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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

Homelessness in Our Community Affects Us All

According to the recently released Homeless Census, the number of individuals counted in Monterey County is 2,308.  For the purposes of the census, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines homelessness as “persons living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation,” but excludes multiple families housed together due to economic hardship -- an all-to-common circumstance in Monterey County.

Katy Castagna New CEO

The United Way Monterey County Board of Directors is proud to announce that Katy Castagna has been named President and CEO.  Castagna has been with UWMC for more than 10 years and previously served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing operations and fundraising.  Prior to her role as COO, she held the positions of Vice President of Programs, Director of Community Impact and Director of Success by 6.  

UWMC and Other Local Funders Raise $432,500 for Food Bank

Local funders announced grants totaling $432,500 to the Food Bank for Monterey County on Tuesday, March 31. This is a historic, collaborative response to a community emergency that is unprecedented in Monterey County. It reflects the value that local funders put on the Food Bank’s vital role feeding the working poor, families with children, seniors, disabled, military families and retirees and other vulnerable populations.