In December the AAUW San Jose Community Action Project “Gifts For Teens” fills and distributes 1,500 festive gift totes and duffle bags to homeless and low-income downtown San Jose teenagers served by Home First, the Bill Wilson Center, Unity Care Group and Sacred Heart Community Service. Members and community volunteers fill bags or donate gifts or money to the program. For information, go to www.gifts4teens.org; on Facebook search “Gifts for Teens.” 2014-12 December BONFIRE
Who are these smiling women? Each of them received scholarships from AAUW San Jose last year. You can help bring smiles and financial assistance to another group of deserving women by shopping at the Holiday Boutique on Saturday November 15. Your purchases will support the Local Scholarship Fund and give you a head start with your holiday shopping. You’ll find gift baskets, hand-crafts, baked goods and much more at our Headquarters at 1165 Minnesota Ave (next door to the Willow Glen Library). Open from 9 am to 3 pm. Please come and bring your friends! Read about the Holiday Boutique and more in the November BONFIRE.
AAUW San Jose’s Community Action Project, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, kicks off its annual Warm Hearts project. From November to March NHN collects new or gently used warm clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, sweaters, and underwear – large to extra large sizes preferred) as well as blankets and sleeping bags. The project benefits the homeless clients of Santa Maria Urban Ministry in San Jose. To donate, contact AAUW San Jose at email@example.com. here.
The best way you can honor the brave suffragists who helped secure the passage of the 19th Amendment is to VOTE and ACT. AAUW members VOTE, even in mid-term elections like the upcoming one on November 4. We ACT to motivate young women to vote as well. Spread the word that AAUW is recommending the nonpartisan website canIvote.org, where voters will find state by state information. The Branch Public Policy Committee will bring this information to students at the C/U campuses, along with voter education on issues. We are partnering with the League of Women Voters for a Pros and Cons Forum on October 11 at the Bascom Avenue Library Community Room (see front page). AAUW-CA ballot initiative positions are available at aauw-ca.org.