Volunteer Center

Volunteerism plays a critical role in United Way by bringing businesses, volunteers and a network of partner agencies together to create real lasting change. Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. There is no shortage of opportunities to make a difference in Monterey County.

We all have special talents. Things we can do to help. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Whether it’s reading to children, or leading financial literacy classes for hard-working families... there are hundreds of volunteer options available every day. Give the gift of you. Volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Tax Prep!

Every year our Voulunter Income Tax Assistance (VITA) professionals provide our community with the valuable resouruce of FREE tax prepartion and education.  Learn more on how to join this team of dedicated indviduals by helping to put money back into the community!  Click here!

Groups & Workplaces

The Volunteer Center specializes in creating service opportunities that meet the passions and interests of corporate, faith-based, civic and student groups. If you would like to find more ways your group can get involved in our community, contact us to customize an opportunity, or have us speak at your next meeting!
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Disaster Worker Volunteer Program

United Way Monterey County has been designated by the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (OES) as the agency responsible for managing Unaffiliated Spontaneous Volunteers through the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) when activated in Monterey County by OES.

An Unaffiliated Spontaneous Volunteer is anyone from the community that wants to volunteer to help and is not already an Affiliated Volunteer trained by programs such as the Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and other organizations with pre-determined disaster response duties. The program is open to all local residents regardless of skills or physical limitations.  Children under 18 are eligible when in the company of their parent or guardian.  Groups are encouraged.
If you are interested in more information or would like to register please click here.

Recent Opportunites

MLK Day of Service

The United Way MLK Day of Serive brings together community members to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his legacy of service by participating in a day On, not a day off.  More more information and how you can particpate click here!

7th Annual Stuff the Bus

This year over 200 volunteers and supporters throughout the county joined together to assemble and deliver over 3,355 backpacks to help students have the supplies they need to be successful in school.

Check out the Stuff the Bus page for a full recap!

Spring Spruce Up

Thanks to you, the children at Marina Child Development Center have an awesome, re-designed outdoor play area.  
Please click here to see the results and learn how you can get involved!

Community Service Awards

The 41st Annual Community Service Awards(CSA) was held on Tuesday, April 25, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa.  This annual opportunity is to honor the incredible work of volunteers who have made significant contributions to their organizations within the commmunity.

Please read our blog from the 41st Annual CSA for a recap!