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Koko Challenge
By: Abby Cunningham

Law firms use “gorilla tactics” to fight poverty.  There’s no law that says you can’t have a little fun in the fight against poverty. That’s exactly...

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Impact | Philanthropy | United Way Bay Area

Our Two-Generation Approach Works – Just Ask This Donor
By: Abby Cunningham

When Phillippe Wallace started giving to United Way, it was more than a calling to help the less fortunate. For him, it was personal. “My...

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Basic Needs | Jobs | Partners

211 Government Shutdown Resources
By: Richard Vega

2-1-1 IS HERE TO HELP United Way launched the United for U.S. Coalition to mobilize its corporate partners, organized labor, the United Way network and...

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Impact | Partners | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Winter Wonderland in San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood

Emerging Leaders Group Fulfills Wish Lists for Struggling Families United Way Bay Area’s Emerging Leaders group channeled Santa’s little helpers and hosted the annual Winter...

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Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

United Way Bay Area Helps Launch Retirement Savings Program

CalSavers offers California workers an easy way to save for retirement. In November 2018, UWBA helped launch CalSavers, a pilot program that will offer an...

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United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

United Way Tops Forbes List of America’s Top Charities

We are honored to again make the list and grateful to our many partners and supporters who help make our work possible. As described by...

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Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

When there’s nobody else to call, we’re here for you.
By: Tamara Orozco

Our free 211 helpline connects those in need, like Sara, with those who can help. When crisis hits and survival mode kicks in, it’s hard...

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Impact | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Volunteer to Help Families ‘Earn It! Keep It! Save It!’
By: Kat Russo

UWBA’s free tax assistance program brings back $82 million in refunds to local residents What could be more rewarding than helping low- to moderate-income Bay...

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Education | Empowering Youth | Impact | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Free Financial Coaching for Every Community College Student in San Mateo County
By: Tamara Orozco

SparkPoint at College of San Mateo Aims to Foster Financial Independence Among Students Where can families, students and others find one-stop free financial services to...

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Basic Needs | Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

California Wildfire Relief Funds

  UNITED WAY ESTABLISHES WILDFIRE RELIEF FUNDS   In response to the wildfires which have devastated Northern and Southern California in recent days, the regional...

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Koko Challenge
By: Abby Cunningham
Law firms use “gorilla tactics” to fight poverty. There’s no law that says you can’t have a little fun in the fight against poverty. That’s exactly what the Koko challenge is all about. The top legal minds in San... Read More
Our Two-Generation Approach Works – Just Ask This Donor
By: Abby Cunningham
When Phillippe Wallace started giving to United Way, it was more than a calling to help the less fortunate. For him, it was personal. “My biological father was not a part of the family, nor provided any support,”... Read More
211 Government Shutdown Resources
By: Richard Vega
2-1-1 IS HERE TO HELP United Way launched the United for U.S. Coalition to mobilize its corporate partners, organized labor, the United Way network and other nonprofits to assist federal workers, contractors and others who may be impacted... Read More
Winter Wonderland in San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood
Emerging Leaders Group Fulfills Wish Lists for Struggling Families United Way Bay Area’s Emerging Leaders group channeled Santa’s little helpers and hosted the annual Winter Wonderland event in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, bringing together local families for an... Read More
United Way Bay Area Helps Launch Retirement Savings Program
CalSavers offers California workers an easy way to save for retirement. In November 2018, UWBA helped launch CalSavers, a pilot program that will offer an estimated 7 million workers in California the opportunity to contribute to an Individual... Read More
United Way Tops Forbes List of America’s Top Charities
We are honored to again make the list and grateful to our many partners and supporters who help make our work possible. As described by Forbes, rankings on the 20th edition of the Forbes top-charities list are determined... Read More
When there’s nobody else to call, we’re here for you.
By: Tamara Orozco
Our free 211 helpline connects those in need, like Sara, with those who can help. When crisis hits and survival mode kicks in, it’s hard to think straight, to know where to turn for help. That’s where Sara*... Read More
Volunteer to Help Families ‘Earn It! Keep It! Save It!’
By: Kat Russo
UWBA’s free tax assistance program brings back $82 million in refunds to local residents What could be more rewarding than helping low- to moderate-income Bay Area families and supporting the local economy? We don’t know either! United Way... Read More
Free Financial Coaching for Every Community College Student in San Mateo County
By: Tamara Orozco
SparkPoint at College of San Mateo Aims to Foster Financial Independence Among Students Where can families, students and others find one-stop free financial services to help them get out of debt, save money and become financially self-sufficient? SparkPoint.... Read More
California Wildfire Relief Funds
  UNITED WAY ESTABLISHES WILDFIRE RELIEF FUNDS   In response to the wildfires which have devastated Northern and Southern California in recent days, the regional United Way in each area has established relief funds to provide assistance to... Read More
Lyft, United Way Worldwide and Salesforce.org partner for philanthropy.
By: Tamara Orozco
Lyft Chooses Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud to Give Back to Communities United Way Worldwide recently announced that Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the country, has signed on to use Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud as a way of engaging... Read More
1 District, 3 SparkPoint Centers
By: Ena Yasuhara Li
  A SparkPoint Center for every community college in San Mateo County Students and community members in San Mateo County will soon have access to an incredible new resource: SparkPoint at College of San Mateo (CSM). When this... Read More
A few hours given, a thousand dollars saved.
EKS volunteers help ensure struggling families get the tax refunds they deserve. Zimka, a Bay Area tax accountant, used to take her job for granted—“I’d say, ‘I’m just a tax accountant.’” That all changed when she began... Read More
Mourning the loss of their child, fearing the loss of their home.
Jorge and his wife struggled when they lost their son and income; then they found EAN. Everyone experiences emergencies from time to time, but crisis can be especially devastating for low-income families—like Jorge’s. Jorge was born with cerebral... Read More
Cancellation Notice: UPS Hiring Event: 10/16/18 Skyline College – San Bruno, CA
This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience       Get your career started with a job at UPS! UPS is hiring part-time & full-time positions available with shifts to fit your schedule. – Package Delivery Drivers... Read More
Career Prep 2018
OCTOBER 5 / 10:30am – 1:30pm Join us for a day of networking and skills training! Ernst & Young volunteers are partnering with United Way Bay Area (UWBA) to host a job-skills training event for local Bay Area... Read More
The new era of corporate giving, explained.
By: Kate Webb
UW Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher talks SPC and more in Harvard Business Review If you follow us on social media, are subscribed to this blog, or have had any interaction with basically any of our employees lately, you... Read More
Health Care Services Hiring Event: September 19, 2018 11am – 1:30pm
Homebridge provides home care and support services in San Francisco county. Performing four main types of services personal care, domestic care, paramedical and specialized care services, Homebridge is currently seeking candidates with previous experience or those interested in... Read More
Show your support for tax refunds.
By: Will White
Act to help more Bay Area families get the tax returns they deserve.   Congress gets back to work this month after its summer recess and legislators will have their hands full with a number of pressing items.... Read More
UPS Hiring Event
Get your career Started with job at UPS! UPS is hiring part-time & full-time positions – San Francisco Drivers – Dispatch Supervisors – Package Center Supervisors – Package Handlers WHEN AND WHERE Tuesday September 4th, 2018 / 4pm... Read More
Ware Malcomb Volunteers Dive into Summer of Impact
By: Missa Perron
Nation-wide food drive helps those facing food insecurity   United Way’s Summer of Impact is simple: we connect the generosity of our corporate partners with the expertise of our incredible community partners. A common request from our community... Read More
From struggling in school to a job in advertising.
Emilio struggled in school but found passion in a job in advertising through Youth Jobs+.   Like many youth his age, San Francisco Mission District native Emilio Diaz says he enjoyed the social aspects of school, but... Read More
UWBA and Youth Jobs+ featured in The Atlantic
UWBA’s Larry Berry and Youth Jobs+ success Emilio Diaz talk about the importance of youth jobs In the Bay Area and across the United States, youth are increasingly moving away from 4-year college degrees, just as low-skill, entry-level... Read More
What is Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud?
Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud inspires, connects and empowers employees to engage in social causes   Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud is a game-changing platform that inspires, connects and empowers employees and organizations to engage in causes they care about to create... Read More
Tax season results are here!
By: Colleen Smallfield
United Way Bay Area’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program is part of a national effort to provide free tax preparation to working families and individuals by training volunteers to prepare tax returns and identify critical tax... Read More