Our Five Programs Reach Out to Our Community

Operation School Bell has been suspended until the the schools once more are able to receive the bags filled with clothing, a hygiene kit, a $20 gift card for shoes, and a book and/or a toy.  We have clothed approximately 30,000 ‘School Bell Children” since 1989, and are eager to resume our program of clothing children in need.    Go to “More about Operation School Bell” for more information.

 

 

 

Kids on the Block.  We use this well known puppet program to teach children to be accepting of others who may be different and to deal with the difficulties divorce brings to the children. However, until the schools once more are able to have non-staff interacting with students, our puppets will have to stay home.  We have two totally original scripts.  “Stopping Bullies” and “When Parents Break Up” , and  are eager to return to the schools.

 

 

 

 

Comfort Kits, which are continuing during this time,, are backpacks filled with lots of age-and gender-appropriate comfort, educational, and hygiene items for (a) children who are in foster care and (b) adults or children who have been traumatized by a violent assault. One of our long-standing partners, the CASA Association (Court Appointed Special Advocates), distributes the foster children’s kits for us.  Another partner, the Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services, delivers the kits to assault survivors.  Our members contribute over 300 such Comfort Kits each year.  Shown in this picture are some of our ladies on their way to deliver backpacks.

 

 

Book Buddies are our member volunteers who visit Stockton’s Lottie Grunsky School each week to help second grader who are struggling with their reading skills.This program is suspended until the schools once more can allow non-staff to interact with students.  Go to “More about Book Buddies” for more information.

 

 

Re-Share allows us to re-donate our overstocked thrift shop items of clothing and housewares to other nonprofits in our community. Only other 501 (c)(3) organizations may benefit from Re-Share.  Currently we Re-Share with San Joaquin County Cerebral Palsy, Migrant Farm Workers’ Family Centers, the Women’s Center,  and Goodwill.