Advocacy | Education | Impact

Living our mission at the ballot box–yes on 15

As a nonprofit leader, I’ve always strongly believed that nonprofit organizations cannot truly meet their missions through programmatic work alone. For United Way Bay Area to meet our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty and strengthening the...

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Impact | Poverty | United Way Bay Area

Meeting the Moment in the Fight Against Poverty

Stepping into the role of CEO of United Way Bay Area takes my professional journey full circle, as we collectively meet this moment in history. Right now fire fighters across our region continue to battle blazes in 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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Impact | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Volunteering in the Time of COVID-19

Volunteers are a critical part of United Way Bay Area’s mission to help break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area. COVID-19 is affecting us all and we’re committed to providing volunteer opportunities for those who want...

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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 | 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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Impact | United Way Bay Area

Measuring Social Impact Using Innovative Tools

UWBA’s SparkPoint Centers Use Exponent Case Management to Measure Client Progress and Build Brighter Futures Eric is a single parent and student at Cañada College. He’s faced challenges getting through school and achieving a degree without childcare. Eric...

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