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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.

Kids Asking for Warm Coats

You can help keep kids warm this winter. A local teacher contacted us to ask for coats to keep her students warm.  Imagine, little kids who can't go outside because they don't have a coat or miss school because they caught a cold.  That's not acceptable.

Can you help?  Gently used or new, deliver coats to the United Way offices in Salinas or Monterey and we'll get them to the kids.

Thank YOU!!

10 jackets sized 5-7 for the small kids 5 girls, 5 boys
6 jackets sized 7-8 3 boys, 3 girls
6 jackets sized 8-10 3 boys, 3 girls

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.