Who We Are

By the numbers each year…

In 2019, Grey Bears Thrift Store received a Reader’s Choice Award in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, was named Best Nonprofit by readers of Good Times Weekly, received a Swellie Award for Best Green Business, and in 2018 was voted Best Nonprofit by readers of Santa Cruz Waves Magazine. Grey Bears was named the Aptos Chamber of Commerce Organization of the year, received a Be the Difference award from the Volunteer Center, and was one of President George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light in 1990. Here’s a video for Grey Bears created by the Aptos Chamber for its Annual Awards Dinner.

Grey Bears many reuse and repurposing programs for donated materials help conserve resources and divert 7,500 tons of material from local landfills. We host quarterly Repair Cafes where repair coaches help the public learn how to disassemble, diagnose and fix broken appliances, toys, clothing, bikes and more.

For a staff directory click here.

Grey Bears Board of Directors

Grey Bears
2710 Chanticleer Ave
Santa Cruz CA 95065
831.479.1055   info@greybears.org

Grey Bears is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Corporation, FEIN#: 94-2298681