Grey Bears Programs – latest updates

current as of 5/29/20

Healthy Food program deliveries continue each Thursday and Friday throughout the County, including organic fresh produce – Sign up here. For questions or changes to your existing delivery, email Sharon, or all 831-479-1055 ext 223.

The Thrift Store, Computer Electronics, Bookstore and thrift donation station will all open this Monday, June 1st. Masks will be required to shop with hand-sanitizing stations available, and distancing movement protocols will be available throughout our stores. We are also open for orders by phone (831-479-1055 ext 232) or email for curbside/parking lot pickup. Check out items always available at our online storefronts on craigslist, eBay and books at Amazon.com. Email Diane or Angie, 831-479-1055 ext 232 for more info.

All three of our recycling centers are open during normal hours: Chanticleer (including e-waste/e-cycling, open Mon-Sun, 7:30am-3:30pm), Buena Vista and Ben Lomond Transfer (open Mon-Sat, 7:30-2:30), and CRV redemption at Ben Lomond Transfer is open (Mon-Sat, 10am-2:30pm).

Each year in May Grey Bears hosts a volunteer appreciation luncheon to pay tribute to volunteers whose service makes everything we do possible. Not only do your efforts improve the lives of others, you also inform and connect with our broader community. We’ll be rescheduling this event as soon as the coast is clear.

In the meantime, Grace created this video as a way of saying “thank you volunteers!”

Classes – All regular classes at Grey Bears are temporarily cancelled. Suzi is offering chair yoga classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am, and Wednesdays at 10:30am via Zoom. Email Suzi to receive Zoom log-in information.

We continue to need:

  • Financial donations to support program food purchases, click here to donate. Thank you to everyone who has given during this crisis. You are truly a lifeline that keeps us going. Because the shelter in place directive has been extended through May 3rd, donations are even more important especially with the closure of the thrift, computer and book stores.
  • Gleaned produce and shelf stable food. Please email Danielle to coordinate drop off.
  • Face masks, cleaning supplies, sanitizers, latex or vinyl gloves and other personal protective gear. Email Grace for more info.
  • Thank you to those of you who are volunteering and have contacted us. If you’d like to volunteer including driving a food delivery route, complete the volunteer form, email Grace or call 831-479-1055 ext 241 if you are healthy and symptom-free.

CalFresh Benefits – to receive your EBT card for grocery purchases just access the simple application form at mycalfresh.org.

Census – Please make sure you complete the census. Use the code included in the mailing you received to complete the census online or click here.

Safety – All volunteers and staff handling items in your weekly grocery bag are wearing prescribed PPE (masks and gloves) and adhering to strict safety protocols.

Anyone with concerns about their health should contact their doctor or a local clinic. The county encourages the public to visit santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus for local updates and links to important CDC updates. Thank you for staying home and staying healthy!