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Homeless Census Results in Federal Funding

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 census in action and

Don't Leave Money on the Table

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 wife Juana used their return to move out of their car and into a home.

Bequests Benefit All

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.

Peace of Mind Gift Annuity

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.

Impact Monterey County Data Shows Why Stuff the Bus Matters

For the sixth year Stuff the Bus, a service of United Way Monterey County, is collecting school supplies to send children who are homeless or near homeless back to school ready to learn!  Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden of struggling families by providing a backpack with all the required supplies. It's more than a backpack, it promotes learning and helps kids stay in school.

12,220 Families Could Benefit from $21M EITC Tax Credits Left Unclaimed

Assemblyman Mark Stone will kick off the 2016 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) season on Friday, January 29 at the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas.  Hosted by the Tri-County VITA partners, the event celebrates EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Awareness Day.  Partners want to ensure that local taxpayers collect all the credits for which they are eligible – state and federal – so they can get the biggest refund possible.  New this yea