Our Philanthropic Programs

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

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).

Readers Are Leaders

During the 2018-19 school year, our members read two books each month to 1,400 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.

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.

Caring Hands

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

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.

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

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.

News & Events

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Why I Love AL of San Jose

Looking forward to Valentine’s Day, members shared why they love volunteering for our chapter. “I love Assistance League because of the wonderful members. They are the best!” . . . “The energy, kindness and heartfelt dedication of each and every member of Assistance League of San Jose is inspirational.” . . . “I love to […]

Annual Baby Shower

Members donated 762 onesies to Caring Hands at the annual Baby Shower. Representatives from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center were our guests…and guest speakers. They are so thankful for all of the layettes (onesie, baby hat, blanket) that they receive from our chapter. During the 2019 calendar year 2,228 layettes were donated to SCVMC, a […]

Everybody Loves Breakfast! Saturday, February 1

The flapjack fundraiser is back! From 8-10 am, $10 gets you bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes and unlimited pancakes served by our own members at Applebee’s on Curtner. Tickets are available at the general meeting or at the door.

Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing

One of the four events that Assistance League of San Jose brings to the families at Family Supportive Housing every year is Happy Birds. The families enjoy getting up close and personal with trained parrots, macaws, and cockatoos. Happy Birds demonstrates how training, practice and love teaches the birds to learn performance tricks for an […]

Senior Bingo at A-Grace Subacute Center

Assistance League volunteers brought holiday cheer to A Grace Sub Acute and Skilled Care with a cartful of gifts for the bingo winners. Everyone is a winner at Senior Bingo!

Holiday Gifts at Family Supportive Housing

At the chapter’s annual gift wrapping event at Family Support Housing everyone had fun — the children selecting gifts for their parents and the Assistance League of San Jose members wrapping those special gifts for them!  It was truly a rewarding holiday experience.

Students Thank Readers Are Leaders

This is the time of year many volunteer readers receive special ‘thank you” notes from students. Students in Ms. Rivas’ class at Ryan Elementary School wrote thank you cards for their Readers Are Leaders volunteers, saying: “Thank you for reading to us” . . . “I love the books you read to us and your […]

Readers Are Leaders Celebrate the Holidays

We had fun providing each of the 1st/2nd grade students in Ms Huang’s class with their own book titled “Little Kids First Book of Bugs”. We came in with our Santa Hats and Christmas glasses! They were so excited and kept asking “Can we really keep the book or is this really ours to keep?” […]

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 through January 5th, 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 Assitance League of San Jose 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 […]

News & Events

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Why I Love AL of San Jose

Looking forward to Valentine’s Day, members shared why they love volunteering for our chapter. “I love Assistance League because of the wonderful members. They are the best!” . . . “The energy, kindness and heartfelt dedication of each and every member of Assistance League of San Jose is inspirational.” . . . “I love to […]

Annual Baby Shower

Members donated 762 onesies to Caring Hands at the annual Baby Shower. Representatives from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center were our guests…and guest speakers. They are so thankful for all of the layettes (onesie, baby hat, blanket) that they receive from our chapter. During the 2019 calendar year 2,228 layettes were donated to SCVMC, a […]

Everybody Loves Breakfast! Saturday, February 1

The flapjack fundraiser is back! From 8-10 am, $10 gets you bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes and unlimited pancakes served by our own members at Applebee’s on Curtner. Tickets are available at the general meeting or at the door.

Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing

One of the four events that Assistance League of San Jose brings to the families at Family Supportive Housing every year is Happy Birds. The families enjoy getting up close and personal with trained parrots, macaws, and cockatoos. Happy Birds demonstrates how training, practice and love teaches the birds to learn performance tricks for an […]

Senior Bingo at A-Grace Subacute Center

Assistance League volunteers brought holiday cheer to A Grace Sub Acute and Skilled Care with a cartful of gifts for the bingo winners. Everyone is a winner at Senior Bingo!

Holiday Gifts at Family Supportive Housing

At the chapter’s annual gift wrapping event at Family Support Housing everyone had fun — the children selecting gifts for their parents and the Assistance League of San Jose members wrapping those special gifts for them!  It was truly a rewarding holiday experience.

2017 - 2018 Statistics

$227

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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