What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

May Meeting in North County

Posted: 4/16/18

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! Donations of items to put in the gift bags are always welcomed and appreciated. Items may include unused make-up (nail polish, eye liner, shadow, lipstick, blush), hand creams, body washes, perfumes…plus some girlie scarves, costume jewelry, picture frames, journals, etc.

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 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, 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!
  

  
WANT TO HELP?  
 
We’re running a DIAPER DERBY for Family Recovery Center!
 
Let’s see how many disposable diapers we can collect by May 12th!  The FRC always need diapers in all sizes!  Lots of babies! Lots of diapers!
 
Start your own team or collect independently, set your goal and ask your friends, neighbors, work, church, school, bank or other contacts to participate in your campaign.
 
Bring diapers to the GFC Second Saturday meeting at Family Recovery Center or email info@girlfriendscare.org for a convenient drop-off site.

KidzCare Serves Dinner at Solutions for Change

Posted 4/16/18

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 April 26th, 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)
1.5 lbs sour cream
1 large bag of pre-made salad
30 water bottles
6 cups shredded cheese
1 onion, chopped
dessert for 30 (optional but appreciated)

May Meeting in San Diego

Posted 4/16/18

 

Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting on the first Saturday of May at the Serra Mesa – Kearny Mesa Library.  Our mini outreach will be to make Hygiene Kits for PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) to distribute to our homeless population in downtown San Diego.  

 
PATH Connections Housing is a partnership that brings a variety of agencies together under one roof to meet the many needs of the homeless. PATH works to address homelessness through a combination of services leading to housing, including rapid re-housing assistance, strategic outreach, interim housing, permanent supportive housing development, employment and supportive services for the most vulnerable populations.  Click here for more information.
 


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
 
WHERE: Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library Community Room, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
 
WHY: To provide basic needs to our homeless population.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPSD@girlfriendscare.org.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!

 
WANT TO HELP?
 
We need the items listed below for the Hygiene Kits.  NEW small/travel size items only please!
 
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)

Dental Floss
 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

April Meeting in North County

Posted 3/17/18

 

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, 4/14/2018, 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.  
 
Cooking Supplies (for youth cooking class)

  1. Cookie Sheets
  2. Cupcake/muffin pans
  3. Measuring cups & Spoons
  4. Spatulas
  5. Wooden Spoons
  6. Wisks (medium)
  7. Vegetable peelers
  8. 4-5” knives with rounded tips and safety grip (for kids)
    1. With sheath or
    2. Knife block
  9. M/L Blue kids aprons

Games (for kids ages 5+)

  1. Card games like “Uno” (all versions)
  2. Board Games
  3. Educational Games such as Mad Libs, Multiplication Bingo, etc.)

$5 Starbucks Cards for incentives for “leaders in training” and other young leaders.
 
Please bring donated items to the April 14th Girlfriends Care meeting at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista.
 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

GFC 4th “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

 
Posted 3/16/18
 

WHAT: Girlfriends Care Walk and Talk for a Cause
 
WHEN: Saturday, 4/21/2018, 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

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! 

March Meeting in North County

Posted 2/23/18

Solutions for Change

Join Girlfriends Care for a casual brunch and learn more about Solutions for Change. Solutions for Change transforms lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness by providing a complete and sustainable solution driven by accountability.
 
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, 3/10/2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: 722 W California Ave, Vista, CA 92083
 
WHY: To learn more about how you can impact the lives of homeless families in North County.
 
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 Spring Cleaning supplies for the residents of Solutions this month.  Items may include:

Brooms
Mops
Sponges
Laundry Soap
Cleaners such as Pine Sol and Simple Green
Cleanser
Windex
Clorox Wipes
Mattress Covers (Twin/Queen)
Shower Curtains
Waste Baskets
Dish Racks
Bathroom Essentials
Pillows

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

Posted 1/21/18

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 February 26th, 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. If you would like to join us, please respond to this email.  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)
1.5 lbs sour cream
1 large bag of pre-made salad
30 water bottles
6 cups shredded cheese
1 onion, chopped
dessert for 30 (optional but appreciated)

February Meeting in San Diego

Posted 1/21/18

 
 
Bring Joy to the Hearts of Families in Need

 
This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting on the first Saturday of February at the Ronald McDonald House. 
 
Marvin Odonez, the corporate and community Philanthropy Assistant will give us an overview of the house and how it serves families with a sick child in the hospital. We will then take a tour of this wonderful home away from home.
 
After our tour, we will have a chance to update our girlfriends on the new outreach programs we will be getting involved with in 2018.  Our San Diego community faces many challenges and we would like your feedback on what touches your heart.
  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  
WHERE:  Ronald McDonald House, 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego
  
WHY:     Learn how Ronald McDonald House keeps families close to their hospitalized children
  
HOW:   RSVP NOW to RSVPSD@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 following items are needed to

 

Clothing Items Needed
(all ages and sizes – NEW ONLY PLEASE)

Socks
Underwear
Shorts
Flip flops
T-shirts

 

No time to shop? 
Bring a gift card:

Amazon 
Target
Walmart

 

Tax deductible receipt available upon request.

February Meeting in North County

Updated: January 26, 2018

Come See What We Are All About!

Please join your Girlfriends to kickoff 2018 and to help homeless teens!

Enjoy a free brunch meeting, catch up with your girlfriends and learn more about how we plan to give back to our communities in 2018.  There may be new project that touches YOUR heart!

We will hear how YMCA OZ/TAY helps teens in crisis – then we will put together mini laundry kits for them to take back to the drop-in shelter.    (The homeless teens often have no way to wash the clothes they have,)

 

RSVP to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org and let us know you’ll come and if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! This is also a great meeting to bring a friend and introduce them to GFC and what we do!

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care, Teens Care, and Guests

WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 10, 2017.
                We’ll have you out in time for your weekend errands and your sweetheart celebrations!

WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.

WHY: Learn more about OZ/TAY as well as Girlfriends Care’s vision for 2018 and our smorgasbord of volunteer outreach projects from which to choose as you enjoy the company of Girlfriends!

WANT TO HELP? The teens and foster kids aging out of the system are always in need of nonperishable snacks. Bring them to our February meeting. Not in your budget…No problem. Join us for fun and friendship anyway!

Canned meals/non-perishable meals ideas:

Chef-Boy-R-Dee
Soup
Cup-O-Noodles
Tuna
Chili
Baked Beans

Snacks ideas:

Granola bars
Fruit snacks
Bottled water

Next Step Forward program

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