California Grey Bears
|General Agency Information|
|Name:||California Grey Bears|
|Address:||2710 Chanticleer Avenue|
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
|Description:||Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
Thrift Store Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm
Recycling Center Hours: 7:30am-3:45pm
Grey Bears is a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit organization run almost entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to support seniors to live independently, to recycle resources, provide volunteer opportunities and to help create a vibrant community.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED:
Grey Bears welcomes people with physical disabilities and we are ADA compliant. If you are a homebound senior as a member, you can receive a weekly brown bag of groceries delivered to your home.
ELIGIBILITY: Age 55 or over is eligible for membership.
Membership in Grey Bears is an investment that supports our entire community many times over. Anyone is invited to join for just $20 per year, discounts for multiple years, lifetime membership is $250. Members age 55+ (or your designated recipient) are entitled to receive a brown bag of groceries 48 weeks a year, along with other benefits.
FUNDING SOURCE: Individual donations, thrift store and recycling sales, membership fees, local government community grants, and foundation grants.
|Programs:||The Grey Bears Brown Bag Program delivers shopping bags of fresh, nutritious groceries to 4,000 seniors age 55+ every week throughout Santa Cruz County.
We operate two recycling centers (including e-waste) for the general public at 2710 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz and at the Buena Vista Landfill in Watsonville.
The Grey Bears Thrift Store and Computer Electronics Store offer an array of pre-owned treasures. Come and shop for clothing, housewares, furniture, art, plants and garden accessories, music, books, bikes, medical equipment, tested and refurbished desktop and laptop computers, hi-fi stereo gear, appliances and much more – all at super low prices.
Grey Bears loves a reason to celebrate. Our annual events include the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in May, Country Pancake Breakfast in July, Harvest Picnic in September and Holiday Dinner in early December. We also offer members free, by donation and low-cost classes – from personal computing, chair yoga and exercise to taiko drumming and free cooking classes.
We gratefully accept tax-deductible donations of food, money, recycling, volunteer time, clothing, furniture, household items and vehicles. Learn more at greybears.org or call 831-479-1055 ext. 0
|Publications:||Grey Bears Quarterly Newsletter|
Healthy Eating Newsletter
|Volunteer Info:||Volunteers are welcome from age 15+. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Grey Bears. Volunteers enjoy fun activities and an unmatched sense of fulfillment from serving seniors and our local community. We have many opportunities for your particular specialty and area of interest, including Brown Bag program assemblers and deliver drivers, volunteers to disassemble computers in our e-waste recycling center; administrative/office support; data entry in our online bookstore; Thrift Store cashiers, receivers and pricers; composting program; cooks for daily lunches; maintenance and more. To volunteer please call 831-479-1055 ext. 201, email email@example.com, or complete the volunteer form at www.greybears.org|
|Languages other than English:||Spanish|
|Accommodations for Disabled:||See description notes|
|Public Transportation:||Available Within One Block|
|Eligibility:||See Description Notes|
|Fees:||See Description Notes|
|Areas Served:||Santa Cruz County|
|Funding Source:||See Description Notes|
|This record last modified October 26, 2012|