Our Work

United Way fights for the financial stability of families in Monterey County
Imagine a community that provides hope and opportunity for all . . .

We know that regardless of how hard they work, for many families in Monterey County, the cost of housing and child care makes it difficult to get ahead. For six out of ten families with children, these two expenses account for 50% or more – often significantly more – of their monthly budget.  That’s not good for any of us. That’s why United Way is taking the lead to tackle these two tough issues.

We’re already hard at work helping families gain access to quality, affordable child care. Our investments are:

  • Expanding Migrant Head Start to ensure that farmworkers have child care throughout the growing and harvesting seasons. 
  • Providing an intensive five-week kinder prep for children in Castroville who’ve not been able to attend preschool.
  • Increasing the quality of informal child care providers in Gonzales so they can better prepare their young charges for kindergarten.
  • Streamlining connections for parents to the information they need to make the best child care choices for their children.

The lack of affordable, quality housing for working families is affecting the health, safety and educational achievement of our residents. It also limits the productivity of our local businesses. That’s why United Way is investing through the Monterey Bay Housing Trust to create additional housing.