Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 at 10:46 AM PDT

The Haunted House That Helped Build The City Of Fremont

The Haunted House That Helped Build The City Of Fremont

In 1969 a group of Fremont women, calling themselves the Candle Lighters, hosted a haunted house to raise money to help build a YMCA. In just a few years the Y was finished, but the Candle Lighters were...

Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 10:19 AM PDT

Former Pro Athlete, Silicon Valley CEO, Focuses On Baseball-Themed Literacy Non Profit

Former Pro Athlete, Silicon Valley CEO, Focuses On Baseball-Themed Literacy Non Profit

Five years ago, Jim Messemer founded San Francisco RBI, a non profit combining classroom and baseball activities to promote literacy among underserved students.

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 06:39 AM PDT

Teacher, Techie, Team Up To Make Recess More Fun

Teacher, Techie, Team Up To Make Recess More Fun

Adaptive Physical Education Specialist Melissa Abadia had an idea for a device that would make recess more fun for some of her disabled students. She just didn't know how to build it.

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:23 AM PDT

San Francisco Police Officer Goes To Great Lengths To Help Bayview Youth

San Francisco Police Officer Goes To Great Lengths To Help Bayview Youth

From the first day he was assigned to his post at the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club, San Francisco Police Officer Jason Johnson knew that working with youth was what he wanted to do. What he didn't know is how

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 at 08:17 AM PDT

Salinas Rancher Rescues Dozens Of Retired Racehorses, Gives Them Second Career, Second Life

Salinas Rancher Rescues Dozens Of Retired Racehorses, Gives Them Second Career, Second Life

Harness Racing Horses are used to pulling things, and aren't fazed by large crowds or loud noises. Those, it turns out, are just the set of skills Dennis Winfrey is looking for in his horses.

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM PDT

The 17-Year Love Story Behind San Jose's New $6 Million Playground

The 17-Year Love Story Behind San Jose's New $6 Million Playground

Something happened the first time Julie Matsushima held her granddaughter, Aimee, seventeen years ago. A bond was formed that changed both their lives, and is now enriching the lives of other children with...

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015 at 01:15 PM PDT

Homage to Frontier Village to Close Soon

Homage to Frontier Village to Close Soon

There are people who visited San Jose's Frontier Village more times than Shaughnessy McGehee, but few who loved it more.

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 08:18 AM PDT

Woman Transforms Donated Wedding Dresses Into Beautiful, Touching Gifts For Bereaved Parents

Woman Transforms Donated Wedding Dresses Into Beautiful, Touching Gifts For Bereaved Parents

Allison Hampton says she felt bad the first time she ripped apart a perfectly good wedding dress. Now that she knows the good that can come from it, she's got no problem with it.

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 at 09:30 AM PDT

Old Suitcase Leads Man on Quest to Honor WWII Vets

Old Suitcase Leads Man on Quest to Honor WWII Vets

When the Spirit of '45, a group dedicated to remembering World War II veterans, needed someone to lead the restoration of an old army truck, Chris Texiera was the natural choice, for more than one reason.

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 10:43 PM PDT

San Carlos Artist Drops Free Art In Public To Promote Happiness

San Carlos Artist Drops Free Art In Public To Promote Happiness

Linsday DeAlba says what she is getting in return for her art is worth more than money.

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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