Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency headquartered in San Rafael, California that provides a range of services in seven counties around the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1976, BACR’s mission is to promote the healthy development of individuals and families, encourage service and volunteerism, and help build community.

Toward these ends, BACR delivers services at more than 100 school- and community-based sites in the following program areas:

Last year, BACR delivered intensive direct services to approximately 33,000 children, youth, and adults annually. Our outreach and informational programs reached another 370,000 through events, workshops, and the internet. Annual evaluations of BACR programs have consistently shown positive impacts, including improved family functioning, youth development skills, and school performance.

BACR delivers the above services with an annual budget of more than $28 million and a professional staff of 500 (276 FTE) and 360 AmeriCorps members, 25 graduate-level mental health interns, and more than 9,000 volunteers a year. This cadre of professional staff, AmeriCorps members, interns, and volunteers helps make it possible for BACR to leverage support and deliver services in communities that otherwise would not have the capacity to provide adequate resources.

Our Standards of Practice

  1. We persevere, are dependable, and act with integrity.
  2. We recognize the needs and strengths of the people we serve and support their development.
  3. We continually learn—stretching, growing, and innovating.
  4. We build healthy relationships and are guided by a caring heart.
  5. Our services are based on proven models and methods.
  6. We work within communities and build alliances to meet community needs.
  7. We focus on results.
  8. We act with humility, hopefulness, and a sense of humor.