Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM PDT

Unlikely Friendship Between Hollywood Actor and Special Olympian Leads To Movie Partnership

Unlikely Friendship Between Hollywood Actor and Special Olympian Leads To Movie Partnership

John J. Vogel began mentoring Jacob Price, a young man with special needs, shortly after they met at a Special Olympics event. Their mentorship, though, soon became a

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM PDT

Alameda County School Helps Break School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alameda County School Helps Break School-To-Prison Pipeline

When an Alameda County Juvenile Court judge sentenced Dexter Harris to Camp Wilmont Sweeney, the young man had no idea what lucky break he had just gotten.

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 06:47 AM PDT

Father Of Cancer Patient Repays Act Of Kindness In Beautiful Way

Father Of Cancer Patient Repays Act Of Kindness In Beautiful Way

Darren Greenwood may only be an amateur artist, but his work is seen by millions of people a year. His latest, most personal work, however, is meant for a very special group.

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 08:31 PM PDT

Artist Helps Neighbors Recover Treasures Lost in Napa Quake

Artist Helps Neighbors Recover Treasures Lost in Napa Quake

Sherry Tobin says art has always been a form of therapy for her. Perhaps, she thought, it could do the same for her Vallejo neighbors still recovering from the South Napa earthquake.

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 08:34 AM PDT

Long, Slow Chase Helps SCUBA Club Members Catch Monterey Bay Fish Poachers

Long, Slow Chase Helps SCUBA Club Members Catch Monterey Bay Fish Poachers

After just his first SCUBA dive three years ago, Bill Shephard fell in love with the underwater world, He will, apparently, go to great lengths to protect it.

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 08:02 AM PDT

Gilroy Family's "Fluttering" Fundraiser Spreads Nationwide In Memory Of Late Daughter

Gilroy Family's "Fluttering" Fundraiser Spreads Nationwide In Memory Of Late Daughter

In the days before her daughter's death, Libby Kranz promised to do everything in her power to help in the fight against pediatric cancer. "Fluttering" is her latest contribution.

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Each week NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas profiles the people, the groups, and the companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live. Bay Area Proud stories are success stories; inspiring profiles of those making a positive change in our communities. Do you know someone who we should profile? Contact garvin.thomas@nbc.com