Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

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

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 05:54 PM PDT

Woman Determined To Help Less-Fortunate Children Be Better Prepared For School

Woman Determined To Help Less-Fortunate Children Be Better Prepared For School

Lynda Hall has set a goal of delivering 500 lightly-used backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless and needy children in Santa Cruz County.

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 06:17 PM PDT

San Jose Garage Unlikely Home To Martial Arts Powerhouse

San Jose Garage Unlikely Home To Martial Arts Powerhouse

When the Nguyen brothers went shopping for a home, they cared most about what the garage was like. Not for parking their cars, but for practicing their craft.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 01:51 PM PDT

Mill Valley Man Treks To Turn Personal Loss Into Public Gain

Mill Valley Man Treks To Turn Personal Loss Into Public Gain

John "Woody" Orofino plans to hike all 210 miles of the John Muir Trail later this summer. He will be by himself, but not alone.

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM PDT

93-Year-Old Volunteer's Amazing Record Of Service and Commitment

93-Year-Old Volunteer's Amazing Record Of Service and Commitment

The staff at Saint Anthony's Dining Room estimate that, over the years, Rene Rodigou has poured more than 3 million glasses of juice for San Francisco's neediest.

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...

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.

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 05:35 PM PDT

Parents of Heart-Lung Transplant Recipient "Real Heroes"

Parents of Heart-Lung Transplant Recipient "Real Heroes"

Kathy and John Groebner sold most of their possessions and moved half-way across in an RV to be close to the doctors they hoped would save their daughter's life. They hoped right.

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 05:47 PM PDT

SF Banker Goes (Six) Extra Miles For Non Profit Customer

SF Banker Goes (Six) Extra Miles For Non Profit Customer

For Gabriel Speyer, doing good during his 9-5, apparently isn't good enough.

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM PDT

Mill Valley Woman With Down Syndrome A Winner At National Special Olympics, A Role Model Back Home

Mill Valley Woman With Down Syndrome A Winner At National Special Olympics, A Role Model Back Home

What did Kim Chandler do after winning three swimming medals at the Special Olympics' USA Games? Kept winning, of course.

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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