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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Current 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! Learn More

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.

8th Annual Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus helps these kids start school equipped with the supplies they need to be ready to learn. Backpacks are distributed throughout the county in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education. It’s more than a backpack, Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families and gives kids a boost of self confidence. Check out the Stuff the Bus page for a full recap of last years event and to learn more!

Recent Opportunities

Spring Spruce Up

Thanks to all of the sponsors, donors, and volunteers, the children at Marina Child Development Center and San Jerardo Migrant and Seasonal Head Start have awesome, beautiful, re-designed outdoor play areas.  
Please click here to see the results!


The 42nd annual recognition of volunteers was held on Tuesday, April 24, 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. Click here for a look at the event!

VITA Free Tax Prep

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax filing to community members making $54,000 or less. Our certified volunteers help prepare and file taxes at several locations across Monterey County from February to April.

Find more information about volunteering with VITA

Dr. Seuss Read Across America

March 2, volunteers celebrate beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ by reading to young children throughout Monterey County. For a follow up read our blog.

MLK Day of Service

The United Way MLK Day of Service brings community members together to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his legacy of service by making MLK Jr. Day "a day on, not a day off". To learn more and view pictures from the 2018 event, please 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!