Nonprofit group United Way short on funding for new building

Nonprofit group United Way Monterey County is quickly approaching its deadline to raise money to purchase a new building. United Way needs $281,000 to meet a $400,000 goal.Taylor Farms will match the amount of money raised and meet the overall cost of $7 million. United Way recently merged its Salinas and Monterey offices under one roof in downtown Salinas. While the building is currently under rent, the nonprofit is hoping to own the building. The new home base serves as a community impact center that allows the nonprofit to take on more clients and expand operations. The center will house all the nonprofit’s services and other local, small nonprofits. The center encompasses two addresses: 247 Main St. and 236 Monterey St.United Way is best known for its 211-speed dial service. Since its launch in 2009, the line has connected over 150,000 residents with community resources to help with food and housing insecurity.It also runs an emergency rent and utility assistance program, affordable housing initiative and Stuff the Bus program, which provides school supplies for students facing homelessness.”Knowing we have $281,000 to go, we have some big asks out. I know we’ve had some generous participation already, and so we’re just wanting to keep the word out there that we’re coming to a close and to help us get across the finish line,” President and CEO Katy Castagna said.

Nonprofit group United Way Monterey County is quickly approaching its deadline to raise money to purchase a new building.

United Way needs $281,000 to meet a $400,000 goal.

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Taylor Farms will match the amount of money raised and meet the overall cost of $7 million.

United Way recently merged its Salinas and Monterey offices under one roof in downtown Salinas. While the building is currently under rent, the nonprofit is hoping to own the building.

The new home base serves as a community impact center that allows the nonprofit to take on more clients and expand operations. The center will house all the nonprofit’s services and other local, small nonprofits.

The center encompasses two addresses: 247 Main St. and 236 Monterey St.

United Way is best known for its 211-speed dial service. Since its launch in 2009, the line has connected over 150,000 residents with community resources to help with food and housing insecurity.

It also runs an emergency rent and utility assistance program, affordable housing initiative and Stuff the Bus program, which provides school supplies for students facing homelessness.

“Knowing we have $281,000 to go, we have some big asks out. I know we’ve had some generous participation already, and so we’re just wanting to keep the word out there that we’re coming to a close and to help us get across the finish line,” President and CEO Katy Castagna said.

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