Our Community Programs

Operation School Bell®

During the 2017-2018 school year, Assistance League of San Jose provided over 9,200 school uniforms to 3,992 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

During the 2017-18 school year, over 1,200 students in 54 second and third grade classrooms enjoyed listening to our members read two books each month. The program’s 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. At holiday time, each child received a book of their own to take home to their family.

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 2017-2018 year, Caring Hands created over 5,000 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, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Family Supportive Housing.

Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.)

The Screening Eyes Early Program screens over 700 preschool children at 18 schools 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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FUNdraising at the May Meeting

At the May regular meeting we raffled off two of Lynda Tomasello’s beautiful hand crocheted afghans. Thank you, Lynda for donating the afghans and congratulations to the winners, Sandy Gerhardt and Patsy Houston.

Thank you, Caring Hands

1,936 layettes were donated to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. That is a 33% increase in productivity over the previous year. 6,220 individual items (lap blankets, baby blankets, baby hats, booties, shawls, chemo hats) were hand knit or crocheted, over 900 more pieces more than in fiscal […]

Hug-a-Bear – Guest Speaker from Parisi House

Ellen Brooks, Chair of our Hug-a-Bear community service program, welcomed Judy Patten of Parisi House on the Hill where the resident children receive our Hug-a-Bear teddy bears. She explained that Parisi House on the Hill is a residential facility for women with alcohol or narcotic addictions and their children, ages 0 to 5 years of age.  She went through a power […]

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

Assistance League of San Jose volunteers provided another healthy delicious dinner for Family Supportive Housing with Easter fun surprises.  Family Supportive Housing and their families are so thankful for the joy and yummy dinners we provide each month that they surprised our volunteers with a wonderful thank you.  A thank you like this fills our […]

Thank you, Santa Clara Valley Realtors(R) Foundation

Thank you, Santa Clara Valley Realtors® Foundation for supporting Operation School Bell. Your donation will help us supply shirts, pants and socks to many students in need in the San Jose public schools. Our programs depend on the generosity of donors like you and we are so appreciative of your help.

Bachrodt Elementary School Thanks Readers Are Leaders

Bachrodt Elementary School, San Jose Unified School District, graciously thanked their ALSJ Readers Are Leaders with a surprise luncheon for spending time with the second and third graders sharing their love of reading.  The Readers Are Leaders community service program visited 55 classrooms reading to 1,323 students and donating 2,380 books during the 2018-19 school […]

Thank you, Applied Materials Foundation

Thank you, Applied Materials Foundation for donating funds, once again, to Assistance League of San Jose.  You make it possible for our volunteers to continue offering such supportive services to the under-served population of San Jose through our seven Community Service Programs. We appreciate your giving for the betterment of San Jose.

Four Chapter Members Honored by Junior League of San Jose

Four Assistance League of San Jose members were recognized at the Junior League of San Jose annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Two members, Sylvain Roberts and Judy Keniston were among those selected by the Junior League judges to receive one of ten Crystal Bowl Awards. For their tireless work with Operation School Bell, each received a […]

Thank you, Star One Credit Union

We are grateful to Star One Credit Union for their continuing contributions to our chapter. So many of our programs and the community we serve will benefit from their generosity. Thank you again, Star One!

Thank you, Safeway Foundation

The chapter again thanks The Safeway Foundation for their generous support of our Readers Are Leaders program. Their donations help Assistance League of San Jose purchase books for the 54 San Jose public school 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms where we read every month. Each classroom is given two books each month. We appreciate their […]

Thank you, Wells Fargo

We are excited to add Wells Fargo to our growing list of generous supporters. The contribution helps our chapter provide school uniforms to children in need in the San Jose public schools offering them not only uniforms, but a sense of confidence that has a positive effect on their learning experience. Thank you, Wells Fargo […]

CityTeam Guest Speaker

We welcomed Erin Campos, Volunteer Program Supervisor at CityTeam Ministries, as our guest at the chapter’s March regular meeting. She spoke of the many volunteer programs CityTeam offers and thanked Assistance League of San Jose for all of the volunteer hours we have given sorting donations at their facility. Erin will conduct a tour of […]

Thank You to Screening Eyes Early

Lotus Preschool is so appreciative of the service of vision screening Assistance League of San Jose provides for their students through the community program of SEE (Screening Eyes Early). We have screened 535 preschoolers from 17 preschools. We referred 20 students to be seen by an eye doctor. So far nine students have visited an […]

Happy Birds at Family Supportive Housing

Volunteers from the Assist-a-Shelter program brought their first child enrichment program of 2019 to Family Supportive Housing of San Jose. About 40 people attended Happy Birds, enjoying the antics of beautiful trained parrots, a special treat for children and adults.

Fun at the Culinary Capers FUNdraiser

Over 60 members and guests enjoyed cooking and baking at this year’s Culinary Capers. Participants followed recipes for appetizers and desserts in members’ kitchens. Then everyone socialized over the home made treats and danced to music from the 50’s. We put the FUN in Fundraising!

Barnes & Noble Donates Books

Thank you to Barnes & Noble for organizing a book drive for ALSJ during the 2018 holiday season. We received 772 books which we were able to distribute among several of our philanthropic programs. The ten schools in the Readers Are Leaders program, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Family Supportive Housing and the Mother’s Reading Program […]

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FUNdraising at the May Meeting

At the May regular meeting we raffled off two of Lynda Tomasello’s beautiful hand crocheted afghans. Thank you, Lynda for donating the afghans and congratulations to the winners, Sandy Gerhardt and Patsy Houston.

Thank you, Caring Hands

1,936 layettes were donated to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. That is a 33% increase in productivity over the previous year. 6,220 individual items (lap blankets, baby blankets, baby hats, booties, shawls, chemo hats) were hand knit or crocheted, over 900 more pieces more than in fiscal […]

Hug-a-Bear – Guest Speaker from Parisi House

Ellen Brooks, Chair of our Hug-a-Bear community service program, welcomed Judy Patten of Parisi House on the Hill where the resident children receive our Hug-a-Bear teddy bears. She explained that Parisi House on the Hill is a residential facility for women with alcohol or narcotic addictions and their children, ages 0 to 5 years of age.  She went through a power […]

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

Assistance League of San Jose volunteers provided another healthy delicious dinner for Family Supportive Housing with Easter fun surprises.  Family Supportive Housing and their families are so thankful for the joy and yummy dinners we provide each month that they surprised our volunteers with a wonderful thank you.  A thank you like this fills our […]

Thank you, Santa Clara Valley Realtors(R) Foundation

Thank you, Santa Clara Valley Realtors® Foundation for supporting Operation School Bell. Your donation will help us supply shirts, pants and socks to many students in need in the San Jose public schools. Our programs depend on the generosity of donors like you and we are so appreciative of your help.

Bachrodt Elementary School Thanks Readers Are Leaders

Bachrodt Elementary School, San Jose Unified School District, graciously thanked their ALSJ Readers Are Leaders with a surprise luncheon for spending time with the second and third graders sharing their love of reading.  The Readers Are Leaders community service program visited 55 classrooms reading to 1,323 students and donating 2,380 books during the 2018-19 school […]

2017 - 2018 Statistics

$216

thousand dollars returned to the San Jose community

11.5

thousand people served in the San Jose community

34

thousand hours volunteered

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