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Basic Needs | Empowering Youth | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Donate Supplies for Youth During Pandemic
By: Rachael Murdock

Every year, United Way Bay Area hosts a backpack drive to gather backpacks for youth in our community who cannot afford them or important school...

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Advocacy | Volunteering

Plan. Vote. Share.
By: William White, and Robert G. Cruz

Election day is around the corner. Thousands of people have taken the Vote pledge and now is the time to fulfill that pledge. For many...

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Empowering Youth | United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

DAY OF ACTION: United Way Bay Area Hosts Virtual Career Exploration for Oakland Youth
By: Rachael Murdock

Figuring out a career path is hard for most people but systemic barriers make it even more difficult for youth of color to expand their...

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Impact | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Volunteering in the Time of COVID-19
By: Rachael Murdock

Volunteers are a critical part of United Way Bay Area’s mission to help break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area. COVID-19 is affecting...

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Basic Needs | COVID-19 | Impact | United Way Bay Area

When Crisis Demands Immediate Action
By: Abby Cunningham

When local public health officials ordered the Shelter In Place of six Bay Area counties — a necessary step to stop the catastrophic spread of...

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Basic Needs | COVID-19 | Impact | United Way Bay Area

800,000 Pounds of Food Is Just the Beginning
By: Abby Cunningham

Even in a typical year, West Valley Community Services distributes about 800,000 pounds of food to hungry people, all with the help of about 600...

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Basic Needs | COVID-19 | Impact | United Way Bay Area

Resilience and Hope in San Jose
By: Abby Cunningham

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, San Jose has been hit particularly hard. Santa Clara County was among the first to shelter in place....

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United Way Bay Area

UWBA stands with #BlackLivesMatter
By: United Way Bay Area

United Way Bay Area stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter in the struggle to end systemic racism, poverty, injustice and police brutality. We are deeply saddened...

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United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Bay Area Pride Celebration and Volunteer Opportunity
By: Robert G. Cruz

During times of great need, we value the diverse contributions and experiences of every member of our community. United Way Bay Area celebrates and supports...

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Basic Needs | COVID-19 | Impact | United Way Bay Area

In Solano County: A Ray of Hope in the Time of COVID-19
By: Abby Cunningham

As the Bay Area sheltered in place, Solano County watched and waited. Then the order came down: Solano County would shelter at home along with...

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Donate Supplies for Youth During Pandemic
By: Rachael Murdock
Every year, United Way Bay Area hosts a backpack drive to gather backpacks for youth in our community who cannot afford them or important school supplies that help prepare them for the school year. This year, despite the... Read More
Plan. Vote. Share.
By: William White, and Robert G. Cruz
Election day is around the corner. Thousands of people have taken the Vote pledge and now is the time to fulfill that pledge. For many people having a plan to vote helps make getting to the polls easier.... Read More
DAY OF ACTION: United Way Bay Area Hosts Virtual Career Exploration for Oakland Youth
By: Rachael Murdock
Figuring out a career path is hard for most people but systemic barriers make it even more difficult for youth of color to expand their networks and learn about different careers available to them. As a way of... Read More
Volunteering in the Time of COVID-19
By: Rachael Murdock
Volunteers are a critical part of United Way Bay Area’s mission to help break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area. COVID-19 is affecting us all and we’re committed to providing volunteer opportunities for those who want... Read More
When Crisis Demands Immediate Action
By: Abby Cunningham
When local public health officials ordered the Shelter In Place of six Bay Area counties — a necessary step to stop the catastrophic spread of this deadly disease — tens of thousands of local residents lost their jobs.... Read More
800,000 Pounds of Food Is Just the Beginning
By: Abby Cunningham
Even in a typical year, West Valley Community Services distributes about 800,000 pounds of food to hungry people, all with the help of about 600 volunteers. But this is no typical year. “We noticed at the end of... Read More
Resilience and Hope in San Jose
By: Abby Cunningham
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, San Jose has been hit particularly hard. Santa Clara County was among the first to shelter in place. But as new cases continue to rise, shops and businesses remain shuttered, and... Read More
UWBA stands with #BlackLivesMatter
By: United Way Bay Area
United Way Bay Area stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter in the struggle to end systemic racism, poverty, injustice and police brutality. We are deeply saddened by the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so... Read More
Bay Area Pride Celebration and Volunteer Opportunity
By: Robert G. Cruz
During times of great need, we value the diverse contributions and experiences of every member of our community. United Way Bay Area celebrates and supports LGBTQ individuals during Pride Month. We are proud to call them our neighbors,... Read More
In Solano County: A Ray of Hope in the Time of COVID-19
By: Abby Cunningham
As the Bay Area sheltered in place, Solano County watched and waited. Then the order came down: Solano County would shelter at home along with the entire state of California. Catholic Charities of Yolo-Solano, a resource for food,... Read More
A Lifeline in the Gig Economy
By: Abby Cunningham
For 60 years, Community Services Agency (CSA) has been a vital lifeline to people in need. Now a member of the Emergency Assistance Network of Santa Clara County, the organization began as a community resource for immigrant farmers... Read More
COVID Call to Action: Combat Hunger and Homelessness in Sunnyvale
By: Abby Cunningham
Before the COVID-19 pandemic officially hit the Bay Area, another crisis loomed in the region. Rising income inequality crescendoed into a soaring divide, with people in the 90th percentile earning $384,000 per year while folks at the bottom... Read More
Report: UWBA’s SparkPoint Improves Student Persistence at Community Colleges
By: Ena Yasuhara Li
Staying in school has never been more difficult. But SparkPoint knows how to get students back on track. United Way Bay Area’s SparkPoint program is excited to release our first-ever report on student persistence: The SparkPoint Difference. SparkPoint... Read More
7 Ways to Thank Frontline Workers
By: Robert G. Cruz, Laura Escobar, William White, and Anton Timms
7 Ways to Thank Frontline Workers Nurses. Doctors. Grocery store employees. Delivery drivers. Warehouse workers. First responders. Truck drivers. Cleaners. There are so many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. They continue to help... Read More
United Way Bay Area CEO Anne Wilson to Retire
By: United Way Bay Area
United Way Bay Area (UWBA) CEO Anne Wilson has announced her retirement after 40 years of service—she joined the nonprofit in 1980 and became its first female CEO in 2000. Under Anne’s leadership, UWBA has raised more than... Read More
What are you doing with your day off?
By: Richard Vega
What better way to spend your day off than by following Dr. King’s example? Volunteer for MLK Day of Service to do right by your community.    MLK Day is a national day of service—a time set aside... Read More
Top 7 Things You Need to Know About the 2020 Census
By: Aminah Luqman
1. What is the census? The census is a government survey that only happens every 10 years and asks basic questions like the name, age, race and ethnicity of each person living in your household. The census is... Read More
CalSavers Retirement Savings: How One Oakland Coffee House Is Supporting Its Workers
By: Jack Avery
CalSavers is California’s state-sponsored workplace retirement savings program that makes it easy for small business employees to save for their futures. Through automatic payroll contributions into a personal retirement account, employees can save in a secure, easy and... Read More
Living United, Giving United
By: Tamara Orozco
We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end 2019 than by bringing our generous community together for the holidays in support of hundreds of Bay Area families in need. Together with our nonprofit and corporate partners... Read More
What is the 2020 Census?
By: Tamara Orozco
Not sure why the 2020 Census is a big deal? Watch video to learn what is at stake for your community. #BayAreaCounts2020   Check out our full Census page here. Read More
Fighting Homelessness – One Person, One Cup, One Neighborhood at a Time
By: Melissa Carle
This holiday season, you can double your impact on the fight against homelessness! When you give to United Way between December 1-31, 2019, The Starbucks Foundation will match it, up to $200,000.       United Way is... Read More
America’s Favorite Charity
By: Sidney Griffin
United Way Again Named America’s Favorite Charity by Chronicle of Philanthropy This week, two of the top philanthropy trade media publications released their annual rankings of America’s charities. United Way was ranked #1 in the Chronicle of Philanthropy... Read More
Addressing Barriers to Saving
By: Kelly Batson
UWBA Brings Community Partners Together to Discuss Work That Is Addressing Barriers to Saving Over the last year, United Way Bay Area (UWBA) has been working with United Ways of California to spread the word about CalSavers, a... Read More
Measuring Social Impact Using Innovative Tools
By: Tamara Orozco
UWBA’s SparkPoint Centers Use Exponent Case Management to Measure Client Progress and Build Brighter Futures Eric is a single parent and student at Cañada College. He’s faced challenges getting through school and achieving a degree without childcare. Eric... Read More
Census 2020 Efforts Underway
By: Tamara Orozco
United Way Bay Area Awards Nearly $1.1 Million to Nonprofits Seeking a Complete Count in Census 2020 United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is a state-designated, regional Administrative Community-Based Organization (ACBO) for Census 2020 and has awarded a total... Read More