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Friday, Jul 7, 2017 at 01:24 PM PDT

Berkeley Teens Get Creative, With Marshmallows, To Help Young Orphan Half A World Away

Berkeley Teens Get Creative, With Marshmallows, To Help Young Orphan Half A World Away

Ollie Krause spent months planning a fun event for all his friends. The one man who would get the most out of it, though, wasn't even there.

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 at 05:27 AM PDT

Pleasanton 12-Year-Old Uses Heimlich To Save Little Brother's Life, Inspires Others To Learn Life-Saving Techniques

Pleasanton 12-Year-Old Uses Heimlich To Save Little Brother's Life, Inspires Others To Learn Life-Saving Techniques

Kristy Palfalvi jokes that she taught her children life-saving techniques so they could save her one day. Daughter Rylie ended up doing so much more. "She saved our whole family that day," Palfalvi said.

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM PDT

After Trying Winter, Highway 17 Commuters Throw "Thank You" Party for Road Crews

After Trying Winter, Highway 17 Commuters Throw "Thank You" Party for Road Crews

If there is such a thing as the opposite of road rage, it's what Erin Buchla was feeling watching emergency and road crews fighting nature to keep Highway 17 open and safe this past winter.

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12:31 PM PDT

Antioch Officer Does More Than Return Disabled Girl's Stolen Tricycle, He Restores Her Faith In Police

Antioch Officer Does More Than Return Disabled Girl's Stolen Tricycle, He Restores Her Faith In Police

Antioch Police Officer Dan Fachner knew he had done a good deed when he tracked down Charlotte Luther's stolen tricycle. What he didn't know at the time, is that he had actually done two.

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 09:14 AM PST

6-Year-Old 'Dog Whisperer' in Morgan Hill

6-Year-Old 'Dog Whisperer' in Morgan Hill

Meghan Topping says she used all of her "experience with dogs" in the capture of Daisy.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:08 PM PDT

Long-Time Member Of Giants' Broadcast Crew Turns Life-Threatening Diagnosis Into Help For Thousands Of Cancer Patients

Long-Time Member Of Giants' Broadcast Crew Turns Life-Threatening Diagnosis Into Help For Thousands Of Cancer Patients

When the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series, David Benzer was on top of the world. 24 hours later, a cancer diagnosis sent his world into a tailspin. He's dedicating his life now to helping others...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:21 PM PDT

San Mateo Author On 6 Year Journey Sharing Untold Story Of Heroism During The Holocaust

San Mateo Author On 6 Year Journey Sharing Untold Story Of Heroism During The Holocaust

Frans and Mein Winjakker saved the lives of more than two dozen Jews in the Netherlands during World War II by sheltering them from the Nazis.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:00 PM PDT

Berkeley Architect Fights Religious Oppression

Berkeley Architect Fights Religious Oppression

Niknaz Aftahi says she owes a lot the professors at the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education. The best way to pay them back was to become one.

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 at 11:13 PM PDT

San Jose Elementary School Students Raise Thousands To Support Classmates, Community Hit By Flooding

San Jose Elementary School Students Raise Thousands To Support Classmates, Community Hit By Flooding

In order to do their part in the school-wide fundraiser, all Jessica Friedman's fourth-graders had to raise was $200. The went above, and way beyond.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:37 PM PDT

East Bay Man Shows Dedication To Rescue Non Profit By Walking Around Lake Merritt For 24 Hours Straight. In A Catsuit.

East Bay Man Shows Dedication To Rescue Non Profit By Walking Around Lake Merritt For 24 Hours Straight. In A Catsuit.

No matter how you may have spent your Memorial Day weekend, it's a sure bet it was nothing like what Jay Ruiz did to support Cat Town, the Oakland-based cat rescue organization. https://www.crowdrise.com/cat-to...

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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