Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:36 PM PDT

Alameda Teen, Adopted From Ethiopian Family Ravaged By HIV/AIDS, Picks Up Crusade

Alameda Teen, Adopted From Ethiopian Family Ravaged By HIV/AIDS, Picks Up Crusade

Sara Anderson's journey has not only covered extreme distances, but extreme emotion as well.

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 08:46 AM PDT

Soccer Fan Runs Free Camp to Promote the Game

Soccer Fan Runs Free Camp to Promote the Game

During Steve Sparkes travels he saw time and again how the sport of soccer brought people of all backgrounds together. He wanted it to the same thing in his backyard.

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 AM PDT

Foster Parents Retire After Caring For Over 400 Kids

Foster Parents Retire After Caring For Over 400 Kids

Dave and Deanna Mitchell say they tried to stop being foster parents a few times during their 40-year career, but then then the phone would ring, and there would be another child in need.

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 01:45 PM PDT

South Bay Man Leads Effort That Removes 100 Tons Of Trash From Local Creek

South Bay Man Leads Effort That Removes 100 Tons Of Trash From Local Creek

Steve Holmes was finding semi-retirement not totally fulfilling until he took on the mission to clean up his local creek. Two years, and 100 tons of trash later, he's not done.

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 09:50 AM PDT

Daughter Bakes Mom's Favorite Cookies For Alzheimer's

Daughter Bakes Mom's Favorite Cookies For Alzheimer's

Sharon Lucas may no longer remember all the hours she spent baking with her daughter, Laura. But Laura certainly does.

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 at 08:21 AM PDT

Dancers With Parkinson's Perform For First Time

Dancers With Parkinson's Perform For First Time

When organizers of the first dance class specifically for people with Parkinson's Disease looked to expand outside of New York City. Berkeley Ballet Theater's Susan Weber was their first phone call.

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM PDT

The 17-Year Love Story Behind San Jose's New $6 Million Playground

The 17-Year Love Story Behind San Jose's New $6 Million Playground

Something happened the first time Julie Matsushima held her granddaughter, Aimee, seventeen years ago. A bond was formed that changed both their lives, and is now enriching the lives of other children with...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:05 AM PDT

Fairfax Teen's Girl Scout Project Brings Together Dogs, Children With Autism

Fairfax Teen's Girl Scout Project Brings Together Dogs, Children With Autism

Rachel Blackman loves animals and she loves her cousin who has autism. Jumping For Joy is her way to bring both those loves together.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM PDT

Los Altos Schoolchildren Work To Save Beloved Redwoods Suffering In Drought

Los Altos Schoolchildren Work To Save Beloved Redwoods Suffering In Drought

The Lower Lawn at Los Altos' Ventana School doesn't actually have any grass. It does, however, have a few redwood trees having a hard time in this drought. A few first and second graders are doing what they can...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 07:05 AM PDT

Sonoma Teen Turns Passion For Photography Into Donations For Diabetes Research

Sonoma Teen Turns Passion For Photography Into Donations For Diabetes Research

Christian Isbrandtsen was always looking for an excuse to take pictures. One night, he found a very good one.

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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