What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

October Meeting

Posted 9/29/19

 

Join us at the San Diego Food Bank

This is your invitation to join us for a casual GFC Brunch meeting at the San Diego Food Bank!

Elisa Villarreal, Grants Manager at the San Diego Food Bank, will provide an overview of how this amazing organization is working to stop hunger in San Diego County.  She will also give us a tour of their impressive facility.  

Closed-toe shoes are required.

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego 92121 

Park in lot straight ahead as you arrive or directly in front of the warehouse.  Enter through the main entrance with the large logo overhead. 
 

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?    

For our mini-outreach, we’re collecting the following non-perishable foods:   

  • Peanut Butter (no sugar added), Powdered Milk (low or nonfat),
  • Canned Chicken, Tuna (in water) or Soup (low-sodium & low-fat),
  • Dry or Canned Beans (low-sodium), Brown or Wild Rice
  • Fruit (packed in water or light syrup), Cereals (low-sugar whole grain),
  • Canned Vegetables (low-sodium and no salt added)

 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

Carlsbad Village Faire

Posted: 09/29/19

Carlsbad Street Faire

Sunday, November 3rd, 8AM – 4PM
 Village of Carlsbad In front of Linda’s Gifts
            300 Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard

 

Girlfriends Care will join hundreds of vendors at the largest single day street fair in the nation. Come share a couple hours of your time for Girlfriends Care while you’re there and help us spread the word about the needs in our community.
 

For more information, contact Carol at carol@girlfriendscare.org.

Carlsbad Cares & Shares 2019

Posted 09/24/19

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 2nd, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
 Village Faire Central Courtyard
            300 Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard

 

WANT TO HELP?  

 

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

NEW Beanie Hats! For those in transition. 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!

2019 Annual Luncheon

Girlfriends Care Celebrates 14 Years!

Come celebrate with us, enjoy a wonderful lunch, talk to some of our Partner Non-Profit organizations, and hear stories about changed lives. 

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Annual Luncheon
 
WHEN: Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019 11:30am-1:30pm
 
WHERE: The Green Dragon Tavern and Museum,
6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
COST: $30 person
 
HOW: Use this MAGIC LINK for more details and to join the FUN!

August Meeting in North County

Posted 7/27/19

 

Boys and Girls Club of Vista


Join Girlfriends Care for a Casual Brunch and learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Vista!  The Boys & Girls Club of Vista provides a safe place for kids to learn and grow while developing positive relationships with their peers and adult mentors through sports, fitness, academic enrichment and life skills classes.    There is no cost to attend and we’ll have you out in plenty of time to do your weekend errands!  

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, 8/10/19 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Vista located at: 410 W California Avenue, Vista Parking available in the front lot or on the street. (Meeting room is not handicapped accessible. Please make a note when you RSVP if you need assistance.)
 
WHY: To learn more about the programs benefiting the children served by the Boys & Girls Club of Vista.  Also enjoy a personal tour of the facility.
 
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?  

We’ll be collecting the following items for Boys and Girls Club of Vista this month to be used during their STEAM (Science, Technology, Art & Math) and Power Hour (homework) time:

Pencils
Colored Pencils
Scissors (kid size) 
Glue Sticks
White Glue
Watercolors
Watercolor paper
Tempera Paint 
Paint Brushes (art size)
Highlighters
Play Dough
Clay

Please bring donated items to the Aug 10th Girlfriends Care meeting at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista.  

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

Jeans Drive for Kids

This July, Girlfriends Care will be helping local kids by collecting and distributing new or 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 July 1 and 31. Email info@girlfriendscare.org for locations or pickup.
 
Sizes: All sizes needed to fit tots to teens
 
Condition: Jeans should be in very good/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 Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org with details. 
 

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

June Meeting in North County

Girlfriends Support Fill-A-Belly
 

Please join us for our June meeting to learn more about Fill-A-Belly and how they are building relationships with the homeless by breaking bread together.

 

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
 
WHY: Meet Fill-A-Belly and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
 
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?   
Please consider donating any of the following items at our meeting to be used by Fill-A-Belly
  • Non-styrofoam ‘to go” containers,
  • Sturdy large paper plates
  • Sunscreen (small tubes)

Grandmas Care – Flip Flops, Hats & Sunglasses

Updated 5/30/19

We have already collected all the flip flops we wanted to collect!
Way to go girlfriends!!!!!
We are still in need of hats/visors and sunglasses.
Thank you all for your generosity!

Help our Grandmas Care with their Summer Project collecting flip flops, hats and sunglasses for children of all ages and women in transition. Our goal is to collect 70 each to be distributed mid July. Contact Rosita at GrandmasCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information.

May Meeting in North County

Posted: 4/23/19

Join Girlfriends Care for a Casual Brunch at Family Recovery Center, a residential treatment program in Oceanside that helps mothers in recovery from substance abuse. There is no cost to attend and we’ll have you out in plenty of time to do your weekend errands!  
 
Our hands-on Outreach Project for this meeting will be to create GFC Spring Gift Bags for the women at FRC!  Always a special treat for them and for us! 

Our Gift Bags are filled with a variety of “girlie items” that are donated all through the year which is appreciated. Every gift bag is individual designed by individuals and teams of ladies that enjoy the artistic flair and the recipients love them. Contents may include unused make-up (nail polish, eye liner, shadow, lipstick, blush), 8 oz. hand creams, body washes, perfumes…plus some girlie scarves, costume jewelry, picture frames, journals, small books of inspiration, etc.


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Family Recovery Center 1100 Sportfisher Drive in Oceanside, enter through Lower Level.
 
WHY: To learn more about the transformation of the old TriCity Hospital to the current FRC life-changing center and create some “gifts of caring” for the women.
 
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!
  

 

April Meeting in North County

Girlfriends Support Alabaster Jar
 

Please join us for our very first Girlfriends Care meeting focusing on the local trafficking issue in San Diego County!  Kyle Moss, co-founder of The Alabaster Jar Project, will be joining us to share how Alabaster Jar helps with healing the survivors of those able to escape right here in our communities. 
 
We will also put together self-care baskets/gift bags for some of the ladies in the program, including cards of encouragement to help them through their journey.”


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, April 13th, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
 
WHY: Meet Alabaster Jar and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
 
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?   
The Alabaster Jar Project will be joining us at our meeting – and has indicated that if anyone attending wanted to bring packages of ladies underwear (all sizes) with them, they would be happy to take them back to the ladies at the safe house with them.