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Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 10:54 PM PDT

East Bay Fitness Trainer Finds Calling Working With Young People With Disabilities

East Bay Fitness Trainer Finds Calling Working With Young People With Disabilities

East Bay fitness instructor Chad Hooker launched a program for children with disabilities and it has taken off. He now has 50 clients, some of whom travel an hour each way to his Dublin gym, and it has been such...

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 12:53 PM PDT

Car Fanatic Shifts Gears With Nonprofit For Troubled Youth

Car Fanatic Shifts Gears With Nonprofit For Troubled Youth

Project Wreckless is a nonprofit in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood started five years ago by Jordan Langer. Langer decided he wanted to do something good for the community, so he came up with the idea...

Friday, Jul 12, 2019 at 12:33 PM PDT

Love Is: Bay Area Designer, Entrepreneur Launches Company, Spreads Message

Love Is: Bay Area Designer, Entrepreneur Launches Company, Spreads Message

After realizing her dream career in design and fashion, Chrissie Lam started the Love Is Project, selling bracelets created by artisans in 10 countries. Now, she is about to publish her first book. Garvin Thomas...

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 at 09:54 AM PDT

600th Blood Donation Special For Longtime Donor, In More Ways Than One

600th Blood Donation Special For Longtime Donor, In More Ways Than One

David Polnaszek says he was proud to make his 600th blood donation at the Stanford Blood Center. There was something else, though, that happened that day that made him even prouder. Garvin Thomas reports.

Thursday, Jun 13, 2019 at 11:41 PM PDT

"Be Careful What You Wish For": Redwood City Woman's Single Email Leads To Massive Donation For Hawaiian Children

"Be Careful What You Wish For": Redwood City Woman's Single Email Leads To Massive Donation For Hawaiian Children

Last year, a simple request by Mayrose Munar to her Redwood City neighbors netted 5,000 books for schoolchildren in Hawaii. This year, a single email landed Munar almost 10 times as many books. Garvin Thomas has...

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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
North Bay Spirit Awards
The North Bay Spirit award was developed in partnership with The Press Democrat and Comcast NBCU to celebrate people who make a difference in our communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the North Bay Spirit program aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and create a spirit of giving. Click here for stories and videos about the recipients.