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Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 05:30 PM PDT

BAP: Catching Up With Those Giving Back to the Community

BAP: Catching Up With Those Giving Back to the Community

Bay Area Proud catches up with the latest exhibit for a group that takes guns turned in through a buy-back program and transforms them into art, and a one-woman effort to deliver 40,000 books to school children...

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 at 11:06 PM PDT

Bullied Teen's Turnaround Inspired by Encounter With Bono

Bullied Teen's Turnaround Inspired by Encounter With Bono

A Los Gatos teen who had been bullied and fell into a deep depression turned everything around after a conversation with U2 frontman Bono, whose words of comfort prompted her to become a global inspirational...

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 at 03:43 AM PDT

SF Paramedic Who Rescued Trapped Woman Gets Surprise

SF Paramedic Who Rescued Trapped Woman Gets Surprise

Angela Castro’s reason for joining the San Francisco Fire Department is very personal. It is also the very same reason one rescue last November was so very special. Garvin Thomas reports.

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 07:06 AM PDT

No Birthday Left Behind: Teen Throws Birthday Parties For Homeless Children

No Birthday Left Behind: Teen Throws Birthday Parties For Homeless Children

When high school junior Tanvi Barman was a little girl, her mother used to take her and her sister to a local homeless shelter to help serve meals. Starting in 8th grade, Tanvi began organizing cakes, entertain...

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 04:03 AM PDT

Little League Bends Rules for Developmentally Disabled Man

Little League Bends Rules for Developmentally Disabled Man

At 44-years-old, Javier Gamarra is twice as old as league rules allow. But when the managers heard his story, they couldn't wait to bring him on the team. Garvin Thomas reports

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 at 03:53 PM PDT

Stanford ER Tech's Artistic Creations Providing Smiles To Patients, Money To Charity

Stanford ER Tech's Artistic Creations Providing Smiles To Patients, Money To Charity

When kids come into his section of the ER, Technician Jack DeWees says there isn't much to keep them distracted or entertained. So, he decided to create something out the materials he had on hand. The results...

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 02:36 PM PDT

Morgan Hill Teen Gets Creative To Teach Children Kindness

Morgan Hill Teen Gets Creative To Teach Children Kindness

Notre Dame High School student Samantha Lee started an after-school sewing activity teaching elementary school students how to stitch teddy bears. The catch? Once they are done with their bears, the young...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:15 PM PDT

Oakland Homeowner Vows To Donate $100K From Sale Of Home To Charity

Oakland Homeowner Vows To Donate $100K From Sale Of Home To Charity

Josip Markus of Oakland is donating $100,000 from the sale of his $1 million home to charity. The entrepreneur and life coach has worked with a nonprofit that helps indigenous people in Brazil and wanted to make...

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:50 PM PDT

Formerly Homeless Mother Returns To Shelter To Help Residents Celebrate Mother's Day

Formerly Homeless Mother Returns To Shelter To Help Residents Celebrate Mother's Day

Maybelle Regaspi has been returning to Samaritan House's Safe Harbor Shelter every month for the past 4 years to help residents celebrate their birthdays. This month, it was all about the mothers. Garvin Thomas...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:52 AM PDT

Former Teen Addict Graduates From USF, Aims to Help Others

Former Teen Addict Graduates From USF, Aims to Help Others

At an age when many teens are trying alcohol for the first time, Julia Nelson was struggling to end a 5-year addiction. She is now a graduate, with honors, from the University of San Francisco. She believes her...

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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.