Promoting Voluntarism

Each year JLSJ also holds special events to raise funds to support community service projects.

The Silicon Valley Trivia Challenge is our Spring fundraiser, first held 2006-2013 and returned in 2020-present.

JLSJ has also honored volunteers in our community through the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (VRL).  JLSJ’s other fundraisers have historically included a Fashion Show, Rummage Sale, and Derby Party, each held biennially.


Rummage Sale, The Greatest Garage Sale on Earth (held (1968-2019)

Since 1968, the Rummage Sale has raised over $1,000,000 for JLSJ’s Community Program. The Rummage Sale is known for its high quality merchandise and outstanding prices. It takes place biennially at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and serves an estimated 10,000 under-served families. JLSJ also holds a free Community Health and Services Fair where community members can receive certain health screenings, services range from legal to transportation, and receive information on healthy eating, dental care, and more.


Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (1969-2021)

The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon was attended annually by more than 500 guests and promoted voluntarism by publicly recognizing volunteers at the luncheon and through our media partners. A distinguished panel of judges, made up of community leaders who embody the values of voluntarism, selected the winners. Each year, JLSJ typically presented over 100 community volunteers with “Certificates of Appreciation” in recognition of their nomination. A select few of these individuals received the “Crystal Bowl Award.” From among these outstanding winners, one individual was honored with the “Voluntarism at its Best Award.” The agency sponsoring the “Voluntarism at its Best Award” winner received a $1,000 stipend by one of JLSJ’s generous sponsors. We are continuing to evolve our programing and hope to bring this amazing and inspiring event back in the future.