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These are listings of current activities that our girlfriends can get involved with outside of a specific event.

Smorg Nov 2018

Posted: November 13, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Linda’s Gift Open House Party – Come, Donate, Shop, and enjoy Treats at Linda’s Gift Open House. Tuesday, November 13. All donations will benefit Girlfriends Care’s partners and Breast Cancer Angels. Click here for more details.
  • Br. Benno’s Volunteer Blitz – It’s time to sign up for one of our most popular events of the year in support of Brother Bennos. Volunteers are needed to help the homeless, working poor, and those in transition who are served by Brother Benno’s! For more details, click here.
  • Solutions for Change’s Breaking and Entering – Girlfriends Care will be bringing Christmas cheer to their newest residents in the Intake Action Center on Friday November 30.  Help is needed with providing small gift items and decorations as well as hands-on decorating help. This is a 36 bed facility, plus infants, so many hands and hearts are needed and welcome!  For more information contact Terri Williamson at info@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen Clark at ellen@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Contact Ellen Clark ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • Adopt A Family at the Boys and Girls Club of Vista and help make the holidays magical!
      • Looking for 3-4 girlfriends to “share” a family.
      • Also looking for help to administrate the Adopt A Family program
    • Available after school on a weekday?  Consider leading a special one-time craft, story, “show”, or music session this holiday season!
    • Do you enjoy planning events?  The Boys and Girls Club is also looking for two dedicated 2019 Gala Committee Members to help plan and execute their annual fundraiser.
  • Grandmas Care Winter Project – Grandmas, it is time to start collecting hats, scarfs, gloves for Christmas. Please email Rosita for details. 
  • Bread of Life – Love to cook?  Girlfriends care prepares and serves dinner to the guests of Bread of Life Rescue mission the first Saturday of the month during their winter shelter season.  To participate contact Maureen Richards maureen@girlfrienscare.org This is a family friendly service project.  A limited number of kids and teens welcome. 
Ongoing Opportunities
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org for more information and/or to make a project donation.
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact Charity at CBrant@ymca.org.
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.  Contact Beverly Boone at Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
  • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
  • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
  • Bread of Life– Serving neighbors without homes in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. Donations of food and paper products are in need!
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at Info@girlfriends.org   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
  • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

Smorg Oct 2018

Posted: October 14, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Carlsbad Cares & Shares – Our largest Girlfriends Care donation collection event is coming up on October 24th.  Help us spread the word of Girlfriends Care while collecting donations that are needed by many of our partners. Sign up to help here.
  • Carlsbad Village Faire – Girlfriends Care will continue to collect donations at the Carlsbad Village Faire on Sunday, November 4th.  Sign up to help here.
  • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Contact Ellen Clark ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • The Boys and Girls Club needs volunteers to help with the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. Volunteers needed for the following activities:
      • Set-up 1:00-4:00
      • Hospitality 4:00-8:00
      • Event 5:00-10:00
    • The club is in need of administration assistance on weekdays.
    • Want to work directly with the kids? Programs volunteers are always needed for art, reading, computer lab, fitness, or play. 
  • 5th Walk for a Cause – Join Linda Nickey on October 27 for a Walk for a Cause in San Diego. For a suggested donation of $25, enjoy time with girlfriends, the fresh air, and champagne/snacks afterward. All proceeds go to the San Diego Food Bank. For more info, click here.
  • Brother Benno’s
    • Brother Benno’s will be serving their annual Thanksgiving dinner to guests.  We ask you to support them in this wonderful event that feeds hundreds that may not otherwise get to celebrate the holiday. Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner needs include:
      • Frozen turkeys, 
      • Large cans of turkey/chicken gravy, 
      • Large cans of cranberries, 
      • Good quality plastic knives, forks, and spoons, 
      • Sturdy medium-size plates for serving the pie (We use trays for the main meal.)
    • All items can be dropped off at our warehouse at the back of the main Center, Monday through Friday between 6:30 and 12:30, and on Saturday between 8:30 and 12.30. (They need the turkeys no later than November 14.)
    • Save the dates of December 5th and 8th for Girlfriends Care Annual Holiday Blitz serving those in need at Brother Benno’s.  Watch your email for updates!  
  • Got Your Back San Diego – Volunteers are needed to deliver backpacks to local schools on Thursday mornings at 9am. If you would like to help, please contact Bill M at bill@gotyourbacksandiego.org 760.845.7789.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org for more information and/or to make a project donation.
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact Charity at CBrant@ymca.org.
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.  Contact Beverly Boone at Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
  • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
  • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
  • Bread of Life– Serving neighbors without homes in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. Donations of food and paper products are in need!
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at Info@girlfriends.org   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
  • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

Carlsbad Cares & Shares

Posted 10/9/18

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  
You, your family and friends are invited to join us…

Carlsbad Cares & Shares

In support of Girlfriends Care and our partners,  Linda’s Gifts and
the Merchants of the Carlsbad Village Faire Shopping Center
have planned a fun afternoon of Giving, Live Music, Prize
Drawings, Shopping and maybe you’ll want to enjoy lunch too!
 
 Wednesday, October 24th, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
 Village Faire Central Courtyard
            300 Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard

 

WANT TO HELP?  

Volunteers are needed the day before the event to help get things set up. Sign up here.

 

GFC ambassadors are needed for 2 hours shifts on the day of the event to greet participants, share what Girlfriends Care does, and assist in the collection of donated items.  Sign up here.

 

Join us at the event and/or donate one of the following items below to help the hungry, the homeless and the hurting for the holidays!  Tax deductible receipts available upon request.


NEW Socks for the Homeless! (For LaPosada, Fill-a-Belly, Brother Benno’s, Bread of Life, etc. The homeless don’t have washing machines!) For ALL Ages

NEW Wash Cloths (For those in transition homes and the homeless)

NEW Toys for the Holiday (For children living in transitional housing such as Solutions for Change, Women’s Resource Center, and Family Recover Center, etc.)

New Items for GFC Gift Bags (For women living in transition homes – 8oz lotions, body wash, journals, pens, costume jewelry, & “girlie” gift items)

Boxes of Individual Packages of Mac N Cheese & Oatmeal (for hungry, homeless teens)       

 

Please come to Care & Share with us!

Smorg Sept 2018

Posted: Sept 16, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Bread of Life   -Come join us on October 13th for Second Saturday at Bread of Life. We will make lunches for their guests and learn more about how Bread of Life is making a difference in Oceanside.
  • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Contact Ellen Clark ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • The Boys and Girls Club needs volunteers to help with Special Events on September 27 and October 28, 2018 including planning, preparation, set-up and during the events.
    • Want to work directly with the kids? Programs volunteers are always needed for art, reading, computer lab, fitness, or play. 
  • 5th Walk for a Cause – Join Linda Nickey on October 27 for a Walk for a Cause in San Diego. For a suggested donation of $25, enjoy time with girlfriends, the fresh air, and champagne/snacks afterward. All proceeds go to the San Diego Food Bank. For more info, click here.
  • Carlsbad Cares & Shares – Our largest Girlfriends Care donation collection event is coming up on October 24th.  Help us spread the word of Girlfriends Care while collecting donations that are needed by many of our partners. Sign up to help here.
  • Carlsbad Village Faire – Girlfriends Care will continue to collect donations at the Carlsbad Village Faire on Sunday, November 4th.  Sign up to help here.
  • Got Your Back San Diego – Volunteers are needed to deliver backpacks to local schools on Thursday mornings at 9am. If you would like to help, please contact Bill M at bill@gotyourbacksandiego.org 760.845.7789.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org for more information and/or to make a project donation.
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact Charity at CBrant@ymca.org.
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.  Contact Beverly Boone at Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
  • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
  • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
  • Bread of Life– Serving the homeless in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. Donations of food and paper products are in need!   
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at Info@girlfriends.org   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
  • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

Comic Con 2018

Posted 7/1/2018

Volunteers Needed

One of our GFC partners, Shining Stars, in conjunction with San Diego County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Community, will be at Comic-Con distributing cards with information about human trafficking and tips on how to get help. They are in need of volunteers willing to distribute these cards on July 20th or July 21st (a variety of 2 hours shifts are available). Grab a friend and join Shining Stars in bringing awareness and help to the visitors at ComicCon, while enjoying the spectacle that is ComicCon. You can sign up for a day and time that works best for you here. For more information, please contact ncshiningstars@gmail.com

Posted: June 14, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities in San Diego County

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Shining Stars – COMIC CON StreetReach July 20 & 21st – Help spread the word that America’s Finest City does not tolerate human trafficking and sexual exploitation by distributing tip cards during Comic Con. Grab a friend or two and sign up here.
  • Grandmas Care – Summer Flip Flop and Sunglasses Drive – Help our Grandmas Care girlfriends collect flip flops and sunglasses for children of all ages and women in transition. Our goal is to collected 60 flip flops and 60 sunglasses to be distributed mid July. Contact Rosita at GrandmasCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information.
  • OZ/TAY – Contact Charity (cbrant@ymca.org | 559-349-1606) regarding the following opportunities.
    • YMCA Youth & Family Services Community Help Days  – The YMCA is remodeling a home in coastal Oceanside that they are opening up to get homeless young adults off the streets. They are looking for volunteers to help Saturday, June 16th in the below areas (expertise in these areas a plus but not required!!). Contact Charity (cbrant@ymca.org | 559-349-1606) to RSVP for a three hour time slot (9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, or 3pm-6pm) and she will send you the address.
      • IKEA Furniture-Building
      • Installing AC Units, Ceiling Fans,&  Lights
      • Laying of Tile & Backsplashes
      • Installing Cabinets, Shelving, & Blinds
      • Yard Work
      • Light Painting
    • YMCA Welcome Home Kits – The following donations are needed for the new YMCA homeless young adult home:
      • Pet Care Items
        • Crates/kennels, dog beds and toys, pet hygiene items, (shampoo, flea collars, flea medicine, etc), vet services (free or discounted)
        • BIG ITEM: OUTDOOR COVERED DOG RUN or gift card to purchase one!
      • Welcome Home Kits ( x5 )
        • Full-sized hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, feminine items, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste, shave gel, bath towel, wash cloth, toilet paper pack, hair brush, comb
        • Alarm Clock
        • Throw Blanket
        • Mounting Adhesive Strips (for damage-free hanging on walls)
        • Laundry Kits
        • Detergent pods
        • Dryer sheets
        • Laundry basket
      • Gift cards (in $25 increments) to WalMart  as a Welcome Home! gift
    • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Summer Camp starts June 8 and will go through August 10.  For more information on the below opportunities, please contact Theresa at: theresa@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com.
      • Arts/Crafts-  help staff with art projects during summer camp and/or design and lead one of your own!
      • Sports/Playground assistance- lead the kids in fun, fitness activities or supervise them on the playground!
      • Have a special game or sport you’d like to share with the kids?  We love new activities!
      • Administrative/Logistics-  help organize and liquidate donated art and collectibles not suited for fundraising auctions
      • Background checks are required for volunteers over 18 working with the kids, application provided by the Club.
    • Monarch Schools  – We are collecting traditional school supplies (e.g. crayons, markers, glue, notebooks) as well as basic necessities such as ankle and basketball socks of all sizes and packs of underwear for  back to school season at Monarch School. Monarch Schools provides a safe, caring environment for learning for children facing homelessness in San Diego. You can bring your donation to any Girlfriends Care meeting or contact us at info@girlfriendscare.org to schedule a pickup/drop-off.
    • Serve Dinner at Solutions for ChangeSolutions for Change has re-opened their old shelter location in Vista so they are now supporting two separate in-take shelters. Volunteers are still needed to provide dinner to residents at the old shelter (no more than 40 people).  If you would like to serve dinner, please sign up here.
    Ongoing Opportunities
    • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org for more information and/or to make a project donation.
    • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
    • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact MaryAnn at mgraham@ymca.org.
    • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.   Contact Beverly Boone at Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
    • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
    • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
    • Bread of Life– Serving the homeless in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. Donations of food and paper products are in need!   
    • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
    • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information or to sign up.
    • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
    • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
    • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at Info@girlfriends.org   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
    • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

Posted: May 13, 2018

North County Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Brother Benno’s – Watch for communications with additional details!  A Christmas in July is in the works and volunteers/donations will be needed to assist in a variety of ways!  Fun! Fun! Fun! Current immediate ongoing needs are undies for men (size 28-34) and gift cards for both the men and women in the Programs at the main center and  gently used furniture at the Thrift Store. Contact Helen Parsons or Denise Seymour (emails below) for additional details.
  • Family Recovery Center – The women at FRC could use professional clothing for job interviews, toiletry items, and diapers.
  • Serve Dinner at Solutions for Change – Solutions for Change has re-opened their old shelter location in Vista so they are now supporting two separate in-take shelters. Volunteers are needed to provide dinner to residents at the old shelter (no more than 40 people).  If you would like to serve dinner, please sign up here.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • Have a few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org for more information and/or to make a project donation.
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vista – For more information on the below opportunities, please contact Theresa at: theresa@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • Love working with kids!  Join Weekday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm:  Afterschool Activities with the Kids (requires background check); assistance needed in tutoring, coaching, reading, art, athletics, math, science, computer, music, and on the playground.
    • Love kids, but not hands on?  Volunteers needed Weekday mornings, afternoons and occasional weekend dates for help with Administration and Special Events. 
  • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact MaryAnn at mgraham@ymca.org.
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.   Contact Beverly Boone at Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
  • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
  • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
  • Bread of Life– Serving the homeless in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. Donations of food and paper products are in need!   
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at Info@girlfriends.org   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
  • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

Posted: April 19, 2018

North County Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Provide needed items for girlfriends to make Hygiene Kits for PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) to distribute to our homeless population in downtown San Diego.  Needed items include Lip Balm or Chapstick with SPF 15 or higher,
    Deodorant Hand Sanitizer, Anti-bacterial Wipes (small packs of 10-20), Toothbrushes – Adult (individually wrapped), 
    Toothpaste (non-whitening), and Dental Floss. Kits will be assembled at our 1st Saturday meeting on May 5th at Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library Community Room. Contact Laurie@girlfriendscare.org for more info.
  • Help us collect disposable diapers for our annual Diaper Derby for the mother’s at the Family Recovery Center!   FRC is always in need of all sizes of disposable diapers.  Many Babies and Many Moms!  Bring them to the 2nd Saturday meeting on May 12th or email Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org for the drop sites. Deadline is May 12, 2018.  Watch for our communications and Join In!   
  • Our Next Gift Bag Building and Distribution will be on May 12th at the Family Recovery Center!  We collect year round for the gift bag outreach.  Please keep this in your heart and join in with contributions for the bags.  Please take a peek at the “GFC Gift Bags for Women in Need” section in our ongoing projects for details of items needed! 
  • Boys and Girls Club of Vista – The following opportunities could use some girlfriends love! To volunteer, please contact: ellen@bgcvista.com  or 760-724-6606 ext 12
    • Diamond Gala Preparation: Now-May 11 (Flexible Times)
      • Sort and prepare donations, pick up donations, help to procure, prepare auction materials, etc.
    • Diamond Gala “Work Night”Monday, May 7 (6:00pm-9:00pm)
      • Help prepare auction baskets and other items for the event.  Training for registration and check-out volunteers.
    • Diamond Gala “Day Of” Assistance: Saturday, May 12 
      • Help Us Make It Look Amazing!  Set up for silent auction and the wine wall.  Assist with final centerpiece prep and table decoration. (1:00pm-4:00pm) 
      • Event assistance including registration, check out, auction spotters and wine-wall.  Arrive at 4:45pm.  End times vary from 7:00pm-11:00pm depending on area of assignment.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • Have a few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org for more information and/or to make a project donation.
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vista – For more information on the below opportunities, please contact Theresa at: theresa@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • Love working with kids!  Join Weekday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm:  Afterschool Activities with the Kids (requires background check); assistance needed in tutoring, coaching, reading, art, athletics, math, science, computer, music, and on the playground.
    • Love kids, but not hands on?  Volunteers needed Weekday mornings, afternoons and occasional weekend dates for help with Administration and Special Events. 
  • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact MaryAnn at mgraham@ymca.org.
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.   Contact Beverly Boone at Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
  • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
  • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
  • Bread of Life– Serving the homeless in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. Donations of food and paper products are in need!   
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at Info@girlfriends.org   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
  • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

Immediate Volunteer Needs

The Boys & Girls Club needs volunteers to help with a reading program for Club kids in the following areas:

  1. Collect early readers and chapter books for grades K-4 (March 3-23)- Families with kids of all ages
  2. Help prepare program materials (March 19-22)- Teens or Adults. Times Flexible 
  3. Volunteer onsite to read with children or listen to chapter reports. (March 26-April 6) -Middle/high school students and their parents. 3:00-5:00 pm each weekday both weeks, or 10:00-11:00 the week of March 26.
  4. Help with celebrations for kids who have reached their goal of 10 “punches” on their reading bookmarks based on appropriate grade-level objectives. (April 9-13)- Families with kids ages 10+ 3:00-5:00 pm. M- W -F only On Site Volunteer shifts are 2 hours

 
How This Helps Our Community
Kids can improve their reading skills by participating in a fun and engaging program, with opportunities for one-on-one interaction. This is part of our Power Hour learning program. Many of our Club kids come to us behind in reading and in school. By encouraging kids to read and making it fun they have the opportunity to catch up, and reach grade level. 100% of the Kids who regularly spend time at the Club plan to graduate high school.
 
To volunteer, including book collection,  register at https://www.allforgood.org/projects/eJEAYLJo and help the kids twice!  Disney will provide tickets for fundraisers based on the number of volunteers for this project! 

Posted: January 21, 2018

North County Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS IN NORTH COUNTY THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Help us “Collect a Grand of Food” to Feed the Children! – That’s 1,000 items of nutrition for Got Your Back San Diego to help in the local fight against childhood hunger! GYBSD helps children who are technically homeless through a weekend nutritional program that provides food in backpacks through the local schools!  Email Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org for a list of drop off locations. 
  • Boys and Girls Club of Vista – The following opportunities could use some girlfriends love!
    • January 25th – Youth of the Year Awards 
      • Help set up meal and serve-  4:00-7:00
      • Photographer –  6:00-9:00
    • February 5th – 10th Possible help needed during the day to prepare for Feb 10th event. Schedule flexible.
    • February 10th (Saturday) – Texas Hold ‘Em Fundraiser
      •  Event Set Up 1:00pm – 4:00pm
      • Bartenders (beer & wine only)- Bartenders need abc certification. 4:00pm – 10:00pm
      • Food Service 4:00pm – 8:00pm
      • Registration & Rebuys 4:00pm – 8:00pm
      • Floater and Tear Down 8:00pm – 11:30pm
  • Dinners at Bread of Life – Help feed the homeless and poor by purchasing, preparing, and/or serving food on the 1st Saturday evening of each winter month December through March at Bread of Life. Contact Maureen at Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org for more information and/or to make a project donation.
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vista – For more information on the below opportunities, please contact Theresa at: theresa@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • Love working with kids!  Join Weekday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm:  Afterschool Activities with the Kids (requires background check); assistance needed in tutoring, coaching, reading, art, athletics, math, science, computer, music, and on the playground.
    • Love kids, but not hands on?  Volunteers needed Weekday mornings, afternoons and occasional weekend dates for help with Administration and Special Events. 
  • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact MaryAnn at mgraham@ymca.org.
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.   Contact Beverly Boone at Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
  • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
  • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
  • Bread of Life– Serving the homeless in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. Donations of food and paper products are in need!   
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Have a few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at Info@girlfriends.org   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
  • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

 
For more details, email us directly at info@girlfriendscare.org