VolunteerSLO.org is a free website for local volunteer opportunities. We help the community give back! Through VolunteerSLO.org we are connecting the community with opportunities to GIVE, ADVOCATEand VOLUNTEER. Post your one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunites, share your events, and get connected to new volunteers! Apply for an account today.
USA Patriot Act
United Way Worldwide is in compliance with the spirit and intent of the USA Patriot Act and other counter terrorism laws. Affirmative action is taken to prevent technical, in-kind, or other resources from inadvertently being used for illegal acts and terrorist activities. In accordance with USA Patriot Act regulations, nonprofit organizations that receive funds from United Way of San Luis Obispo County (including grants and donor designations) are required to have a current, signed copy of the Patriot Act Statement of Compliance on file; please follow the link to download a copy, or call the United Way office at (805) 541-1234 with questions.
Download the Patriot Act Statement of Compliance Form.
Update Your 211 Listing
211 is an easy to remember three-digit phone number that brings people and services together. It is a non-emergency telephone number that connects individuals and families with information and community resources, available to more than 90% of those living in the United States. Resource updates to the 211 SLO County database are made on an as discovered or requested basis. Representatives who wish to modify their public listing may do so by submitting a request from their own agency's Public Resource Directory page or by calling the United Way office at (805) 541-1234. Data must be formatted according to the 211 iCarol Style Guide.
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies in an effort to help people with economic emergencies. The program is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding, and Local Boards are convened to determine the highest need and best use of funds. United Way of San Luis Obispo County serves on the Local Board as the administrator for EFSP in SLO County, alongside other local representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Department of Social Services and the faith community.
San Luis Obispo County was awarded $84,465 in 2023.
Local Recipient Organizations (LRO) seeking forms or manuals should log in to their online account at efsp.unitedway.org.
The application period for Phase 40 is NOW CLOSED. Please visit our EFSP webpage for more information.
Nonprofit Jobs Board
Do you have job opening at your nonprofit agency? United Way of San Luis Obispo County will post employment opportunities at other nonprofits on an as requested basis. If you would like to post an available opportunity at your organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide a complete job description and closing date.
The Opportunity Exchange is a space for local businesses to share items available for nonprofits. If you would like to share an item, please email email@example.com.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) promotes communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration among community organizations, faith-based groups, and government agencies with the goal of streamlining service delivery to people affected by disasters while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort. Visit the SLO VOAD website.
Community Reports and Studies
- The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County “How Are We Doing?”: A Summary of Community Data on San Luis Obispo County: (we can include link to the PDF once we make it publicly available) The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County retained Diringer and Associates to conduct a review and analysis of existing data on San Luis Obispo County. The review summarizes the key findings as they pertain to The Foundation’s program Areas of Focus: youth, health, housing, environment, arts and culture, and capacity building. This information is intended to be used by community members, partners, Foundation staff, Foundation Board, and various Foundation leadership committees.
- California Healthy Kids Survey: The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, risk behaviors and school climate in the nation. Across California the CHKS has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students’ health behaviors and academic performance and is frequently cited by state policymakers and the media as a critical component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of more effective health, prevention and youth development programs.
- Growing Together Initiative Community Survey Report: In 2001, to identify the issues and service needs of the local LGBTQ community, the Growing Together Advisory Committee developed and administered a Community Survey . The Survey was administered again in 2008. Along with identifying service needs, the Survey has provided a method for gathering information about the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQI community, local community involvement, and local support for LGBTQ individuals, through organizations and sources of information. The 2014 Survey was administered once again and distributed throughout SLO County both electronically and in print.
- SLO Health Counts: SLO Health Counts is a one-stop source of population data and community health information for San Luis Obispo County. This includes research-based promising practices for each health indicator.
- United Way Real Cost Measure: Statewide report published by United Way on financial challenges for working families. Data is presented on a statewide and county specific level.
- Vital Signs: The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990s. As defined, the project goals are:
- Raise public awareness of human needs, changing trends, emerging issues and community problems;
- Provide accurate, credible and valid information on an ongoing basis to human services planners and those providing funds;
- Provide information for individual institutions to guide decision-making about creation, management, and redesign of programs;
- Establish community goals using measurable Quality-of-Life Indicators that will lead to positive, healthy development for individuals, families and communities;
- Develop and support collaborative action plans to achieve the community goals.
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