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Unpublished Paper
2013 Evaluation of Sunday Friends: The Working Alternative to Charity
  • Claudio G. Vera Sanchez, Roosevelt University
  • Ericka B. Adams, North Central College
Sunday Friends, a non-profit, nonsectarian organization located in the City of San José, California, was founded by a former Silicon Valley engineer in 1997. She created what the organization calls “The Working Alternative to Charity” ( This organization has served thousands of children in the community with over 1,500 volunteers each year.

This report presents the results of the 2013 program evaluation of Sunday Friends. The objective of this evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of Sunday Friends at accomplishing its goals. The organization follows the “Developmental Assets” approach developed by the Search Institute in Minneapolis ( as a guiding framework to enable individuals and organizations to work together toward a common goal of supporting the healthy development of all children and youth. This Developmental Assets approach has been promoted by Santa Clara County’s Project Cornerstone which has partnerships with various other organizations in the area.
Publication Date
August, 2015
Some material from the 2011 evaluation of Sunday Friends is repeated here. Authors of that report are James Daniel Lee, Ph.D., and his student assistants.
Citation Information
Claudio G. Vera Sanchez and Ericka B. Adams. "2013 Evaluation of Sunday Friends: The Working Alternative to Charity" (2015)
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