Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 02:55 PM PDT

Preserving History of Closed Sunnyvale School

Preserving History of Closed Sunnyvale School

Alumni of Sunnyvale High School may no longer have a school, but thanks the kindness of others, they still have a home.

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.

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM PDT

San Jose's IPA Sells Legal Cartoons to Benefit Teens

San Jose's IPA Sells Legal Cartoons to Benefit Teens

San Jose Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell draws legal cartoon calendar and sells to benefit teen council.

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 friendship. It's now a full-blown partnersh...

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 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.

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM PDT

In Spite Of Quake, Show Goes On to Aid Ailing Musician

In Spite Of Quake, Show Goes On to Aid Ailing Musician

Herman Wilson has spent a lifetime backing up Bay Area musicians. Sunday night in Vallejo, they had his back.

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM PDT

San Jose Teen Led Search for Missing Plane

San Jose Teen Led Search for Missing Plane

When a plane carrying five members of a South Bay family crashed in December, more than 2,000 people joined a Facebook group to help scour satellite images for signs of where the plane went down. Very few of...

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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