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.
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.
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 tips on how volunteers and agencies can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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.
Salvation Army of Salinas
Salvation Army needs volunteers to help with food services for seniors. Salvation Army cook staff will prepare the meals and have them ready at 11 am. They need 4 volunteers to assist from 11 am–1 pm beginning March 27th through April 15th.
- 2 Volunteers to plate meals in clamshell containers and pass through the window.
- 2 Volunteers to package these in bags with utensils and an activity packet.
Please note: As a volunteer, you will NOT be interacting with the public, BUT you may be working with people who may. If you are healthy, capable, and feel comfortable volunteering, then please sign up here.
California Health Corps
California is preparing for an increase in the number of people who urgently need health care in our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. To meet this moment, we’re opening additional health care sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve the pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases.
To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, we’re calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register today. Click here to learn more.