Education | Spotlight | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Creating Opportunity for Family

  A Two-Generation Approach   Children living in poverty are five times more likely to drop out of high school than their higher-income peers, and only nine percent will obtain a college degree. Even in the prosperous Bay...

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Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

Spotlight: Sherry Tennyson

  Born and raised in San Francisco, Sherry Tennyson has seen the city grow throughout the years.   “What I love most about San Francisco is the diversity,” said Tennyson. “There’s so many folks from so many different...

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Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

A Day with Barbara Siemer

  A Life of Philanthropy   Barbara Siemer, the co-founder of the Siemer Institute, is a busy – and brilliant – woman. In addition to providing multi-year grants, and building partnerships with United Ways across the country in...

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Poverty | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Feeding the Bay Area, One Bag of Food at a Time

Millions of Americans live each day with uncertainty of where their next meal will come from. According to the California Association of Food Banks, 1 in 8 residents face food insecurity, which includes 2.1 million children. These are...

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Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

Meet Bob Walker

  Bob Walker is one of United Way’s newest board members and comes from a long legacy of supporters from Hewlett-Packard, where he annually donated through his workplace campaign and has aligned public service experience to share with...

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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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Empowering Youth | Jobs | United Way Bay Area

Investing In Our Youth

  Do you remember your first job? As members of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, we sure do. These memories simultaneously make us laugh, cringe, and fill us with a sense of pride. After all, it’s the first job...

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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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Poverty | United Way Bay Area

Disrupting Bay Area Poverty Daily

  I grew up in poverty, living in public housing, facing the everyday challenges of making ends meet. Like a debilitating illness, poverty can rob an individual, a family, and a community of material, mental, and emotional hope....

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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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