Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM PDT

"A Piece Of My Soul Was Filled:" San Ramon Man Who Says Guide Dog Changed His Life Now Giving Back

"A Piece Of My Soul Was Filled:" San Ramon Man Who Says Guide Dog Changed His Life Now Giving Back

Tom Kowalski and his guide dog, Dynamo, raised enough money to pay for three years rent for one of the Guide Dogs For The Blind's meeting places.

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 03:53 PM PDT

"I Want Them To Have Everything I Had:" Oakland Teacher Crowdfunds To Save Seniors' Prom

"I Want Them To Have Everything I Had:" Oakland Teacher Crowdfunds To Save Seniors' Prom

Elle Jones believes the Castlemont High School class of 2016 deserves a celebration worthy of their achievement.

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:37 AM PDT

San Mateo Woman Building Tiny Home In Driveway To Deliver To Homeless Friend

San Mateo Woman Building Tiny Home In Driveway To Deliver To Homeless Friend

Lisa Kolvites knows she can't help every homeless person in San Francisco. That won't stop her from helping just one, though.

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM PDT

Coding For A Cause: Santa Clara University Students Give Up A Night's Sleep To Create Technology Addressing Social Need

Coding For A Cause: Santa Clara University Students Give Up A Night's Sleep To Create Technology Addressing Social Need

In Broncohack 2016, close to 100 Santa Clara University students had 24 hours to create a program or app that would help address a social need.

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 01:22 PM PDT

East Bay Marine Who Once Put Life On Hold To Help Fellow Veteran, Now Helping Hundreds Every Year

East Bay Marine Who Once Put Life On Hold To Help Fellow Veteran, Now Helping Hundreds Every Year

Catherine Martinelli-Banks says she is a much better veteran than she ever was a Marine. Perhaps that is because she is one, amazing vet.

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 02:31 PM PDT

San Francisco Couple's European Vacation Takes Unexpected, Humanitarian Turn

San Francisco Couple's European Vacation Takes Unexpected, Humanitarian Turn

Xander Schultz and Zoë Pappis went to Italy to see the sights. The ended up witnessing tragedy, instead. They are now back home and looking to help.

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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@nbcuni.com