Our Work

United Way fights for the financial stability of families in Monterey County

Imagine a community that provides hope and opportunity for all . . .

We know that regardless of how hard they work, for many families in Monterey County the cost of housing and child care makes it difficult to get ahead. For six out of ten families with children these two expenses account for 50% or more of their monthly income.  That’s not good for any of us. That’s why United Way is taking the lead to tackle these two tough issues.

We’re already hard at work helping families gain access to quality, affordable child care. Our investments are:

  • Providing an intensive five-week kindergarten preparation for children in Castroville who’ve not been able to attend preschool.

  • Increasing the quality of informal child care providers in Gonzales so they can better prepare their young children for kindergarten.

  • Streamlining connections for parents to the information they need to make the best child care choices for their children.

  • Expanding Migrant Head Start to ensure that farmworkers have child care throughout the growing and harvesting seasons.

The lack of affordable, quality housing for working families is affecting the health, safety and educational achievement of our residents. It also limits the productivity of our local businesses. That’s why United Way is investing through the Monterey Bay Housing Trust to create additional housing.

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Our Impact Through Asset Building
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Our Impact Through Early Care & Education
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Our Impact Through Affordable Housing
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Our Impact Through Volunteers
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Our Impact Through Giving
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Our Impact Through Advocacy
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Our Impact Through Systems Change
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