Our Mission

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IMG_0919Grey Bears improves the health and well-being of seniors and our community through food distribution, volunteerism, resource conservation and recycling.

Our Vision
All seniors live healthy, meaningful lives.

Our Core Values

  • Respect individuals
  • Trust, integrity and compassion
  • Volunteerism and community service
  • Acknowledge and respond to the challenges of aging and living with disabilities
  • Advance sustainability via reusing, repairing, repurposing and recycling,

Our Work

Distribute – The Healthy Food program delivers a weekly shopping bag of fresh produce and healthy staples to 3,800 seniors throughout Santa Cruz County. Click here to begin receiving your weekly groceries.

Recycle – Grey Bears operates three recycling centers for the general public: at our main campus on Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz (including e-waste and appliances and Styrofoam #6), and at the Buena Vista Landfill in Watsonville and the Ben Lomond Transfer Station.

Reuse and Resell – The Thrift Store, Computer Electronics Store, Hardware and Bookstore offer terrific values on everything for your home, kitchen, office, garden, sport, and entertainment and medical need. Browse through thousands of books in our bookstore and our online store at Amazon.com, and check out the huge selection of vinyl, CDs, DVDs and books on tape/CD.

Connect-Move-Learn – Grey Bears connects seniors and our community with three annual luncheon events, classes including chair yoga, one-on-one tech help, Spanish and cooking, women’s and men’s support groups, and quarterly Repair Cafés.

Glean – The Grey Bears Glean Team picks fruit and vegetables during harvest and conducts daily distributions of rescued groceries from 25 markets and bakeries. Contact Grace to help glean or arrange a gleaning crew at your orchard or farm.

CompostOur six Earth Tubs turn food scraps from the Healthy Food program and 35,000 hot meals served from our kitchen each year into high-quality compost for your garden, and we sell it dirt cheap in the thrift store.

Join – A supporting membership in Grey Bears is an investment that supports our entire community. Everyone is invited to participate for just $30 per year. Those age 50+ (or your designated recipient) are entitled to receive a brown bag of produce and groceries 48 weeks a year. And no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Click here to begin receiving your weekly bag of fresh produce.

Volunteering at Grey Bears is fun, rewarding and a great way to meet other interesting people while serving our community. And you’ll enjoy a healthy hot breakfast and/or lunch, and take home a bag of groceries. Team Grey Bears has been certified as a Volunteer Service Enterprise Point of Light in California.

Donate – We gratefully accept donations of food, money, recycling, volunteer time, clothing, household items, medical supplies, books, vehicles, real estate, TVs, electronics, estates and more. Grey Bears is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEIN #94-2298681.