frequently asked questions

Is Sunday Friends a religious organization?

No. Sunday Friends takes no position on religious matters. We are a secular, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are named Sunday Friends because the programs are held on Sundays.

How long has Sunday Friends been in business and how did it start?

Sunday Friends started in January 1997 in homeless shelters in Santa Clara County. Volunteerism was at the heart of our roots. In October 2002, the program moved to Lowell Elementary in San Jose. In 2012, we added a second location. Follow this link for more on our history.

How many Sunday Friends locations are there?

We operate at three program locations: Lowell Elementary in the San Jose Unified School District and Santee Elementary and Meadows Elementary in the Franklin McKinley School district. We also maintain a store (Treasure Chest) on Story Road in San Jose that is open for our participating families six days a week.

How is Sunday Friends funded and how is its financial situation?

Sunday Friends has no debt. Our financials are professionally audited every year. In 2017, our monetary funding came from five main sources: foundations (35%), private donors (30%), corporations and businesses (15%), local government (13%), and fundraising events (6%). In addition, we received in-kind donations valued at over a million dollars.


"The program acts as a reminder to my kids of their good fortune and for all of us to see how we can have fun, meet new friends, and learn about our neighbors and ourselves while we help others to help themselves."
— Adult Volunteer

How does Sunday Friends measure success?

Every two years, a professionally led program outcome evaluation is conducted by a team from either Santa Clara University or San Jose State University. Follow this link to our program evaluation results.

How much of Sunday Friends' budget goes to program expenses?

In 2017, 88% of Sunday Friends’ expenditures were for Program. 6% was applied to Administration and 6% to Fundraising. That is an overhead of only 12%.

Funding to purchase consumable basic necessities (such as laundry detergent, school supplies, toiletries, household cleansers and diapers) for our participating families to earn.

What is Sunday Friends' greatest need?

How many people participated in Sunday Friends programs in 2017?

651 children and 605 parents - plus over 3,400 volunteers, contributing over 30,000 hours of their time.

Friends. These include, but are not limited to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, physical appearance, language, education background, national origin, age, disability, marital status, and veteran status. This policy applies to both employment and provision of services. Please email us at us if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Sunday Friends does not promote or discriminate against any person, population group, or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable United States law, as well as other categories identified by Sunday

Does Sunday Friends have discrimination policy?

Please look around our website. You'll find many more answers to your questions. If you still have a question, send an email to We are always happy to hear from you.

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