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Poverty | United Way Bay Area

Mayors and Community Leaders Honor Local Heroes at Believe

  Thank you for attending Believe 2015, and thank you for your continued support of our work here in the Bay Area! The night was...

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Impact | Poverty | United Way Bay Area

100 Families Lifted Out of Poverty
By: Randy Hyde

Just over a month ago, we set the bar high. We asked you to help us pull 100 families out of poverty by the end...

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Partners | Poverty | United Way Bay Area

Local Law Firms Rise to The Challenge

  Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP hosted this year’s Koko Challenge Awards Ceremony. Christie Emberley, UWBA’s Development Officer, sheds some light on the back story...

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Advocacy | United Way Bay Area

January 29th is EITC Awareness Day

  Mary is a single mother—no easy role. Raising four children on a single income in San Francisco presents problems that would challenge even the...

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Advocacy | Health | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

UWBA Takes On Sacramento

  It’s that time of the year again –United Ways of California’s annual Capitol Day in Sacramento. On April 12th, United Way of the Bay...

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Advocacy | Poverty | United Way Bay Area

Live United, Rise Together

  Guest Post By: Mary Kelly Persyn, Women United Member & Founder and Principal, Persyn Law & Policy   Live United, Rise Together: United Ways of California’s...

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Advocacy | Health | United Way Bay Area

Health4All Lobby Day
By: Will White

On May 16, UWBA Public Policy staff joined a diverse coalition of advocates from across California for the Health4All lobby day in Sacramento. Organized by...

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Poverty | Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

Moments That Last a Lifetime
By: Kevin Slattery

  Loretta Walker has a long history of involvement in the communities she has lived, as evidenced by her years of service with numerous charitable,...

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Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

Paying It Forward
By: Kevin Slattery

  Every September Cindy Vu motivates her staff at Wells Fargo to take part in United Way Bay Area’s fundraising and volunteer events, which benefit...

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Advocacy | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

UWBA Endorses Two Affordable Housing Ballot Measures

  As a regional leader on issues of poverty and financial security, United Way Bay Area is entering a new area of advocacy by endorsing...

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Connecting Youth to Careers
By: Tamara Orozco
OnTrack Career Expo Engages Local Students in Interactive Exhibits and Coaching at LinkedIn   The energy in the room was buzzing as high school students shook hands and talked with volunteer career coaches at United Way Bay... Read More
Local Berkeleyan Gives Back to the Bay Area
Robert Spear, PhD. knows a thing or two about research. As a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Public Health, he’s written and co-authored over a hundred papers on various topics in environmental... Read More
CEO Anne Wilson: Looking Back, Moving Forward
By: Abby Cunningham
In honor of women’s history month, Anne Wilson talks about her professional journey from college intern to CEO of UWBA, a career that spans nearly four decades. Her passion, dedication, and leadership are an inspiration to both women... Read More
Business Pathways Summer Internship
Apply for the Business Pathways Summer Internship Program Companies from various industries will provide internships for youth between the ages of 16-24. Internships will be 8 weeks long, from June 17th to August 9th, 2019. This is an... Read More
SparkPoint Celebrates 10 Successful Years
By: Abby Cunningham
In 2009, United Way Bay Area had a vision: empower struggling Bay Area residents to rise above their financial challenges and build a brighter future for themselves and their families. Today, SparkPoint provides financial coaching, career counseling, credit... Read More
Leading with Philanthropy
Together, we can change the world. When it comes to giving back, the Bay Area business community is all in. Over 90 individuals attended our joint presentation of Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud on January 31, 2019. Our fearless leader,... Read More
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 Francisco come together and battle it out... Read More
Our Two-Generation Approach Works – Just Ask This Donor
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