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  • 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: great values and more

    Thrift Store: great values and more

    You'll find endless values while lowering your carbon footprint. From housewares, appliances, furniture and clothing, to computers, electronics, audio-video gear, books, hardware, bikes, sporting goods, games and puzzles, medical equipment, garden items and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Thrift Store now open Sundays

    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

    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

    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 ...

  • Recycled Paper’s Climate Impact 100 Times Lower

    Recycled Paper's Climate Impact 100 Times Lower

    Recycled paper has less than one percent of the impact in terms of global climate change and ocean acidification than virgin paper, according to a new Life Cycle Analysis (LCS) released by New ...

  • Grey Bears – Organization of the Year

    Grey Bears - Organization of the Year

    Watch Video: Grey Bears was named Organization of the Year by the Aptos Chamber and community for 2015. They were honored at the Chamber's annual awards dinner on Friday, October 30, 2015 at ...

  • Capitola waste-disposal inequities challenged

    Capitola waste-disposal inequities challenged

    By Bonnie Linden, Special to the Sentinel - "Global warming is changing the political and economic landscape. You ask, “What’s a householder to do? How exactly do we respond as a community to ...

  • Woodstock’s Pizza supports Grey Bears

    Woodstock's Pizza supports Grey Bears

    TONIGHT! Tuesday, November 10, 5pm-9pm - Enjoy dinner at Woodstock's Pizza on November 10 and support Grey Bears. Just present the flyer at right when ordering (or show on your phone) and Woodstock's ...

  • Shop here, support the environment

    Shop here, support the environment

    Super values in the Thrift Store every day - open 10am-3pm. When you shop at Grey Bears, you are creating a smaller carbon footprint by buying gently used, clean, and refurbished products. Our ...

  • Dancing in the Park

    Dancing in the Park

    Video: Island Breeze Band rocked Harvey West Park at the Grey Bears 42nd Annual Harvest Picnic on Tuesday. Special thanks to all of the volunteers, raffle donors, board members, Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane, ...

  • First U.S. Food Waste Reduction Goal Set

    First U.S. Food Waste Reduction Goal Set

    Two government agencies have established the United States first-ever food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) combined ...

  • Check out our Fall 2015 Newsletter

    Check out our Fall 2015 Newsletter

    Featuring a fire recovery update, volunteer spotlight, a healthy recipe, upcoming events, donor profile on Driscoll's, composting update (pictured at right) and more! Read more>>>

  • Volunteer Spotlight

    Volunteer Spotlight

    Susan Duncan - Born: December 16, 1948 in Oakland and grew up in the East Bay. “We moved to Boulder Creek in 1970. We were caretakers at Camp Krem, 40 acres that caters ...