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Screening Eyes Early Training

Trained ALSJ volunteers in the Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.) program screen 3, 4 and 5 year-olds for early signs of possible vision disorders. Every year we train new screeners with a 3-hour class and a 3-hour practicum. Our volunteers are excited to play the “eye game” while supporting our preschoolers. The most important disorder we […]

Portraits of the Past

Do you know some of the stories from San Jose’s past?  Recently, the Assistance League of San Jose was entertained and educated by History San Jose’s performance of “Portraits of the Past”.  As part of the League’s Fall Fundraiser at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos,  more than 170 members and guests brunched on wonderful […]

Senior Bingo at A Grace Care Center

Each month Assistance League volunteers play bingo with the residents in the Activity Room at A Grace Subacute and Skilled Care. All enthusiastic players get two cards to play and can hardly wait for the thrill of shouting “Bingo”. Hapy cheers and whoops of holler go up for each person’s success. Everyone wins prizes and […]

Happy Halloween, Family Supportive Housing

To get ready for a spectacular Haunted House Halloween Party, the children at Family Supportive Housing (FSH) could choose a special fun costme. Thank you to Shawna and Jackie at Illusions Activewear of Campbell for loaning three rolling racks on which to hang the costumes. This local business has supported the FSH Costume Shop for […]

Operation School Bell

As of October 2019, 39 elementary schools from three districts happily received 7,000 uniforms from our Operation School Bell Uniform Program. Our January uniform distribution will include homeless children and middle school students along with the measured schools. Members and non-members worked 3,223 volunteer hours ordering, warehouse organizing, measuring students and delivering uniforms. Many hands […]

2019-20 New Members

New members are connected to our mission quickly by attending meetings especially designed to make them feel a part of our team. This connection is vital for feeling welcomed and important to our core values. We are so pleased to welcome the new members of Assistance League of San Jose.

Happy Halloween, Caring Hands

Caring Hands, a committee of the Assistance League of San Jose (ALSJ), crochets, knits, and quilts blankets, hats and booties for donation to the newborn section of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Each mother and child leaving VMC receives a layette packet including those items and a onesie, all tied with a decorative ribbon and […]

Next Time You Shop at Oakridge…

Oakridge Mall had a fundraiser for non-profits about 36 years ago. Part of that fundraiser was the painting of tiles that were then set in the wall located at the east end of the mall near the parking structure, right where the carousel was located before the remodel. The next time you are shopping at […]

Almaden Arts and Wine Festival Volunteers

Every year the Almaden Valley Women’s Club presents its signature fundraising event – the Almaden Arts and Wine Festival. Assistance League, in our mission to transform the lives of children and adults through our community programs, volunteer to help in the Women’s Club’s endeavor. All proceeds of the festival are donated to non-profit organizations and […]

Help Wanted for OSB!

We are in full swing of Operation School Bell, making labels, measuring students, packing uniforms and delivering uniforms to schools. Over 1,000 uniforms have already been delivered and we’ve just gotten started! Watch for your invitations from SignUpGenius to volunteer. This is our biggest project and the OSB team needs everyone’s help.

National Assistance League Conference, Connect 2019

Ten of our members had the pleasure of attending the National Assistance League conference: Connect 2019. The attendees all got some great ideas at the conference sessions and from talking with Assistance League members from across the country. Since there were ten from our San Jose Chapter attending, we shared ideas every night over dinner. […]

September Regular Meeting Quilt Winners

Congratulations to Sharon, Lynda, Barbara and Mary, the four lucky winners of our quilt raffle at the September Regular Meeting!  Even in San Jose, winter will be coming and these beautiful handmade quilts will be warm and snuggly in the chilly evenings. Thank you to the quilters of Caring Hands for creating them for our […]

Thank You, OSB Donors and Volunteers

The members of ALSJ are very much appreciative of the funds our donors have allowed us to use to purchase the uniforms for the children whom we serve. We extend our gratitude for your generous donations: Almaden Valley Women’s Club, Applied Materials Foundation, B. Bynum Family, Deborah & Henry Pao Foundation, San Jose Council District […]

Thank You, Hicklebee’s

Each summer, Hicklebee’s helps members choose the wonderful books for the Readers Are Leaders program and offers assistance in purchasing books that we read. Thank you, Hicklebee’s, for supporting our effort to bring the joy of reading to children in our community.

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!