Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 09:39 AM PST

Oakland Pediatrician Opens Her Home To Patients

Oakland Pediatrician Opens Her Home To Patients

Dr. Caroline Hastings has turned the idea of work/life balance on its head and the results are beautiful.

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM PST

12-Year-Old Creates Braille Printer Out Of Legos

12-Year-Old Creates Braille Printer Out Of Legos

When Shubham Banerjee learned how expensive Braille printers were, he thought he could do better. All he needed was a month, and a set of Legos.

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.

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

Warm, Dry Winter Puts San Jose Man's Grand Floral Dreams On Hold

Warm, Dry Winter Puts San Jose Man's Grand Floral Dreams On Hold

Rich Santoro, aka The Bulb Guy, planted close to two thousand bulbs in a Milpitas hillside as part of his plan to turn bulb gardening into a fad. The warm weather may have killed almost every one of the flowers,...

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 01:16 PM PDT

SJ Amputee Gets Second Chance at Ironman Championship

SJ Amputee Gets Second Chance at Ironman Championship

Jeff Schmidt says not finishing the Kona Ironman in 2012 turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Still, in 2013, he aimed to finish what he started.

Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM PST

Former Students Give Choir Teacher Emotional Musical Tribute

Former Students Give Choir Teacher Emotional Musical Tribute

It is one thing to be told your life mattered. It is another thing to have 150 people sing that message to you in perfect harmony.

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 07:26 AM PDT

Castro Valley Couple A Turtle-In-Need's Best Friends

Castro Valley Couple A Turtle-In-Need's Best Friends

How many turtles and tortoises live in Gary and Ginger Wilfong's backyard? Your guess is as good as their's.

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 02:11 PM PDT

An Eagle At 85

An Eagle At 85

It took a family tragedy and a world war to stop George Maher from becoming an Eagle Scout. It took a concerned co-worker, more than sixty years later, to set things right.

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 06:01 AM PDT

"Scarface" to SF State: One Teacher's Remarkable Journey

"Scarface" to SF State: One Teacher's Remarkable Journey

It's only fitting that Michael Santo's story sounds like a movie, because it started with one.

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.

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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