Our Philanthropic Programs

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

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.

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).

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.

Senior Bingo

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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Members Donate to CityTeam – Quilts and Toiletries

We miss volunteering on site at CityTeam during COVID restrictions, but are thankful that we can still provide for San Jose’s residents with donations of toiletries and beautiful hand-made quilts to be distributed to people in need of food and supplies in low-income neighborhoods of San Jose.    

Caring Hands Layettes with Special Touches

Lynda, a member of our Caring Hands program, is using her creativity to add some special touches to her hand-crocheted blankets and hats. She says, “I loved doing the Minnie Mouse because the blanket matches her dress and I added the bow at the top of the hat to replicate her bow on her head. […]

Caring Hands Layettes Ready for Delivery

Members of our Caring Hands program have been busy creating gifts for new Moms and their little bundle of joys to receive when they leave Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. These colorful layettes await packaging and delivery to restock the cabinets of the maternity ward.  The nurses are then able to select the perfect layette.

Getting Ready for the School Year

Assistance League of San Jose’s Operations School Bell (OSB) program volunteers have been busy unloading, organizing and counting uniforms to be distributed to our San Jose public schools as the new school year begins.

Hug-a-Bear Deliveries

Virtual hugs to our Hug-a-Bear volunteers who are busy bagging bears to be sent out to our community service providers.

More Layettes for SCVMC

Fifteen more layettes ready for Assistance League of San Jose to donate to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, one of the many things our Caring Hands volunteers are doing while staying home. Notice Bear is wearing his mask and has hand sanitizer nearby!

Cookies for Family Supportive Housing

Due to COVID-19, AL of San Jose may no longer cook and serve meals at Family Supportive Housing. But to continue our mission of transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs our members are now baking cookies and delivering them to FSH to be handed out to the families. YUM

Assistance League of San Jose COVID-19 Response Statement

The AL of San Jose is eager to pursue our mission of transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. However, we want to do that as safely as possible for our members and the people we serve. The League will be following the CDC and Santa Clara County guidelines and regulations as […]

Thank You, Believe in Reading

AL of San Jose has received a grant of $7,500 from Believe in Reading for our Readers Are Leaders program. Believe in Reading supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations that teach, improve or encourage reading of people of all ages from around the world. We thank you for your generosity and your support of the […]

Caring Hands Delivers

During the month of June, AL of San Jose was finally able to deliver completed layettes to Valley Medical Center!  A total of 867 gifts were dropped off for processing by the maternity ward nurses.  When our blankets are delivered, they are put in individual plastic bags and placed on a shelf (see photo) in […]

Choosing Books for Readers Are Leaders

The chairs for Readers Are Leaders are using distancing to check out some books in a member’s backyard.The 12 books chosen will be read and discussed with the RAL students and donated to the classroom libraries.

Thank You Screening Eyes Early, from Lotus Preschool

The Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.) program recognizes the importance of early screening for amblyopia or lazy eye in preschool children. If amblyopia is not caught at an early age, it could lead to loss of vision in the affected eye. S.E.E. provides vision screening to detect early signs of this condition, and other vision problems […]

News & Events

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  • News

Members Donate to CityTeam – Quilts and Toiletries

We miss volunteering on site at CityTeam during COVID restrictions, but are thankful that we can still provide for San Jose’s residents with donations of toiletries and beautiful hand-made quilts to be distributed to people in need of food and supplies in low-income neighborhoods of San Jose.    

Caring Hands Layettes with Special Touches

Lynda, a member of our Caring Hands program, is using her creativity to add some special touches to her hand-crocheted blankets and hats. She says, “I loved doing the Minnie Mouse because the blanket matches her dress and I added the bow at the top of the hat to replicate her bow on her head. […]

Caring Hands Layettes Ready for Delivery

Members of our Caring Hands program have been busy creating gifts for new Moms and their little bundle of joys to receive when they leave Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. These colorful layettes await packaging and delivery to restock the cabinets of the maternity ward.  The nurses are then able to select the perfect layette.

Getting Ready for the School Year

Assistance League of San Jose’s Operations School Bell (OSB) program volunteers have been busy unloading, organizing and counting uniforms to be distributed to our San Jose public schools as the new school year begins.

Hug-a-Bear Deliveries

Virtual hugs to our Hug-a-Bear volunteers who are busy bagging bears to be sent out to our community service providers.

More Layettes for SCVMC

Fifteen more layettes ready for Assistance League of San Jose to donate to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, one of the many things our Caring Hands volunteers are doing while staying home. Notice Bear is wearing his mask and has hand sanitizer nearby!

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