Our Commitment to Racial Equity

The senseless and brutal death of George Floyd has laid bare a deep wound in our society. This outrageous incident has sparked a movement for change. We stand in support of our neighbors who are peacefully speaking out for justice in the wake of racist violence. This dialogue may be uncomfortable, but it is necessary for us to end racism and the structural inequities that perpetuate it.

The disparities in our own Central Coast community are stark. Children of color have disproportionate access to food, safe housing, and education. This failure perpetuates generational cycles of poverty and victimization. The coronavirus pandemic has only heightened the barriers.

As a champion and catalyst for building strong, healthy communities in Monterey County, United Way stands for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are nonpartisan and work in partnership across sectors to address disparities and drive change. We support early learning, help working people access financial services, and advocate for affordable housing, changing the trajectory for individuals and our collective community. We work to create more equitable access for all and are committed to reexamining our internal practices, grant-making and programmatic initiatives in service of this vision.

We cannot do it alone. Together we have the power to change the systems that perpetuate racial inequity. LIVE UNITED is so much more than a tagline. It is the essence of how we will endure and thrive as a community by confronting our crises, rather than letting the crises divide us.  

Katy Castagna
President and CEO