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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Impact | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

David went from a career-ending injury to running his own business. See how.     Often we think of poverty as something that afflicts others, but could never happen to us. The truth is that it could happen...

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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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Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Homeless college student finds financial help, housing, and hope.

Before SparkPoint, Sheyanne struggled in transitional housing, rehab, and college.   Like many of her peers, Sheyanne had her fair share of financial problems while attending college. Unlike most of her peers, Sheyenne had to balance attending her...

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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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Empowering Youth | Jobs | Partners | Thriving Adults

Local Bay Area Companies Recommit to Providing Youth Jobs

As part of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, United Way Bay Area, OEWD, SFUSD, DCYF, and the Mayor’s Office recently hosted the first Employer Engagement Breakfast on May 4, 2018, bringing together local companies, civic leaders, and nonprofit...

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Basic Needs | Thriving Adults

Miss the Tax Deadline? You Could Still Be Eligible For A Refund

Last week, UWBA’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program in partnership with CalEITC4Me and North Marin Community Services held two free tax events for last-minute tax filers in Novato and San Jose. Volunteer tax professionals were on...

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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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Advocacy | Impact | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

A Thriving California For All, Not Just A Few

The 2018 legislative session is starting in Sacramento and advocates from across the state will connect with leaders in the Capitol about shared policy priorities. UWBA believes California is ripe for opportunity in two areas that support policies...

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Impact | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

A Path Forward Despite College Debt

Kim dropped out of college with $80,000 in loan debt, no degree, and feeling hopeless. Anxious and depressed, Kim was looking for a no-cost way to improve her situation and United Ways’ SparkPoint center sounded like a perfect...

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