United Way of the Bay Area Overview
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Target demographics: Our work assists low-income families and individuals, with a particular focus on critical populations such as at-risk youth, single parent families, immigrants, and men and boys of color which we know are disproportionately affected by poverty.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 250,000 individuals in the Bay Area struggling to make ends meet.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Prepare and serve lunch to families who are hungry; Teach a parent how to search and apply for jobs online; Conduct mock interviews and provide resume writing assistance for youth; Build or tend community gardens and much more!
Geographic areas served: Seven counties in the San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano.
Programs: Our core poverty-fighting programs focus on three key drivers of economic success – jobs, education and basic needs – and have touched the lives of over 500,000 members of our community over the last 4 years. Through our critical program platforms, we have connected struggling Bay Area residents to food and shelter, helped people get jobs, and ensured that youth can succeed in school and in the workplace.
United Way of the Bay Area programs include SparkPoint, 211, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, MatchBridge and Community Schools. Learn more about these programs at www.uwba.org.
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Some highlights of our impact include:
Since 2003, Earn It! Keep It! Save It! has returned over $495 million in tax refunds to low-income Bay Area families, and filed 477,000 tax returns.
In fiscal year 2014 alone, SparkPoint Centers served over 6,173 participants with approximately 45% engaging in a range of intensive services. Over 71% of these clients have made progress in economic mobility experiencing at least a 5% increase in income, credit score, savings or a decrease in debt. Since its inception in January 2009, the SparkPoint Initiative has served over 15,000 participants.
In 2014, the Summer Jobs+ Initiative, a partnership between MatchBridge, the City of San Francisco and community-based organizations, placed 7,600 youth in jobs and internships and has connected more than 18,500 youth to jobs since its launch in 2012.
Over the past year, UWBA and its partner Call Centers in nine Bay Area counties responded to 184,078 calls, granting vital assistance to callers such as access to food and shelter.
Last year, we launched our first SparkPoint Community School that brings economic services -- job training and placement, financial coaching, etc. -- to families at schools that are serving people in poverty with health clinics and after-school and summer academic programs.