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Empowering Youth | Impact | Philanthropy

Tomorrow’s Leaders Tackling Today’s Problems
By: Kelly Batson

UWBA Micro-Grants Enable Youth to Support Teen Moms, Mental Health and More Inspired by the outspoken youth taking up the fight for social justice throughout...

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Advocacy | Impact

Policies That Invest In Working Families
By: Will White

California Earned Income Tax Credit and School-Based Services Set Families Up For Success United Way Bay Area recently wrapped up another Capitol Day in Sacramento...

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Basic Needs | Partners | Poverty

United Way Partners with Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Those in Need

Program Available in 12 Cities Across the Country United Way Worldwide announced today that it is partnering with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in...

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

United Way Report Finds 1 in 3 California Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs

United Way Real Cost Measure Finds 1 in 3 California Households Struggle to Afford Basic Needs United Ways of California released a new, statewide poverty...

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Philanthropy | United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

Save the Date 9.13.18

We invite you to join us at the 2018 United Way Believe Awards: a fun, family-friendly awards ceremony honoring our partners, funders, and friends. Join...

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Basic Needs | Impact | Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

It Could Happen to You, Too

Everything can change in a heartbeat—just ask SparkPoint Oakland client Crystal. It started in 2012 when Crystal was injured at her job and became physically...

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Empowering Youth | Jobs | Partners | Thriving Adults

Local Bay Area Companies Recommit to Providing Youth Jobs
By: Larry Berry and Tamara Orozco

As part of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, United Way Bay Area, OEWD, SFUSD, DCYF, and the Mayor’s Office recently hosted the first Employer Engagement...

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Advocacy | Impact | United Way Bay Area

On June 5, Bay Area Voters Can Make Their Voices Heard
By: Carlo David

On June 5, 2018 registered Bay Area voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard. At UWBA, we value our Public Policy work...

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Empowering Youth | Jobs | Partners | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Meet Mike.
By: Tamara Orozco

Target Employee Volunteers with UWBA Meet Mike. He’s a Target employee who volunteered with us at the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Resource Fair to help Bay...

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Advocacy | Basic Needs | Impact | Partners | Poverty

Creating A More Equitable Bay Area

On April 20, 2018, more than 275 community leaders from across the Bay Area came together in Petaluma for the Rise Together 2018 Opportunity Summit....

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Tackling Today’s Problems
By: Kelly Batson
UWBA Micro-Grants Enable Youth to Support Teen Moms, Mental Health and More Inspired by the outspoken youth taking up the fight for social justice throughout the country and around the world, United Way Bay Area recently kicked off... Read More
Policies That Invest In Working Families
By: Will White
California Earned Income Tax Credit and School-Based Services Set Families Up For Success United Way Bay Area recently wrapped up another Capitol Day in Sacramento where a team of volunteers and staff conducted an impressive 25 legislative meetings... Read More
United Way Partners with Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Those in Need
Program Available in 12 Cities Across the Country United Way Worldwide announced today that it is partnering with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., to provide limited free rides to people with specific non-emergency healthcare... Read More
United Way Report Finds 1 in 3 California Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs
United Way Real Cost Measure Finds 1 in 3 California Households Struggle to Afford Basic Needs United Ways of California released a new, statewide poverty report called Struggling to Stay Afloat: The Real Cost Measure in California 2018.... Read More
Save the Date 9.13.18
We invite you to join us at the 2018 United Way Believe Awards: a fun, family-friendly awards ceremony honoring our partners, funders, and friends. Join us at this Oscar’s-style program with envelope-opening drama, live music, and special VIP... Read More
It Could Happen to You, Too
Everything can change in a heartbeat—just ask SparkPoint Oakland client Crystal. It started in 2012 when Crystal was injured at her job and became physically unable to work. In the ensuing years, she totaled her car in an... Read More
Local Bay Area Companies Recommit to Providing Youth Jobs
By: Larry Berry and Tamara Orozco
As part of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, United Way Bay Area, OEWD, SFUSD, DCYF, and the Mayor’s Office recently hosted the first Employer Engagement Breakfast on May 4, 2018, bringing together local companies, civic leaders, and nonprofit... Read More
On June 5, Bay Area Voters Can Make Their Voices Heard
By: Carlo David
On June 5, 2018 registered Bay Area voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard. At UWBA, we value our Public Policy work and aim to inform and educate voters on key issues that address the... Read More
Meet Mike.
By: Tamara Orozco
Target Employee Volunteers with UWBA Meet Mike. He’s a Target employee who volunteered with us at the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Resource Fair to help Bay Area youth succeed. Hear why he was impressed and why volunteering is important.... Read More
Creating A More Equitable Bay Area
On April 20, 2018, more than 275 community leaders from across the Bay Area came together in Petaluma for the Rise Together 2018 Opportunity Summit. The tone of the event was set early on by keynote speaker and... Read More
A Cloud Platform to Change the World
“Philanthropy Cloud, a collaboration of Salesforce.org and United Way Worldwide, aims to connect every aspect of charitable giving through a network of individuals, corporations, and nonprofits to drive social good. It’s a vision both organizations have been pondering... Read More
Could You Still Be Eligible to Deduct Your Charitable Giving?
By: Joan Catherine Braun
Among the many milestones we marked on April 17, 2018—the end of the 2017 tax filing season, the unprecedented breakdown of IRS computers, Daffy Duck turning eighty-one years old—was this one: It was the last time that as... Read More
Miss the Tax Deadline? You Could Still Be Eligible For A Refund
Last week, UWBA’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program in partnership with CalEITC4Me and North Marin Community Services held two free tax events for last-minute tax filers in Novato and San Jose. Volunteer tax professionals were on... Read More
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.org 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