Our Philanthropic Programs

Operation School Bell®

During the 2018-2019 school year, Assistance League of San Jose provided school uniforms to 7,291 students in 39 schools (pants, shirts and socks). What a great feeling to see the children’s excitement when they receive the clothing!

Readers Are Leaders

During the 2018-19 school year, over 1,300 students in 55 second and third grade classrooms enjoyed listening to our members read two books each month. The program’s books are left in the classroom to read again and again. Each session, members leave a project or prop that the teacher can add to their curriculum to enhance the reading or to use for further discussion. At holiday time, each child received a book of their own to take home to their family.

Assist-a-Shelter

Members cook dinner once a month for families at San Jose’s Family Supportive Housing. Four times a year, they put on an event such as a petting zoo, or SuperArtist day, bringing smiles to the families there. Members also volunteer at Cityteam, helping to provide clothing to the city’s residents in need.

Caring Hands

In the 2018-2019 year, Caring Hands created over 6,200 items, including baby blankets, baby caps and jackets, booties, chemo caps and lap blankets for patients at Valley Medical Center, Family Supportive Housing, and two residential care facilities.

Hug-a-Bear

Assistance League of San Jose has donated thousands of teddy bears to organizations serving children in crisis through organizations including the San Jose Police Department, Santa Clara County domestic abuse centers, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Family Supportive Housing.

Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.)

During the 2018-19 year, the Screening Eyes Early Program screened over 500 preschool children at 17 schools to detect early signs of amblyopia (lazy eye) and poor eyesight, alerting parents and teachers to possible sight issues.

Senior Bingo

Each month, Assistance League members, often on a one-on-one basis, provide craft activities, bingo with small prizes, holiday foods and musical entertainment to residents at San Jose’s A Grace Sub Acute & Skilled Care facility and Stonebrook Convalescent Homes.

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San Jose Christmas in the Park

Make sure you visit our beautiful tree at Christmas in the Park, downtown San Jose. You can find it at space #513, across the street from the purple tiles on the Tech Museum and between Family Camp of SJ and Nativity displays. Happy Holidays, everyone!

What Are We Thankful For?

Our members are thankful to be in Assistance League. Here are what some of them say: “It’s great to make a difference in children’s lives. Early intervention with their eye sight and fostering a love of books is so important to school success. Thank you, Assistance League of San Jose for the opportunity.” (Karen Klint) […]

Soup Kitchen Dinner Fundraiser

Assistance League of San Jose helped Family Supportive Housing with its Soup Kitchen Dinner Fundraiser. We attended, ate yummy soups and cheered for the winners! Families gave thanks for having this shelter available to meet their needs and our chapter is happy that we can help.

Screening Eyes Early Training

Trained ALSJ volunteers in the Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.) program screen 3, 4 and 5 year-olds for early signs of possible vision disorders. Every year we train new screeners with a 3-hour class and a 3-hour practicum. Our volunteers are excited to play the “eye game” while supporting our preschoolers. The most important disorder we […]

Portraits of the Past

Do you know some of the stories from San Jose’s past?  Recently, the Assistance League of San Jose was entertained and educated by History San Jose’s performance of “Portraits of the Past”.  As part of the League’s Fall Fundraiser at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos,  more than 170 members and guests brunched on wonderful […]

Happy Halloween, Caring Hands

Caring Hands, a committee of the Assistance League of San Jose (ALSJ), crochets, knits, and quilts blankets, hats and booties for donation to the newborn section of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Each mother and child leaving VMC receives a layette packet including those items and a onesie, all tied with a decorative ribbon and […]

Senior Bingo at A Grace Care Center

Each month Assistance League volunteers play bingo with the residents in the Activity Room at A Grace Subacute and Skilled Care. All enthusiastic players get two cards to play and can hardly wait for the thrill of shouting “Bingo”. Hapy cheers and whoops of holler go up for each person’s success. Everyone wins prizes and […]

Happy Halloween, Family Supportive Housing

To get ready for a spectacular Haunted House Halloween Party, the children at Family Supportive Housing (FSH) could choose a special fun costme. Thank you to Shawna and Jackie at Illusions Activewear of Campbell for loaning three rolling racks on which to hang the costumes. This local business has supported the FSH Costume Shop for […]

Operation School Bell

As of October 2019, 39 elementary schools from three districts happily received 7,000 uniforms from our Operation School Bell Uniform Program. Our January uniform distribution will include homeless children and middle school students along with the measured schools. Members and non-members worked 3,223 volunteer hours ordering, warehouse organizing, measuring students and delivering uniforms. Many hands […]

DKG Service to the Community Award

Our very own Gloria Cutshall has been honored with an award for community service from the Delta Kappa Gamma chapter of the southern San Francisco Bay area. DKG is an international society for women educators. It is wonderful that Gloria has been recognized for her many countless, selfless hours as a community volunteer. Congratulations!

Barnes & Noble Donates Books

Thank you to Barnes & Noble for organizing a book drive for ALSJ during the 2018 holiday season. We received 772 books which we were able to distribute among several of our philanthropic programs. The ten schools in the Readers Are Leaders program, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Family Supportive Housing and the Mother’s Reading Program […]

Fun at the Culinary Capers FUNdraiser

Over 60 members and guests enjoyed cooking and baking at this year’s Culinary Capers. Participants followed recipes for appetizers and desserts in members’ kitchens. Then everyone socialized over the home made treats and danced to music from the 50’s. We put the FUN in Fundraising!

Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing

Volunteers from the Assist-a-Shelter program brought their first child enrichment program of 2019 to Family Supportive Housing of San Jose. About 40 people attended Happy Birds, enjoying the antics of beautiful trained parrots, a special treat for children and adults.

Thank you, Santa Clara Valley Realtors(R) Foundation

Thank you, Santa Clara Valley Realtors® Foundation for supporting Operation School Bell. Your donation will help us supply shirts, pants and socks to many students in need in the San Jose public schools. Our programs depend on the generosity of donors like you and we are so appreciative of your help.

Thank You to Screening Eyes Early

Lotus Preschool is so appreciative of the service of vision screening Assistance League of San Jose provides for their students through the community program of SEE (Screening Eyes Early). We have screened 535 preschoolers from 17 preschools. We referred 20 students to be seen by an eye doctor. So far nine students have visited an […]

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San Jose Christmas in the Park

Make sure you visit our beautiful tree at Christmas in the Park, downtown San Jose. You can find it at space #513, across the street from the purple tiles on the Tech Museum and between Family Camp of SJ and Nativity displays. Happy Holidays, everyone!

What Are We Thankful For?

Our members are thankful to be in Assistance League. Here are what some of them say: “It’s great to make a difference in children’s lives. Early intervention with their eye sight and fostering a love of books is so important to school success. Thank you, Assistance League of San Jose for the opportunity.” (Karen Klint) […]

Soup Kitchen Dinner Fundraiser

Assistance League of San Jose helped Family Supportive Housing with its Soup Kitchen Dinner Fundraiser. We attended, ate yummy soups and cheered for the winners! Families gave thanks for having this shelter available to meet their needs and our chapter is happy that we can help.

Screening Eyes Early Training

Trained ALSJ volunteers in the Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.) program screen 3, 4 and 5 year-olds for early signs of possible vision disorders. Every year we train new screeners with a 3-hour class and a 3-hour practicum. Our volunteers are excited to play the “eye game” while supporting our preschoolers. The most important disorder we […]

Portraits of the Past

Do you know some of the stories from San Jose’s past?  Recently, the Assistance League of San Jose was entertained and educated by History San Jose’s performance of “Portraits of the Past”.  As part of the League’s Fall Fundraiser at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos,  more than 170 members and guests brunched on wonderful […]

Happy Halloween, Caring Hands

Caring Hands, a committee of the Assistance League of San Jose (ALSJ), crochets, knits, and quilts blankets, hats and booties for donation to the newborn section of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Each mother and child leaving VMC receives a layette packet including those items and a onesie, all tied with a decorative ribbon and […]

2017 - 2018 Statistics

$185

thousand dollars returned to the San Jose community

17

thousand people served in the San Jose community

36

thousand hours volunteered

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