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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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Gift Bags for Stonebrook Residents

Assistance League of San Jose volunteers gathered at a park to assemble 35 gift bags containing a book, a stuffed bunny, a pretty handmade box holding 2 lip balms and a handwritten Easter/spring card. These surprises will be delivered to Stonebrook Skilled Nursing Facility where our Senior Bingo program has been suspended due to COVID protocols. We miss all those smiling […]

Dinner and Cookies for Family Supportive Housing

Wow, look at those cookies! AL of San Jose volunteers continue to find creative ways to support Family Supportive Housing, a local shelter, by providing homemade dinners and deliciously crafted cookies.

Close Encounters with the Authors – Session 3

Close Encounters with the Authors concluded on March 23 with a fantastic session. Children’s literature was spotlighted with three purveyors of magic whose books celebrate the ideas of inclusion, perserverance, and doing the right thing . . . and having fun along the way! Many thanks to Ori Gutin, Gennifer Choldenko and moderator Larry Gerston […]

Books Purchased with a Readers Are Leaders Teachers Grant

AL of San Jose’s Readers Are Leaders program, besides reading and donating books to students’ classrooms, also provides a $50 grant to the teachers in our Readers Are Leaders classrooms.  One creative and thrift-conscious teacher was able to purchase all of these books for her classroom to model her love of reading with her students. […]

Quilts for Parisi House on the Hill

Volunteers delivered 10 very special quilts, created by Karen T., to Parisi House on the Hill this week. These beautiful quilts are given to each new resident in a Welcome bag. We are proud to support Parisi House in their mission to guide women on their journey to break free of addiction and provide them […]

Thank You, Joann Fabric!

Recently, our Caring Hands program received $100.00 from Joann’s Handmade Heroes program. AL of San Jose’s Caring Hands volunteers continue to inspire and help our local community by using their hands, hearts and minds to create beautiful baby caps and blankets that we donate to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s infant center.

Close Encounters with the Authors – Session 2

Close Encounters with the Authors session #2 brought three diverse authors to our screens. Members of the Assistance League of San Jose and the Brandeis National Committee, along with their friends and guests, enjoyed meeting with Robert Dugoni, Rachel Levin and Ann Bridges. They don’t all write the same kind of books, but all talked […]

Thank You, Safeway Foundation!

AL of San Jose has received a generous donation from the Safeway Foundation for the Readers Are Leaders program. The chairs of Readers Are Leaders and the Grant committee, along with the chapter President, were excited to receive Safeway Foundation’s check. Our chapter is so grateful for their support.

Close Encounters with the Authors – Session 1

Our Zoom fundraising event, Close Encounter with the Authors, went off with hardly a hitch!  Members of AL of San Jose and the Brandeis National Committee, along with their friends and guests, enjoyed meeting with Kate Quinn (author of the Rose Code), Susan Meissner (The Nature of Fragile Things) and Elayne Klasson (Love is a […]

Assistance League Action Week Success!

Our partnership with Barnes & Noble through Jerri Kazmierczak has provided an abundance of books to give to the community during AL Action Week. We gave out 2,335 books valued at over $18,000 to Family Supportive Housing, Valley Med Pediatric Center, Parisi House on the Hill, 10 Readers Are Leaders Schools and 3 Middle Schools. […]

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.

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Gift Bags for Stonebrook Residents

Assistance League of San Jose volunteers gathered at a park to assemble 35 gift bags containing a book, a stuffed bunny, a pretty handmade box holding 2 lip balms and a handwritten Easter/spring card. These surprises will be delivered to Stonebrook Skilled Nursing Facility where our Senior Bingo program has been suspended due to COVID protocols. We miss all those smiling […]

Dinner and Cookies for Family Supportive Housing

Wow, look at those cookies! AL of San Jose volunteers continue to find creative ways to support Family Supportive Housing, a local shelter, by providing homemade dinners and deliciously crafted cookies.

Close Encounters with the Authors – Session 3

Close Encounters with the Authors concluded on March 23 with a fantastic session. Children’s literature was spotlighted with three purveyors of magic whose books celebrate the ideas of inclusion, perserverance, and doing the right thing . . . and having fun along the way! Many thanks to Ori Gutin, Gennifer Choldenko and moderator Larry Gerston […]

Books Purchased with a Readers Are Leaders Teachers Grant

AL of San Jose’s Readers Are Leaders program, besides reading and donating books to students’ classrooms, also provides a $50 grant to the teachers in our Readers Are Leaders classrooms.  One creative and thrift-conscious teacher was able to purchase all of these books for her classroom to model her love of reading with her students. […]

Quilts for Parisi House on the Hill

Volunteers delivered 10 very special quilts, created by Karen T., to Parisi House on the Hill this week. These beautiful quilts are given to each new resident in a Welcome bag. We are proud to support Parisi House in their mission to guide women on their journey to break free of addiction and provide them […]

Thank You, Joann Fabric!

Recently, our Caring Hands program received $100.00 from Joann’s Handmade Heroes program. AL of San Jose’s Caring Hands volunteers continue to inspire and help our local community by using their hands, hearts and minds to create beautiful baby caps and blankets that we donate to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s infant center.

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