Advocacy | United Way Bay Area

Why I Participate in California’s Capitol Day

  By: Sachin Ganpule, UWBA Emerging Leader and Staff Engineer at Dolby Labs   It’s not exactly “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (attending Capitol Day on behalf of United Way as I have for the past four years)...

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Advocacy | Impact | United Way Bay Area

When We Say We Fight For Everyone, We Mean It

  I often hear from the community that people do not understand what United Way Bay Area (UWBA) does—do we run workplace campaigns? Do we lead poverty-focused programs? Do we support other nonprofits? The answer to all of...

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Advocacy | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Addressing the Skills Gap in California’s Workforce

  California assembly members Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) have jointly introduced AB 316, a bill that aims to strengthen workforce development in California, which is a bipartisan solution to address the skills gap in our state’s...

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Advocacy | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Tax Season is Here

  Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Is Back At It!   “And just when I think I’m gonna die–I start volunteering,” Kelly Batson says. She’s sitting in her office at United Way, taking 20 minutes away from...

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Advocacy | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

We All Rise When Immigrant Workers Succeed

  The long standing Labor-United Way Partnership annually combines the power of more than 12.5 million working families and their communities who work towards a shared vision where everyone has the opportunity to reach their highest potential.  ...

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Advocacy | Health | Impact | United Way Bay Area

Public Policy: A Year in Review

This has been a year of stark contrasts, one in which massive gains have been made for California’s working families, as well as one of the most divisive election cycles we’ve seen in a generation. While the gains...

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Advocacy | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

How to Educate Community Members on Alternatives to Payday Lending

Living in poverty is challenging and is often compounded during the holidays. A major cause is the proliferation of predatory payday lending, which one coalition of 40 partners, including United Way Bay Area (UWBA), is working to mitigate...

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Advocacy | Poverty | United Way Bay Area

“This Is The Time”

Gloria Bruce, executive director of East Bay Housing Organizations, dedicates her days to leading policy and coalition campaigns to preserve, protect, and expand affordable housing opportunities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In all her years of deep...

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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 two affordable housing ballot measures for this November’s election.   While UWBA has...

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Advocacy | Health | United Way Bay Area

Health4All Lobby Day

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 the All Care Alliance, a diverse group of health and social justice advocates,...

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