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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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San Jose Schools Thank Readers Are Leaders for Books

Assistance League of San Jose is committed to serving our schools during these challenging times and is pleased that our RAL modifications have been eagerly received. “Thank you again for your generosity, and I look forward to the day when we can return to having the readers in the classroom again.” (Principal)  “I cannot tell […]

Dinner for Family Supportive Housing

We’re supporting Family Supportive Housing’s Friday Night Dinners through our Assist-A-Shelter program. Volunteers are busy making homemade meals and desserts at home and then they are transported to this San Jose family shelter.

Layettes for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Assistance League of San Jose’s Caring Hands volunteers are preparing to deliver holiday layettes to Valley Medical Center.  Our creations will be gifted to new moms and babies during December.

Book Bags for Readers Are Leaders Students

Assistance League of San Jose’s Readers Are Leaders volunteers are missing the students we usually see and share books with every month. We are busy filling book bags with books, pencils and other school supplies especially picked for these students. These special book bags will be distributed to students as they come to pick up their […]

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

On behalf of everyone at Family Supportive Housing, thank you very much for your home-baked cookies and Friday dinner donations for the month of October. Your unwavering support throughout the pandemic has been invaluable.

Readers Are Leaders Gift to Students

It has become a tradition for Readers Are Leaders to give a reference book to the students who are in their program. This year about 1175 first, second, third, and fourth grade students in 49 classes at 10 schools in four school districts will be opening The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids-500 Wild Facts! by […]

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

Our baking volunteers received a special thank you from staff at Family Supportive Housing. “. . . we want to thank you for your donation of delicious cookies dropped off this month. Thank you for helping us spread some cheer around the shelter!”

Fall Floral Fantasy Success

Our first online Floral Fantasy was a big success! Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and worked so hard to bring the event into our homes. Members of the Los Gatos-Saratoga chapter and the National Resource Development Committee joined Assistance League of San Jose members to watch Bloomster’s owner, Kren Rasmussen, create six stunning […]

Readers Are Leaders Books

Our Readers Are Leaders team members are busy preparing books for the schools and teachers. “Lucy’s Mask” is going to first and second graders and “School is Different Now” is going to 3rd and 4th graders. These books will be sent with enrichment activities children can do at home. We hope they will enjoy them.

Happy Halloween, Family Supportive Housing!

AL of San Jose volunteers had a great time stuffing 50 Halloween goodie bags for Family Supportive Housing (FSH). The goodies include snacks, pencils, erasers, notepads, and spooky rings. The bags will be delivered to FSH for the children as they select a special costume from their Halloween shop.

AL of San Jose Zoom Meetings

Assistance League of San Jose continues to find innovative ways to plan and implement our essential committees and programs. We are now using Zoom for our regular and committee meetings and for program planning. Members’ voices and their smiling faces have encouraged and emboldened us to continue our important work especially during these challenging times.

Keep Calm and Eat Cookies!

Assistance League of San Jose has many volunteers keeping calm at home by baking cookies for the children’s lunch program at Family Supportive Housing. Yum! We are proud to assist this San Jose area shelter which provides temporary housing and specific counseling support to families in crisis.

News & Events

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San Jose Schools Thank Readers Are Leaders for Books

Assistance League of San Jose is committed to serving our schools during these challenging times and is pleased that our RAL modifications have been eagerly received. “Thank you again for your generosity, and I look forward to the day when we can return to having the readers in the classroom again.” (Principal)  “I cannot tell […]

Dinner for Family Supportive Housing

We’re supporting Family Supportive Housing’s Friday Night Dinners through our Assist-A-Shelter program. Volunteers are busy making homemade meals and desserts at home and then they are transported to this San Jose family shelter.

Layettes for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Assistance League of San Jose’s Caring Hands volunteers are preparing to deliver holiday layettes to Valley Medical Center.  Our creations will be gifted to new moms and babies during December.

Book Bags for Readers Are Leaders Students

Assistance League of San Jose’s Readers Are Leaders volunteers are missing the students we usually see and share books with every month. We are busy filling book bags with books, pencils and other school supplies especially picked for these students. These special book bags will be distributed to students as they come to pick up their […]

Thank You from Family Supportive Housing

On behalf of everyone at Family Supportive Housing, thank you very much for your home-baked cookies and Friday dinner donations for the month of October. Your unwavering support throughout the pandemic has been invaluable.

Readers Are Leaders Gift to Students

It has become a tradition for Readers Are Leaders to give a reference book to the students who are in their program. This year about 1175 first, second, third, and fourth grade students in 49 classes at 10 schools in four school districts will be opening The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids-500 Wild Facts! by […]

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