United Way Bay Area

Summer of Impact 2016

United Way Bay Area is committed to helping the 1 in 4 Bay Area families living in poverty gain access to family support, financial stability programs, job opportunities, and basic needs—but we know we can’t do it alone. Join us for Summer of Impact, our annual volunteer initiative, which takes place each June through September, and together, we can create the greatest impact for Bay Area families!


Sponsorship is the most impactful level of involvement: serve as a sponsor, and we’ll customize a volunteer project or program just for you! You can also choose from a variety of opportunities for brand visibility and public recognition of your work in the community.

Sponsors who make a commitment prior to June 9 will receive tickets to attend Believe, our annual fundraiser and launch to the Summer of Impact Season. Learn more about sponsorship levels available to you.

Ways to Volunteer

As a Summer of Impact sponsor, your company is invited to participate in the following ways:

Job shadowing
Job shadowing is a half-day experience that gives volunteers a chance to host clients eager to enter the workplace while giving company staff an opportunity to engage with clients working towards financial sustainability in meaningful ways. Once a date is confirmed, United Way Bay Area’s SparkPoint Centers will promote this opportunity to their clients. Clients will be vetted through an application process to confirm their attendance.

This program is ideal for 10 – 25 clients and 35- 50 volunteers. 6 week notice required.

Youth mock interviews and resume reviews
Summer of Impact is aligned with our Youth Jobs+ initiative, where we support youth in their success through job readiness. Volunteers meet with youth requiring interview and resume prep for mock interviews and one-on-one mentoring. This project can be divided into two parts: mock interviews and resume review. Youth will be invited to attend through our MatchBridge program.

This two hour volunteer opportunity is ideal for 25 youth and 25 volunteers. 4 week notice required.

Out in the community
UWBA works with over 100 community partners throughout the region who share our poverty fighting goals. Corporate volunteers are invited to support our partners by taking part in opportunities such as spending an afternoon playing games with older adults, sorting clothes at a homeless shelter, writing cards for clients, receiving meals and community beautification projects.

This opportunity is great for groups up to 60. Sponsors are encouraged to take part in this volunteer experience during Week of Caring, Sept 12 – 16. 2 week notice required.

Supporting United Way Bay Area clients
United Way Bay Area’s clients thrive on our supportive model which includes you, our volunteers! You can help by collecting school supplies for youth heading back to school or hosting a card drive to encourage clients on the path to financial stability. United Way Bay Area will facilitate with volunteers. 4 week notice required.

Care to share?
We need speakers with expertise in an array of content areas to join our Speaker’s Bureau. Some opportunities include leading a workshop during our annual SparkPoint retreat and speaking at events. To learn more, email

UWBA can also customize a volunteer opportunity for you outside of Summer of Impact. Contact to learn more or visit our volunteer calendar for a full list of opportunities.

Summer of Impact Happenings

June 9
Summer of Impact Launches at Believe

June 17 
PwC's Day of Service

June 18
Accenture’s Day of Service

June 21
United Way WorldWide, Day of Action at St. Mary's Center

June 27-July 22  
Backpack and School Supply Drive

Donate School Supplies Now

 Click here to contribute to the virtual backpack drive

Run a Backpack Drive at Your Workplace

Encourage some friendly competition by leading a backpack drive at the office! Contact to request a toolkit to get started. 

August 4 
Backpack Sort-a-thon

Wells Fargo Month of Caring

September 12 – 16
United Way of the Bay Area’s Week of Caring

Click here to take a look back at Summer of Impact 2015

2016 Summer of Impact Sponsors

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Susan Sutherland &
David Mustelier