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Friday, Aug 5, 2016 at 05:04 PM PDT

San Mateo Woman Builds Tiny Home For Homeless Friend

San Mateo Woman Builds Tiny Home For Homeless Friend

Lisa Kolvites wanted to help her homeless friend get a roof over her head. She didn't have the money to buy or rent one for him. So she built one.

Friday, Sep 2, 2016 at 05:47 PM PDT

San Francisco Attorney Spends Years Searching For Sea Captain Who Saved Her Family

San Francisco Attorney Spends Years Searching For Sea Captain Who Saved Her Family

Lauren Vuong wondered how she could go on enjoying her wonderful life without acknowledging where it all began.

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 07:32 AM PST

Surprise! 80 South Bay Third-Graders Gifted with New Bikes

Surprise! 80 South Bay Third-Graders Gifted with New Bikes

Bill Pollakov says times were so tough growing up he didn't get his first bicycle until he was 16-years-old. He says it changed his life. Bill rode it to play tennis, which landed him a scholarship, which...

Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 at 05:24 PM PST

Nonprofit Using Surplus Hair To Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Nonprofit Using Surplus Hair To Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Matter Of Trust specializes in connecting people who have too much of a resource with people who could put it to good use. Turing hair into mats to clean up oil spills has been a perfect fit for them.

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 01:09 PM PST

Out Of North Bay Parents' Grief, Help For Thousands Of "Socially Isolated" Teens

Out Of North Bay Parents' Grief, Help For Thousands Of "Socially Isolated" Teens

Half a million middle school students from more than 1,000 schools participated last year in "No One Eats Alone Day," just one program begun by Beyond Differences.

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 01:43 PM PDT

Couple Recounts Battling Valley Fire to Save Neighborhood

Couple Recounts Battling Valley Fire to Save Neighborhood

For 72 hours, John and Teri Gormley battled flames from the Valley Fire, keeping the blaze at bay and saving their neighborhood in the process.

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:05 AM PDT

Act of Kindness by Willow Glen Man

Act of Kindness by Willow Glen Man

Michael Mulcahy says he knew nothing of Kayla Jimenez's history when he asked for one of her paintings. He just loved the art.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 at 11:25 AM PST

Cranksgiving: Food Collection For Turkey Day in South Bay

Cranksgiving: Food Collection For Turkey Day in South Bay

Cranksgiving started in New York City in 1999 but didn't arrive in San Jose until this holiday season.

Friday, Nov 4, 2016 at 06:49 AM PDT

San Mateo Woman Hopes Long-Hidden Trove Of Dorothea Lange Photos Will Help Put Small Peninsula Museum On The Map

San Mateo Woman Hopes Long-Hidden Trove Of Dorothea Lange Photos Will Help Put Small Peninsula Museum On The Map

Ellen Chong always new the stash of 23 pictures in the fire safe on the floor of her closet were worth something. She just never knew what kind of value they might have for the Peninsula Museum of Art.

Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 at 12:44 PM PDT

8-Year-Old's Challenge To His Father Inspires Him To Donate Millions Of Meals To Hungry And Homeless

 8-Year-Old's Challenge To His Father Inspires Him To Donate Millions Of Meals To Hungry And Homeless

Ewell Sterner took his young son with him to volunteer one day because he wanted to shift how he saw the world. It worked, but it wasn't the only thing that changed that day.

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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