Our Community Programs

Operation School Bell®

During the 2016-2017 school year, Assistance League of San Jose provided over 9,200 school uniforms to over 5,400 students in 39 schools (pants, shirts and socks). What a great feeling to see the children’s excitement when they receive the clothing!

Readers Are Leaders

Children in 2nd and 3rd grade enjoy listening to our members read two books each month. The books are left in the classroom to read again and again. Each session, members leave a project or prop that the teacher can add to their curriculum to enhance the reading or to use for further discussion.

Assist-a-Shelter

Members cook dinner once a month for families at San Jose’s Family Supportive Housing. Four times a year, they put on an event such as a petting zoo, or SuperArtist day, bringing smiles to the families there. Members also volunteer at Cityteam, helping to provide clothing to the city’s residents in need.

Caring Hands

In the 2016-2017 year, Caring Hands created over 4,000 items, including baby blankets, baby caps and jackets, booties, chemo caps and afghans for patients at Valley Medical Center, Family Supportive Housing, and two residential care facilities.

Hug-a-Bear

Assistance League of San Jose has donated thousands of teddy bears to organizations serving children in crisis through the San Jose Police Department, Santa Clara County domestic abuse centers and Family Supportive Housing.

Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.)

The Screening Eyes Early Program screens over 700 preschool children to detect early signs of amblyopia (lazy eye) and poor eyesight, alerting parents and teachers to possible sight issues.

Senior Bingo

Each month, Assistance League members, often on a one-on-one basis, 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.

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Caring Hands Layettes Ready for Delivery

25-30 members of our Caring Hands group meet monthly to knit, quilt and crochet layettes, consisting of a blanket, hat, and pajama onesie, to donate to Valley Medical Center. Over 1,200 layettes and blankets have been donated by our ambitious members during the past 6 months of 2018! These layettes are gifted to new mothers when […]

Floral Fantasy

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the Fall Floral Fantasy a success – the committees, donors, sponsors and guests. Proceeds from the luncheon support so many activities that are not covered by specific grants.  Once again Kren Rasmussen of Bloomsters wowed us with his beautiful floral creations and five lucky guests will […]

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell has finished measuring for the 2018-2019 school year. This photo is of only one of our many, many measuring teams. 4,040 students have received new uniforms so far. 7,730 uniforms have been distributed overall including “closet” schools which received uniforms that can be distributed in the school as needed. More uniforms will […]

Operation School Bell 25th Anniversary

Operation School Bell is celebrating its 25th year! Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco presented the chapter with a San Jose city commendation award at our September meeting and OSB celebration.  Fourteen of the schools where we provide uniforms are in her council district, District 5.  Our chapter has provided thousands of uniforms for children in need in the San Jose […]

Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing

About 80 people attended Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing, enjoying one of Assist-a-Shelter’s entertaining and educational child enrichment programs.

League of Women Voters CreaTV Interview

Rocki Kramer, VP Resource Development, and Kathleen Mangan, VP Public Relations, of the Assistance League of San Jose, were interviewed by Rosaleen Zisch about our volunteer nonprofit organization.  Watch the interview at http://www.creatvsj.org/207-2/?showid=31707&channel=1.

Petting Zoo at Family Supportive Housing

This June, for the fifth year, volunteers brought a petting zoo to Family Supportive Housing. 15 families, including 38 children, enjoyed the experience, one of our quarterly enrichment programs.

Thank You, Readers Are Leaders

The third grade students at Del Roble Elementary school presented the Assistance League readers with a beautiful thank you poster. A favorite quote is  “Thank you for spending your time to read and make us smart” .  

Oh, Baby, Baby!

Christina Egan of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Volunteer Services attended our January General Meeting “Baby Shower” to thank us for all of the beautiful handmade items we donate to the SCVMC. Assistance League of San Jose is their largest donor of baby blankets, chemo hats, lap blankets and layettes. Every new mother receives items for […]

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Caring Hands Layettes Ready for Delivery

25-30 members of our Caring Hands group meet monthly to knit, quilt and crochet layettes, consisting of a blanket, hat, and pajama onesie, to donate to Valley Medical Center. Over 1,200 layettes and blankets have been donated by our ambitious members during the past 6 months of 2018! These layettes are gifted to new mothers when […]

Floral Fantasy

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the Fall Floral Fantasy a success – the committees, donors, sponsors and guests. Proceeds from the luncheon support so many activities that are not covered by specific grants.  Once again Kren Rasmussen of Bloomsters wowed us with his beautiful floral creations and five lucky guests will […]

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell has finished measuring for the 2018-2019 school year. This photo is of only one of our many, many measuring teams. 4,040 students have received new uniforms so far. 7,730 uniforms have been distributed overall including “closet” schools which received uniforms that can be distributed in the school as needed. More uniforms will […]

Operation School Bell 25th Anniversary

Operation School Bell is celebrating its 25th year! Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco presented the chapter with a San Jose city commendation award at our September meeting and OSB celebration.  Fourteen of the schools where we provide uniforms are in her council district, District 5.  Our chapter has provided thousands of uniforms for children in need in the San Jose […]

Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing

About 80 people attended Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing, enjoying one of Assist-a-Shelter’s entertaining and educational child enrichment programs.

League of Women Voters CreaTV Interview

Rocki Kramer, VP Resource Development, and Kathleen Mangan, VP Public Relations, of the Assistance League of San Jose, were interviewed by Rosaleen Zisch about our volunteer nonprofit organization.  Watch the interview at http://www.creatvsj.org/207-2/?showid=31707&channel=1.

2017 - 2018 Statistics

$201

thousand dollars returned to the San Jose community

11.5

thousand people served in the San Jose community

35

thousand hours volunteered

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