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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Partners | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

How One Day of Volunteering Changed Two Lives Forever

  Rosemary Turner, the President of UPS small package operations in the North California District, took time out of her busy schedule to share a personal story about a volunteer experience that ended up changing her life.  ...

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Empowering Youth | Jobs | United Way Bay Area

See You At Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Resource Fair

  What does a good job mean to you? At United Way, we think that a good job means access to something greater. Greater wages, greater technical skills, and greater health. Through the annual Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Resource...

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Poverty | Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

“To those who are given much, much is expected”

  United Way Bay Area (UWBA) board member Kailesh Karavadra, who is the San Jose Office Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP (EY), recently shared an analogy that compares a bamboo tree’s growth cycle to uplifting communities...

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Advocacy | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Tax Season is Here

  Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Is Back At It!   “And just when I think I’m gonna die–I start volunteering,” Kelly Batson says. She’s sitting in her office at United Way, taking 20 minutes away from...

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Basic Needs | Poverty | United Way Bay Area

Who You Gonna Call? 211

  A destructive fire. Domestic violence. Tax help. Rental assistance. Life transitions. Who can you call if you have an issue that may range from simply needing more information to a possibly life-changing crisis? The answer: 211, a...

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Empowering Youth | Spotlight | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Engineering a Successful Future for Bay Area Youth

At the recent United Way On Track Career Expo in San Francisco, we caught up with Ravi Desphande, a field applications engineer with Texas Instruments (TI) in Sunnyvale, California. Ravi is a friendly, familiar face not only to...

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Impact | Partners | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

Generous Law Firms and Gigantic Gorillas

  Koko Awards Ceremony   This past October 2016, something wackier than normal happened on Market Street in downtown San Francisco: a group of mascots getting down, all in the name of fighting poverty. Through this mascot dance-off,...

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Advocacy | United Way Bay Area | Volunteering

We All Rise When Immigrant Workers Succeed

  The long standing Labor-United Way Partnership annually combines the power of more than 12.5 million working families and their communities who work towards a shared vision where everyone has the opportunity to reach their highest potential.  ...

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