KPIX 5 Better Together -- Our Community Cares

East Bay Girl Makes Moves at the Ballet Barre and the Football FieldPinkie Schnayer has always loved dance but, twice a week, the 14-year-old trades in her ballet shoes for cleats as one of two girls on the Campolindo High School football team in Moraga.
South Bay Chefs Turn Their Restaurants Inside-Out, Comp a Furloughed Worker With Each Paid MealThese have been tough days for the food service business but one chef in San Jose has been operating a unique kitchen to help struggling restaurants and their laid-off workers.
Autism Workshop Helps South Bay Sheriff's Deputies De-Escalate Crisis EncountersThe Santa Clara County sheriff's office voluntarily added an autism workshop 15 years ago as an academy requirement.
South City Company Grows Greens Indoors to Counter Farm Land LossesA company called Plenty in South San Francisco is proving the value of low-water, controlled cultivation of leafy greens.
Holiday Lights Around the Bay Area Deliver Christmas CheerAround the Bay Area, holiday light installations -- both amateur and professional -- illuminate the night in the final days of an exceptionally dark year.
Beating the COVID Blues, Bay Area Musicians Tour Neighborhood DrivewaysSome top-flight Bay Area musicians who can't tour the country and world during the pandemic have been touring local driveways instead.
Despite Pandemic, See's Candy Prepares to Celebrate a Sweet CenturyA popular Bay Area-based candy company had to close temporarily for only the second time in its 99-year history because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now it's finding its new sweet spot.
Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa Sees Soaring DemandThe Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa has never been busier than they are this holiday season and they think the surge in demand is only the beginning.
Vallejo Animator Found Her Passion Despite Numerous HardshipsFor Lucy Lopez, art is an escape and a calling. But it's also a career choice the 19-year-old UC Merced student says she was discouraged from making.

KPIX 5 Better Together Video Reports

Jefferson Awards: Meghana Repaka and Nithila PoongovanA pair of South Bay teenagers is introducing STEM to those who don't often get a chance to learn it. Sharon Chin introduces Jefferson Award winners Meghana Repaka and Nithila Poongovan. (1/20/21)
BETTER TOGETHER: Community Helps Santa Clara Woman Celebrate Her 107th BirthdayDon Ford reports on the city of Santa Clara helping Hope Castellanos mark turning 107 years old (1-13-2021)
Jefferson Award Winner: Hasitha NimmagaddaMusic is therapy, and that is key to a San Jose teen's volunteer service group. Sharon Chin introduces this week's Jefferson Award winner, Hasitha Nimmagadda. (1/13/21)
Better Together: Homeless Man Returns Woman's Lost WalletAfter a homeless man found a woman's dropped wallet he called her up to return it. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Don Ford reports. (1-7-21)
Beating the COVID Blues, Bay Area Musicians Tour Neighborhood DrivewaysSome top-flight Bay Area musicians who can't tour the country and world during the pandemic have been touring local driveways instead. Sharon Chin reports. (12-25-20)
Food For Bay Area Families: The Swig Company Donates $150,000 To SF-Marin Food BankKPIX 5 reporter Allen Martin talks to Emily Cyr of the The Swig Company and Rajan Dev of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. The Swig Company helped raise $150,000 to the food bank. (12/23/20)
Lam Research Donates $206,000 To Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Food BankFood For Bay Area Families (12/23/20)
Food For Bay Area Families: East Bay Jewish Community Donates $115K To Alameda Food BankKatherine Avila of the Alameda County Food Bank talks to KPIX 5's Len Kiese about a $115,944.05 donation from the East Bay Jewish Community to help provide more than 232,000 meals to those in need. (12/22/20)
Wells Fargo Donates $250,000 To Alameda County Community Food Bank(12/21/20)

KPIX Better Together On Social Media

KPIX Anchors, Reporters Take Hair Matters Into Own Hands Amid Coronavirus Shelter-In-PlaceIt's been five weeks since Newsom's announcement. While life may seem to be at a standstill for millions of people, it's not necessarily the case for their hair. The stay at home order called for the shutdown of non-essential businesses, which included hair salons and barbershops. This has left many to fend for themselves, when it comes to their monthly color touch-ups or haircuts. The on-air talent here at KPIX is no exception. Many of our anchors and reporters have had to turn to YouTube videos, tutorials or just plain luck for their hair maintenance. 
Coronavirus Update: Current Best Practices For Safe Shopping During Essential Grocery TripsAs Californians begin their 4th week of the coronavirus pandemic sheltering-in-place, many are adapting to ever-evolving guidance for safe grocery shopping, which now includes wearing a mask and disinfecting the groceries themselves.
South Bay Nurses Sing To Honor Essential Workers Amid Coronavirus PandemicSanta Clara Valley Medical Center staffers Chelsea Seradilla Benigno and Nanami Takeuchi wanted to salute their fellow health care workers so they performed Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer" before their shift .
Talking To Your Child About Coronavirus and Shelter-In-PlaceKPIX morning anchor Michelle Griego sat down with her middle school-aged daughter to see how she's feeling about this uncertain time.
Disinfectant and Social Distancing: How KPIX Crews Stay Safe Amid Coronavirus
KPIX Workout Challenge: Staying Fit While Staying InsideDuring these uncertain times, one thing is for certain; nothing beats the endorphin-rush of getting a good sweat. At-home workouts have become a go-to while social distancing. Fitness studios, professional athletes, and celebrities have taken to their living rooms to get their daily dose of exercise. KPIX sports anchor, Dennis O'Donnell, jumped on the home-exercise bandwagon. He delivered his sports report while on his treadmill during Monday's 6PM newscast. 

KPIX Better Together -- Finding A New Job

U.S. Census Hiring Part-Time San Francisco Bay Area Work ForceU.S. Census officials are in the process of hiring a large temporary San Francisco Bay Area workforce to collect information.
State To Hire Nearly 2,000 Temporary Staffers To Help Manage Surge In Unemployment ApplicationsThe state Employment Development Department plans to hire nearly 2,000 temporary full-time and hourly staff members in the coming weeks to hasten the delivery of unemployment benefits to workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Army Of Contact-Tracing Workers Being Recruited To Help Combat Coronavirus PandemicExperts say contact tracing is going to play a critical role in fighting the coronavirus. It’s been practiced for decades, used to fight SARS, Ebola and AIDS, but never on as big a scale.  
Surge In Meal Kit Demand Boosts Hiring At Blue Apron East Bay Fulfillment CenterTo meet a surge in demand from consumers stuck at home, Blue Apron has hired more than 300 people at its fulfillment centers which include a facility on Regatta Blvd. in Richmond.
Coronavirus Update: These Companies Are Currently Hiring New EmployeesMore than 4.5 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March. If you are among them here's a list of companies were are currently hiring.
Coronavirus Update: California 'Gig' Workers Now Allowed To File For Unemployment BenefitsAfter of waiting weeks for some form of state assistance, thousands of unemployed gig workers in California could finally begin filing for unemployment benefits on Tuesday.
Instacart Hires 300,000 Workers In A Month, Plans To Hire 250,000 MoreInstacart hired 300,000 workers in recent weeks to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries spurred by the pandemic.
Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Boosts Financial Assistance For Self-Employed, Undocumented WorkersGov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday outlined the financial relief being provided to the state's most vulnerable residents losing work amid the coronavirus emergency, including undocumented residents, those who are self-employed and contract workers.
Securitas Hiring Security Guards Across Bay Area, California To Protect Businesses Closed By Shelter-In-PlaceAn international security firm is planning to expand its workforce in California and the Bay Area to help protect businesses closed by the coronavirus shelter-in-place.
Coronavirus Jobs: Federal Dept Of Labor Hiring Bay Area Wage and Hour InvestigatorsThe U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that its Wage and Hour Division will be hiring 45 additional investigators, including five in the San Francisco Bay Area.