What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

Donate Items for Gift Bags

Spring & Mother’s Day Gift Bag Outreach
The time is NOW to add sunshine and smiles!

 

We are currently collecting donations for our next delivery of personally decorated Gift Bags in early May. Distribution will be made to those at Family Recovery Center and others.  If you have the heart to give, bring your donations to the Second Saturday Meetings in March and April or contact Diana at diana@girlfriendscare.org

 

Most Needed Items:
Costume Jewelry
Journals and girlie ink pens
Creams/ lotions (8 oz)
Miscellaneous toiletries, hair accessories, etc.

March Meeting in North County

February 21, 2017

Girlfriends Support Milestone House

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch on March 11th featuring Milestone House, a residence and program designed to prepare at-risk teen foster girls for independent and productive living.        
 
Learn about their programs, including their Milestone House Program of Services for emancipated foster youth called Fostering Adulthood Jobs Network, a social enterprise which creates companies under the non-profit that offer foster youth opportunities for employment by developing products or providing services. 

Meet us at Get Smart WorkSpaces, Carlsbad, 10AM – and we’ll have you out by NOON in time for your weekend errands!    
   
WHO:     Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests

WHAT:    Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, 3/11/2017                      
  
WHERE:  Get Smart WorkSpaces,
                 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
  
WHY:     Meet Milestone House and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
  
HOW:   RSVP NOW to Suzanne at RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org and let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Bring a friend!

  
WANT TO HELP?  

These at-risk girls often have very little, and look forward to special outings or treats as rewards for their accomplishments.  If you have a heart to help, below is a list of some of the most cherished items.  Tax deductible receipt upon request.

• Gift cards to Target
• Gift cards to Walmart
• Gift cards for any teen appropriate activity or treat – such as McDonalds, Coldstone, etc.
  
This drive runs through March 11th so you still have time to spread the word and see if your neighbors, school, work group, society, etc. want to help too!  

San Diego “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Posted: February 15, 2017

GFC “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Hosted by: Linda Nickey

Where: Meet at Fanuel Park Pacific Beach. We will walk on the Baywalk and Ocean St. 

When: Saturday  March 11th

Why: To have fun with girlfriends, laugh, enjoy the beach and make a difference for many

100% of monies will go to the SD Food Bank. (tax deductible receipt on request)

Time: 10am, for about an hour any walking pace is fine, we will be pairing up!

Cost: $25.00 includes Champagne and chatting after at Linda’s condo (address with RSVP)

RSVP: info@girlfriendscare.org

March Meeting in San Diego

Posted: February 10, 2017
 
San Diego Girlfriends Care and Guys Care Too! at Monarch School
 
This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting at the Monarch School. Katie Bradel, the Director of Development will give us a tour of the campus as well as an overview of how this K-12 comprehensive school educates homeless youth.  Monarch has an innovative approach to learning so students gain the skills they need to improve their lives. They provide a safe, stable environment for learning and services to meet their basic needs.  
 
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, and Friends! 
 
WHAT:   First Saturday brunch meeting, casual attire
              
WHEN:   Saturday, March 4th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
 
WHERE:  1625 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
 
Bring a friend!  RSVP now AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! 
 
Want to help?  Our outreach this month is a drive for hygiene items which we will use to create kits for the students.
 
2-in-1 kids’ shampoo & conditioner
Full size adult shampoo
Full size adult conditioner
Full size kids’ body wash
Full size adult body wash
Full size lotion
Kids’ toothpaste
Adult Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Men’s and Women’s deodorant

February Meeting in North County

Posted: February 1, 2017

Girlfriends Care Second Saturday

 
You won’t want to miss the North County Girlfriends Care Brunch on February 11th to “Share the Vision for 2017” and find out how you can “Make Your Something Count”!

 
We will also have MaryAnn joining us to share about the YMCA’s OZ and TAY programs. OZ and TAY provide resources and support for youth and young adults in San Diego county.
 
RSVP to Suzanne@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, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 11, 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 2017 and our smorgasbord of volunteer outreach projects from which to choose as you enjoy the company of Girlfriends!
 

WANT TO HELP? Homeless teens and kids (boys and girls) aging out of the foster program served by OZ and TAY are in need of the following items. Bring them to our February meeting. Not in your budget…No problem. Join us for fun and friendship anyway!

Blankets
New or gently used towels
Flashlights
Batteries
Personal Products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes)

February Meeting in San Diego

Posted: January 16, 2017

San Diego Girlfriends Care at the San Diego Food Bank
 

Please join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting at the San Diego Food Bank!

Liz Sheehan, VP of Development for the San Diego Food Bank will be giving us an update on how this amazing organization is working to stop hunger in San Diego County.  She will also give us a tour of their impressive facility. 
 
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, and Friends! 
 
WHAT:   First Saturday brunch meeting, casual attire
              
WHEN:   Saturday, February 4th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
 
WHERE: San Diego Food Bank
             9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego 92121  

 
Bring a friend!  RSVP now AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! 
 

This month for our mini-outreach, we’re collecting non-perishable protein foods for the food bank.
Peanut butter, almond butter
Canned meats, i.e.:  tuna, chicken, spam, etc.
Macaroni & Cheese, whole grains (oats, quinoa, pasta)
Canned Chili, Spaghetti with Meat, Beans
Fruit (packed in water or light syrup), low-sugar cereals

 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

January’s SD Meeting Recap

Posted: January 14, 2017
 
Happy New Year!
 

2017 began with full throttle high energy when about 20 girlfriends met at the Clairemont Library in San Diego on Saturday, January 7th. Our featured partner was Volunteer Action for Aging. Teresa Powell who is their volunteer coordinator explained that the focus of the organization is to bring “action oriented activities” to seniors throughout San Diego. “There are a variety of ways you can be involved” said Teresa, “sharing traveling experiences” or “art group’s” and “leading seniors to create their autobiography as they write personal stories” to name a few. With many hands, our group beautifully wrapped 179 socks each with a card. They were delivered to seniors receiving food from the San Diego Food Bank. On a rainy and cold day…it is a perfect way to warm “soles!” Bringing smiles and amazement to faces of the recipients who know others care is the joy that comes from making “Your Something Count”.

 

Household items and gift cards from December’s collection drive were given to volunteer coordinator Melissa Gutierrez from Just In Time for Foster Youth. Melissa introduced Allison Bechtel, Associate Director who will act as our new liaison.  Melissa is joining the San Diego County Education Department where she will continue helping foster youth navigate the waters to secure a good education. We will miss her; she promises to keep her eyes on us in her new job!

GYBSD Food Drive

January 6, 2017
 
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! Can we do it?

You might organize a family project, or include your school, church, neighbors or work group in this project to feed the children!
 
GYBSD helps children who are technically homeless through a weekend nutritional program that provides food in backpacks through the local schools!   


THEY NEED DONATIONS OF FOOD!  THEIR GREATEST NEED IS FOR PROTEIN ITEMS!  Soup with meat. Chili with meat. Ravioli with meat. Canned chicken, beef, or tuna. Light weight packaging or pouches appreciated when available; please no glass containers.
  
Chunky soups
Canned pasta/protein meals
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, spam) 
Canned beans (pinto, black, refried)
Dry or canned evaporated milk
Protein bars
Peanut Butter/Jelly in plastic container
Dried fruits and individually wrapped cracker snacks
Individual servings of cereal and oatmeal

Click here for a flyer to use for your own drive. 


DELIVER TO ANY DROP SITE DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY!  Tax deductible receipt available upon request.  To find a drop-off location nearest you or to be a drop-off location, please contact us at info@girlfriendscare.org.

BOOM – Business Explosion

January 2, 2017
 
Join us at the 8th Annual Business Explosion on Thursday, January 26, 2017!  2:00-6:00 PM, at the QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside, CA.
 

Food, Fun, Speakers, Prizes, Exhibits to visit, People to meet! Unbelievable networking and friend-making opportunities! 
 
IF you want to have some fun AND support Girlfriends Care at the same time….this is the place to be!
 

ONLY $10 per person to attend using this link ($15 at the door).

 

Want to attend for FREE? Come help spread the word about Girlfriends Care by “womaning” the GFC booth for 2 hours and sharing the vision of GFC with Boom attendees.  Contact Carol to volunteer.

 
Girlfriends Care is again the Non-Profit Beneficiary for the Give Back Random Raffle!  Donate a prize here.
 

IF you have a business, this is a great place to exhibit and/or share business cards with new prospects! Register your business here.

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

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