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  • 2018 Volunteers of the Year

    2018 Volunteers of the Year

    Each Year we honor a few extra special volunteers for their many years of service to Grey Bears, and for their work and inspiring stories. Our 2018 Volunteers of the Year will be ...

  • Aging in America

    Aging in America

    Living Longer In 1985, older adults accounted for 11 percent of the U.S. population. By 2010, they were 13 percent. More than 40 million Americans are now age 65+. By 2030, as the ...

  • Chair yoga pose focus: Crescent Lunge

    Chair yoga pose focus: Crescent Lunge

    Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana, prounounced AHN-jah-nay-AHS-uh-nuh) Simple activities such as standing, sitting and walking can make our bodies tense and tired by the end of the day. Lunge pose is a low back, calf and groin ...

  • Back-to-School Computer Sale

    Back-to-School Computer Sale

    Pick up a refurbished desktop PC computer featuring a fast Intel i3 or i5 processor, Windows 10 installed, keyboard and mouse for just $75 plus tax. Open every day, 10am-3pm. Limit one per ...

  • First processed styrofoam shipped

    First processed styrofoam shipped

    Ever wonder what happens to all that Styrofoam that gets dropped off at Grey Bears recycling center? Thanks to a Community Foundation Santa Cruz County grant, Grey Bears received a RecycleTech 200 thermal ...

  • Surf’s always up for Nola Moosman

    Surf's always up for Nola Moosman

    “I’m really just a farm kid surfer girl from Nebraska,” says Nola Moosman, who volunteers in Grey Bears food distribution warehouse three days a week. “My community since I arrived in Santa Cruz back ...

  • The many benefits of staying active

    The many benefits of staying active

    The cooler seasons can typically be a time of less activity. This can lead to feeling weak or fatigued. While exercise and movement are important for people of all ages, it is especially ...

  • Grey Bears going solar

    Grey Bears going solar

    Support Grey Bears commitment to environmental preservation by donating to the Solar Fund. We're working with Sandbar Solar to install a 17.6 kW system that will provide 93% of our electrical needs on ...

  • Your donations keep us strong

    Your donations keep us strong

    Your financial gift and thrift store donations keep Grey Bears strong, and ensure we can continue to distribute weekly shopping bags of fresh produce and healthy groceries to 3,800 seniors all year long ...

  • Check out our winter 2017 newsletter

    Check out our winter 2017 newsletter

    Our latest newsletter features the latest on Grey Bears - the 44th Annual Holiday Dinner on December 3rd, two November thrift store sales, the Green Side of E-waste and passage of a new to-go ...

  • The Green Side of E-waste

    The Green Side of E-waste

    While many of us have our eye on the newest iPhone or computer, a group of Grey Bears volunteers is more interested in the electronics we leave behind. Volunteers Greg Brackett, Calvin Olson, ...

  • Cardboard baler is operational

    Cardboard baler is operational

    The Chanticleer cardboard baler is operating and we are once again accepting cardboard. Chanticleer recycling is open every day Mon-Sun, 7:30-3:30 (including e-waste/e-cycling/EPS Styrofoam). We also accept cardboard and other recycling materials at ...

  • Labor Day Hours

    Labor Day Hours

    The Thrift Store and Chanticleer and Buena Vista Landfill Recycling Centers will all be open normal hours on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. The office, food distribution warehouse and kitchen will be closed ...

  • Cooking Class with Chef Poppy

    Cooking Class with Chef Poppy

    THIS Saturday, June 23 at 10am at Grey Bears. Join Chef Poppy as she creates a simple and delicious seasonal meal. Normally the 4th Saturday monthly, Chef Poppy's cooking class always offers new ...

  • Summer Celebration & 50%-Off Sale

    Summer Celebration & 50%-Off Sale

    TODAY! Thursday, August 1 at Grey Bears Shop, eat, visit, enjoy! Food, refreshments, music, free books and super values in every thrift store department - housewares, furniture, clothing, computers, audio-video gear, medical equipments, sporting ...

  • New thrift store building is open

    New thrift store building is open

    (Santa Cruz Sentinel, by Jondi Gumz) -- Cindy Rady was pleased as punch with her finds Friday. She had a foldable colander, a jeweled tray, an ice cream scoop, a corkscrew and two ...