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  • 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”

    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

    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!

    We deliver a weekly shopping bag filled with fresh produce and healthy staples to county residents age 55+ in Santa Cruz County. Click here to begin receiving a weekly brown bag of groceries. ...

  • 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 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!

    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

    (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

    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 ...

  • 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

    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 ...

  • Thrift Store now open Sundays

    With lots of parking! Thrift store, Computer Electronics and Bookstore are open every day, Monday - Sunday, 10am-3pm. Wide selection, terrific values - choose from housewares, furniture,  clothing and accessories, computers, peripherals, electronics, ...

  • Check out our Winter 2015 Newsletter

    The Grey Bears Bears Winter 2015 Newsletter is out, featuring the latest on our fire recovery news, a healthy recipe and breathing exercise, volunteer spotlight on Eleanor Stitt (pictured), events and class calendar, ...

  • Lifetime Volunteer Award – Eleanor Stitt

    Eleanor Frances Stitt Born in Boston MA on October 1, 1938. "I was raised on seven acres southwest of Boston. We butchered and smoked a pig every year and enjoyed domestic geese. I took ...

  • Chair Yoga breathing exercise

    New science is showing that slowing down and deepening your breathing can have profound effects on well-being. Breathing exercises have been shown to help control blood pressure, lower heart rate, make arteries more ...