The Chance to Recover, Rebuild and Reimagine

Why UWBA supports employment, housing, financial stability, and basic needs

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In the Bay Area too many people are struggling to make ends meet. The challenges of the past year and the years prior, have added up.

When the unrelenting stress of putting food on the table, moving on to the next school year, paying bills, getting training for a better job and so much more becomes more and more disheartening, even good days don’t erase the feeling of uncertainty. When we all come together, we can help everyone recover from setbacks, rebuild a stronger life and reimagine what’s possible for the future.

Every year, United Way Bay Area helps people in our community recover, rebuild and reimagine. This looks different for every person, so a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Tackling our community’s toughest challenges takes investing in approaches that create long-lasting change. Programs, initiatives, and resources like those below help more people in our community.

1. SPARKPOINT 

SparkPoint centers work with families to meet their basic needs, increase their income, build their credit, increase their savings, and reduce their debt. Financial coaches work one-on-one with clients to recognize behavioral outcomes, set goals, brainstorm strategies, and set realistic action plans. They value strengths, build motivation, and provide monitoring and accountability. SparkPoint serves low-income families seeking to improve their financial situation. Services are provided at no cost to community members.

2. YOUTH WORKFORCE

United Way Bay Area partners with nonprofit agencies and schools in the Bay Area to connect youth and young adults to career exploration and readiness opportunities. We recruit volunteers from our corporate partners to provide a variety of skill development workshops, such as resume writing, mock interviewing, and career demos. Our vision is for youth to have ownership and voice in their own futures, and we can only do this through engaging youth and continuing to listen to their voices. We will make sure that youth are included in spaces where they can co-create career exploration opportunities and UWBA programming.

3. EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories. Money allocated through this program to Bay Area organizations is distributed through UWBA. We work tirelessly to ensure that our eight Bay Area counties continue to receive the appropriate level of funding through EFSP. The funds are used to help struggling Bay Area residents access food, shelter, rent or mortgage assistance, and help with bills and utilities.

These are just a few of the many partnerships that corporate partners, donors, volunteers and advocates make possible. Side-by-side we have reached more people and made a bigger difference in the Bay Area. It’s the best proof of how together, we can tackle the uncertainties and help everyone Live United. 

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