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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Gift Card Fundraiser

It’s time for our Gift Card Fundraiser. Don’t forget to bring your checks or cash to the March regular meetings for your last chance to purchase. Starbucks, Macy’s, Cinemark, Safeway and more… everyone can use a card. Assistance League receives a percentage of every card you buy. Purchase gift cards now for graduations, Mother’s Day, […]

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 […]

DKG Service to the Community Award

Our very own Gloria Cutshall has been honored with an award for community service from the Delta Kappa Gamma chapter of the southern San Francisco Bay area. DKG is an international society for women educators. It is wonderful that Gloria has been recognized for her many countless, selfless hours as a community volunteer. Congratulations!

Thank You, Screening Eyes Early

The Director of Kinderwood Children’s Center, Charmaine Wigham, shared her support of Assistance League of San Jose’s community program Screening Eyes Early, S.E.E. Kinderwood’s philosophy is to “best serve the families, we need to serve the whole child and the whole family.”… “to find what each child needs to be successful.”  Screening Eyes Early helps […]

Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast

Applebee’s Grill + Bar at The Plant opened their doors for an Assistance League of San Jose Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. It was a delightful and ‘fulfilling’ fundraiser to contribute to the continuation of our beneficial Community Programs. Our own volunteers served everyone with a smile and stopped by tables to chat. Our thanks to Applebee’s International’s Inc. […]

2019 Baby Shower Luncheon

At our January Baby Shower, members donated over 600 onesies to Caring Hands for the beautiful layettes they create for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Christina Egan, Volunteer Services Manager and Camie VanKeuren, Chief Development Officer joined us for lunch and to thank us for everything Assistance League donates to the Medical Center. In […]

San Jose City Council Honors Assistance League of San Jose

Assistance League of San Jose was recently honored by the San Jose City Council at its monthly meeting. A proclamation plaque was awarded to the League for providing a varied array of services to the local community for over 35 years. City Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco also honored the Assistance League chapter at its 25th […]

Readers Are Leaders Holiday Book Gifts

Readers Are Leaders will be distributing the book “Why Fly Guy” by Tedd Arnold to every student in the program. Over 1,500 books will be gifted for the holiday season. The book has the answers to more than fifty “Why” questions that children ask. It can entertain the students and their families over the winter […]

San Jose Christmas in the Park

Visit the Assistance League of San Jose’s tree in downtown San Jose. Just look for the big snowflake at the top of our tall tree. Thank you to the committee for creating all of the beautiful red and white hand-made ornaments. Happy Holidays, San Jose!

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 […]

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.

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Gift Card Fundraiser

It’s time for our Gift Card Fundraiser. Don’t forget to bring your checks or cash to the March regular meetings for your last chance to purchase. Starbucks, Macy’s, Cinemark, Safeway and more… everyone can use a card. Assistance League receives a percentage of every card you buy. Purchase gift cards now for graduations, Mother’s Day, […]

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 […]

DKG Service to the Community Award

Our very own Gloria Cutshall has been honored with an award for community service from the Delta Kappa Gamma chapter of the southern San Francisco Bay area. DKG is an international society for women educators. It is wonderful that Gloria has been recognized for her many countless, selfless hours as a community volunteer. Congratulations!

Thank You, Screening Eyes Early

The Director of Kinderwood Children’s Center, Charmaine Wigham, shared her support of Assistance League of San Jose’s community program Screening Eyes Early, S.E.E. Kinderwood’s philosophy is to “best serve the families, we need to serve the whole child and the whole family.”… “to find what each child needs to be successful.”  Screening Eyes Early helps […]

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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