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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.

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.

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 04:17 PM PDT

San Jose Artist With Cerebral Palsy Gets First Solo Exhibition

San Jose Artist With Cerebral Palsy Gets First Solo Exhibition

Don Ryker's parents say the expectation for Don growing up was that he could do anything he wanted to in spite of his disability. Like be a great artist.

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM PDT

Not In Rio? Not A Problem. Olympic Swim Hopeful Gets Over His Disappointment By Helping Raise Spirits Of Others

Not In Rio? Not A Problem. Olympic Swim Hopeful Gets Over His Disappointment By Helping Raise Spirits Of Others

Chuck Katis missed a spot on the US Olympic Swim Team by just two seconds. He's not the type to feel sorry for himself, though. He's the type to help others.

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:47 AM PDT

South Bay Teen Gets Overwhelming Response To Offer Of Free Swim Lessons For Low-Income Children

South Bay Teen Gets Overwhelming Response To Offer Of Free Swim Lessons For Low-Income Children

Carson Myers is a high school senior who wanted to combine her two passions: swimming and volunteer work. She was surprised to learn there weren't many places around the South Bay that offered free swim lessons...

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 11:14 PM PDT

Half Moon Bay Non Profit Sees Wonderful Success Pairing Rescued Racehorses With Children With Special Needs

Half Moon Bay Non Profit Sees Wonderful Success Pairing Rescued Racehorses With Children With Special Needs

Joelle Dunlap says what she does is not therapy and she is not a therapist. It is simple freedom for a few minutes from the challenges of life with special needs.

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 10:41 PM PDT

A Birthday With No Cake? Non Profit Bakes Thousands Of Cakes For At-Risk Children Who Might Otherwise Not Have One

A Birthday With No Cake? Non Profit Bakes Thousands Of Cakes For At-Risk Children Who Might Otherwise Not Have One

In its first year, Cake4Kids baked 10 cakes for needy children. In 2016, the plan on baking more than 2,000.

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 06:10 PM PDT

Neighbors Rally To Help Redwood City Woman Struggling After Emergency Surgery

Neighbors Rally To Help Redwood City Woman Struggling After Emergency Surgery

Stasha Powell was having trouble caring for herself and her cats after returning home from emergency surgery. She posted a plea for help on the Nextdoor social network not knowing how people would respond. They...

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 01:10 AM PDT

'Kid From Hayward' Leads Growing International Aid Nonprofit

'Kid From Hayward' Leads Growing International Aid Nonprofit

Sant Kumar says lessons learned he learned from his grandmother when he was a little boy have inspired him to help hundreds of needy people on the other side of the world.

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM PDT

The Story Behind The Bench With One Of The Best Views In The Bay Area

The Story Behind The Bench With One Of The Best Views In The Bay Area

Ike Silberman says his late wife, Roz, had a special way about her that made strangers feel instantly comfortable and at ease. She still does, in a way.

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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