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United Way Monterey County


Engage the community and focus resources to improve lives in Monterey County.

The Big Idea

Quality early care and education foster children’s healthy development and school readiness while supporting parents’ employment and economic self-sufficiency. In Monterey County, there is only one licensed childcare slot for every three children under 5 (whose parents are in the workforce). More classrooms, teachers and caregivers are needed, increasing the number of facilities or expanding the capacity of existing preschools and childcare centers. United Way Monterey County aims to support creative strategies that increase or maintain the number of licensed child care slots. Increasing access to early care and education is an investment in our children, providing safe and nurturing environments and promoting positive educational, social, emotional and behavioral outcomes for them.

Readying children for kindergarten is critical. We are grateful for the United Way grant because it allows us to prepare more students in social and emotional skill-building, language development, and early exposure to music, arts and crafts.

- PK Diffenbaugh, superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

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 $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.