Our Philanthropic Programs

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

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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Regular Meeting – By Zoom and In-Person

In August, we offered our membership a hybrid choice for attending our regular meeting. Approximately thirty members chose to come in person, while over 60 people Zoomed in! We’re still working out some bugs, but overall our members liked this format which we’ll continue to offer.

Petting Zoo at Family Supportive Housing

Our Assist-a-Shelter volunteers surprised the children at Family Supportive Housing with their very own petting zoo! The kids all loved the animals with the bunnies being the favorite of all. There were bunnies, a sheep, two goats, a big tortoise that was also a hit, ducks, chickens, an alpaca, and a potbellied pig. It was […]

Caring Hands Delivers 330 Layettes to SCVMC

During COVID our Caring Hands members continued to knit and crochet beautiful and cuddly layettes for the newborn babies at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Our chairman and 2 assistants proudly delivered 22 bags for a total of 330 completed layettes. Christina Egan, Volunteer Services Manager in charge of managing our Caring Hands Program at […]

A Thank You from the San Jose Family Shelter

“To the wonderful ALSJ volunteers, thank you so much for your July dinner and baked goods contributions! The generous support from groups like the Assistance League of San Jose makes it possible to serve over 25 resident families. We look forward to your upcoming Friday dinner donation and for the petting zoo! Thank you for your boundless […]

AL of San Jose Summertime “Antsy to See You” Picnic

AL of San Jose’s Social Committee set up a fabulously fun picnic for our membership to celebrate our first ‘live’ get-together after COVID restrictions relaxed. What a nice way to reunite, share a meal, play bingo while looking forward to a new year of giving back to our wonderful San Jose community. The theme of […]

Sweet Deliveries to Family Supportive Housing

Assistance League of San Jose’s Assist-a-Shelter volunteers continue to bake and deliver cookie snacks for the children living at Family Supportive Housing. We are looking forward to the day when we can once again enter the shelter and serve meals in person.

Gift Bags for Stonebrook

Our Senior Bingo volunteers are eagerly awaiting the reopening of Stonebrook Health and Rehabilitation nursing facility. Bingo games were suspended over a year ago, but that hasn’t deterred these creative ladies who are now busy making special bookmarks and gift bags for the residents.

End of Year AL of San Jose Leaders Luncheon

Hurray! Finally, we were able to meet with our new and returning Board members and Committee Chairs outside at our Transition Luncheon.  It was nice to be out in the sunshine, share a meal and connect with friends. Thank you Pat, for sharing your beautiful backyard!

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

AL of San Jose received this special thank you HEART from Family Supportive Housing, thanking our Assist-a-Shelter volunteers for monthly dinner and bimonthly cookie deliveries, enrichment activities, treat bags, holiday decorations and two Little Explorer’s Petting Zoos.  Assistance League of San Jose is proud to support this local family shelter.

Petting Zoom – Family Supportive Housing

After nearly a year, AL of San Jose’s Assist-a-Shelter volunteers were excited to bring a petting zoo event to the children living at Family Supportive Housing. Seventeen children and a parent were able to reserve a time to get up close and pet these special animals. Hopefully, this will be the first of many activities […]

Learning with the League – Making Challah Bread

AL of San Jose found many ways to keep our volunteers very active during COVID. One of the ways was to create Learning with the League using our own experts to provide virtual classes to our membership. Thanks to Zoom, we instructed classes in technology, travel, gardening and cooking. Our latest class guided interested members […]

Dining for Dollars at Jack Holder’s – A Great Success

Thank you Jack Holder’s Restaurant & Bar for hosting our June Dining for Dollars fundraiser. This was our most successful Dining for Dollars fundraiser with many members and friends finally able to dine at a restaurant after so many months at home. What a treat!

News & Events

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Regular Meeting – By Zoom and In-Person

In August, we offered our membership a hybrid choice for attending our regular meeting. Approximately thirty members chose to come in person, while over 60 people Zoomed in! We’re still working out some bugs, but overall our members liked this format which we’ll continue to offer.

Petting Zoo at Family Supportive Housing

Our Assist-a-Shelter volunteers surprised the children at Family Supportive Housing with their very own petting zoo! The kids all loved the animals with the bunnies being the favorite of all. There were bunnies, a sheep, two goats, a big tortoise that was also a hit, ducks, chickens, an alpaca, and a potbellied pig. It was […]

Caring Hands Delivers 330 Layettes to SCVMC

During COVID our Caring Hands members continued to knit and crochet beautiful and cuddly layettes for the newborn babies at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Our chairman and 2 assistants proudly delivered 22 bags for a total of 330 completed layettes. Christina Egan, Volunteer Services Manager in charge of managing our Caring Hands Program at […]

A Thank You from the San Jose Family Shelter

“To the wonderful ALSJ volunteers, thank you so much for your July dinner and baked goods contributions! The generous support from groups like the Assistance League of San Jose makes it possible to serve over 25 resident families. We look forward to your upcoming Friday dinner donation and for the petting zoo! Thank you for your boundless […]

AL of San Jose Summertime “Antsy to See You” Picnic

AL of San Jose’s Social Committee set up a fabulously fun picnic for our membership to celebrate our first ‘live’ get-together after COVID restrictions relaxed. What a nice way to reunite, share a meal, play bingo while looking forward to a new year of giving back to our wonderful San Jose community. The theme of […]

Sweet Deliveries to Family Supportive Housing

Assistance League of San Jose’s Assist-a-Shelter volunteers continue to bake and deliver cookie snacks for the children living at Family Supportive Housing. We are looking forward to the day when we can once again enter the shelter and serve meals in person.

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