Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 at 08:54 AM PST

Wish-Granting Tradition Brings School Staff, Students Together

Wish-Granting Tradition Brings School Staff, Students Together

Branham High School's fifth annual Make A Wish Rally was a non-stop, 45-minute assembly of awesome.

Friday, Nov 27, 2015 at 02:13 PM PST

Walnut Creek Man Completes Journey To Discover Father's World War II History, Find The Men Who Saved His Life

Walnut Creek Man Completes Journey To Discover Father's World War II History, Find The Men Who Saved His Life

Thanksgiving Day 1944 has special meaning in the Zinn Family. It was the day Herb Zinn was rescued by fellow soldiers during the Battle Of Metz. His son, Richard, thought it was time someone thanked them.

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 09:51 AM PST

Preschool Teacher Becomes 'Bike Angel'

Preschool Teacher Becomes 'Bike Angel'

Candy Alcott says the 800 bicycles are the result of a single promise she made to a little boy.

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 09:21 PM PST

Teen Health Van Rolls Into 20th Year On New Wheels

Teen Health Van Rolls Into 20th Year On New Wheels

Since first hitting the road, the Teen Health Van from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has provided more than 4,500 low-income and homeless young people with health services.

Friday, Jan 8, 2016 at 11:11 AM PST

Origami Master Creates Smiles For Sick Children At Oakland Children's Hospital

Origami Master Creates Smiles For Sick Children At Oakland Children's Hospital

Bernie Peyton says he has known of therapeutic powers of origami ever since he was a young boy, sitting at his sick sister's bedside, folding amazing creations and taking her mind off her illness.

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 at 07:38 AM PST

'Knucklehead' Santa, Elf Bring Joy, Presents to Oakland

'Knucklehead' Santa, Elf Bring Joy, Presents to Oakland

Seven years ago, on a whim, Alex Scott and Alan Smith, decided to dress up as "Knucklehead Santa" and "Chaz The Elf" and head back to their hometown. It was such a hit, they've been returning every year since.

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 at 01:24 PM PST

Debate League Teaching Students The Power Of Their Own Voice

Debate League Teaching Students The Power Of Their Own Voice

After starting in just 2014, The Silicon Valley Urban Debate League is already working with five schools with more on a waiting list.

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM PST

Portrait Photographer Captures Milestone Moments Of Society's Most Vulnerable, For Free

Portrait Photographer Captures Milestone Moments Of Society's Most Vulnerable, For Free

Virginia Becker says as little as five years ago she didn't know the first thing about photography. She has since taken more than 60,000 images, and developed a clear purpose in life.

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 at 01:54 PM PDT

Accidental Reunion Brings Emotional Surprise For Santa Clara County Firefighter, Patient

Accidental Reunion Brings Emotional Surprise For Santa Clara County Firefighter, Patient

Santa Clara County Fire Captain Brent Rapport doesn't usually know what happens to the people he rescues after he delivers them to the hospital. This time, though, he does, and he couldn't be happier about it.

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 09:20 PM PDT

Wealthy Oakland Businessman Turns Down Seat On Hospital Board Of Directors, Opts For Much Different Type Of Chair

Wealthy Oakland Businessman Turns Down Seat On Hospital Board Of Directors, Opts For Much Different Type Of Chair

Cornell Maier estimates he has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. There are many things he could have asked for in return, but there was only 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