Our Work

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

You share our belief that Monterey County can be a place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.  You’re committed to making a difference and want your dollars to go where they will do the most good.  

We get it.  

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 10 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.

  • We’re expanding Migrant Head Start to ensure that farmworkers have child care throughout the growing and harvesting seasons.  
  • We’re partnering with Bright Futures to increase the number of quality, affordable child care options throughout the county.

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 focusing its resources on lasting solutions to this complex problem.