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Basic Needs | COVID-19 | Partners | United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

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...

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

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...

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Empowering Youth | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

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...

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COVID-19 | United Way Bay Area

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...

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Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

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...

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United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

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...

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Census2020 | United Way Bay Area

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,...

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Jobs | Partners | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

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...

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United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

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...

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2020 Census | United Way Bay Area

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...

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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
It Takes A Village
By: Anton Timms
UWBA’s Week of Caring Brings Volunteers Together to Build Brighter Futures for Bay Area Families United Way Bay Area was thrilled to host its annual Week of Caring which brought out over 350 eager volunteers to help serve... Read More
United Way Worldwide & United Way Bay Area Enter New Affiliation
Move Will Position UWBA as the Prototype “Modern United Way” United Way Worldwide announced today that United Way Bay Area will be entering into a services agreement with UWW, as part of their mutual intent to enter into... Read More
When college doesn’t end happily ever after.
Heather moved from her dorm to her car—and then found EAN. Graduating college should be an exciting time in one’s life, but too often lower-income students find themselves struggling to make ends meet as they search for the... Read More
From Volunteer to Client to Staff
Carmen learned the value of SparkPoint financial coaching firsthand; now she’s helping others to do the same. Carmen was dropping off her son at preschool when she first spotted United Way’s SparkPoint across the street. She went to... Read More
Tacos for the Win
Through hard work and a little help from SparkPoint, Jesse started his own catering business; now he’s paying it forward. When hard times hit, Jesse—like many in the Bay Area—struggled to find well-paying work. Soon he and his... Read More
Struggling to Stay Afloat: The Real Cost Measure in California 2019
New United Way Report Finds More Than 1 in 3 Households in California Struggle to Meet Basic Needs Struggling to Stay Afloat: The Real Cost Measure in California 2019, a report released by the United Ways of California... Read More
Emerging Leaders Fighting Poverty
By: Tamara Orozco
Read how one of UWBA’s Emerging Leaders is helping fight Bay Area poverty. Meet Oscar Alvarez. He is a new member of the Steering Committee of United Way Bay Area’s Emerging Leaders, a group of philanthropic young professionals... Read More
Making Retirement Savings Accessible For All
By: Tamara Orozco
UWBA and CalSavers Launch New Retirement Savings Program for Millions of Californians Lacking Access United Way Bay Area, in partnership with CalSavers, recently hosted the CalSavers Bay Area event to raise awareness about a new retirement savings program... Read More
Salesforce.org & United Way Introduce New Volunteering Capability
Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit, today announced a new volunteering capability for Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud that allows employees to volunteer and connect... Read More
Advocating For An Equal Chance For All
By: Will White
UWBA advocates at state capitol in support of California’s children and immigrant families It’s state budget season in Sacramento and our legislators are hard at work hammering out the details of this year’s state budget. While our leaders... Read More