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Building a strong community that takes care of everyone who lives here depends on your generous support.

Thank you for supporting UWBA’s Back-to-School Drive!

By Anton Timms and Scott Marlowe
September 14, 2021

There are hundreds of thousands of Bay Area families that struggle to make ends meet and find it difficult to address the basic needs of their families. Among the most essential needs are school supplies which provide a foundational element for successful education for Bay Area children. Over nearly 100 years, United Way Bay Area has worked with corporate partners and agencies that work with youth to address the gaps in basic needs.

With the support of Enterprise Holdings, we were able to host a very successful Back-To-School drive to gather backpacks and school supplies to help prepare youth for the new school year and those who can’t afford these essential elements for education. Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, foundations, and individual donors, this year we were able to distribute more than 1500 backpacks with school supplies, the largest distribution in our history! As these students return to school, they will have some of the essential materials needed to provide them with a great start to their education.

“I just want to thank UWBA and all of the staff and volunteers on behalf of The Unity Council for your support and for considering us for this great gift to our communities.”
—Yolanda Lopez, The Unity Council

This year’s Back-To-School Drive supported youth involved with many organizations: 100 Black Men, 826 Valencia, Berkeley Food Pantry, Bill Wilson Center, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, Catholic Charities San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo, CityServe of the Tri-Valley, Community Action Marin, Compass Family Services, Covenant House California, Davis Street Community Center, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Martha’s Kitchen, Skyline College, SparkPoint Contra Costa, St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County, The Salvation Army of Silicon Valley, The Unity Council, WeHOPE, and Winter Nights Family Shelter.

United Way Bay Area would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of our 2021 drive:

A huge thank you goes out to our main sponsor Enterprise Holdings.

Thank you to our other corporate supporters like Granite Rock, Patelco, Simon-Kucher & Partners, Pepsico, and Everest Charitable Outreach.

Thank you to all of you who contributed monetary donations through the drive online link.

Thank you to the amazing volunteers from Enterprise Holdings, Ankura, and Delta Dental who helped to stuff, sort, tag, and distribute backpacks.

Lastly, a huge shoutout to the UWBA Back-To-School Drive Committee and staff members for their continued dedication to service.

Together, we can make an impact.

Building a strong community that takes care of everyone who lives here depends on your generous support.

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