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Readers Are Leaders

Readers Are Leaders

During the 2019-20 school year, our members read two books each month to over 1,300 students in 55 second and third grade classrooms. The books, along with related projects, are left in the classroom. At holiday time, each child received a book of their own to take home.

Screening Eyes Early working with a child

Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.)

During the 2019-20 year, the Screening Eyes Early Program screened over 400 preschool children at 17 schools to detect early signs of amblyopia (lazy eye) and poor eyesight, alerting parents and teachers to possible sight issues.

Assist-a-Shelter Petting Zoo at Family Supportive Housing

Assist-a-Shelter

Members cook dinner once a month at San Jose’s Family Supportive Housing. Four times a year, they put on a special event for the families. Members also volunteer at CityTeam, helping to provide clothing to the city’s residents in need.

Volunteer measuring student for uniform

Operation School Bell®

During the 2019-20 school year, Assistance League of San Jose provided school uniforms to over 6,000 students in 39 schools (pants, shirts and socks).

Baby in layette from Caring Hands

Caring Hands

In the 2019-20 year, Caring Hands created over 7,200 items, including baby blankets,  booties, chemo caps and lap blankets for patients at Valley Medical Center, Family Supportive Housing, and two residential care facilities.

Volunteer Assisting Residents with Bingo cards

Senior Bingo

Assistance League members 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.

Hug-A-Bear

Hug-a-Bear

Assistance League of San Jose donates 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.

Year in Review

$184

thousand dollars (over 91%) returned to the San Jose community

20

thousand people served in the San Jose community

36

thousand hours volunteered

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Readers Are Leaders Distribute Books

Our modified Readers Are Leaders program is in full swing. The Ryan School readers are preparing bags for another student book distribution. The school was excited to receive this donation. We miss reading them in person but look forward to reinstating the onsite program in the future.

Thank You to Our Dedicated Members

Sweet treats were distributed to members who donated onesies at our annual Baby Shower. Although we missed the Baby Shower party this year, members contributed over 1300 onesies at our Drive-thru Baby Shower event. This is just one of several shining examples of how dedicated our membership is to our community programs even during these […]

Drive-Thru Baby Shower Collects over 1,300 Onesies

Each year AL of San Jose hosts a Baby Shower event to replenish the onesies our Caring Hands program volunteers pair with their homemade blankets and caps. These layettes are then donated to Valley Medical Center’s newborn unit. This event, usually a festive party, was modified to a drive up collection this year, but it […]

Holiday Gifts for Valley Medical Center from Caring Hands

Approximately 185 layettes were created by Caring Hands volunteers during the month of December and delivered to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Even with an erratic holiday schedule, members continued to produce beautiful blankets and hats for the new moms and their babies.

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

“The families and staff at Family Supportive Housing extend our sincerest gratitude to you for your December dinner and cookie donations. The residents are always delighted by the fresh and nutritious meals and snacks. Thank you so much for your continued kindness and generosity. Your continued support is invaluable.” Al of San Jose is a […]

Students are Excited about the Readers Are Leaders Book Program

We’re so happy to learn that our modified RAL program is exciting children and encouraging them to read.  A student quote, sent from a teacher, seems to sum up the excitement this book distribution generated. “I don’t think I’m going to be able to concentrate today because I have to read this book right now.”

Holiday Donations to CityTeam and Family Supportive Housing

Assistance League of San Jose’s Assist-A-Shelter volunteers have been very busy this month. Besides cooking homemade dinners and cookies, they have made over 100 placemats for Family Supportive Housing’s holiday dinner celebration. Volunteers have also collected enough essential hygiene items for 84 personal packages containing shampoo, soaps, tooth paste and lotions. These, plus four blankets […]

Hosting a Holiday Dinner

Assist-A-Shelter volunteers (social distancing) met to deliver a holiday dinner for the residents of Family Supportive Housing. The volunteers won’t be serving the dinner this year, but are still very involved in making this meal special by providing homemade dishes and deserts. FSH is an essential family shelter providing temporary housing and targeted counseling for […]

Holiday Cookies for Family Supportive Housing

‘TIS THE SEASON to bake holiday cookies! Assistance League of San Jose’s Assist-a-Shelter volunteers are baking colorful cookies hoping to bring a little cheer to the 44 children that are currently in residence at Family Supporting Housing. We are proud to support this shelter which provides safe temporary housing and counseling services to families in […]

Holiday Centerpieces for Family Supportive Housing

Assist-a-Shelter volunteers made festive and fun table decorations for the families at Family Supportive Housing to enjoy during the holidays.

Ryan Elementary Holiday Surprise from RAL

The second and third grade students at Ryan Elementary School received a holiday surprise today when they came to pick up their assignments. Our Readers Are Leaders volunteers had chosen some very special books and assembled various school supplies in a festive holiday bag just for them! Each story comes with a fun learning activity […]

Assistance League of San Jose Face Masks – Where Are They?

AL of San Jose created masks for our members, our friends and families during a time when masks are so important to keep us safe and healthy. Our masks are traveling to many places to help stop the spread of COVID and to share with the world what our great organization is continuing to do […]

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Readers Are Leaders Distribute Books

Our modified Readers Are Leaders program is in full swing. The Ryan School readers are preparing bags for another student book distribution. The school was excited to receive this donation. We miss reading them in person but look forward to reinstating the onsite program in the future.

Thank You to Our Dedicated Members

Sweet treats were distributed to members who donated onesies at our annual Baby Shower. Although we missed the Baby Shower party this year, members contributed over 1300 onesies at our Drive-thru Baby Shower event. This is just one of several shining examples of how dedicated our membership is to our community programs even during these […]

Drive-Thru Baby Shower Collects over 1,300 Onesies

Each year AL of San Jose hosts a Baby Shower event to replenish the onesies our Caring Hands program volunteers pair with their homemade blankets and caps. These layettes are then donated to Valley Medical Center’s newborn unit. This event, usually a festive party, was modified to a drive up collection this year, but it […]

Holiday Gifts for Valley Medical Center from Caring Hands

Approximately 185 layettes were created by Caring Hands volunteers during the month of December and delivered to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Even with an erratic holiday schedule, members continued to produce beautiful blankets and hats for the new moms and their babies.

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

“The families and staff at Family Supportive Housing extend our sincerest gratitude to you for your December dinner and cookie donations. The residents are always delighted by the fresh and nutritious meals and snacks. Thank you so much for your continued kindness and generosity. Your continued support is invaluable.” Al of San Jose is a […]

Students are Excited about the Readers Are Leaders Book Program

We’re so happy to learn that our modified RAL program is exciting children and encouraging them to read.  A student quote, sent from a teacher, seems to sum up the excitement this book distribution generated. “I don’t think I’m going to be able to concentrate today because I have to read this book right now.”

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