You volunteer to connect with others. You volunteer to give back while getting involved in helping to address important issues facing our community. You volunteer to change lives. Meaningful community solutions require more than money or programs or policies. Volunteerism plays a critical role in United Way by bringing businesses, volunteers and a network of partner agencies together to create real lasting change.
Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. There is no shortage of opportunities to make a difference in Monterey County. The kind of real and lasting change that benefits everyone is only possible when people from all walks of life LIVE UNITED.
LIVE UNITED Awards
This annual opportunity is to honor the incredible work of volunteers who have made significant contributions within the community. The 43rd annual recognition of volunteers was held on Tuesday, April 9, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa.
9th Annual Stuff the Bus
One of our signature programs, Stuff the Bus provides new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to students who are homeless or experiencing great need in Monterey County. You can make a difference in a child’s life by helping United Way organize and stuff backpacks with school supplies. You can be a part of helping kids start school equipped with the supplies they needed to be ready to learn. It’s much more than just a backpack – it also eases the financial burden on families and gives kids a boost of self-confidence. This is an opportunity for large groups or individuals, of any ages. Corporate Groups welcome too! Sign up here and we will contact you when the event date approaches.
Early Care and Education Volunteer
Children are the future of our community. When you volunteer to help with our Early Care and Education opportunities you are investing in our community’s future and enriching the lives of the youth in Monterey County. There are various types of jobs and roles available throughout the year from volunteering at a childcare center to tutoring after school. You can also help during VITA season by providing childcare at the tax preparation sites for preparers and clients. Sign up here and we will contact you when opportunities become available.
Disaster Worker Volunteer Program
Volunteers to the Rescue! In the event of a disaster, community volunteers can make a difference. In Monterey County, United Way is responsible for operating the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) after a major disaster. 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. Learn more or sign up.
Groups & Workplaces
The Volunteer Center specializes in creating service opportunities that meet the passions and interests of corporate, faith-based, civic, and student groups. If you would like to find more ways your group can get involved in our community, contact us and we will customize an opportunity to match with your interests. Sign up here and we will reach out to you.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
During the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, United Way volunteers help with distributing posters & programs, assist with guest credentials, and other duties as needed.
Typically, a volunteer shift lasts at least six hours. In appreciation, volunteers receive access to the show field, a Concours hat, jacket, program & poster, and a meal. Volunteers take pride in giving back to the community and enjoy a world-renowned event! You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.
MLK Day of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. King, an influential American civil rights leader. Make it a day of Service! As a volunteer with United Way, you may find yourself preparing meals for the less fortunate, marching in a parade while promoting our programs, perhaps cleaning up a park, or planting a tree! This is an opportunity for individuals or groups. All ages welcomed. Sign up here and we will contact you when the event date approaches.
Read Across Monterey County
Join us on March 1st, for Read Across America, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually to honor Dr. Seuss' birthday. With the Dr. Seuss theme in mind, you will help United Way spread the joy of books by reading to elementary school aged children throughout the community. This opportunity takes a few hours of your time, but will bring a lifetime of smiles to everyone! Sign up here and we will contact you when the event date approaches.
VITA Free Tax Prep
VITA volunteers are amazing! Do you want to help our community save money? VITA volunteers are IRS trained community members from all different walks of life. They help prepare CA state and federal taxes for working families and individuals in Monterey County for FREE!
This free program and volunteer opportunity will help you develop a life-long skill and make your resume more attractive to prospective employers. And, you will make new friends while strengthening the community. Don’t worry about the training, we have you covered.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tax preparer, find more information here.
Spring Spruce Up
Join United Way for Spring Spruce Up as we upgrade play facilities at early childhood education centers throughout the county. Play is essential to the healthy development of children and adolescents. The goal of Spring Spruce Up is to ensure that early learning environments are well equipped to stimulate the social, emotional and academic development of our youngest learners. Tasks will include painting, equipment assembly and installation, gardening, cleaning and more. Ideal for large groups or individuals. All ages welcomed. Sign up here and we will contact you when the event date approaches.