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California Makes Voting More Accessible and Convenient
By: Amalia Chamorro

    California has made it easier for voters to submit their ballots thanks to the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA). Approved by lawmakers in 2016,...

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

Uniting Youth for Social Good
By: Kevin Slattery

United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is truly inspired by the movement of young people who are speaking out about social issues that impact their lives...

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

More Than a Job Fair
By: Missa Perron

As a partner in the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, we aim to meet youth where they’re at – whether that means ready for a job...

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Impact | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

4 Ways You Can Support Your Community This Month
By: Kearstin Krehbiel and Tamara Orozco

If you’ve been looking for ways to get involved in your local community–look no further. UWBA social impact volunteer opportunities are abundant! Over the last...

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Three EKS Volunteers

Basic Needs | Jobs | Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

EKS Volunteers Give Back In A Meaningful Way
By: Kevin Slattery

For the 16th year, low- to moderate-income residents of the Bay Area are afforded the opportunity to have their taxes prepared for free through the...

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Partners | Spotlight | United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

United Way & Salesforce Team Up to Transform Philanthropy
By: Tamara Orozco

Imagine a social networking platform that allows corporate employees to get involved with social impact causes they care about, allows them to give to their...

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Advocacy | Impact | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

A Thriving California For All, Not Just A Few
By: Will White

The 2018 legislative session is starting in Sacramento and advocates from across the state will connect with leaders in the Capitol about shared policy priorities....

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Impact | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

A Path Forward Despite College Debt

Kim dropped out of college with $80,000 in loan debt, no degree, and feeling hopeless. Anxious and depressed, Kim was looking for a no-cost way...

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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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California Makes Voting More Accessible and Convenient
By: Amalia Chamorro
  California has made it easier for voters to submit their ballots thanks to the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA). Approved by lawmakers in 2016, the VCA significantly changes the way voters in several California counties will cast... Read More
Uniting Youth for Social Good
By: Kevin Slattery
United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is truly inspired by the movement of young people who are speaking out about social issues that impact their lives and communities. “It is incumbent upon us all to empower our young people... Read More
More Than a Job Fair
By: Missa Perron
As a partner in the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, we aim to meet youth where they’re at – whether that means ready for a job or ready to connect with re-entry programs or other support services. Many youth... Read More
4 Ways You Can Support Your Community This Month
By: Kearstin Krehbiel and Tamara Orozco
If you’ve been looking for ways to get involved in your local community–look no further. UWBA social impact volunteer opportunities are abundant! Over the last few weeks, volunteers hosted a clothing drive that collected nearly 100 pounds of... Read More
EKS Volunteers Give Back In A Meaningful Way
By: Kevin Slattery
For the 16th year, low- to moderate-income residents of the Bay Area are afforded the opportunity to have their taxes prepared for free through the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) program. United Way is proud to... Read More
United Way & Salesforce Team Up to Transform Philanthropy
By: Tamara Orozco
Imagine a social networking platform that allows corporate employees to get involved with social impact causes they care about, allows them to give to their favorite charities and see which causes are trending within their company. This new... Read More
A Thriving California For All, Not Just A Few
By: Will White
The 2018 legislative session is starting in Sacramento and advocates from across the state will connect with leaders in the Capitol about shared policy priorities. UWBA believes California is ripe for opportunity in two areas that support policies... Read More
A Path Forward Despite College Debt
Kim dropped out of college with $80,000 in loan debt, no degree, and feeling hopeless. Anxious and depressed, Kim was looking for a no-cost way to improve her situation and United Ways’ SparkPoint center sounded like a perfect... Read More
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
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 support services to put underserved youth on a path to economic security.... 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
Donors Tell How IRA Gift Benefits Them & 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