What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

Fill-A-Belly Hands-On Family Project

Posted 7/18/2023
Hands-On Family Friendly Project 
at Fill-A-Belly

 
 
Everyone wants to feel known and cared for, not invisible or worthless. Fill-A-Belly started with the simple belief that we can all make a difference in our community.  
 
Every week, Fill-A-Belly sees people from a wide range of backgrounds come together as a community. Their goal is to break down the “buffet line barrier” that often exists between volunteers and guests. They do this by inviting our volunteers to interact with the emphasis on building relationships with our guests.
 
Come share a meal with guests from the community who need a hot meal and/or some companionship. You can sign up to bring part of the meal when you follow the RSVP link below.
 
This is a great opportunity for the whole family; supervised children are welcome.
 

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, KidzCare, and Guests
 
WHAT: Join us for a potluck style “dinner with friends” at Holiday Park in Carlsbad. 
 
WHEN: Tuesday August 8, 2023, 6:15pm
 
WHERE: Holiday Park 1055 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad
 
HOW: RSVP NOW at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084fafac23a0fec52-filabelly#/
  
 

Water Bottle Drive

Posted 6/5/2023

Help us collect

Reusable Water Bottles

for the coming school year.

 
The beginning of a school year comes with a long list of items that parents need to provide for their kids which can be a burden on an already stretched budget. Among those items are reusable water bottles to ensure kids are drinking enough water at school. Got Your Back San Diego helps families in need by providing water bottles along side their backpack food program. We have the opportunity to help kids in San Diego by ensuring each one has a water bottle for the new school year.
 
GYBSD is a weekend food assistance program developed specifically for children attending San Diego County schools who have been identified as homeless and/or food insecure. Every week they deliver backpacks full of food to local Tri-City schools. Each backpack contains 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and a few healthy snacks, enough food to sustain a child throughout the weekend. 
 
 

WATER BOTTLE SPECIFICATIONS

 

Neutral colors (no pinks/pastels)
12-16 oz size (better for small hands)
No straws
Flip-top preferred

 

SHIP YOUR ITEMS DIRECTLY TO
Got Your Back San Diego
3820 Oceanic Dr, Suite 313
Oceanside, CA 92056

Partner Fair

COME JOIN US

GIRLFRIENDS CARE

OUTDOOR PARTNER FAIR!!

Come meet key nonprofit partners and hear about their organizations 
 
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONFIRM YOU’LL JOIN US

 
WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Nonprofit Partner Fair. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 20th  10:00 am – Noon
 
WHERE: Outside at the Aqua Hediona Lagoon in Carlsbad
 
WHY: This is a great opportunity to meet many of our non-profit partners and discover what pulls at your heart strings. Bring a friend and introduce them to the many ways they can make their something count. We will provide refreshments.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org. Be sure to bring a friend or two!

Baseball Caps, Sunglasses, & Sunscreen

Posted 4/11/2023
 
Getting Ready for Summer

 

Spring has finally arrived, and it won’t be long until summer weather is upon us. Let’s help our local community stay protected in the beautiful California weather.
 
We will be collecting baseball caps, sunglasses, and sunscreen to be distributed to our partners like Br. Bennos, Fill-a-Belly, La Posada, and Operation Hope.
 
Contact passion2serve@girlfriendscare.org for drop off locations.

2023 Hand-On Project at SD Food Bank

Hands-On Project 
at the North County San Diego Food Bank

 
Last year we visited the North County Food Bank and learned about the amazing work they are doing to help stop hunger throughout San Diego County. We were so inspired by the volunteer opportunities that we thought it would be fun to get a group of people together in March to help sort and package food donations that will be distributed to those in need.
 
 
Closed-toe shoes are required.

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests (at least 16 years old)
 
WHAT: Hands-on project such as cleaning/sorting fruit, boxing and labeling food donations, or assembling food packages for various programs that benefit seniors and children. Dress is Saturday Casual; closed-toe shoes required!
 
WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: North County Food Bank, 3030 Enterprise Court, Suite A, Vista CA 92081
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org and let us know how many people will be joining you.
  
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • You must RSVP no later than March 3, 2023.
  • You must complete online registration no later than March 4, 2023; Girlfriends Care will provide registration information once you RSVP.
  • Space is limited so sign up right away.
WANT TO HELP?  
Simply click on the heart at the bottom of this email to make a monetary donation and designate the Food Bank as the recipient.  Your donation will be used as follows:  
                               
                                $10 donation provides 20 meals
                                $25 donation provides 50 meals
                                $50 donation provides 100 meals
                                $100 donation provides 200 meals
 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

2022 Holiday Needs – Br. Bennos

Posted 11/18/22

Kid’s Christmas Party

Brother Bennos is hosting a holiday party for 450 kids this year on December 18th at Brother Benno’s Thrift Shop. 

WHAT TO HELP?

  • Come help prepare for the party the week before the event.
  • Volunteer to do simple face painting & make balloon animals, previous experience needed.
  • Donate the following items:
    • New Pajamas- to include larger sizes for teens
    • New Stuffed Animals
    • $25 Walmart Gift Cards  
    • Monetary donations can be made here on their website or mailed to Br. Bennos at P.O. Box 308, Oceanside, CA 92049

All donations are needed by December 10th.

For details or questions email Helen at: helenparsons75@outlook.com. Donations can be dropped off at the Thrift Store clearly marked ”Kids Party”. If you need a closer drop off location, please contact us at passion2serve@girlfriendscare.org.

2022 Holiday Needs – Solutions for Change

Posted 11/18/22

Breaking and Entering

For the 5th year in a row, a team of girlfriends will be making Christmas a memorable season for the newest families at Solutions for Change by secretly decorating their living quarters while they are away as part of Solutions for Change’s yearly Breaking and Entering event. As in previous years, we hope to provide families with new items such as: blankets, pillows, sheets, towels, ginger bread houses, decorations to “DECK THE HALLS” inside and out and of course gifts from Santa for parents & children.

WHAT TO HELP?

  • Our greatest need is monetary donations as soon as possible so our team can shop for all the specific items that are needed. Click here to donate to this event.
  • We also need new or used Christmas lights, decorations and lawn ornaments. 
  • There will be limited 2 hour shifts available if you want to help with the event on December 6th.
For details on this event, please reach out to Terri Williams at 760-473-7067 or Ttscupofjoe@yahoo.com.

2022-11-12 Milestone House

Posted 10/30/22
Girlfriends Support Milestone House
and local Youth in Need

 
Come enjoy a free brunch with your Girlfriends and learn about how Milestone House helps at-risk foster teen girls through their trauma towards leading a safe and productive life. 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.  

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, Grandmas Care and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Seacliff Community Pavilion  – Poinsettia and Lowder Lane –  Carlsbad 92011

Gate just South of Poinsettia on Lowder Lane. Drive through gate, and park by pool or any open space.   Pavilion is opposite North pool down steps.

Please park in designated parking spots – not on street. Carpooling recommended.

Gate code will be included as response RSVP (or email Carol@girlfriendscare.org. if not received)

 
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 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 girls could use new Towels, washcloths, twin sheets & bedding.  Our local youth could use new pj’s also.
 
Not in your budget – no problem!  Come join us and share a rewarding time with your girlfriends.
 

2022-10 Operation Hope

Posted 10/2/2022

October Outreach

Operation Hope North County provides a safe, caring, and supportive environment where families with children and single women experiencing homelessness can rebuild their lives and reclaim independence. Participating in their resident program helps individuals regain emotional stability, learn the skills they need for financial well-being, create healthy relationships, and establish housing stability. Help children in transition celebrate the fall with this fun outreach project! We have two opportunities to serve:
 

Costume Drive for Operation Hope and Others –  Now through October 17

We’re collecting new children’s costumes to celebrate the season! Costumes will be provided to the children residing at Operation Hope and others. Specific needs for:
 

Girls
Girl Age 4-6yr
Girl Age 6-9yr
Girl 10-14yr
Count
1
1
6
Boys
Boy 10 months
Boy Age 6-9yr
Boy Age 10-14yr
Boy Age 14-17yr
Count
1
2
2
2

 
Participate in Operation Hope’s Trunk or Treat! – October 29th 6:30 – 7:30pm

We have six spots reserved for our girlfriends to enjoy the children in costumes and participate in a Trunk or Treat event at the Center. Provide treats for the kiddo’s and be done early enough to enjoy the evening! Costumes and car decorations optional.
 

Date:
Time:
Location:
RSVP:
Saturday, October 29
Setup at 5:30; Trick or Treat 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Program Parking Lot (859 E. Vista Way, Vista)
Because this is a children’s event, registration in advance and ID at the event will be required. Registration is first come. Contact ellen@girlfriendscare.org to RSVP.

Plan for 25 children
 
Operation Hope Staff will be coordinating the event. 
 
Want to do more?
Opportunities to bring and serve meals are available. Meals must be commercially prepared. This is a great project for a family, neighbors, or small group of girlfriends! For more information https://operationhopeshelter.org/get-involved/more-than-a-meal/  

2022 September Partner Fair

ITS  HAPPENING!!! 

GIRLFRIENDS CARE

OUTDOOR PARTNER FAIR!!

Come meet key nonprofit partners and hear about their organizations 
 
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR SPACE NOW

 


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Nonprofit Partner Fair. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 10th  10:00 am – Noon
 
WHERE: Outside at the Aqua Hediona Lagoon in Carlsbad
 
WHY: This is a great opportunity to meet many of our non-profit partners and discover what pulls at your heart strings. Bring a friend and introduce them to the many ways they can make their something count. We will provide refreshments.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org. Be sure to bring a friend or two!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Girlfriends Care, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID# 26-2417011.