Our Community Service Programs

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

Readers Are Leaders Volunteer reading in classroom

Readers Are Leaders

During the 2022-23 school year, our members read two books each month to over 1,400 students in 53 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 2022-23 year, the Screening Eyes Early Program screened over 350 preschool children at 11 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 read to Moms and their children at Parisi House on the Hill and volunteer at CityTeam, helping to provide clothing to the city’s residents in need.

Bagging Uniforms

Operation School Bell®

During the 2022-23 school year, Assistance League of San Jose provided school uniforms and sweatshirts to over 6,000 students in San Jose schools (pants, shirts and socks).

Baby in layette from Caring Hands

Caring Hands

In the 2022-23 year, Caring Hands created over 2,500 baby blankets for new moms at local hospitals, plus additional quilts and lap blankets for Parisi House on the Hill, Family Supportive Housing, and two residential care facilities.

Senior Bingo at A Grace

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

94%

of funds raised are returned to the San Jose community

27+

thousand people served in the San Jose community

33+

thousand hours volunteered

News & Events

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AL of San Jose Visits Gamble House Gardens

While volunteering we become friends. Our active Social Committee keeps us enjoying fun times together. What a picture perfect day: beautiful weather🌞, gorgeous flowers💐, yummy lunch🥗 and fabulous friends!👩🏼‍❤️‍💋‍👩🏽 🤔Sound wonderful to you? Join us for lots of fun helping our community. www.alsj.org

Exploring the World through Crayons

During the 2023-2024 school year, members of our Readers are Leaders (RAL) program, have gone into 10 schools bringing books and enrichment activities to over 1,150 students in 50 – 2nd and 3rd grade classes, in 3 school districts. 👦🏽👧🏻Students at Almaden drew 🖍️a cover of their favorite📔RAL book and completed enrichment activities created by […]

Thank You, ‘Lunch with the Authors’ Sponsors!

A huge thank you to our fabulous sponsors: David Lewis Group, Design Matters, Michael Ginsberg JD, CFP, Coldwell Banker Realty, Corcoran Icon Properties, Dream Video, Intero, James Jacobson Construction, Meriwest Credit Union, XeDapViet Bicycle Club, Hair’s Inn, Alane M. Lee DDS, Lunardi’s Markets Slice House Pizza, Brian Steinhoff Orthodontics and Woof Walkers. We are so […]

Thank You, Readers Are Leaders!

It’s the last session of another wonderful school year for our Readers are Leaders volunteers! We had a fabulous time 📖 📗reading two books a month to the 2nd and 3rd graders in 50 classrooms in the San Jose Unified, Oak Grove and Alum Rock districts. The students showed their appreciation with their ❤️ heartfelt […]

Today’s Readers are Tomorrow’s Leaders!

In April, Readers are Leaders volunteers read “Pig the Rebel” by Aaron Blabey, and “Except Antarctica” by Todd Sturgell. Each student also received the National Geographic Kids book 🦫 “Animal Architects” by Libby Romero to take home. Adding more enjoyment and understanding, enrichment projects for each book were given to the teachers to distribute to […]

Dining for Dollars at Jack Holder’s

Thank you Jack Holder’s Restaurant 🥗 for supporting our Dining for Dollars $fundraiser event. Our members had a 👏🏼 wonderful time gathering together,🗣️talking and 🤣 laughing while enjoying a 😋 delicious meal! Our Dining for Dollars is one of the many🥰 fabulous fundraising events we have as a chapter. Want to experience a good time? […]

Welcome, Principal Katsuri Basu

AL of San Jose members were excited to 👏welcome Katsuri Basu, Principal of Lyndale Elementary School, at their monthly regular chapter meeting. Members know that our donations of 📚books, 👕uniforms and sweatshirts are needed in many San Jose schools, but it was wonderful to hear how much they are appreciated. Principal Basu told us that […]

Toiletries for CityTeam

Our volunteers (and their grandkids 👧🏻🧒🏽) enjoy 🛒 shopping and assembling 🛍️ bags of toiletries (approximately 75-100 each month) for delivery to CityTeam San Jose. This amazing organization distributes toiletries to individuals and families in need in the San Jose community. This note was placed inside the toiletries bag from 9 year old Carmela: “You […]

Thank you, Santa Clara Realtors® Foundation

🙏🏽Thank you, Santa Clara Realtors® Foundation for your generous grant towards Operation School Bell, our signature program. 💁🏻‍♀️AL of San Jose provides uniforms, shirts, pants, sweatshirts and socks to low-income students at 41 🏫schools in 3 districts in San Jose. 🏘️Santa Clara County Realtors® Foundation and Assistance League of San Jose are both committed to making […]

Quilts for Family Supportive Housing

Jennifer Saxton, Family Supportive Housing Volunteer Coordinator, was excited to receive 16 homemade quilts from AL of San Jose for the sheltered families at Family Supportive Housing. Donations like the quilts, Hug-a-Bears and home baked cookies, along with our quarterly special events, make the families feel welcome and lets them know that someone cares for […]

Hug-a-Bear and American Red Cross Silicon Valley Working Together

American Red Cross Silicon Valley and our Hug-a-Bear 🧸 program converged to give a little ☀️ sunshine and comfort to a family that lost their home in a 🔥fire. Erica, an employee of Parisi House, Momentum for Health, shared her story. Listen to the video on our Hug-a-Bear page (under the tab How We Help). […]

On Our Way to 2,000 Layettes!

Caring Hands volunteers work throughout the year🧶creating layettes🤱for infants at the Santa Clara Medical Center hospitals and lap blankets for residents at San Jose Family Supportive Housing, two convalescent homes and Parisi House on the Hill. Over 2,000 layettes will be delivered to SCVMC by the end of our fiscal year! Do you like to […]

News & Events

  • All
  • Donors
  • Events
  • News

AL of San Jose Visits Gamble House Gardens

While volunteering we become friends. Our active Social Committee keeps us enjoying fun times together. What a picture perfect day: beautiful weather🌞, gorgeous flowers💐, yummy lunch🥗 and fabulous friends!👩🏼‍❤️‍💋‍👩🏽 🤔Sound wonderful to you? Join us for lots of fun helping our community. www.alsj.org

Exploring the World through Crayons

During the 2023-2024 school year, members of our Readers are Leaders (RAL) program, have gone into 10 schools bringing books and enrichment activities to over 1,150 students in 50 – 2nd and 3rd grade classes, in 3 school districts. 👦🏽👧🏻Students at Almaden drew 🖍️a cover of their favorite📔RAL book and completed enrichment activities created by […]

Thank You, ‘Lunch with the Authors’ Sponsors!

A huge thank you to our fabulous sponsors: David Lewis Group, Design Matters, Michael Ginsberg JD, CFP, Coldwell Banker Realty, Corcoran Icon Properties, Dream Video, Intero, James Jacobson Construction, Meriwest Credit Union, XeDapViet Bicycle Club, Hair’s Inn, Alane M. Lee DDS, Lunardi’s Markets Slice House Pizza, Brian Steinhoff Orthodontics and Woof Walkers. We are so […]

Thank You, Readers Are Leaders!

It’s the last session of another wonderful school year for our Readers are Leaders volunteers! We had a fabulous time 📖 📗reading two books a month to the 2nd and 3rd graders in 50 classrooms in the San Jose Unified, Oak Grove and Alum Rock districts. The students showed their appreciation with their ❤️ heartfelt […]

Today’s Readers are Tomorrow’s Leaders!

In April, Readers are Leaders volunteers read “Pig the Rebel” by Aaron Blabey, and “Except Antarctica” by Todd Sturgell. Each student also received the National Geographic Kids book 🦫 “Animal Architects” by Libby Romero to take home. Adding more enjoyment and understanding, enrichment projects for each book were given to the teachers to distribute to […]

Dining for Dollars at Jack Holder’s

Thank you Jack Holder’s Restaurant 🥗 for supporting our Dining for Dollars $fundraiser event. Our members had a 👏🏼 wonderful time gathering together,🗣️talking and 🤣 laughing while enjoying a 😋 delicious meal! Our Dining for Dollars is one of the many🥰 fabulous fundraising events we have as a chapter. Want to experience a good time? […]

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