The Investment of a Lifetime

Your gift has generational impact.

94% of our budget is privately funded, so our daily operations and continued success depend on donors like you.

You are the difference!


provides 40 one-hour meetings with a Case Manager for families


provides 30 days of nutritious food for 8 families of 4


provides two hours of counseling for a survivor of domestic violence


provides one night of Emergency Shelter for a single mom and her two children


Use Our Payment Gateway... Just Click "Donate" & Follow the Instructions

This is our preferred method for automatic monthly giving. Click on the red DONATE button above or click here. Select “Monthly Giving Family” as the campaign. Select or enter your monthly donation amount and click “Submit.” On the next page, check the box “Create Reccurring Transaction?” Then select the frequency of your payments. Enter your billing info. Thank you for joining our Monthly Donor Family!

Use Your Electronic Bill Pay Service

This is our preferred method for automatic monthly giving. Most banks offer free bill-paying as part of their online banking service. Log in to your bank’s online Bill Pay service, enter the name of our organization, Pajaro Valley Shelter Service, our address, 115 Brennan Street, Watsonville, CA 95076, if prompted, and set the payment schedule. Your bank will automatically send payment to arrive on the date you specify each month. The organization receives the whole amount of the donation without any per-transaction fees, and you do not have to pay postage. If you decide you want to change your donation amount or schedule, you can log in and make the change.



There are many ways you can donate to help us with our mission: Make a one-time donation, become a monthly donor, give a gift in honor of a loved one, or use any of the other methods below.


Please make checks payable to Pajaro Valley Shelter Services.

Mail your check to Pajaro Valley Shelter Services at

115 Brennan Street, Watsonville, CA 95076.

Federal Tax ID: 94-1393418


Your decision to remember PVSS in your will, estate plan or other long-range financial arrangement is one of the strongest statements you can make and most decisive actions you can take to end family homelessness. Your gift will support our efforts to provide families with a path to a stable, self-sufficient futures in the long-term.

Wills and Living Trusts

A gift in your will is a meaningful way to support PVSS. It is also a simple, flexible and affordable way to help families affected by homelessness in your community.

You can complete your gift by including just one sentence in your will:

“I give to Pajaro Valley Shelter Servcies, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 115 Brennan Street, Watsonville, CA 93940, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

Because your gift is not realized until after your lifetime, it costs you nothing today. Finally, if your life or financial circumstances change, you can amend your gift or change your mind at any time.

Real Estate

Want to make a big gift to PVSS without touching your bank account? Consider giving us real estate. Such a generous gift has an impact for years to come. You can deed the property directly to PVSS or ask your attorney to add a few sentences in your will or trust agreement.

Donor Advised Funds

Are you looking for an easy, cost-effective way to support PVSS and other causes you care about? A donor advised fund may be the right option for you.

Here’s how it works: you transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted to PVSS and other qualified organizations.

In return, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction at the time you contribute to the account. This also allows for a centralized giving and record-keeping system in one location, and you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation. 

Beneficiary Designations

In just a few minutes, you can make a lasting impact at PVSS and it won’t affect your current budget. Simply name PVSS as a beneficiary of one of your assets, such as the following:

  • IRAs or retirement plan
  • Life insurance policy
  • Commercial annuity

It only takes three steps to make this type of gift. Here’s how to name PVSS as a beneficiary:

  1. Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form.
  2. Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like PVSS to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form.
  3. Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution.
Endowed Gifts

An endowment gift to PVSS today helps us advance our mission, ensuring our work with families endures. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

Here’s how it works: Endowment donations are invested. A portion of the annual income from the investment is used to address immediate needs at PVSS. The remaining funds are reinvested to ensure indefinite support—and change the lives of future generations. 

For more information about making a planned gift, email Benna Dimig, Development Manager, at or call 831.728.5649 x107.


If you would like to make a gift of stock to PVSS, we would be happy to provide stock transfer instructions to you. Please email Benna Dimig, Development Manager, at or call 831.728.5649 x107.


Your donation provides the roof and foundation for a happy home.