Volunteer Center

Why Volunteer?

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. You can also view volunteer opportunities with our partner organizations here.

Disaster Worker Volunteer Program

Monterey County has issued a Shelter in Place order starting at 12:01 a.m. on March 18th brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this news, United Way Monterey County is preparing in advance and may need volunteers. We will be listing volunteer opportunities on this page, as they become available.

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. Learn more or sign up.


This annual opportunity is to honor the incredible work of volunteers who have made significant contributions within the community. The 44th annual recognition of volunteers will be celebrated virtually on our site and social media.

Volunteer Opportunities

Current Opportunities


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

Volunteer Education and College Assistance Alliance (VECAA)

UWMC's collaboration with the Hartnell College Foundation provides assistance to college-bound students and their families with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Dream Act applications. Students need to submit their applications before March 2, 2022 to be eligible for maximum financial aid. 

UWMC is seeking volunteers to connect prospective college students to the financial aid they need for the 2021-2022 academic year. UWMC staff is currently developing the materials and timeline for the virtual training.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Ivy English, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Community Engagement, via email (noelle.ivyenglish@unitedwaymcca.org) or at (831) 757-3206.


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 here for instructions to participate.

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 age. Corporate Groups welcome too! Sign up here and we will contact you when the event date approaches.

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.

Upcoming Opportunities

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! Join United Way Monterey County as we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sign up here and we will contact you when the event date approaches.

Read Across Monterey County

Read Across America is 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.

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. Find more information here.