SparkPoint University Launches in San Pablo
Posted by Susan Jeong

Dover Elementary School parents, students and school administrators gathered on October 8th to celebrate the launch of SparkPoint University. Led by Principal Ruby Gonzalez, the presentation… Read More

Demand for Nonprofit Services Still Higher than Pre-Recession Levels
Posted by India Swearingen

Our annual Nonprofit Pulse Survey examines the state of nonprofits throughout the Bay Area, and also serves as an indicator of the financial stability and well-being of low-income residents. T… Read More

Celebrating 7,600+ Summer Jobs
Posted by Matt Poland

The Summer Jobs+ Celebration was a fun-filled and inspirational evening with over 250 public officials, business executives, and San Francisco youth. This year marks the third year of Summer J… Read More

Napa Earthquake - Where to Get Help
Posted by United Way

Updated: 8/29/14, 10am Call 211 for updated information. 211 is Free • Confidential • Multilingual • Available 24/7 Description 6.0 earthquake hit Napa County at 3:20am on 8/24/14. T… Read More

The Fourth Annual SparkPoint Staff Retreat
Posted by Ena Yasuhara Li

At this year's SparkPoint Retreat, over 130 staff members and affiliates spent the day together at UC Berkeley's Krutch Theatre. Because the ten different SparkPoint centers span the entire Ba… Read More

Bringing the Mobile Job Fair to Bayview
Posted by Matt Poland

Employers and youth gathered at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center in Bayview for our second Neighborhood Job Fair as part of San Francisco Summer Jobs+. Supervisor Malia Cohen, Shamann Walton f… Read More

Sunset Neighborhood Businesses Open Doors for Mobile Job Fair
Posted by Matt Poland

It was a warm morning in the Outer Sunset when employers and youth gathered at Devil's Teeth Baking Company to kick off our first Mobile Job Fair last week as part of San Francisco Summer Jobs… Read More

Our Summer of Impact Begins!
Posted by Sarah Burton

We're serious about cutting poverty in half by 2020, so this year we've expanded our Week of Caring volunteerism tradition into an entire Summer of Impact. On the Saturday morning of the Summe… Read More

Summer Jobs Build Skills, Confidence & Hope
Posted by United Way

Summer's right around the corner, and Summer Jobs+ is now in full swing. Along with Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Unified School District and over 200 businesses, nonprofit partners and city dep… Read More

It Takes Two
Posted by Ena Yasuhara Li

I'm proud to share that United Way of the Bay Area was recently selected to be a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, which supports organizations that help families attain educationa… Read More

EITC: A Critical Resource for Bay Area Families
Posted by Tracy Choi

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective tools for reducing poverty for individuals in the workforce. Although EITC is distributed as a one-time credit, research has sh… Read More

Summer Jobs+ off to a Sizzling Start
Posted by Matt Poland

“How many of you nailed your very first job interview?” Mayor Lee joked to an audience of youth and adults at this year's Youth Resource Fair on May 10. Not a single hand went up of course… Read More

A Look Back at the 2014 Believe Benefit
Posted by Anne Wilson

Only a few days after our Believe Benefit, we are still reminiscing about the night. From time spent with old and new friends to the inspirational awardees that touched our hearts and minds,… Read More

SparkPoint Centers Specialize in Financial Fitness
Posted by Anne Wilson

Last month, finance expert Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz called on us to face the facts about our finances and start spending more responsibly. “Every American wants financial security and the sen… Read More

Meet the Believe Benefit Honorees
Posted by United Way

We are thrilled to announce thethreeawardees who will be honored at the May 2nd Believe Benefit as community champions. These leaderswere nominated by the individuals and organizations they ha… Read More

Hungry for More: Food Access and Education
Posted by United Way

Do you ever notice just how much what you eat can impact how you feel? Many families and students living in poverty in the Bay Area don't have access to healthy food - whether because of where… Read More

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 Li

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 decidin… 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 neighborho… 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 their… Read More