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Readers Are Leaders

Readers Are Leaders

During the 2019-20 school year, our members read two books each month to over 1,300 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.

Screening Eyes Early working with a child

Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.)

During the 2019-20 year, the Screening Eyes Early Program screened over 400 preschool children at 17 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 volunteer at CityTeam, helping to provide clothing to the city’s residents in need.

Volunteer measuring student for uniform

Operation School Bell®

During the 2019-20 school year, Assistance League of San Jose provided school uniforms to over 6,000 students in 39 schools (pants, shirts and socks).

Baby in layette from Caring Hands

Caring Hands

In the 2019-20 year, Caring Hands created over 7,200 items, including baby blankets,  booties, chemo caps and lap blankets for patients at Valley Medical Center, Family Supportive Housing, and two residential care facilities.

Volunteer Assisting Residents with Bingo cards

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

$184

thousand dollars (over 91%) returned to the San Jose community

20

thousand people served in the San Jose community

36

thousand hours volunteered

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Making Dinners for Family Supportive Housing

It’s Friday night Mexican food dinner for the residents at Family Supportive Housing. AL of San Jose volunteers enjoy creating yummy dinners and Family Supportive Housing is so appreciative of this delicious donation.

Yard Signs for AL of San Jose

Our Yard Signs are delivered and looking good around the town. We still have a few left, email us at info@alsj.org if your yard is calling out to be a part of the display while supporting Assistance League of San Jose.

Thank you, Caring Hands – from a grateful new mom

The members of AL of San Jose are well aware of how many hours of love our Caring Hands volunteers put into their special homemade baby blankets, but we were delighted to learn how much one baby loved her blanket. Veronica emailed us to tell us how much her daughter loved the blanket she received at Valley Medical Center […]

Toiletries and Quilts for CityTeam

Eighty one toiletry kits were created by 18 of our dedicated members in January. These essential supplies were delivered to CityTeam on February 4th along with four of Karen T’s special handmade quilts. AL of San Jose is proud to partner with CityTeam in their efforts to help the displaced and vulnerable populations in our community.

Caring Hands – Beautiful Layettes

Some of our members are taking advantage of the pandemic “lockdown” to express their creativity and let those “creative juices” flow! Here are three pictures of layettes that were donated to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center this month compliments of Lynda S. Lynda has been experimenting how to jazz up the hats to make the […]

Barnes & Noble Parnership

AL of San Jose’s partnership with Barnes and Noble started 10 years ago when Jerri, a retired public school principal, approached Barnes & Noble (B&N) about the possibility of their donating books to the “Make a Difference Day”, National’s project of having every AL chapter obtain books for children. B&N agreed to take part in […]

Donations to Parisi House on the Hill

The pandemic has been hard on everyone this year even more challenging for the moms and kids living in community shelters and treatment centers during the holidays. Assistance League of San Jose could not participate in holiday celebrations at Parisi House on the Hill this year, but our presence there was still felt through our donation of colorful quilts and […]

Readers Are Leaders Distribute Books

Our modified Readers Are Leaders program is in full swing. The Ryan School readers are preparing bags for another student book distribution. The school was excited to receive this donation. We miss reading them in person but look forward to reinstating the onsite program in the future.

Thank You to Our Dedicated Members

Sweet treats were distributed to members who donated onesies at our annual Baby Shower. Although we missed the Baby Shower party this year, members contributed over 1300 onesies at our Drive-thru Baby Shower event. This is just one of several shining examples of how dedicated our membership is to our community programs even during these […]

Drive-Thru Baby Shower Collects over 1,300 Onesies

Each year AL of San Jose hosts a Baby Shower event to replenish the onesies our Caring Hands program volunteers pair with their homemade blankets and caps. These layettes are then donated to Valley Medical Center’s newborn unit. This event, usually a festive party, was modified to a drive up collection this year, but it […]

Holiday Gifts for Valley Medical Center from Caring Hands

Approximately 185 layettes were created by Caring Hands volunteers during the month of December and delivered to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Even with an erratic holiday schedule, members continued to produce beautiful blankets and hats for the new moms and their babies.

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

“The families and staff at Family Supportive Housing extend our sincerest gratitude to you for your December dinner and cookie donations. The residents are always delighted by the fresh and nutritious meals and snacks. Thank you so much for your continued kindness and generosity. Your continued support is invaluable.” Al of San Jose is a […]

News & Events

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Making Dinners for Family Supportive Housing

It’s Friday night Mexican food dinner for the residents at Family Supportive Housing. AL of San Jose volunteers enjoy creating yummy dinners and Family Supportive Housing is so appreciative of this delicious donation.

Yard Signs for AL of San Jose

Our Yard Signs are delivered and looking good around the town. We still have a few left, email us at info@alsj.org if your yard is calling out to be a part of the display while supporting Assistance League of San Jose.

Thank you, Caring Hands – from a grateful new mom

The members of AL of San Jose are well aware of how many hours of love our Caring Hands volunteers put into their special homemade baby blankets, but we were delighted to learn how much one baby loved her blanket. Veronica emailed us to tell us how much her daughter loved the blanket she received at Valley Medical Center […]

Toiletries and Quilts for CityTeam

Eighty one toiletry kits were created by 18 of our dedicated members in January. These essential supplies were delivered to CityTeam on February 4th along with four of Karen T’s special handmade quilts. AL of San Jose is proud to partner with CityTeam in their efforts to help the displaced and vulnerable populations in our community.

Caring Hands – Beautiful Layettes

Some of our members are taking advantage of the pandemic “lockdown” to express their creativity and let those “creative juices” flow! Here are three pictures of layettes that were donated to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center this month compliments of Lynda S. Lynda has been experimenting how to jazz up the hats to make the […]

Barnes & Noble Parnership

AL of San Jose’s partnership with Barnes and Noble started 10 years ago when Jerri, a retired public school principal, approached Barnes & Noble (B&N) about the possibility of their donating books to the “Make a Difference Day”, National’s project of having every AL chapter obtain books for children. B&N agreed to take part in […]

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