Advocacy | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

California Working Families Win

While the federal policy landscape continues to be challenging for people trying to make ends meet, California plans to expand opportunities for working-class families as UWBA and its partners across the state scored a huge win with a...

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Advocacy | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

From Homelessness to Financial Stability

  Betty is someone who knows first-hand the challenges of being a single mom. She is currently raising her eight-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter and paying the rent and putting food on the table is incredibly difficult on...

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Advocacy | Poverty | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

National Service Programs are Critical in the Fight Against Poverty

The “America First Blueprint Budget” was released by the White House in March and calls for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation for National and Community Service is home to several important...

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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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