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General Agency Information
Name:California Grey Bears
Address:2710 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA  95065
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-479-1055
Email Address:info@greybears.org
Website:www.greybears.org
Description:Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-3:45pm
Thrift/Electronics Store Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm
Recycling Center/E-waste Hours:
Every Day, 7:30am-3:45pm
Thrift Store donations gratefully accepted:
Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm
Buena Vista Recycling Center
1231 Buena Vista Drive, Watsonville
Open: Mon-Sat, 7:30am-3:30pm

Grey Bears is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports seniors, reuses and recycles resources, and provides volunteer opportunities to create a healthy, vibrant community. H

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.

FEES:
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:DISTRIBUTE:The Grey Bears Brown Bag Program delivers shopping bags of fresh, nutritious groceries to 4,200 seniors age 55+ every week throughout Santa Cruz County.

GLEAN: Grey Bears volunteers still glean the fields and pick fruit during harvest for the Brown Bag Program. Contact David Fuentez david4cgb@yahoo.com to arrange a gleaning crew at your location.

RECYCLE: 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.

REUSE AND RESELL: The Grey Bears Thrift Store and Computer Electronics Store offer an array of pre-owned treasures.

COMMUNITY: Check out our annual events including our Annual Harvest Picnic September, the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in May, Country Pancake Breakfast in July, and Holiday Dinner in early December. We also offer members free, by donation and low-cost classes such as personal computing, IPAD, chair yoga, Spanish, taiko drumming and cooking classes.

We gratefully accept tax-deductible donations of food, money, recycling, volunteer time, clothing, furniture, household items and vehicles.
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 info@greybears.org, 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
Fee Amounts:
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Funding Source:See Description Notes
 
Officials
 

Tim  Brattan
Executive Director
tim@greybears.org

Subject Headings
 Clothing
Clothing Banks
Food
Food Distribution
Homebound
Meals
Older Adults
Private Nonprofits
Recycling
Recycling Centers
SSI Recipients
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified February 28, 2014