Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:03 PM PST

East Bay Vet Moved to Revive Music Career

East Bay Vet Moved to Revive Music Career

John Preston has had some close calls with musical fame in the past. This time, though, the 32-year-old Iraq War veteran thinks his music, and his message, are finally the right fit.

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 06:31 AM PST

Daughter Crochets 'Comfort' For Cancer Patients

Daughter Crochets 'Comfort' For Cancer Patients

It took Nicole Dow-Macosky five hours in front of a laptop to learn how to crochet. When she was done, she had a single square, and a big idea.

Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 at 05:21 PM PST

Fast-Growing San Jose Non Profit Has Unconventional Secret To Success

Fast-Growing San Jose Non Profit Has Unconventional Secret To Success

At Sunday Friends' weekly gatherings, low income families earn while they learn.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM PDT

Tech Brings Grandfather's Voice, War Stories Back

Tech Brings Grandfather's Voice, War Stories Back

Matt Skryja has heard many people tell stories about his grandfather's World War II service. But he never had the chance to hear his grandfather tell them. Until now.

Friday, Dec 26, 2014 at 12:04 AM PST

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Valerie Brosdal admits the month following her cancer diagnosis was a dark time. All her husband, Ralph Kapostins, wanted to do was make her smile. He had no idea so many others would want to help him.

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 at 02:30 PM PST

San Francisco Woman Recognized Nationally For Her Work With The Blind

San Francisco Woman Recognized Nationally For Her Work With The Blind

Kate Williams calls losing her eyesight in her early 50's a "blessing," because it lead her on a journey to the most meaningful work she has ever done.

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM PST

San Jose City College Basketball Coach Continues Winning Ways

San Jose City College Basketball Coach Continues Winning Ways

With more than 800 wins, Coach Percy Carr has won more games than any California community college ever.

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 06:27 AM PST

Family Celebrates Gift of Life By Returning the Favor

Family Celebrates Gift of Life By Returning the Favor

Janice and Gary MacKinnon never thought they would adequately be able to thank the Millard family for saving the life of their son, Jake, through organ donation. This year, though, Janice came awfully close.

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM PST

East Bay Man's Mission Is Teaching Carpentry To Children

East Bay Man's Mission Is Teaching Carpentry To Children

Michael Glass has, for the past 32 years, been teaching children, some as young as 5, to handle saws, hammers and drills.

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM PST

Dawson's Light

Dawson's Light

One family's emotional connection to a San Francisco landmark.

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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.com