Spring Spruce Up

Spring Spruce Up 2018 

Join United Way Monterey County for Spring Spruce Up as we upgrade play facilities at early childhood education centers throughout the county.  Playful spaces = Happy faces : )  Upcoming dates are Saturday, March 17 and Saturday, April 21.

Project Overview

"Play is the work of childhood" - Jean Piaget

Play is essestial to the healthy development of children and adolescents. Play influences the development of fine and gross motor skills, language, socialization, personal awareness, emotional well-being, creativitiy, problem solving, and learning ability.

The goal of Spring Spruce Up is to ensure that early learning environments are well equipped to stimulate the social, emotional and academic development of our youngest learners.

Tasks will include:

  • Painting

  • Gardening

  • Cleaning

  • And more!

If you are interested in participating or supporting Spring Spruce Up please contact Lynda.Patrick.


2017 Recap

We needed YOUR help... You came through! 
Thanks to 25 volunteers and a United Way grant for supplies, we were able to transform the empty lot at Marina Child Development Center into a safe, beautiful and well-designed play area for our youngest learners. Volunteers gave up  part of their Saturday, grabbed coworkers, relatives and friends and participated in our first annual Early Childhood Education Day of Action – Spring Spruce Up!  Volunteer teams enjoyed a day of community service and team building - A Job Well Done!


Special thanks to volunteers from Enza Zaden, Shop.com and our own ELS members.