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  • 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

    Summer Celebration

    Saturday, August 7, 2021 Eat, visit, move, shop! Join us at the 4th Annual Summer Celebration at Grey Bears. Enjoy a savory BBQ lunch (veggie options), refreshments, music, chair yoga and other classes, free ...

  • 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 ...

  • Men’s group at Grey Bears

    Men's group at Grey Bears

    Looking for advice or to talk about issues around aging, health, family matters, relationships and other topics? Be part of a men's group from your own home via Zoom. For more information or ...

  • Spring 2017 Newsletter

    Spring 2017 Newsletter

    The spring 2017 newsletter is out, including the latest on our new thrift store building, volunteer spotlights on Linda Babcock (pictured) and Joe Jurnecka, pain relief through chair yoga, the amazing health benefits ...

  • Become pain free through Chair Yoga

    Become pain free through Chair Yoga

    Did you wake up feeling stiff and achy this morning? Join the club... most people over the age of 50 probably did, too. This doesn't mean you have to go the whole day ...

  • Joe Jurnecka celebrates 100

    Joe Jurnecka celebrates 100

    Joe Jurnecka celebrated his 100th birthday last Thursday morning while volunteering on the Grey Bears brown bag line. At 8am, 75 other volunteers, including daughter Wendy, stopped filling bags with vegetables, greens, oranges, ...