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California Grey Bears

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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
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.

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: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 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.

Grey Bears hosts a community e-waste and recycling event the first Wednesday of the month at Staff of Life Market, 1266 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Neighbors are invited to drop off old electronics including TVs, monitors, printers, appliances, audio/video gear, scrap metal. We also gratefully accept household items in good condition for the Grey Bear thrift store, including clothing, housewares, clothing, small furniture, books, DVDs, medical equipment, etc.
All proceeds will benefit the Grey Bears Brown Bag Program.

REUSE AND RESELL: The Grey Bears Thrift Store and Computer Electronics Store offer an array of pre-owned treasures. Medical Supplies: a good place to find wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, commodes, braces, pads and diapers.

Repair cafe-Restoration Skills Workshops

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, or complete the volunteer form at
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

Tim  Brattan
Executive Director

Subject Headings
Clothing Banks
Computer Classes
Electronic Waste Recycling
Food Distribution
Medical Equipment/Supplies
Older Adults
Private Nonprofits
Recycling Centers
SSI Recipients
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified July 26, 2016

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