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Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 at 10:55 PM PST

Willow Glen Bar Takes Down Thousands Of Dollar Bills From Ceiling, Sending Money To Charity, Message To Neighbors

Willow Glen Bar Takes Down Thousands Of Dollar Bills From Ceiling, Sending Money To Charity, Message To Neighbors

For the past 9 years, customers have been tacking dollar bills to the walls and ceiling of a Willow Glen bar. This past weekend, they all came down. Garvin Thomas reports in this edition of Bay Area Proud.

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 at 03:12 AM PST

A Different Route To Silicon Valley: From Truck Driving To Tech Startup

A Different Route To Silicon Valley: From Truck Driving To Tech Startup

In the cab of a tractor-trailer crisscrossing the country, Mike Dunlap used online lectures to give himself an education and turn his life around. Garvin Thomas reports with this inspiring story for Bay Area...

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 at 06:10 AM PST

Fire Victim's Attempt at Rebuilding Life Gets Boost From Fellow Survivors

Fire Victim's Attempt at Rebuilding Life Gets Boost From Fellow Survivors

Buying a hot dog from Lowell Bryan might save you from being hungry. Selling you that hot dog, Bryan says, might be saving his life. Garvin Thomas reports.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 at 10:58 PM PDT

South Bay High School Raises Thousands to Grant Boy's Wish

South Bay High School Raises Thousands to Grant Boy's Wish

In a first-of-a-kind effort, thousands of teenagers from Cupertino High School partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wish of a 13-year-old San Jose boy they've never met. Garvin Thomas reports.

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 at 10:45 PM PST

Woman Returns To Rescue, Revive Non Profit She Founded At 14

 Woman Returns To Rescue, Revive Non Profit She Founded At 14

When East Bay teenager Laura Graham headed to college in Arizona, she thought she was leaving behind the non-profit she created. Years later, with the organization facing closure, Graham is returning to...

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 10:47 PM PST

Formerly Homeless Veteran Gets Help, Now Gives Back

Formerly Homeless Veteran Gets Help, Now Gives Back

From homeless to hopeful. That is the remarkable journey of Mike Bartell. Garvin Thomas reports.

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 at 10:52 PM PST

East Bay School Embraces, Uplifts Classmate With Down Syndrome

East Bay School Embraces, Uplifts Classmate With Down Syndrome

Gus Xepoleas' parents say he used to be a shy, reserved boy. Then one act of kindness by his Northgate High School community lead to another, and another, and everything changed for Gus.Garvin Thomas reports in...

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:47 PM PST

Years Of Clearing Trash From South Bay Creeks Pays Off: Salmon Return

Years Of Clearing Trash From South Bay Creeks Pays Off: Salmon Return

Over the past six years, volunteers working with the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition have removed 200 tons of trash from South Bay waterways. Garvin Thomas reports in this edition of Bay Area Proud.

Friday, Jan 11, 2019 at 03:30 PM PST

7-Year-Old Spreads Kindness At School With "Rocks Of Encouragement"

7-Year-Old Spreads Kindness At School With "Rocks Of Encouragement"

Stephany Martinez's parents say she's a really good kid and helps out a lot around the house. At her school, though, they call her an inspiration. Garvin Thomas reports

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 at 01:21 PM PST

Vallejo Artist Surprises 10-Year-Old In Wheelchair With Elaborate Dinosaur Costume

Vallejo Artist Surprises 10-Year-Old In Wheelchair With Elaborate Dinosaur Costume

A Redwood City boy with cerebral palsy is traveling in style these days thanks to the work of a Vallejo artist, a woman he barely knows. Garvin Thomas reports.

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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.