Tell Us Your Story!

My name is Mary Castagna and this is how I LIVE UNITED…

When I retired I wanted to volunteer at a place that had influenced my childhood, the library. As a child I remember spending countless Saturdays in my local library, trudging home with an armload of books.  Now I “work” at my local library on committees and projects to help keep this essential community resource thriving for future generations.  I also feed my lifelong love of classical music by helping local music presenters in their outreach to new youth audiences.  The music professionals get satisfaction from their volunteer work but I’m always thrilled when I see a child who’s discovered a talent or love for music.    Volunteering at our local hospital and volunteering for United Way are other ways I participate in the workings of our diverse community.   It is such a joy to be able to “give back” to the world that has been so good to me.

How Do You Live United?
By telling your Live United story, you can inspire others and become part of a committed movement dedicated to making a difference in communities across Monterey County. Whether you are an individual community member or an organization, we want to hear from you!

GIVE:  Do you donate to United Way? Tell us why giving to United Way is important to you.

ADVOCATE:  When you speak out to support people in need, reach out to members of the state legislature or Congress or wear your LIVE UNITED shirt to show your support, you can make a difference.  Tell us how you have advocated to help improve lives in Monterey County and why it is important to you.

VOLUNTEER:  Do you make a difference through volunteerism?  Tell us how a meaningful volunteer experience has touched your life or the lives of others in the community.

2-1-1: Have you or someone you know used our 2-1-1 information system to connect to needed services? Let us know how 2-1-1 helped.

ORGANIZATIONS:  Has your organization benefited from United Way funding, advocacy efforts or volunteer support?  Tell us how your organization and your constituents have benefited from the support of United Way Monterey County.

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