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  • Free Books!

    Free Books!

    THIS Saturday, October 1, 10am-3pm - The Grey Bears bookstore presents a Free Book Day in the warehouse at 2710 Chanticleer Ave in Santa Cruz. Browse through thousands of books sure to engage, fascinate ...

  • Grey Bears bookstore a local gem

    Grey Bears bookstore a local gem

    Inside the warehouse Book Cove, volunteers are busy sorting, researching, listing and shipping books in every genre imaginable. The Grey Bears Chanticleer and Amazon.com stores feature more than 10,000 titles, from hiking to ...

  • Join us at the 2016 Harvest Picnic!

    Join us at the 2016 Harvest Picnic!

    The Grey Bears 43rd Annual Harvest Picnic will fill Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz with fun and revelry on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Mingle with friends under the redwoods and canopy seating ...

  • Hundreds of California recycling centers close – what now?

    Hundreds of California recycling centers close – what now?

    Blue bins piled high with gleaming cans and pink plastic bags bulging with plastic jugs snaked up to the recycling center outside a Foods Co. on a recent Wednesday morning, with customers lined ...

  • The Fight for the “Right to Repair”

    The Fight for the "Right to Repair"

    Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting back. From The Smithsonian Magazine, by Emily Matcher, July 13, 2016 Fifty years ago, if ...

  • Donate your vehicle to Grey Bears

    Donate your vehicle to Grey Bears

    Ready to let go of your old trusty car, RV, motorcycle, bike or boat? Honor those faithful years of service by donating her to Grey Bears. We'll make the transfer of your vehicle ...

  • Need groceries? Sign up today!

    Need groceries? Sign up today!

    We deliver a weekly shopping bag filled with fresh produce and healthy staples to you every week. Click here to begin receiving a weekly brown bag of groceries. One of our volunteer drivers ...

  • Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter

    Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter

    The Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter is out, featuring the year in review, information for the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on May 18, a list of donors over the last year, a healthy Mother's Day ...

  • Volunteer Spotlight – Greg & Cal

    Volunteer Spotlight - Greg & Cal

    Volunteer Spotlight - Greg Bracket and Cal Olsen Cal: Born on 5/21/47 in Montevideo Minnesota, population 325. "We moved to Sacramento when I was in third grade. My dad was a chicken farmer, which ...

  • Grey Bears & Hula’s – Aloha in Action!

    Grey Bears & Hula's - Aloha in Action!

    Giving Back with Thanks (by Justine DaCosta, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Community Page-Name Dropping, Sunday, April 3, 2016) - Grey Bears was recognized with a big Mahalo last month, as the staff at Hula's ...

  • Grey Bears in Sentinel Story on Retirees

    Grey Bears in Sentinel Story on Retirees

    (Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 25, 2016) -- Santa Cruz County’s retired population is one of the fastest growing in the nation, according to a new report on aging baby boomers. Between 2005 and ...

  • How the US can solve food waste problem

    How the US can solve food waste problem

    An $18bn proposal aims to reduce the more than 52m tons of food waste that goes to landfill every year. (The Guardian - Wednesday, March 9, 2016) -- Businesses could save nearly $2bn a ...

  • Recycling worker needed

    Grey Bears is seeking a dynamic, responsible individual for receiving and processing of recycling and donation drop-offs at our Chanticleer Avenue Recycling Center. Click here to view the job announcement, or stop by ...

  • Hula’s Mahalo Mondays in June

    Hula's Mahalo Mondays in June

    Enjoy dinner and beverages at Hula’s Island Grill on Mondays in June and support Grey Bears. That's right, have dinner at Hula's in June and they'll donate 10% of sales to Grey Bears. ...

  • Thrift Store – terrific values every day

    Thrift Store - terrific values every day

    Housewares, furniture, clothing and accessories, computers, electronics, TVs, audio-video gear, books, bikes, sporting goods, medical equipment, garden items and more. Fill a bag of clothes for just $10 on Monday, and a bag ...

  • Holiday dinner reconnects a large family

    Holiday dinner reconnects a large family

    Santa Cruz Sentinel - Monday, December 7, 2015 -- As the Kirby Choir harmonized on “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from the stage, diners enjoyed Grey Bears’ Holiday Dinner at the Santa ...