United Way gathered today with community leaders to celebrate a $1 million contribution from Chevron, which supports the grand opening of SparkPoint West Contra Costa in the city of Richmond.
Created by United Way, SparkPoint Centers are one-stop, financial-education centers that offer access to a full range of services that can help families and individuals achieve financial stability.
At today’s celebration, United Way also announced that with the opening of the Richmond location, the number of SparkPoint Centers serving the Bay Area has doubled this spring – from four to eight – with three centers opening last month. United Way of the Bay Area’s SparkPoint program now spans six counties, with centers in American Canyon (Napa), Bay Point (Contra Costa), Fairfield (Solano), Oakland (Alameda), Richmond (Contra Costa), San Bruno (San Mateo), San Rafael (Marin) and Vallejo (Solano).
“With one in five Bay Area families struggling to make ends meet, Chevron’s support for expanding SparkPoint into West Contra Costa could not come at a better time,” said Anne Wilson, CEO of United Way of the Bay Area. “I want to extend a special thanks to Chevron for its efforts to engage business and community leaders in supporting SparkPoint, which is a key component of United Way’s efforts to cut poverty in half in the Bay Area by 2020.”
Community leaders that joined today’s celebration included Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Terri Waller for Senator Loni Hancock and Latressa Alford for Congressman George Miller.
Read the full press release, “Chevron Provides $1 Million to Establish Poverty-Fighting SparkPoint Center in Richmond.”
Learn more about SparkPoint at www.SparkPointCenters.org.