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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Thank you, Safeway Foundation

Thank you to Safeway Foundation for your continuing support of Readers Are Leaders. Our programs depend on donations from corporations like yours. We appreciate your interest and commitment helping us share the love of reading with the children of San Jose. @Safeway

Special Guest from National Assistance League

The chapter hosted a special guest from national Assistance League at our February regular meeting. Sandy Ross, Vice President Chapter Services spoke to us about many topics of interest, but most exciting was to hear her praise of our chapter’s enthusiasm, accomplishments and dedication. We learned that the percent of our budget that goes back […]

Join the Fun!

We provide New Member Meetings for our new volunteers fall and spring every year. We want our new members to get started feeling that they understand how Assistance League of San Jose’s organization works and all the fun they will have giving back to our community. If you are looking for a rewarding way to […]

Getting to Know You Social

We welcome our new members with open hearts by hosting a “Getting To Know You Social”. We value our volunteers so much that we want our new members to feel a part of our dedicated group right away. The important impact that we make on our community is due to our volunteers. Thank you!

Caring Hands Storage

The Program Chair for Caring Hands provides space to store yarn, fleece and onesies for our members who crochet and knit the baby blankets and hats that get all wrapped up into a layette with a onesie included. These layettes are donated to Valley Medical Center and gifted to every woman delivering a baby. Over […]

Happy Valentine’s Day, Readers!

The Readers Are Leaders volunteers in Ms. Downing’s class at Stipe Elementary received a Happy Valentine’s Day gift at their February reading. Thank you class, for making Readers Are Leaders even more special. And congratulations to Ms. Dedra Downing for being awarded the 2019-2020 Dr. Harry Edwards “Follow Your Bliss Award” from the 49ers EDU […]

Paint Afternoon FUNdraiser Feb. 27

Everyone is an artist! Meet at P.F. Chang’s in Oakridge from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 27th. Bring your friends and family. Pick up a brush and paint! Register at https://tinyurl.com/PaintAft. (Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.)

Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast

Many thanks to Applebee’s at The Plant for hosting the Assistance League of San Jose for our second Flapjack Fundraiser. Their willingness to support us helped raise money for our programs. Our charming and talented volunteers seated guests, took orders and served a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon and potatoes to members, their families […]

S.E.E. at Kiddie Academy

Our Screening Eyes Early (SEE) program screens preschoolers’ vision and makes referral to eye doctors for vision concerns found during the ‘eye game’ screening process. Since 1 in 20 preschool children has amblyopia (“lazy eye”), and as it is a condition that be successfully corrected if detected/treated before the age of 10, our trained volunteers […]

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 […]

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 […]

News & Events

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Thank you, Safeway Foundation

Thank you to Safeway Foundation for your continuing support of Readers Are Leaders. Our programs depend on donations from corporations like yours. We appreciate your interest and commitment helping us share the love of reading with the children of San Jose. @Safeway

Special Guest from National Assistance League

The chapter hosted a special guest from national Assistance League at our February regular meeting. Sandy Ross, Vice President Chapter Services spoke to us about many topics of interest, but most exciting was to hear her praise of our chapter’s enthusiasm, accomplishments and dedication. We learned that the percent of our budget that goes back […]

Join the Fun!

We provide New Member Meetings for our new volunteers fall and spring every year. We want our new members to get started feeling that they understand how Assistance League of San Jose’s organization works and all the fun they will have giving back to our community. If you are looking for a rewarding way to […]

Getting to Know You Social

We welcome our new members with open hearts by hosting a “Getting To Know You Social”. We value our volunteers so much that we want our new members to feel a part of our dedicated group right away. The important impact that we make on our community is due to our volunteers. Thank you!

Caring Hands Storage

The Program Chair for Caring Hands provides space to store yarn, fleece and onesies for our members who crochet and knit the baby blankets and hats that get all wrapped up into a layette with a onesie included. These layettes are donated to Valley Medical Center and gifted to every woman delivering a baby. Over […]

Happy Valentine’s Day, Readers!

The Readers Are Leaders volunteers in Ms. Downing’s class at Stipe Elementary received a Happy Valentine’s Day gift at their February reading. Thank you class, for making Readers Are Leaders even more special. And congratulations to Ms. Dedra Downing for being awarded the 2019-2020 Dr. Harry Edwards “Follow Your Bliss Award” from the 49ers EDU […]

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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