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Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 at 10:19 AM PDT

Oakland Entrepreneur's Single Promise Turns Into Multi-Million Dollar Food Company

Oakland Entrepreneur's Single Promise Turns Into Multi-Million Dollar Food Company

While working for the Peace Corps in Niger, Lisa Curtis encountered the nutrient-rich Moringa plant for the first time. Garvin Thomas reports.

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 at 02:06 PM PDT

Bay Area Proud 500: 7-Year-Old Dog Whisperer Rescues Stray, Gets TV Offers

Bay Area Proud 500: 7-Year-Old Dog Whisperer Rescues Stray, Gets TV Offers

Meghan Topping is now 7 years old and every bit as precocious as ever. The story of how she succeeded in rescuing a dog where so many others had failed certainly hit a chord. It has been watched and shared...

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 at 01:34 PM PDT

Bay Area Proud 500: Catching Up With Young Tech Visionary

Bay Area Proud 500: Catching Up With Young Tech Visionary

All this week in celebration of our 500th Bay Area Proud story, we're checking in with some of the most memorable people we've met along the way, including a 12-year-old technology visionary. He's now a...

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 11:56 AM PDT

Bay Area Proud 500: Revisiting an East Bay Superhero Mom

Bay Area Proud 500: Revisiting an East Bay Superhero Mom

When the Bay Area Proud series first profiled Barbara Casados in 2012, she was just stumbled into her new calling: sewing superhero capes for sick children. Just how many she has given out since then, is...

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 at 09:35 PM PDT

Son Develops Translation App To Help Spanish-Speaking Father

Son Develops Translation App To Help Spanish-Speaking Father

Joseph Molina said he didn't even know what coding or computer science was until his senior year of high school. He soon learned it's what he wants to do for a career, and now he's found a way to give back to...

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 11:28 PM PDT

San Francisco Woman Using Her Voice To Make Art Accessible For All

San Francisco Woman Using Her Voice To Make Art Accessible For All

Michele Spitz says throughout much of her life, she spent her own money buying tickets for seniors and the disabled so they could see the some of the finest art in the world on display in the Bay Area. Then she...

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 11:27 PM PDT

SF Firefighters Get Creative to Save Man's Leg in Car Wreck

SF Firefighters Get Creative to Save Man's Leg in Car Wreck

San Francisco firefighters tried every technique in the manual to free Neikko Sebers from his tangled Subaru. When all those failed, it was time to get creative. Garvin Thomas reports.

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 10:23 PM PDT

Unable To See Her Favorite Musical, Hospice Patient Gets Surprise Bedside Serenade From Show's Star

Unable To See Her Favorite Musical, Hospice Patient Gets Surprise Bedside Serenade From Show's Star

At 87-years-old, Nancy is in hospice care because her body is failing. Her mind, however, is razor-sharp and her heart is full thanks to the kindness of her music therapist and the lead actor in her favorite...

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 08:34 PM PDT

After Grand Act Of Kindness To Change One Life, East Bay Man Strives To Touch Thousands More

After Grand Act Of Kindness To Change One Life, East Bay Man Strives To Touch Thousands More

Eugene Yoon has always been inspired by Ellen DeGeneres' admonition to "be kind to one another." It once lead him to help a man walk again. It is now sending him all over the country to help so many...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:39 PM PDT

South Bay 80-Year-Old Knits 600+ Teddy Bears To Give Children Smiles And Herself Peace

South Bay 80-Year-Old Knits 600+ Teddy Bears To Give Children Smiles And Herself Peace

Gisela Foster knit her first teddy bear for the Mother Bear Project in 2008 and hasn't stopped since. Garvin Thomas reports in this edition of Bay Area Proud.

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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.