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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…

A few hours given, a thousand dollars saved.

Making an Impact During Tax Season

Zimka, a Bay Area tax accountant, used to take her job for granted—“I’d say, ‘I’m just a tax accountant.’” That all changed when she began volunteering with United Way Bay Area’s Earn It! Keep It!…


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…

Bay Area Renters

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…

Turning the Page 2021

Turning the Page…

Like many of you, this month I experienced the incredible relief of receiving my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This certainly felt like a moment of celebration and a step toward turning the…

Single Family Housing

The History and Future of Single Family Zoning

Over 100 years ago, the city of Berkeley pioneered a local land use policy that has become the norm in many American cities—Single Family Zoning. These local zoning ordinances restrict development…

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