Despite reports that the economy may finally be recovering, Bay Area nonprofit organizations – and the clients they serve – are still reeling from the recession, according to United Way’s eighth annual Bay Area Nonprofit Pulse Survey. The financial well-being of the Bay Area nonprofit sector continued to erode in 2009. Fifty-one percent of survey [...]
United Way’s “Struggling to Make Ends Meet in the Bay Area” report was featured in The San Francisco Chronicle editorial, “Poor are educated and employed.” Below is an excerpt from the piece: Want to have enough money to meet your basic needs in California? Then don’t be a woman, don’t be a parent, and don’t be a person of [...]
“It’s hard to deal with the stress outside my door when it’s a battlefield in here…” —Bobby Hagen, Mission SRO Resident from Mission Loc@l’s excellent series on people living residential hotels.
By the 9th grade, Leslie was reading at an advanced college level – and she was already an alcoholic. Caught in a downward spiral, Leslie turned to drugs, broke into people’s homes, spent time in jail, and eventually lost custody of two children. After spending several weeks in a recovery program, she was referred to [...]
“Because of the economy and because of availability of housing in San Francisco, every day there are families moving into hotels,” -Mattias Mormino of the SRO Families United Collaborative, a partnership of five organizations. From A Family Home in an SRO, Mission Loc@l
As we head into the New Year, United Way wants to make sure that everyone in the Bay Area is prepared for any eventual disasters that may come. Here are some simple and easy things you or your company can do ahead of time, that will pay off huge dividends in case of fires, earthquakes, [...]
KCBS’ Bob Butler reports, “More Bay Area residents appear to be reaching out for help, many describing themselves as first-time callers to the nonprofit 211 center, run by United Way.” Listen to the 50-second audio clip.
I went from making $180,000 to relying on food stamps. Without that government program, I wouldn’t be able to feed my children.” – Isabel Bermudez, who lost her job in real estate. From The New York Times article, “Living on Nothing but Food Stamps.”
Over on our twitter feed, we found out about twitterforfood.com which is using social media to help fight hunger. As we head into the end of the year, there are many people in the Bay Area who won’t have a big traditional meal with family. According to area food banks, demand is expected to be [...]
Lilian is a client of Springboard Forward, a United Way grantee that helps low-wage workers to develop a long-term vision for career mobility. Springboard’s Engaged Employment program begins with the jobs that workers currently have and uses those jobs as a springboard for improving their future. Lilian enjoyed the work she did in the Nutrition Services Department at [...]