The Working Alternative to Charity

since 1997

Since 1997, Sunday Friends has been offering day-long programs on Sundays that bring together very low-income families to work together, learn together, earn together, make spending decisions together and share in the healthy, warm, productive, mutually-supportive community.

Family members engage in hands-on learning activities, create gifts for children in hospitals and for nursing home residents, and prepare and serve healthy meals. They attend classes on financial literacy, parenting effectiveness, English literacy, health, nutrition, violence prevention, computer skills, and STEM education. Through their participation, family members earn “tickets”, the currency of Sunday Friends, redeemable for essential goods from the Treasure Chest.

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How You Can Help

As program participants experience repeated positive outcomes for their efforts, they grow to understand that they have the power to take control of their lives and to make a difference in the lives of others. This realization has instilled the needed confidence in many Sunday Friends participants to make successful, life-changing decisions.

Sunday Friends' Sponsors


United Way   •   Coyote Foundation   •   Silicon Valley Community Foundation   •   Sobrato Family Foundation   •   Castellano Family Foundation   •   Good People Fund   •   Bella Vista Foundation   •   Silicon Valley Cares   •   Adobe   •   Wells Fargo   •   Mission City Community Fund   •   Umpqua Bank   •   Western Digital   •   Los Altos Town Crier   •   Kaiser Permanente   •   Lockheed Martin Employees' Foundation   •   Junior League of San Jose   •   State Farm Insurance   •   Northrop Grumman   •   Jeppesen Dataplan   •   Saratoga Rotary   •   Coherent   •   UserTesting   •   Rotary Club of San Jose   •   KLA-Tencor Foundation   •   Intero Foundation   •   WalMart   •   Palo Alto Medical Foundation   •   Joseph and Vera Long Foundation   •   Sathaye Family Foundation
 (full list)

Sunday Friends' Partners

United Way Silicon Valley Silicon Valley Community Foundation Goodwill of Silicon Valley Santa Clara County Public Health Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange Family Giving Tree First 5 of Santa Clara Foothill Community Health Center Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County San Jose State University Kaiser Permanente San Jose Unified School District Franklin McKinley School District Sobrato Foundation Santa Clara University

Thank You for Your Continued Support!