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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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Impact | Philanthropy | United Way Bay Area

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,...

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Education | Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

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...

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Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

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...

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Basic Needs | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

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...

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Empowering Youth | Jobs

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 &...

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Empowering Youth | Jobs | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

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...

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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
Could Inclusionary Zoning alleviate the Bay Area’s housing crisis?
By: Will White
Living and working in the Bay Area can be extremely rewarding. From great weather to a vibrant economy to ethnic and cultural diversity, our region offers a number of rewards for potential residents. However for many working families,... Read More
Cancellation Notice: Believe 2018 Awards
United Way Bay Area is announcing cancellation of our Believe 2018 Awards Event, which was scheduled for September 13, 2018, in San Francisco. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our guests who planned to... Read More
From fighting for our nation to fighting to stay afloat.
Like many veterans today, Jonathon struggled to stay afloat before SparkPoint. Did you know that 1 in 3 California households struggles to afford basic needs? That’s according to United Ways of California’s new statewide poverty report, Struggling to... Read More
Raising credit scores and morale.
SparkPoint helped Dana move on from foreclosure, rejuvenate his finances—and life outlook.   Like a lot of our clients, Dana first came to SparkPoint during a time of transition—and stress—in his life. He and his wife had adopted... Read More
When the student becomes the teacher.
Ramona relates to parents in her class because she’s been there—literally. Like many people living in poverty, Ramona believed she was stuck working labor-intensive, minimum-wage jobs for life. She was living and thinking day-to-day, and soon found herself... Read More
Pitney Bowes Volunteers Join Summer of Impact
By: Missa Perron
Youth Deserve Essential School Supplies   To many students, the advent of another school year means homework, early mornings and early bedtimes. It’s a bummer, but it’s okay. What is not okay is the sky high number of... Read More