After a brief, pre-dawn training more than 135 volunteers fanned out across Monterey County to conduct the 2017 Homeless Census.  Volunteers were divided into teams and assigned a specific census tract.  Homeless guides familiar with the area was assigned to each team and team members counted all the homeless people they could see.  Thanks to Jay Dunn and the Salinas Californian, you can see the ...

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When you finally land that job you’ve been hoping for, you don’t let anything get in your way—not even being homeless.

Things had finally turned around for Jesse and he was grateful to be working at a production warehouse, but he still wasn’t able to afford an apartment. But when Jesse had his taxes prepared at United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, he found out that he’d be getting the Earned Income Tax Credit. He and his...

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2017

An excellent way for you to support United Way's mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

Bequest Benefits
A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be...

Posted: Monday, November 28, 2016

Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it. Over the years, the stock has increased in value many times.

Clara: I have enjoyed my home and I thought if I like my home, other people would like theirs. Because I was a happy homeowner, I purchased shares of stock in this homebuilder. It was a good investment.

While the...

Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016

If you or someone you know has been affected by the Soberanes Fire and need help, here's a quick resource guide (updated 8/22/16) that has the most requested info and numbers.  Information on food assistance, where to replace birth certificates, etc. and much more.  For the general public, the best...

Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Red Cross provides shelter, feeding support at Soberanes Fire
The American Red Cross is providing shelter and feeding support to people affected by the Soberanes Fire. This fact sheet includes links to CalFire information on the fire and evacuations, information about the shelter that the Red Cross has established in Carmel, information about other support the Red Cross is offering people...

Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2016