-5198• PO Box 343 • Morro Bay • Email
Morro Bay Maritime Museum
The Morro Bay Maritime Museum’s mission is to provide an easily accessible educational venue for maritime history, science, and technology. It is a family friendly non-profit museum and gift shop featuring interactive activities, maritime displays, and decommissioned working boats.
(805) 225-5044• 1210 Embarcadero • Morro Bay
Morro Bay National Estuary Program/Bay Foundation of Morro Bay
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory nonprofit that brings together citizens, organizations, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary for people and wildlife.
The Estuary Program staff conducts monitoring and research, conserves and restores natural habitats, and engages with the community to help foster good stewards of Morro Bay. Keeping Morro Bay clean and healthy is good for everyone. The Estuary Program is not a government agency and does not have regulatory authority. Instead, the Estuary Program achieves results by collaborating closely with many partners to accomplish shared goals. This approach has proved to be both efficient and effective for watershed and estuary protection.
(805) 772-3834• 601 Embarcadero, Suite 11 • Morro Bay
Morro Bay Open Space Alliance
The Morro Bay Open Space Alliance aims for collaborative land use solutions. We work with property owners to find mutually satisfactory ways to preserve / conserve sustainable public benefits such as open space and viewshed, as well as maintain key value for the owners. Through community education and involvement, we promote the values of open space through member support and through outreach to other community organizations. MBOSA provides a channel for interested citizens to inform decision makers about land use and policy issues and potential developments in surrounding open spaces. We organize and implement activities that allow people who care about open space to participate in our activities, contribute to our efforts and make a difference for future generations. Our ultimate purpose is to preserve and conserve open space around Morro Bay. To this end we aim to establish conservation easements that preserve views, provide access for low-impact recreational uses, and preserve the traditional character of Morro Bay.
(805) 748-9475• PO Box 1029 • Morro Bay
Morro Bay Senior Citizens, Inc.
The mission of Morro Bay Senior Citizens, Inc., is to empower seniors and enhance the quality of their lives via education, enrichment and socialization.
(805) 772-4421• 1001 Kennedy Way • Morro Bay
Morro Coast Audubon Society
MCAS mission is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on the biological diversity of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, particularly in San Luis Obispo County, California.
The Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) is part of both a state and national non-profit network: California Audubon and the National Audubon Society (NAS), which was founded in 1905. As of 2019, NAS encompasses over 500,000 members, 22 state offices, and 467 local chapters, plus centers and sanctuaries, professional staff, and supporters. This network is united, as a conservation organization, in its efforts to promote protection for birds, endangered species, critical habitats, important ecosystems, and the scientific management and protection of wildlife. MCAS is composed of volunteers devoting time, energy, and resources toward enjoying and protecting the environment through Conservation, Research, Education, Expansion, and Diversity: our CREED.
601 Embarcadero, Suite 14• Morro Bay
Northern Chumash Tribal Council
The NCTC mission is to offer a foundation for the Chumash people of San Luis Obispo County to bring our culture and heritage back to life, create dignity with the people, educate the public that the Chumash have always been here, we have not gone anywhere, and we will always be here, one continuum. We are the Chumash of over 20,000 years of habitation in San Luis Obispo County.
(760) 549-3532• 5146 Turnstone Circle • Guadalupe
Odd Fellows Bay Rock Lodge
There are many different opinions about how the name “Odd Fellows” came to be, but most people believe it is because in 1700s England, when the name was adopted, that it was “odd” to do the kind of good deeds that these “odd fellows” were known to do. They would make sure even the poorest person would receive a proper burial paid by “Odd Fellows.” They would also visit the sick despite how risky it was then. Long before there was any governmental agency such as Social Security, the “Odd Fellows” put money into a fund to help widows and orphans and those unable to work. They have donated and raised millions to help the blind to see. Fast forward 200 years to today and you still see hundreds of “Odd Fellows Cemeteries” throughout the United States.
(805) 466-3946• 710 Harbor Street • Morro Bay
Pacific Wildlife Care
Pacific Wildlife Care has been an advocate for wildlife in San Luis Obispo since 1984. Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) is San Luis Obispo County’s only licensed rehabilitation center that cares for injured birds, mammals, and reptiles. PWC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is comprised of members, donors, volunteers and professional animal care staff who embrace and support the Mission, Vision, Commitment, and Values of the organization. Shop local and support SLO County wildlife at Pacific Wildlife Care's online e-shop! A gift from Pacific Wildlife Care for friends, colleagues, and loved ones this holiday season shows you support wildlife rehabilitation and education in your community and helps share our message of how to help wildlife in need and, you might just pick up an item for yourself like our best-selling cozy PWC logo sweatpants! All proceeds benefit our wildlife patients!
(805) 305-3759• PO Box 1134 • Morro Bay
Piedras Blancas Light Station Association, Inc.
Piedras Blancas Light Station provides a glimpse into our nation's past when lighthouses served a vital role in maritime navigation. Today it is managed as a historic park and wildlife sanctuary.
The light station is part of the federally designated Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area and the California Coastal National Monument. The tower and some support buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
(805) 927-3719• 15950 Cabrillo Hwy • San Simeon
Project Surf Camp
Project Surf Camp (PSC) is a charitable organization designed to educate individuals with special needs. Their mission is to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy while providing opportunities to build social skills, improve physical fitness, develop healthy outlets for stress reduction, and foster independence. Outcomes are achieved through the modality of surf, paddle board instruction and/or beach and aquatic activities.
(805) 235-1157• 1383 Bolton Drive • Morro Bay
Quota International of Morro Bay
We are passionate about creating positive change in our communities & bettering the lives of our neighbors. We want to create "Sound Beginnings" empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, & speech impaired in our local communities.
(805) 772-4481• P O Box 95 • Morro Bay
Rotary Club of Morro Bay
Morro Bay Rotary meets Tuesdays for lunch bayside on the Chablis or for dinner at various Morro Bay restaurants to support local business and create fellowship among our members. We invite community-based presenters to share trade talents. Our “Help Us Help Others” campaign produces events like the Ducky Derby & Quarterly Tri-Tip BBQs to provide MBHS scholarships and grants to local nonprofits. However, the Lighted Boat Parade and Santa’s House is Rotary’s holiday gift to the children, families and visitors of Morro Bay.
(805) 748-3923• PO Box 806 • Morro Bay
Lighted Boat Parade Flyer • Lighted Boat Parade Application
SLO Food Bank
The mission of the SLO Food Bank is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community. With the help and support of our donors, volunteers, and the caring community, the SLO Food Bank distributes millions of meals to our neighbors in need through our distributions and agency partners. We are committed to providing food assistance to anyone who needs it and to help all SLO County residents thrive. We also operate two food rescue programs: GleanSLO, a fresh produce rescue program working with local farms and home gardeners, as well as a Grocery Rescue Program, connecting charitable agencies with near-date food from grocery chains and local markets. The SLO Food Bank also offers many Community Outreach programs.
(805) 238-4664• 1180 Kendall Road • San Luis Obispo
The Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal Center advances global ocean conservation through rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. Since 1975, we've rescued more than 24,000 marine mammals along 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Our scientists also investigate how marine mammals use and interact with their ocean environment to better understand and protect them from many threats. Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.
(805) 771-8300• 1385 Main Street • Morro Bay
The Morro Group Inc.
From those who have stood in harm’s way to protect and defend our homeland, to the first responders and community leaders dedicated to unselfish service at home, our mission at The Morro Group is to recognize, award, and celebrate these heroes. Especially our XTREME EVERY DAY HEROES, who after serving, have transitioned out of military service to take on the tough tasks at home.
We have found that the most impactful factor in healing a returning warrior is by placing their family first in the recovery process. This has been the focus of the XTREME HERO AWARDS since our inaugural event in 2012.
(805) 503-5504• 695 Harbor Street • Morro Bay
Woods Humane Society
Our mission is to serve, protect and shelter homeless companion animals; to place animals into humane environments; to promote responsible pet ownership, provide humane education, and reduce animal overpopulation; and to celebrate the human-animal bond.
Woods Humane Society is a nonprofit organization which receives no tax funds, but is supported by donations, grants, bequests, fundraising events, and fees for services. Woods is independent of San Luis Obispo County Animal Services but works in close cooperation with them and other animal groups in the county for the welfare of all animals.
(805) 466-5403• 875 Oklahoma Ave • San Luis Obispo