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Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 at 01:00 PM PDT

"Godfather" Of Technology For Social Good Passes Impressive Milestone

"Godfather" Of Technology For Social Good Passes Impressive Milestone

Jim Fruchterman's "one good idea" has turned into 10 million books for people with difficulty reading standard print.

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 at 08:38 AM PDT

Year-Old San Francisco Non-Profit Hopes To Defuse Confrontations Between Police, Mentally Ill Before They Happen

Year-Old San Francisco Non-Profit Hopes To Defuse Confrontations Between Police, Mentally Ill Before They Happen

Concrn wants the public to call them, instead of 911, when they see a homeless or mentally ill person in crisis.

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 01:52 PM PDT

San Jose Eye Surgeon Gives Away $50,000 Worth Of Procedures To Those Who Can't Afford Them

San Jose Eye Surgeon Gives Away $50,000 Worth Of Procedures To Those Who Can't Afford Them

Now in its 15th year, Dr. Michael Furlong's Gift Of Sight charity has improved the vision of 150 people for free.

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 at 02:41 PM PDT

Oakland Graphic Designer Raises Thousands For Flood Relief In Hometown

Oakland Graphic Designer Raises Thousands For Flood Relief In Hometown

Beau Bergeron was inspired to help by the people who used their fishing boats to rescue neighbors during the flooding in Baton Rouge. They called themselves the "Cajun Navy."

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 at 08:03 PM PDT

Recovering From Valley Fire, Middletown Residents Receive Inspiration From Unlikely Source: 95-Year-Old Jazzerciser

Recovering From Valley Fire, Middletown Residents Receive Inspiration From Unlikely Source: 95-Year-Old Jazzerciser

Rex Bowers didn't start exercising until he retired in the early 1980's. He hasn't stopped since.

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 04:17 PM PDT

San Jose Artist With Cerebral Palsy Gets First Solo Exhibition

San Jose Artist With Cerebral Palsy Gets First Solo Exhibition

Don Ryker's parents say the expectation for Don growing up was that he could do anything he wanted to in spite of his disability. Like be a great artist.

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM PDT

Not In Rio? Not A Problem. Olympic Swim Hopeful Gets Over His Disappointment By Helping Raise Spirits Of Others

Not In Rio? Not A Problem. Olympic Swim Hopeful Gets Over His Disappointment By Helping Raise Spirits Of Others

Chuck Katis missed a spot on the US Olympic Swim Team by just two seconds. He's not the type to feel sorry for himself, though. He's the type to help others.

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:47 AM PDT

South Bay Teen Gets Overwhelming Response To Offer Of Free Swim Lessons For Low-Income Children

South Bay Teen Gets Overwhelming Response To Offer Of Free Swim Lessons For Low-Income Children

Carson Myers is a high school senior who wanted to combine her two passions: swimming and volunteer work. She was surprised to learn there weren't many places around the South Bay that offered free swim lessons...

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 11:14 PM PDT

Half Moon Bay Non Profit Sees Wonderful Success Pairing Rescued Racehorses With Children With Special Needs

Half Moon Bay Non Profit Sees Wonderful Success Pairing Rescued Racehorses With Children With Special Needs

Joelle Dunlap says what she does is not therapy and she is not a therapist. It is simple freedom for a few minutes from the challenges of life with special needs.

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 10:41 PM PDT

A Birthday With No Cake? Non Profit Bakes Thousands Of Cakes For At-Risk Children Who Might Otherwise Not Have One

A Birthday With No Cake? Non Profit Bakes Thousands Of Cakes For At-Risk Children Who Might Otherwise Not Have One

In its first year, Cake4Kids baked 10 cakes for needy children. In 2016, the plan on baking more than 2,000.

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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