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Readers Are Leaders

Readers Are Leaders

During the 2020-21 school year, RAL distributed 6 books with accompanying activities to over 1100 students, 300 books to teachers and awarded $50 grants to 19 teachers to purchase books for their classrooms. In collaboration with the Intuitive Foundation, RAL also distributed 4 books each to 715 students at six schools for summer reading in the SOAR program.

Screening Eyes Early working with a child

Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.)

During the 2020-21 year, the Screening Eyes Early Program kept in touch with 16 preschools during the pandemic and will resume visual testing in the fall of 2021.

Petting a Goat at the Petting Zoo

Assist-a-Shelter

In fiscal year 2020/2021 members assembled toiletry kits for the homeless to be distributed by CityTeam and prepared and delivered dinners once a month, baked and delivered cookies, distributed gift cards and hosted special events for the children and adults at Family Supportive Housing.

Volunteer measuring student for uniform

Operation School Bell®

During the 2020-21 school year, while students could not attend class at their schools, Assistance League of San Jose purchased and stored uniforms for the 2021-2022 school year to be distributed to 40 schools in 3 districts when students return to school.

Baby in layette from Caring Hands

Caring Hands

In the 2019-20 year, Caring Hands donated over 10,000  items (handmade chemo caps, baby blankets, layettes) to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Family Supportive Housing, Parisi House on the hill and two senior residences.

Volunteer Assisting Residents with Bingo cards

Senior Bingo

Unable to conduct Bingo games in person, Assistance League members distributed 140 gift bags, 95 handmade blankets and 6 quilts to residents at two senior residences.

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

30

thousand hours volunteered

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Assist-a-Shelter Delivers

The January 2022 Assist-a-Shelter dinner team delivered a prepared meal of Sloppy Joes for Family Supportive Housing. The doggies helped too and made it a fun activity!! Beautiful handmade quilts by one of our AL of San Jose members were also donated and are always welcome at FSH, especially this time of year.

More New Clothing Delivered to San Jose Schools

Operation School Bell (OSB) volunteers have delivered our 2nd allotment of clothing to elementary children in need. Polo shirts, sweatshirts, socks and underwear will help keep the children clothed and warm. Our signature program increases confidence, self-esteem, safety and ease of going to school.

One by One, Over 1300 Onesies!

Members donated 1,375 onesies to Caring Hands at our January Baby Shower…and we are still counting onesies that arrived late! Thank you again and again to our generous members for their gifts.

Inspiring Our Student Readers

AL of San Jose’s Readers Are Leaders volunteers continue to deliver books to San Jose elementary schools. Each month two books and two coordinating activities are delivered to each classroom in our program. Every student in the program, over 1200 students total, also receives one of the “What If You Had…” books by Sandra Markle, […]

A Shower of Onesies at our Drive-In Baby Shower

Due to Covid, this year we had our second drive-in Baby Shower. So far we’ve collected over 1300 onesies for Caring Hands to use in the layettes we assemble for every birth at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. We all hope this annual event will be in-person next January. Thank you, members, for all you […]

Readers Are Leaders Grant Adds Books to Classrooms

AL of San Jose gifts to every teacher in our Readers Are Leaders program a grant of $50 to purchase books to enhance their classroom libraries. Here’s a thank you we received from an Almaden School teacher that makes us smile with pride: “Look at what I got! More than 50 books!” Students gain more […]

AL of San Jose Baby Shower – January 13 – new location

Just a reminder that rain or shine, AL of San Jose will hold our annual members’ Baby Shower on January 13, 2022. Members, stock up on onesies and bring them to the Baby Shower. For details and the new location, check out the flyer posted in Forms and Flyers on the Member Resources website page. […]

Holiday Gifts for Readers Are Leaders

Barnes & Noble collected 815 books from customers who chose to donate to Readers Are Leaders after their purchases in December. Thank you for such a wonderful holiday gift to our program! We appreciate this extra support from our community and our local Barnes & Noble book store.

Holiday Shopping & Wrapping at Family Supportive Housing

Our AL of San Jose members helped 20-25 children living at Family Supportive Housing select gifts for their families. We wrapped about 120 gifts from the children’s selections. It was rewarding to assist 15 families celebrate this holiday.

Bingo! AL of San Jose Visits Residents at A Grace Subacute

B5, 065, N34….. Assistance League Ladies help residents play Bingo at A Grace Subacute & Skilled Care. When a player wins more than two times, he / she picks a prize and gives it to someone else. Every player is a “winner”! Bingo!

Wrapping Gifts with CityTeam

CityTeam San Jose has provided donated gifts for children in low income areas at two pop-up sites. After the children selected their gifts, our ALSJ volunteers cheerfully wrapped their gifts for a fun Christmas morning.

Holiday Crafts at Family Supportive Housing

Our creative AL of SJ members spent quality time with the children living at the Family Supportive Housing Shelter. Together they made beautiful holiday crafts to decorate their homes. It’s an honor to make sure these families have festive holidays.

News & Events

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Assist-a-Shelter Delivers

The January 2022 Assist-a-Shelter dinner team delivered a prepared meal of Sloppy Joes for Family Supportive Housing. The doggies helped too and made it a fun activity!! Beautiful handmade quilts by one of our AL of San Jose members were also donated and are always welcome at FSH, especially this time of year.

More New Clothing Delivered to San Jose Schools

Operation School Bell (OSB) volunteers have delivered our 2nd allotment of clothing to elementary children in need. Polo shirts, sweatshirts, socks and underwear will help keep the children clothed and warm. Our signature program increases confidence, self-esteem, safety and ease of going to school.

One by One, Over 1300 Onesies!

Members donated 1,375 onesies to Caring Hands at our January Baby Shower…and we are still counting onesies that arrived late! Thank you again and again to our generous members for their gifts.

Inspiring Our Student Readers

AL of San Jose’s Readers Are Leaders volunteers continue to deliver books to San Jose elementary schools. Each month two books and two coordinating activities are delivered to each classroom in our program. Every student in the program, over 1200 students total, also receives one of the “What If You Had…” books by Sandra Markle, […]

A Shower of Onesies at our Drive-In Baby Shower

Due to Covid, this year we had our second drive-in Baby Shower. So far we’ve collected over 1300 onesies for Caring Hands to use in the layettes we assemble for every birth at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. We all hope this annual event will be in-person next January. Thank you, members, for all you […]

Readers Are Leaders Grant Adds Books to Classrooms

AL of San Jose gifts to every teacher in our Readers Are Leaders program a grant of $50 to purchase books to enhance their classroom libraries. Here’s a thank you we received from an Almaden School teacher that makes us smile with pride: “Look at what I got! More than 50 books!” Students gain more […]

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