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2018-12 Smorg

Posted: December 1, 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
  • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Contact Ellen Clark at 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
    • As “Secret Shoppers” for sponsors who can’t shop (great for someone with a big heart and small budget!)
      • Volunteers needed to shop, select, and wrap gifts
    • With set-up and gift distribution on December 18 between 8:00-10:00 or 4:00-6:30  (bi-lingual is a plus!)
  • Grandmas Care Winter Project – Grandmas, we are collecting hats, scarfs, gloves for Christmas through December 15th. Please email Rosita for details. 
  • Got Your Back San Diego – Next month Girlfriends Care will be collecting breakfast foods for children in need in San Diego. Help us collected 1,000 items by starting your own food drive, encouraging friends to bring an item to your next holiday party, or collected food at your place of business.Click here for a flyer to use for your own drive.
  • 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
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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!

Grandmas Care – Hat and Scarf Drive

Posted 11/29/2018

Grandmas Care, as our Winter Project, is collecting knitted hats/beanies and scarves for homeless children and women in transition.

Help us meet our goal of 100 knitted hats/beanies and 100 knitted scarves by December 15th.

Contact Rosita@GirlfriendsCare.org for more information or for details on dropping off hats/scarves.

Christmas at Br Bennos

Updated 11/10/2018

Girlfriends Care, KidzCare, Teens Care and Guys Care Too!
 
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! 
 
Annual Holiday Volunteer Blitz  Saturday, December 8th  AND
 
Santa’s Closet Tuesday, December 5th
 Guys, Teens and school-aged Kids are welcome too!
Click here to see positions available.RSVP to Diana at diana@girlfriendscare.org

November Meeting in North County

Posted 10/22/18

Join us at Operation Hope

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch featuring Operation Hope.


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Operation Hope 859 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084
 
WHY: Learn more about how Operation Hope is impacting our community, tour the facility (at 10:45), and participate in a hands-on project (read a story/do a craft with the children or write cards of encouragement )
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!
  
WANT TO HELP?  
 
      Operation Hope could really use pillows, towels and washcloths.
 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

 

   

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!

October Meeting in North County

Posted 9/20/18

Join us at Bread of Life

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch featuring Bread of Life Rescue Mission. Bread of Life feeds dinner to the homeless and provides a place to sleep in the winter, plus other services for our local poor and homeless.  We will take a tour of their modest facility and learn more about how this organization functions and the services they provide.


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Bread of Life, 1919 Apple Street, Oceanside, CA 92054
 
WHY: Help make lunches for the guests at Bread of Life and learn more about how Bread of Life is impacting our community.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!
  
WANT TO HELP?  
Our hands-on Outreach Project for this meeting will be to prepare 75 brown bag lunches that will be given to the homeless at Bread of Life after their regular meal that evening.

Here’s what we’ll need for 75 bag lunches:
(Please sign up here if you are able to bring any of the following)
Individual snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.)
Individual treats (cookies, fruit snacks, pudding, etc)
Fresh Fruit (oranges or apples)
Bottled water and/or fruit juice
Large jars of creamy peanut butter
Large jars of jelly
Paper bags, sandwich bags, snack bags
 
Other suggested donations for Bread of Life
12 oz. Styrofoam cups, plastic forks,
paper or Styrofoam plates,
45 gallon trash bags, Smart & Final Gift Cards
 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!
 

   

Serve Dinner at Solutions for Change

Posted 9/18/18

WHO:    KidzCare, Teens Care, and Families
  
WHAT:  KidzCare/Teens Care serves dinner (chili and baked potato bar) at the intake facility for Solutions for Change every 4th Monday of the month in Vista (near the Boys & Girls Club). Participating families will be asked to help bring the supplies listed below for the meal (no cooking required; easy items that can be picked up at the store). All other items will be provided by KidzCare.
  
WHEN:   Every 4th Monday of the Month – Next Available Date Sept 24th, 5:15PM – 6:30PM
 
WHERE:  Solutions for Change, Vista, CA
  
HOW:   RSVP to KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org This is a fabulous opportunity for kids to see firsthand how their service blesses those in their community.  Due to space limitations, this monthly service opportunity is limited to two families.
Supplies Needed for Dinner

1 lb butter (soften/spreadable if using cubes)
2 lbs sour cream
1 large bag + 1 small bag of pre-made salad
40 water bottles
8 cups shredded cheese
1 onion, chopped
dessert for 40 (optional but appreciated)

5th Walk for a Cause

 
Posted 9/14/18
 

WHAT: Girlfriends Care Walk and Talk for a Cause
 
WHEN: Saturday, 10/27/2018, 10:00 AM, walk for about an hour (any pace is fine, we will be pairing up!) and return to Linda’s condo for snacks and chatting afterwards.
 
WHERE: Meet at Linda Nickey’s house by Fanuel Park in Pacific Beach. Walk on the Baywalk and Ocean St. Exact location will be provided with RSVP.
 
COST: $25.00(suggested) includes champagne, snacks and chatting afterwards
 
WHY: To have fun with girlfriends, laugh, enjoy the beach and make a difference for many.
100% donated goes to the SD Food Bank to help those in need in our community.
(your checks will be made out to Girlfriends Care. You will be sent a receipt from Diana at GFC following the walk.)
 
HOW: RSVP to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org

Jeans Drive for Kids

This August, Girlfriends Care will be helping local kids by collecting and distributing gently used jeans just in time for school.  You know; the outgrown ones in our closets which are still in great condition.  Some may look like they’ve never been worn!
 

When: Drop off locations available between August 15 and 31. Email info@girlfriendscare.org for locations.
 
Sizes: All sizes needed to fit tots to teens
 
Condition: Jeans should be in good to nearly new condition
 

Jeans will be distributed to kids in local transition programs such as Solutions for Change, Operation Hope, and, inventory allowing, additional kids in need in North County through local agencies.
 
How you can get involved:

  • Have kids gather outgrown jeans from their own closets and set aside for donation those they would be proud to wear.
  • Ask friends and neighbors to participate.  Either casually, or at a simple event hosted by the kids such as an ice cream social.  Everyone brings jeans.
  • Get your church, club, school or team involved!  And set up a convenient drop off location for the members.
  • Make a drop box and ask your bank, dry cleaners, community center or library to take donations.  Make sure you check the location regularly and empty the box as needed!

 
If you have a business in Oceanside, Vista or Carlsbad that would be willing to participate by accepting donations, please let us know.  Contact Ellen at ellen@girlfriendscare.org with details. 
 

This is a great no-cost way for your kids to help other local kids in need!

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

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