United Way Monterey County works collaboratively with local businesses, government and other nonprofits to tackle critical issues in our community. Working together we can achieve what none of us can do alone. Rather than focusing on a single cause, United Way has the unique ability to address complex issues in a comprehensive way.
Our programs and services include:
2-1-1 offers information and referral to local health and human services, either by calling 2-1-1 or by searching online at www.211mc.org
EKS provides free tax preparation and asset building services to low-wage earners, building financial stability and strengthening the local economy.
With FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card, users will receive an average savings of 34% per prescription. The cards are free and available here.
Stuff the Bus is a countywide drive to gather new school supplies for children who are homeless, in foster care, or in great need. In 2012, 1,465 complete backpacks were distributed. In addition, extra supplies were distributed through Monterey County Office of Education to help additional students.
In addition, United Way works through its Certified Partner Agencies to focus funding on four priority areas: meeting basic needs, increasing self sufficiency, developing successful kids and families, and moving people from crisis to stability. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, individual donations, corporate giving and sponsorships. Annually, one in three people in Monterey County benefit from a UWMC-funded program.