COVID-19 Volunteer

Emergency Volunteer Center

In the event of an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic, community volunteers make a big difference. In Monterey County, United Way is responsible for operating the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) after a major disaster or an emergency. If you have an interest in helping and are not already affiliated with another organization, such as American Red Cross, CERT, etc., please let us know and we will gladly add your name to our Volunteer Cadre. This opportunity is open to all residents regardless of skills or physical limitations. Children under 18 are eligible when in the company of their parent or guardian. Groups are welcomed. Sign up here.

Volunteer 211 Call Specialist

Join the team of call specialists assisting our community members during COVID-19. In response to the increasing number of calls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way Monterey County needs assistance from volunteers to help with the 211 call center. Volunteers will be trained and work remotely from their homes. Sign up here.


  • Equipment: Computer, internet, and headset or combination of microphone and speakers
  • Training: 4 hours per day, 4-5 days per week for a duration of two weeks, including practice calls via Zoom
  • Required language: English
  • Preferred languages: Spanish, Mixteco, Triqui, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian
  • Volunteer Commitment: Volunteers will need to commit to working 4-hour shifts per day
  • Confidentiality: All volunteers must adhere to the confidential protocol and agreement

Emergency Child Care: Health and Hygiene Kit Assembly

As a volunteer, you will help with UWMC’s Emergency Early Care Response initiative which provides safe and quality child care to children of essential workers. To safely administer this initiative, we need volunteers to help assemble hygiene kits which will include masks, gloves, hand sanitizer as well as other hygiene supplies. These kits will be made available for Monterey County child care educators. To get involved you can donate to the fund or sign up to volunteer.

  • Location: Assembly stations will be established at three locations in the County: Castroville, Salinas and South County- TBD.
  • Safety & Health: Precautions will be taken to ensure volunteers respect social distancing guidelines. The assembly of health and hygiene kits will be conducted in strict compliance with CDC infection control guidance. 
  • Requirements: Adults ages 18 and over.  Able to stand on feet for up to four hours.
  • Commitment: Volunteers will need to commit to working 4-hour shifts per day. 

Notes from Home

Are you at home with some extra time on your hands? Would you like to share a small kindness?  Dealing with social isolation from COVID-19 can be difficult. We invite you to write a personal note to share with families who are receiving assistance from a local resource center.

Our partner, the Family Resource Center of the Salinas City Elementary School District, provides food, clothing, school supplies, and other necessities to many families experiencing financial stress and housing instability. They report that an accompanying note of encouragement is a very special personal touch that makes a difference to their clients. Please help provide an inspiring note, which we will deliver to the Family Resource Center on your behalf. Click the button below for instructions to participate.

Help our community LIVE UNITED while staying apart and make a difference by sending your warm, heartfelt Note from Home. Let your kindness reach into the hearts of families across Monterey County.

Partner Opportunities

UWMC posts, as a service to our community, volunteer opportunities from community organizations.  Please refer to the particular agency for schedules, training, and safety procedures. Click here for guidelines on how volunteers and agencies can help maintain a healthy and safe environment.

Community Builders

United Way Monterey County partners with Community Builders, a volunteer platform for Monterey County which is promoting local volunteer opportunities related to COVID-19 pandemic relief. Please click here to learn more about local volunteer opportunities available through Community Builders.

Community Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV)

CERV of the Monterey Peninsula is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to support local CERT programs, build public awareness about emergency preparedness, and promote the community's capacity to respond to natural disasters and man-made emergencies. CERV supports local CERT programs and community preparedness through networking, grant writing, workshops, collaborating with local businesses and other organizations, and co-sponsorship of community events. Click here to learn more.

Community Homeless Solutions

Community Homeless Solutions is looking for volunteers who are passionate, independent and committed to providing effective services. There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer with helping check people in and out of the shelter, childcare, reception, workshops, etc. They also need volunteers who can make at least a 6 to 12-month commitment. Click here to learn more.

Love Our Central Coast

Love Our Central coast has recently launched a program on Tuesdays and Fridays that provides food to individuals dealing with homelessness in encampments around Monterey Peninsula and beyond. We utilize great volunteers to bag up and deliver food to different encampments. Food is packaged at the Cabrillo Family Resource Center/Adult Education School on La Playa Ave in Seaside. Click here to learn more.

Rancho Cielo - Veggie Boxes

Help Us Pack Veggie Boxes! We need your help to make this event a success.

When:  Wednesday, August 19, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.)
Where: Rancho Cielo, 710 Old Stage Rd., Salinas

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Red Cross - Blood Donor Ambassador/ Blood Drive Volunteers

Volunteer Donor Ambassadors ensure that blood donors have a pleasant and fulfilling experience, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. During a blood drive, whether you’re greeting donors, answering questions, or thanking them for their donation, your courtesy and professionalism will create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Communicate in a professional manner with diverse populations
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service and comfort working with people

Shifts are available 7 days/week. In need of volunteers to cover our weekday shifts (Mon-Thu). Shifts are about 4-6 hours each.
Time Commitment: 1 shift (4-6 hours) per month
Training: 2 hours online training, self-paced.

Contact: or 408-202-5614
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