Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 07:16 AM PDT

Oakland Tech Teacher Honored For Mentoring Program

Oakland Tech Teacher Honored For Mentoring Program

As a college athlete, Keith Debro once had dreams of playing professional baseball. It took decades, but the call finally came. For a very different reason.

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM PDT

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Valerie Brosdal admits the month following her cancer diagnosis was a dark time. All her husband, Ralph Kapostins, wanted to do was make her smile. He had no idea so many others would want to help him.

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 06:31 PM PDT

Cupertino Teen Rallies Community To Buy Wheelchair For Best Friend's Paralyzed Father

Cupertino Teen Rallies Community To Buy Wheelchair For Best Friend's Paralyzed Father

When Ishan Sharma learned his best friend's family couldn't afford a motorized wheelchair for his newly-paralyzed father, he vowed to help. This past Monday, he delivered.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM PDT

SJSU Undergrad Makes Rare Galactic Discovery, Is Then Topped By Classmate

SJSU Undergrad Makes Rare Galactic Discovery, Is Then Topped By Classmate

When San Jose State senior Richard Vo identified an ultra compact dwarf galaxy earlier this year, it was the densest collection of stars ever discovered in the universe. That is, it was until his classmate,...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 09:27 AM PDT

Simple Act Of Kindness Transforms Student's Life, Benefits Entire High School

Simple Act Of Kindness Transforms Student's Life, Benefits Entire High School

Rama Prasad was an academically gifted, but painfully shy, freshman at San Jose Public School: Tahoma. Then one day two classmates reached out to befriend her. The rest, as they say, is history. And math, and...

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 09:06 AM PDT

San Rafael Coffee Company's Effort To Help Soldiers Yields Unexpected, Romantic Result

San Rafael Coffee Company's Effort To Help Soldiers Yields Unexpected, Romantic Result

Green Bean Coffee's "Cup of Joe For a Joe" Program has resulted in more than a million cups of coffee being donated to service personnel overseas. It is one cup in particular, though, that has the whole company...

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 08:48 AM PDT

Artist Turns Garbage Into Homeless Housing

Artist Turns Garbage Into Homeless Housing

Greg Kloehn has the eyes of an artist, the hands of a contractor, and a mind to blend the two in the most interesting, and compassionate of ways.

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 05:35 PM PST

Family of Girl, 6, Donates Her Tumor After Death

Family of Girl, 6, Donates Her Tumor After Death

Accepting the fact they couldn't even fight to save their daughter Jennifer's life was difficult for Libby and Tony Kranz. Choosing to see past their loss in the hopes of helping others, was not.

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM PDT

SF Man Expanding Effort to Help World's Poorest

SF Man Expanding Effort to Help World's Poorest

Growing up on the Peninsula, Tevis Howard was something of a science whiz kid, poised to take the biotech world by story. Then he saw something in Kenya that changed his life.

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 01:14 PM PDT

Returned Baseball Glove Proves It's Never Too Late To Do The Right Thing (2010)

Returned Baseball Glove Proves It's Never Too Late To Do The Right Thing (2010)

Kelly Johnson took something that didn't belong to him 45 years ago. The search for its true owner yielded some surprising results.

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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@gmail.com