Monterey, CA – United Way Monterey County held its Annual Community Breakfast on September 23rd with 185 guests virtually attending via Zoom.
The program kicked-off with the theme ‘Stay the Course’, a three-minute video highlighting United Way’s impact and accomplishments in Monterey County.
The event also delivered the newly released Impact Monterey County (IMC) 2020 Community Report, which identifies the critical needs and aspirations of our County. The IMC report consists of a vision for recovery that focuses on building a more equitable Monterey County that is more resilient in the face of challenges. The report emphasizes the need for targeted collaboration that prioritizes public health, focuses on racial equity and the revitalization of our local economy. The report was presented by Michael Applegate, Data and Research Partnership Manager, Bright Futures Education Partnership at CSUMB.
The program concluded with a panel discussion on ‘Vision for Recovery’ , moderated by Dan Green, News Anchor at KSBW Action News 8, with subject matter experts:
- Dr. Allen Radner, CEO; Salinas Valley Medical Clinic, Chief Medical Officer; Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
- Andrea Manzo, Regional Equity Director; East Salinas Building Healthy Communities
- Kate Roberts, President & CEO, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
“At United Way Monterey County, we engage with our partners to improve the quality of life for individuals and families by ensuring economic self-sufficiency. This financial stability is only achieved if certain key aspects are in place; racial diversity, inclusiveness, access to opportunities. Without these, financial self-sufficiency is neither equitable nor achievable,” said Doug Yount, Board Chair of United Way Monterey County. “I joined the Board of United Way because I was impressed with the strategic focus and the measurable positive impact in areas of child care and early education, asset building, and affordable housing. And I wanted an avenue to give to my community.” added Mr. Yount.
About United Way: UWMC stands for diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion in our organizational practices, policies, and programs. We fight for the financial stability of families with a focus on access to affordable, quality child care and housing. In addition, United Way provides a portfolio of financial support services and connections to help families become self-sufficient. Family financial stability boosts student performance, increases residents’ safety and health outcomes and helps our local economy grow.