Community Investment Opportunities

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
VITA provides free tax preparation services to low-to-medium income working families and individuals throughout Monterey County. The VITA service runs with the help of IRS-trained volunteers. In 2019, 2,741 tax returns were filed, resulting in $4.4 million in refunds claimed. View the sponsorship form.

Financial Literacy Workshops
Workshops are offered to those whose earnings are below the federal poverty level. The curriculum teaches participants how to set financial and career goals, manage a budget, understand and repair credit, and inform them of different child care and subsidy programs. View the sponsorship form.

Family, Friends, and Neighbors
FFN network enhances a culturally relevant and widely utilized child care practice that supports the culture, language, and values of its community and provides low cost, high quality early childhood education. View the sponsorship form.

Summer Bridge
Summer Kindergarten readiness program for children without preschool experience. View the sponsorship form.

Spring Spruce Up
Upgrades play facilities at early childhood education centers throughout the county. 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. View the sponsorship form.

MLK Day of Service
A day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers may find themselves preparing meals for the less fortunate, marching in a parade while promoting our programs, supplying a library, cleaning up a park, or planting a tree. View the sponsorship form.

Monterey County Preschool Service Corps
This program partners with preschools by providing AmeriCorps Members who offer individualized language and literacy tutoring. The program supports kindergarten readiness and helps children who are below age level for literacy and qualify for subsidized care. View the sponsorship form.

Read Across America Day
UWMC celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading to children throughout Monterey County on National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. View the sponsorship form.

Stuff the Bus
Stuff the Bus provides new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to students who are homeless or experiencing great need in Monterey County. The program helps kids start school equipped with the supplies they needed to be ready to learn – it also eases the financial burden on families and gives kids a boost of self-confidence. View the sponsorship form.

211
211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people to essential health and human services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. View the sponsorship form.

LIVE UNITED Awards
This annual opportunity honors the incredible work of volunteers who have made significant contributions within the community. View the sponsorship form.

Community Breakfast
The Annual Community Breakfast attracts a diverse cross-section of community leaders who share an interest in making our community stronger. View the sponsorship form.