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United Way Bay Area

 

Thanks to your support, we connected more than 250,000 people so far this year with services like access to food and shelter, financial coaching and tools, and career preparation services for youth and adults. Before the year ends, let’s do more and unite to get an additional 100 families the services they need to thrive.

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Cecilia is a mother of three and a member of REACH, a program of United Way’s SparkPoint program, which provides coaching to help people make progress toward their financial and professional goals. Her SparkPoint coach has already helped her create a plan to return to college part-time to improve her English and move toward becoming a registered nurse.


"I do not want to be fifty years old and without a stable job." - Cecilia, SparkPoint client

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$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

309

Napa County residents received free financial coaching and career development services

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+ 291 more :)

2,098

tax returns filed for low- to moderate-income families in need

$2,600,000 +

in refunds to help struggling families get by

 

502

calls answered to connect those in need with vital services like food & shelter

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Camila is a single parent whose journey to financial success began when SparkPoint helped her access childcare services for her seven children so she could focus on her job search. Because she faced multiple challenges, Camila was a part of multiple programs with various agencies. Still, she says no one believed in her to the degree that the SparkPoint center staff did. Before, Camila had never made more than minimum wage. Now, after receiving SparkPoint services, she is an apprentice carpenter making $26.85 per hour and working full time to support her family.

"I went from a minimum wage paying job to making double what I was being paid before and I also received child care. This place [SparkPoint Center] was so helpful to me … I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I’ve accomplished without this program." Camila - SparkPoint client

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$50
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$500
$1000
$2000
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$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

330

Solano County residents received free financial coaching and career development services

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+ 312 more :)

5,057

tax returns filed for low- to moderate-income families in need

$4,700,000 +

in refunds to help struggling families get by


6,753

calls answered to connect those in need with vital services like food & shelter

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Bless Krieger struggled with alcohol addiction and was homeless for many years. After joining a recovery program, he started his life again and wanted to build and repair his credit standing. With the help of United Way’s SparkPoint program, he worked hard to improve his credit from no credit to a 727 FICO score. He is now attending City College in San Francisco and wants to share his positive experience with the world.

"I want to write a TV show or movie about the struggles that people like me at SparkPoint are dealing with. I want to show them how to get out of the hole that they are in."

$25
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$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

433

Marin County residents received free financial coaching and career development services

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+ 415 more :)

 

3,038

tax returns filed for low- to moderate-income families in need

$2,900,000 +

back into the pockets of Marin County residents

 

1,070

calls answered to connect those in need with vital services like food & shelter

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Britani came to SparkPoint Contra Costa when she did not have a job or car, was going to school, and knew she needed the help. She decided to take advantage of financial and credit coaching at SparkPoint. After receiving SparkPoint services, Britani found employment, reduced her debt, and increased her credit score. Britani is an inspiration to others through her persistence as a single mother to enhance her life with hard work and continuing her education. She is grateful for the supportive staff at SparkPoint and encourages her peers to know about and utilize the varied resources the center provides. 


“They encouraged me, every time I was there. For someone to not know me personally, but to still be rooting for me -- that was the most empowering thing.” - Britani, SparkPoint client

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$1000
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$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

1,512

Contra Costa County residents received free financial coaching and career development services

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+ 1494 more :)

12,307

tax returns filed for low- to moderate-income families in need

$11,400,000

in refunds to help struggling families get by

 

39,494

 

calls answered to connect those in need with vital services like food & shelter

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Before she got an internship through MatchBridge, Grace had some great ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit. She was studying psychology and management, but wasn’t sure how to put them to good use. Grace’s internship with GearLaunch, where she worked on their social media, gave her clarity in her career path. She now wants to pursue a marketing degree to put her understanding of human behaviors and interactions to good use.

"I’m hoping MatchBridge will help me find direction in my career. I would recommend this program to a lot of my friends. This is a good fit for so many people looking to develop their professional skills." - Grace, MatchBridge participant

$25
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$250
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$1000
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$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

818

people received free financial coaching and
career development services

+ 800 more :)

17,086

tax returns filed for low- to moderate-income families in need

$18,300,000+

in much-needed refunds returned to struggling families

10,887

calls answered to connect those in need with vital services like food and water

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Gloria has been doing “big things for a long time” as she ran a successful company and owned her own home. The one thing she didn’t accomplish was a firm understanding of how to balance a budget. It wasn’t until Gloria effectively lost her son due to disagreements in regards to her personal finances that she finally walked into a Sparkpoint center and asked a financial coach for assistance. Though she felt vulnerable, she received the support she needed to manage her finances and learned how to balance her budget.


"I gained my son back and also peace of mind because I was running out of money . . . It [SparkPoint] helped me. The people were really kind." - Gloria, SparkPoint client 



$25
$50
$100
$250
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$1000
$2000
Other


$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

994

Alameda County residents received free financial coaching and
career development services

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+ 976 more :)

23,087

tax returns were filed for low- to moderate-income families in need

$26,200,000

in refunds to help struggling families get by

 

101,523

calls from Alameda County were answered

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Kailee hopes to work for the United Nations one day and SparkPoint is helping her get there. A student in the Skyline College Guardian Scholars program, Kailee was excited to find out about programs that help students save for their books and tuition. Kailee plans on transferring to Georgetown and sets her goals high because she said, "You can't reach it if you're too afraid of the task in front of you."

"If you're struggling with housing, if you're struggling with finances, they [SparkPoint] have you covered." - Kailee, SparkPoint client

$25
$50
$100
$250
$500
$1000
$2000
Other


$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

1,290

San Mateo County residents received free financial coaching and career development services

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+ 1,272 more :)

8,853

tax returns filed for low - to moderate-income families in need

$8,500,000 +

in refunds to help struggling families get by.

 

4,585

calls answered to connect those in need with vital services like food & shelter

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As an immigrant who arrived in the U.S. five years ago with his wife and four children, Damtew worried about how he was going to do his taxes, especially on a low income. His spirits were lifted when he visited a free Earn It! Keep It! Save It! tax site in San Jose. Volunteers helped him navigate the complex tax system and claim a refund, which his family used as a security deposit for a safe place to live. Encouraged by how much the service helped him, Damtew is now on the other side of the desk-serving as a trained tax preparation volunteer.



"The volunteers sacrifice their time to help others stand on their own. They help familiarize you with what they are doing and why." - Damtew, Earn It! Keep It! Save It! client

26,813

calls answered to connect those in need with vital services like food and water

 

Coming Soon to San Jose! Free financial coaching and career coaching.

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9,444

tax returns filed for low- to moderate-income families in need

$9,200,000+

in much-needed refunds returned to struggling families

$25
$50
$100
$250
$500
$1000
$2000
Other


$25 Enables a struggling family to be connected to a food pantry and another vital service like utility bill assistance—24 hours a day


$50 Provides free tax preparation for one family, ensuring they get the refunds owed to them to help meet basic needs


$100 Supports a youth living in poverty with interview prep and resume review so they can earn an income and pay for school


$250 Provides free, personalized financial and career coaching for one person


$500 Enables a struggling parent in attending a 4-week financial literacy course to help them on their path to financial stability


$1,000 Supports a parent in a comprehensive career training program that will enable them to earn a self-sufficient wage and support their family


$2,000 Provides the full array of services needed to move a family out of poverty


Every dollar counts when it comes to ending poverty.

We've helped thousands of families escape
the cycle of poverty this year—let's help another
100 start the New Year with a new lease on life.



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Bay Area locations assisting low-income residents with their taxes.

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Tax returns filed for low- to moderate-income families in need.

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In much needed refunds returned to struggling families.