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Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Taxes are hard. We make it easy.

UWBA is proud to announce that our Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) program is now in its 16th year of assisting low- to...

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Thriving Adults

Taxes made easy with new drop-off service for busy families
By: Kathlyn Russo

Earn it! Keep it! Save it! (EKS), a program of United Way Bay Area (UWBA), provides free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and...

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Empowering Youth | Jobs | Volunteering

Make Your Saturday Matter – Volunteer!
By: Missa Perron

    A job fair that’s about more than just jobs   We’re thrilled to host the annual Mayor’s Youth Jobs + Resource Fair on...

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Empowering Youth | Impact | Jobs

Another impactful year planned for Bay Area youth
By: Larry Berry

United Way Bay Area continues to be a lead partner in our sixth year of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Initiative. Through coordinated efforts of UWBA;...

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Empowering Youth | Jobs

On Track Career Expo

Learn about different careers and find the path to your dreams! EXPLORE CAREERS Learn about careers in STEM, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and more on site! PURSUE...

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Advocacy | Impact

Top 10 Advocacy Wins of 2017
By: Amalia Chamorro

As we prepare for another busy year of advocacy, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate our 2017 wins. UWBA — alongside our volunteers...

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United Way Bay Area

Uncles deserve better!
By: Lynn Lohr

It’s starting to be a stereotype on television, in movies, and in advertising. The eccentric uncle comes for the holidays and disrupts dinner. It’s time...

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United Way Bay Area

Ken Edlin loved life. In every photo his smile is wide.
By: Lynn Lohr

He loved his wife, Janine, a mademoiselle he met by chance on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ken and his cousin offered a young French...

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Emerging Leaders | Spotlight | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

SPOTLIGHT: Elaine Dang, Emerging Leaders Member
By: Kevin Slattery

Elaine Dang is an Associate with McKinsey and Company and volunteers with UWBA’s Emerging Leaders (EL) affinity group in her spare time. Dang recently participated...

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United Way Bay Area

In Memoriam of Mayor Ed Lee
By: Kevin Slattery

United Way Bay Area is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our friend Mayor Ed Lee on December 12, 2017. As a dynamic supporter...

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Taxes are hard. We make it easy.
UWBA is proud to announce that our Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) program is now in its 16th year of assisting low- to moderate-income Bay Area residents with free tax preparation. Last year, thanks to the... Read More
Taxes made easy with new drop-off service for busy families
By: Kathlyn Russo
Earn it! Keep it! Save it! (EKS), a program of United Way Bay Area (UWBA), provides free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Last year, more than 2,000 trained volunteers provided free tax preparation for... Read More
Make Your Saturday Matter – Volunteer!
By: Missa Perron
    A job fair that’s about more than just jobs   We’re thrilled to host the annual Mayor’s Youth Jobs + Resource Fair on Saturday, March 17th. During this day-long job and resource fair, we offer wraparound... Read More
Another impactful year planned for Bay Area youth
By: Larry Berry
United Way Bay Area continues to be a lead partner in our sixth year of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Initiative. Through coordinated efforts of UWBA; The San Francisco Mayor’s Office; San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Families;... Read More
On Track Career Expo
Learn about different careers and find the path to your dreams! EXPLORE CAREERS Learn about careers in STEM, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and more on site! PURSUE YOUR DREAM CAREER Find out how to get connected to a variety of... Read More
Top 10 Advocacy Wins of 2017
By: Amalia Chamorro
As we prepare for another busy year of advocacy, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate our 2017 wins. UWBA — alongside our volunteers and coalition partners, met with local officials, state representatives, and members of Congress... Read More
Uncles deserve better!
By: Lynn Lohr
It’s starting to be a stereotype on television, in movies, and in advertising. The eccentric uncle comes for the holidays and disrupts dinner. It’s time to set the record straight. Uncles do a lot of good—quietly, thoughtfully, and... Read More
Ken Edlin loved life. In every photo his smile is wide.
By: Lynn Lohr
He loved his wife, Janine, a mademoiselle he met by chance on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ken and his cousin offered a young French woman and her friend a ride home one sunlit afternoon. Things clicked in... Read More
SPOTLIGHT: Elaine Dang, Emerging Leaders Member
By: Kevin Slattery
Elaine Dang is an Associate with McKinsey and Company and volunteers with UWBA’s Emerging Leaders (EL) affinity group in her spare time. Dang recently participated in an EL Holiday Party where she sponsored a family in need by... Read More
In Memoriam of Mayor Ed Lee
By: Kevin Slattery
United Way Bay Area is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our friend Mayor Ed Lee on December 12, 2017. As a dynamic supporter of civil rights and a champion of equality, Mayor Lee dedicated his life... Read More
Tax Savvy Donors Tell How An IRA Gift Benefits Them And United Way
By: Lynn Lohr
Kathy and Mike, long-time United Way supporters, are making their first Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) ever this holiday season. They’ve chosen to write a sizable check directly from Kathy’s IRA to United Way Bay Area. The two Alameda... Read More
3 Ways to Fix the Tax Code
By: Amalia Chamorro
With Congress moving full speed ahead on tax reform before the year’s end, we have a once in a generation opportunity to improve the nation’s tax code. The United Way network is advocating for three key principles in... Read More
When a Health Crisis Becomes a Housing Crisis
David and his teenage son, Steven arrived at Compass Family Shelter, a partner of United Way Bay Area after many long months sleeping in emergency shelters throughout San Francisco. Originally from Kentucky, the two hitchhiked to California in... Read More
Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund Update
By: Laura Escobar
Here is a brief update (as of November 2, 2017) of the work that has been accomplished since the wildfires began and an outline of the work that will continue in supporting the rebuilding efforts.   211 Call... Read More
Take Our Survey
By: Panchami Bhat
  What do you think is the most important issue facing the Bay Area today? What role do you envision playing in strengthening our community? How do you want to join the fight to end poverty? UWBA... Read More
The NFL and UWBA Kickoff ‘Character Playbook’
By: Panchami Bhat & Tamara Orozco
In response to the growing issue of bullying across the nation, United Way Bay Area (UWBA) teamed up with the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders to launch the Character Playbook, an interactive, digital program, training middle... Read More
Help Those Affected By Northern California Wildfires
By: Tamara Orozco
Several Northern California counties were devastated by wildfires yesterday, including Sonoma, Napa, Yuba, and Mendocino — covering 73,000 acres as of Tuesday morning. United Way Bay Area is saddened by the devastation these fires have caused, affecting our... Read More
Congress Could Miss an Opportunity to Help Workers with Tax Reform
By: Will White
Last month the White House, along with Republican congressional leadership unveiled their long-awaited blueprint for tax reform. The document, “Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code” lays out the majority party’s priorities for a major overhaul of... Read More
Can Gorillas Help Fight Poverty?
By: Kevin Slattery & Catherine McAuliffe
  What is the Koko Challenge?   The Koko Challenge is a way for Bay Area law firms to have some fun and competition while giving back to their community. The challenge is between participating law firms (and... Read More
For the Love of Law
By: Panchami Bhat & Tamara Orozco
With a first professional job or internship comes skill-building, confidence, and according to Emma Nakayoshi, the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in school to the real world. Emma joined United Way Bay Area’s youth employment program, MatchBridge... Read More
4 Motivational Quotes from The Equity Forum
By: Panchami Bhat
UWBA’s first ever Equity Forum was a day full of excitement, learning, discussion, and action. Nonprofit professionals from across the Bay Area gathered at the Microsoft Conference Center to discuss systemic barriers to breaking the cycle of poverty,... Read More
United We Dream
By: Anne Wilson
This week, after months of speculation, the federal administration announced the termination of the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was implemented in 2012 by executive order under President Obama to provide some immigrants who were... Read More
How to Help Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey
By: Tamara Orozco & Kevin Slattery
United Way Bay Area stands with those affected by Hurricane Harvey, a storm of epic proportions AND the response needed is of epic proportions. The Texas and Louisiana communities affected are currently in response mode, assessing the needs... Read More
Be Kind to One Another
By: Kevin Slattery
As we reflect on some of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history, we feel compelled to unite our constituency around our shared values that we have demonstrated for more than 90 years. We also stand firmly... Read More
Spotlight: Zac Siriboon, Assurance Services at Ernst & Young
By: Panchami Bhat
Zac Siriboon is a dynamic and motivated young professional. He’s starting his third year with EY and recently became a UWBA Emerging Leader, giving him the opportunity to focus on his altruistic passions by connecting underserved youth to resources... Read More