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United Way Monterey County


The mission of United Way Monterey County is to engage the community to focus resources to improve lives in Monterey County.

The Big Idea

United Way of Monterey County identifies our county’s high-level needs – the factors that prevent our citizens from thriving. This nonprofit continually assesses our community and mobilizes resources around the issues that affect our neighbors the most. Today, 75 percent of kindergartners are not reading at their age level. This nonprofit’s Big Idea supports the Monterey County Preschool Service Corps – individualized tutoring for preschoolers who need extra help to reach literacy goals, a foundational skill for future success.

“My name is Laura Alvarez Lead Teacher of room one. Teacher Amelia was in my classroom for the past few months. She was great with the children, she observed their interests and created activities that help children with their letter recognition, language development and writing. The children adore teacher Amelia, they felt comfortable and safe around her. I have seen children’s improvement; some children went from not recognizing their name to being able to write. I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication to help children improve academically. Thank you United Way for giving my classroom an opportunity to work with teacher Amelia and see the children succeed.”

- Laura Alvarez

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.