COVID-19 | Poverty | United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

New, Family-Centered Coaching at SparkPoint Centers

United Way Bay Area’s (UWBA) financial stability program SparkPoint is in an exciting moment of growth and change. In addition to expanding our impact at community colleges and planning a replication toolkit, UWBA is rolling out a new,...

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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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Impact | Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

SparkPoint Celebrates 10 Successful Years

In 2009, United Way Bay Area had a vision: empower struggling Bay Area residents to rise above their financial challenges and build a brighter future for themselves and their families. Today, SparkPoint provides financial coaching, career counseling, credit...

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Education | Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

1 District, 3 SparkPoint Centers

  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...

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Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

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...

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Basic Needs | Partners | Poverty

United Way Partners with Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Those in Need

Program Available in 12 Cities Across the Country United Way Worldwide announced today that it is partnering with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., to provide limited free rides to people with specific non-emergency healthcare...

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Basic Needs | Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

United Way Report Finds 1 in 3 California Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs

United Way Real Cost Measure Finds 1 in 3 California Households Struggle to Afford Basic Needs   United Ways of California released a new, statewide poverty report called Struggling to Stay Afloat: The Real Cost Measure in California...

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

It Could Happen to You, Too

Everything can change in a heartbeat—just ask SparkPoint Oakland client Crystal. It started in 2012 when Crystal was injured at her job and became physically unable to work. In the ensuing years, she totaled her car in an...

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Advocacy | Basic Needs | Impact | Partners | Poverty

Creating A More Equitable Bay Area

On April 20, 2018, more than 275 community leaders from across the Bay Area came together in Petaluma for the Rise Together 2018 Opportunity Summit. The tone of the event was set early on by keynote speaker and...

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Basic Needs | Jobs | Poverty | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

EKS Volunteers Give Back In A Meaningful Way

For the 16th year, low- to moderate-income residents of the Bay Area are afforded the opportunity to have their taxes prepared for free through the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) program. United Way is proud to...

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