Bay Area poverty is real.
We aren’t willing to sit on the sidelines and watch our community struggle. United Way is not only creating change through our five core programs, we’re harnessing the power of nonprofits, government, corporations and thousands of individuals like you.
Our movement to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020 is delivering real results and transforming lives.
a multi-faceted approach to cutting poverty.
SparkPoint Centers provide one-stop community access to a full range of services. One-on-one financial coaching helps people secure good jobs, get out of debt and achieve financial stability. We’ve helped 4,500 people move toward financial stability in the last year alone; we are making a real impact on Bay Area poverty. Learn more.
Community Schools transform public schools into community “hubs,” providing families with services such as food pantries, health care and after-school programs. This allows children to focus on school instead of basic needs, leading to higher academic achievement. We plan to expand our sites from seven to 200 by 2020 to help Bay Area families living in poverty. Learn more.
The 211 helpline received 185,000 calls last year, connecting Bay Area residents to food, shelter, health care, and other vital services. Instead of multiple calls leading to dead ends, 211 callers reach a trained specialist who assesses their full scope of needs and matches them to the right services. Learn more.
Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) provided free tax preparation to 68,000 low-income households this year, bringing $74 million in refunds back into our local economy. We ensure low-wage workers get the tax credits they are entitled to, which can amount to more than $5,000 – a significant boost to a struggling family. Learn more.
MatchBridge prepares urban youth for the workforce and places them in jobs and internships. MatchBridge members receive professional development, career counseling and access to job opportunities. This year, we placed 6,000+ youth in jobs and internships. Working increases their ability to be financially secure as adults, reducing Bay Area poverty. Learn more.