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.

Visit the volunteer webpage to find more opportunities to make a difference in your local community.

Volunteer Opportunities

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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Pathways to Stability
Working families throughout Monterey County are striving to get the assistance they need to escape the perils of homelessness. You can help support them by supervising their school-aged children, providing age-appropriate and fun financial literacy activities, while parents attend financial education classes.  
Join our team, feel the appreciation and help keep working families together.
Learn More and Signup!

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.

Community Service Awards

The 41st Annual Community Service Awards(CSA) will be 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.

Do you know an extrodinary volunteer that you would like to recognize at the CSA? Click here for more information on the event and how to nominate a volunteer.

Please read our blog from the 40th Annual CSA or the story in the Californian to learn more about the marvelous volunteers honored that were honored last year.

Volunteer Calendar