Starbucks Serves Up an Extra Shot of Good
Posted by Sarah Burton

It's safe to say that we all appreciate Starbucks for its uncanny ability to be just around the corner whenever we need a caffeine pick-me-up. While we all know that Starbucks is dedicated to … Read More

From SparkPoint to Small Business
Posted by Ena Yasuhara

Jose never expected that he would have to start over at his age, but thankfully he had SparkPoint by his side when he was faced with fixing his finances and finding a new career. After decidi … Read More

Believe Benefit Tickets Now On Sale
Posted by United Way

We invite you to a night of entertainment and inspiration as we honor you - dreamers who believe, as we do - that it is possible to cut Bay Area poverty and create a thriving future for us al … Read More

EdTalk Bay Area Podcast: Trauma-Informed Care
Posted by Owen Wise-Pierik

Kids today deal with a lot, both in school and at home, but those living in poverty face especially difficult challenges. Many children who grow up in poverty are exposed to violent neighborh … Read More

Workplace Volunteering Is Good for Your Business
Posted by Stuart Canning

Research shows that engaged employees - those connected to meaningful volunteer opportunities through their workplace - are productive employees. Engaged employees who are satisfied with thei … Read More

PG&E: A Committed Community Leader
Posted by Stuart Canning

A long-standing partner of United Way of the Bay Area, PG&E's leaders were on our original Articles of Incorporation in 1922. Since that time they have been a committed community leader i … Read More

VISTA Spotlight: Ben Valentine
Posted by Ben Valentine

Before becoming a VISTA at United Way, I worked in the arts as a curator and writer. But I've always been a volunteer and nonprofit supporter. Last year I was offered a job at a soup kitchen … Read More

Enterprise Takes Partnership to the Next Level
Posted by Erica Johnson

Great partners make everything we do at United Way possible, and one of those long-standing partners is Enterprise. This year, Enterprise employees raised over $350,000 for the Bay Area. Coup … Read More

50 Years Later, Are We Winning the War on Poverty?
Posted by India Swearingen

More than six years after the beginning of the Great Recession, our economy is still struggling to fully recover. Long-term unemployment is at an all-time high since 2000 and median household … Read More

EdTalk Bay Area Podcast: Proposition 227
Posted by Owen Wise-Pierik

Margaret Scott Illustration In 1998, Californians voted to end bilingual education. Since then, about 95% of English learners in the state have had to rely on English immersion programs des … Read More

Bay Area Law Firms Raise $1.4M in 2013 Koko Challenge
Posted by Nikole Saulsberry

On January 30, the Bay Area General Counsel Group and United Way of the Bay Area announced the 2013 Koko Challenge award winners during a ceremony hosted at the San Francisco office of law … Read More

An Opportunity Agenda for the Bay Area
Posted by Anne Wilson

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama discussed the rising income inequality in America and laid out an "opportunity agenda" that outlines the need for job creation, qualit … Read More

Siemer Institute and United Way Help SparkPoint Members Succeed!
Posted by United Way

By Karen Taylor, SparkPoint Career Development Coach Tammy came to SparkPoint to get help finding a job and to improve her money management skills. Her housekeeping business was not doing wel … Read More

AmeriCorps VISTAs: Fighting Poverty Since 1965
Posted by Kevin Gong

Did you know that the government has been investing for nearly 50 years in a program focused exclusively on fighting poverty in America? I'm not referring to the PeaceCorps (though I think ve … Read More

MLK Day of Service 2014
Posted by Eric Mcdonnell

Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" Next Monday, Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by volunteering … Read More

LBJ's War on Poverty Turns 50
Posted by Anne Wilson

Fifty years ago today, Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty during his first State of the Union address. Given that almost 50 million Americans were considered poor in 2012, does that … Read More

UWBA Workplace Campaign Raises over $60,000
Posted by Sarah Burton

For the first time in recent United Way history, 100% of Bay Area staffers contributed to the annual employee giving campaign, raising $62,716.20 in just two weeks' time. In the spirit of wal … Read More

SparkPoint Day in San Francisco
Posted by United Way

Written by Anna Ewins of the UWBA Women's Leadership Council The first annual SparkPoint Celebration took place on December 7, and was hosted by United Way of the Bay Area's Women's Leadershi … Read More

New Poverty Measure Creates a Blueprint for Stronger Safety Nets
Posted by Betsy Baum Block

I spend a lot of my days looking at the challenges of poverty through the lens of quantitative data, and my peers and I often find ourselves quantifying problems - what's not working, where t … Read More

EdTalk Bay Area Podcast: Common Core State Standards
Posted by Owen Wise-Pierik

The Common Core State Standards will be rolled out in school districts throughout California in the 2014-15 school year. These new classroom content standards will be used across public schoo … Read More