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

Backpack Drive Delivers 600+ Kits to Bay Area Families

Despite the uncertainty of school reopenings, United Way Bay Area moved forward (virtually, of course!) with our annual Backpack and School Supply Drive to support youth who couldn’t afford the tools to start the year off on the...

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

Why Philanthropy Matters to Real People

Rose Brantley has lived in her Cupertino apartment complex for over 21 years. In nearly all that time, the 78-year-old West Valley resident worked just a few blocks away at the Hilton Garden Inn as a food server...

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Basic Needs | Empowering Youth | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Donate School Supplies for Youth During Pandemic

Every year, United Way Bay Area hosts a backpack drive to gather backpacks for youth in our community who cannot afford them or important school supplies that help prepare them for the school year. This year, despite the...

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

When Crisis Demands Immediate Action

When local public health officials ordered the Shelter In Place of six Bay Area counties — a necessary step to stop the catastrophic spread of this deadly disease — tens of thousands of local residents lost their jobs....

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

800,000 Pounds of Food Is Just the Beginning

Even in a typical year, West Valley Community Services distributes about 800,000 pounds of food to hungry people, all with the help of about 600 volunteers. But this is no typical year. “We noticed at the end of...

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

Resilience and Hope in San Jose

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, San Jose has been hit particularly hard. Santa Clara County was among the first to shelter in place. But as new cases continue to rise, shops and businesses remain shuttered, and...

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

In Solano County: A Ray of Hope in the Time of COVID-19

As the Bay Area sheltered in place, Solano County watched and waited. Then the order came down: Solano County would shelter at home along with the entire state of California. Catholic Charities of Yolo-Solano, a resource for food,...

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

A Lifeline in the Gig Economy

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...

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

COVID Call to Action: Combat Hunger and Homelessness in Sunnyvale

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...

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

Fighting Homelessness – One Person, One Cup, One Neighborhood at a Time

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...

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