Our Philanthropic Programs

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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

$227

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

17

thousand people served in the San Jose community

36

thousand hours volunteered

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Caring for Our Neighbors – a Sheltering-in-Place Story

While texting a neighbor, our Caring Hands Chair learned that the neighbor was craving Easter marshmallow peeps. She thought it would be nice to share some that she had at home. Her husband charged up his toy big wheel truck and attached the “peeps” to the trunk for a radio controlled delivery to the neighbor’s […]

Let’s All Keep in Touch

AL of San Jose’s Membership Chair stays connected with our membership during our shelter in place.  We appreciate her smiles while making sure we are safe and healthy. Let’s follow her example and call a member(s) or friend(s) routinely to keep us social during our physical separation.

From Team GuideStar

“Congratulations on achieving the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar!” Check out our current accomplishments in the Program and Results section to see what we have given back to Transform Lives • Strengthen Community at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/77-0033914

SOAR into Summer!

Students in many of our Readers Are Leaders classes will be encouraged to keep reading during the summer. Thanks to the generous support of Intuitive Foundation, they will receive books to read and rewards for their efforts. SOAR: Students Only Achieve Reading…when they read in the summer.

AL San Jose Bookmarks

With our new AL San Jose bookmarks, we continue to thank our donors for supporting our community programs. With their partnership we can have a real impact. We couldn’t make the difference that we do in San Jose if it weren’t for their dedication and interest. Our members and the lives we touch thank you.

Thank you, Intuitive Foundation!

Our chapter received a generous grant from Intuitive Foundation to fund SOAR, a program that rewards students who keep reading in the summer to maintain and improve their reading proficiency. Our “Readers Are Leaders” members are excited to introduce the SOAR program into many of our Readers Are Leaders classrooms to motivate the students to […]

Assist-a-Shelter Dinner at Family Supportive Housing

February dinner at Family Supportive Housing is fun for our AL San Jose servers and scrumptious for the families at the shelter.

Putting the FUN in FUNdraising

Eighteen members and friends of the Assistance League of San Jose got their inner Van Gogh going at our first Paint Afternoon. There was laughter, paint, wine, treats and true individual creativity. Many thanks to Yaymaker for sponsoring this fundraiser, Gabe for teaching us and P.F. Chang’s at Oakridge for hosting. #yaymaker #pfchangs

Lotus School Thanks S.E.E.

Screening Eyes Early vision screeners received a very warm thank you poster and yummy treats from the staff and the preschoolers at Lotus Preschool.

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 […]

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Caring for Our Neighbors – a Sheltering-in-Place Story

While texting a neighbor, our Caring Hands Chair learned that the neighbor was craving Easter marshmallow peeps. She thought it would be nice to share some that she had at home. Her husband charged up his toy big wheel truck and attached the “peeps” to the trunk for a radio controlled delivery to the neighbor’s […]

Let’s All Keep in Touch

AL of San Jose’s Membership Chair stays connected with our membership during our shelter in place.  We appreciate her smiles while making sure we are safe and healthy. Let’s follow her example and call a member(s) or friend(s) routinely to keep us social during our physical separation.

From Team GuideStar

“Congratulations on achieving the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar!” Check out our current accomplishments in the Program and Results section to see what we have given back to Transform Lives • Strengthen Community at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/77-0033914

SOAR into Summer!

Students in many of our Readers Are Leaders classes will be encouraged to keep reading during the summer. Thanks to the generous support of Intuitive Foundation, they will receive books to read and rewards for their efforts. SOAR: Students Only Achieve Reading…when they read in the summer.

AL San Jose Bookmarks

With our new AL San Jose bookmarks, we continue to thank our donors for supporting our community programs. With their partnership we can have a real impact. We couldn’t make the difference that we do in San Jose if it weren’t for their dedication and interest. Our members and the lives we touch thank you.

Thank you, Intuitive Foundation!

Our chapter received a generous grant from Intuitive Foundation to fund SOAR, a program that rewards students who keep reading in the summer to maintain and improve their reading proficiency. Our “Readers Are Leaders” members are excited to introduce the SOAR program into many of our Readers Are Leaders classrooms to motivate the students to […]

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