Our Community Programs

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). What a great feeling to see the children’s excitement when they receive the clothing!

Readers Are Leaders

During the 2018-19 school year, over 1,300 students in 55 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 2018-2019 year, Caring Hands created over 6,200 items, including baby blankets, baby caps and jackets, booties, chemo caps and lap blankets 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 organizations including 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.)

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.

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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Petting Zoo at Family Supportive Housing

A favorite Assist-a-Shelter enrichment activity at Family Supportive Housing is Little Explorers Petting Zoo. Adorable baby farm animals meet the delighted children and parents in the pen set up in the parking garage. Petting, brushing, and touching the baby animals is allowed and encouraged. Happy children’s voices are amazed at how the hair, horns, and […]

2019-2020 Readers Are Leaders Books

Over the summer, Readers Are Leaders volunteers chose the books they will read during the 2019-2020 school year. They read and discussed dozens of options before deciding on the final reading list. Once a month, students will hear and read two books. The list includes science, biography and non-fiction choices. In December, each student will […]

Almaden Times Spotlights ALSJ

Check out the article on page 8 in the Almaden Times July 28 – August 8, 2019 issue. Assistance League of San Jose is the subject of Greg Goodman’s Lion’s Club article. Thank you, for spotlighting our chapter this month!

Operation School Bell Uniforms Have Arrived!

Members, and a few extra non-member volunteers, unloaded 636 cartons containing a total of 19,500 shirts and pants, sorted them by size and type and readied the inventory to organize for distribution. Thousands of students in need in San Jose can look forward to new uniforms for the school year. Thank you volunteers!

Thank You, Potash Family Foundation Believe in Reading

Assistance League of San Jose thanks Believe in Reading, funded by the Potash Family Foundation, for their generous support of Readers Are Leaders. As we choose and order books for the upcoming school year, we are so grateful for the donations that help us implement the program. Thank you, Believe in Reading!

Charter Luncheon

Thank you to our new members for hosting a beautiful Charter Luncheon. Our president, Donna Christian, reviewed the chapter programs and we shared so many wonderful successes for 2018-2019. We officially welcomed all of our new members and installed the 2019-20 Board. Now we’re looking forward to another exciting year with Assistance League of San […]

Good job, Caring Hands!

Even during the summer, Caring Hands volunteers continue their work. At the June meeting 216 layettes, each with a hand crocheted hat, crocheted-edged blanket and a onesie, were collected. That afternoon, they were delivered to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. “AMAZING” doesn’t seem adequate enough to describe all of you who belong to this group.  […]

Congratulations to the Del Roble RAL Team

The Readers Are Leaders Del Roble Team Members were the recipients of the  Oak Grove School District Vision Award for Community Involvement. They were honored at the Oak Grove School District Board meeting on May 9 for their “…outstanding contribution to school and society;  for participating in programs, organizations, and activities which make our community […]

Gamble House Estate Lunch

Members enjoyed a delicious lunch in the historic Gamble House Estate, a great way to meet with other members on a social outing. The beautiful estate was constructed in Palo Alto in 1902, one of the first to be built in the area. After lunch members were led through the 3 acres of formal gardens […]

Lunch with the Authors

Thank you Santa Clara Valley Brandeis National Committee for giving our chapter the opportunity to support your Lunch with the Authors event and participate in the fundraising effort. The luncheon was a success, both groups raising funds to support their programs. 49 members of our chapter attended, enjoying talks and comments by five local authors. […]

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 […]

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Petting Zoo at Family Supportive Housing

A favorite Assist-a-Shelter enrichment activity at Family Supportive Housing is Little Explorers Petting Zoo. Adorable baby farm animals meet the delighted children and parents in the pen set up in the parking garage. Petting, brushing, and touching the baby animals is allowed and encouraged. Happy children’s voices are amazed at how the hair, horns, and […]

2019-2020 Readers Are Leaders Books

Over the summer, Readers Are Leaders volunteers chose the books they will read during the 2019-2020 school year. They read and discussed dozens of options before deciding on the final reading list. Once a month, students will hear and read two books. The list includes science, biography and non-fiction choices. In December, each student will […]

Almaden Times Spotlights ALSJ

Check out the article on page 8 in the Almaden Times July 28 – August 8, 2019 issue. Assistance League of San Jose is the subject of Greg Goodman’s Lion’s Club article. Thank you, for spotlighting our chapter this month!

Operation School Bell Uniforms Have Arrived!

Members, and a few extra non-member volunteers, unloaded 636 cartons containing a total of 19,500 shirts and pants, sorted them by size and type and readied the inventory to organize for distribution. Thousands of students in need in San Jose can look forward to new uniforms for the school year. Thank you volunteers!

Thank You, Potash Family Foundation Believe in Reading

Assistance League of San Jose thanks Believe in Reading, funded by the Potash Family Foundation, for their generous support of Readers Are Leaders. As we choose and order books for the upcoming school year, we are so grateful for the donations that help us implement the program. Thank you, Believe in Reading!

Charter Luncheon

Thank you to our new members for hosting a beautiful Charter Luncheon. Our president, Donna Christian, reviewed the chapter programs and we shared so many wonderful successes for 2018-2019. We officially welcomed all of our new members and installed the 2019-20 Board. Now we’re looking forward to another exciting year with Assistance League of San […]

2017 - 2018 Statistics

$185

thousand dollars returned to the San Jose community

17

thousand people served in the San Jose community

36

thousand hours volunteered

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