UC Santa Cruz United Way Campaign



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Campaign Dates: May 13 - 24


Our Youth Deserve The Best


Today, 32% of Santa Cruz County families do not earn enough to make ends meet. (The Real Cost Measure, 2018). This is influenced by high housing costs, the prevelance of seasonal, low-paying wages, and more. Growing up in poverty especially hurts children - adversely impacting their development, health, and economic mobility throughout their lifetimes. 

By ensuring that youth have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, the United 4 Youth Collaborative provides wrap-around services and leadership support to promote college and career readiness, health and wellness, economic stability, and community connection among Santa Cruz County's highest-needs youth. Your annual contribution to United Way of Santa Cruz County will support the collaborative:

  • Invest in local community program partners from the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force to implement their neighborhood-based projects that will comprehensively address the needs of youth and families in who are struggling to make ends meet. To date, the two neighborhood-based projects are located in Santa Cruz/Live Oak and Watsonville. 

  • Jovenes SANOS - a youth and advocacy leadership program that partners with high school students to create a culture of health by increasing healthy eating and active living opportunities in Watsonville.

  • 2-1-1 Helpline to connect youth and families to critical services for basic needs 

  • Community Assessment Project (CAP) for data assessment, insights, and evaluation

UC Santa Cruz has partnered with United Way for over 25 years - we have had a significant impact in youth success. This includes helping to provide over 2,200 new backpacks filled with school supplies for youth experiening homelessness and increasing the percentage of youth who are graduating from high school and are prepared to continue on to a university. 


We are thrilled to have Fiona Weigant serve as our United Way Employee Campaign Manager - she is available to answer questions you have about making a donation to United Way by May 24. Fiona and the United Way Campaign team have created simple ways for you to give:

  • Click above on the best method for your annual gift. 
  • Paper pledge form, please click here
  • If you want to continue your gift amount from last year, click here. (Please note that your gift will include your designation from last year as well. If you want to make changes to your designations, please complete a new pledge)

Please join us and invest in our community! Whether you are new to the workplace giving program or want to adjust your current giving levels, your gift to United Way is greatly appreciated!