What’s New North County

June Meeting in North County

Posted 5/19/18

Girlfriends Support Milestone House

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch on June 9th 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: Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
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 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!


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 June 9th so you still have time to spread the word and see if your neighbors, school, work group, society, etc. want to help too!  

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!

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.

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!

We’ll be collecting Spring Cleaning supplies for the residents of Solutions this month.  Items may include:

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

Tax-deductible receipts 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:

Baked Beans

Snacks ideas:

Granola bars
Fruit snacks
Bottled water

Posted 1/13/18

Volunteers are needed to help oversee the sale of over 500 pieces of home furniture/accessories in Escondido. Part of the proceeds will be donated to our partner JIT to help transition-age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency.
WHERE: 220 N. Quince Street, Escondido
WHEN:   FridayJanuary 26th 12-4pm Auction preview, 4-6 pm Auction
           SaturdayJanuary 27th 9am – 5 pm Open Sale
           SundayJanuary 28th 9am – 1 pm Final Sale if any items remain
There are 2 ways you can help:

  • Come help volunteer – RSVP to KathyG@girlfriendscare.org by January 15th and let her know what day and time frame you would like to help.
  • Spread the Word – Tell your friends about this special auction/sale and help increase sales.

From the JIT website


Over 500 items of household furniture and accessories donated by the Scripps family will be sold at an estate sale to benefit foster youth and homeless families. The sale will take place at a 10,000 square foot warehouse at 220 N. Quince Street, Escondido, starting with a preview from 12-4 pm on Friday January 26th, followed by an auction 4-6 pm, and then an open sale on Saturday from 9am to 5 pm. If there are any remaining items, the sale will continue on Sunday, January 27 th from 9 am – 1 pm. The public is invited to purchase quality furnishings at a great price and help meet one of San Diego’s most pressing needs.

Click here to view the News 8 report on this donation.

Posted 12/20/2017

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.

Posted 11/11/2017


Help us “sock it to the wet and cold”
with New Socks for the Homeless!

The homeless spend a lot of time on their feet and don’t always have access to washing machines!  Wearing dirty and damp socks can lead to athlete’s foot and contribute to other health issues.  Clean, fresh socks provide comfort and contribute to good health.
We’re collecting New Socks, all sizes and styles are welcome.  White men’s athletic socks are the most needed.
Campaign starts November 1st and ends Monday, November 27th!  Do you think we can collect a GRAND of Socks for the Homeless?  Let’s keep track of the number of pairs collected and see how much caring we can share with the homeless through our non-profit partners Brother Benno’s, Bread of Life, OZ Teen Street Outreach, Fill-A-Belly, LaPasada, and Interfaith Services.
If you want to “Compound the Caring“, how about sharing this message and start your own sub-campaign?  Ask your friends, co-workers, neighbors, school class, church, bunko group, sorority or others to join you in collecting. Feel free to set up a collection box and use this flyer to advertise.  Teamwork always increases the output!  This is a favorite campaign for KidzCare and Teens Care! 

Posted 11/11/2017

The Boys & Girls Club of Vista has a Christmas outreach opportunity for you! We are inviting you to sponsor a deserving family. Eligible low-income families are currently applying for our “Adopt a Family” program. Your sponsorship will provide gifts for family members and the non-perishable makings of a holiday meal. Delivery will be on or before December 14, 2018 unless otherwise arranged with your family. Girlfriends and friends interested in “adopting” a family for the Holiday may request a sponsorship application from Ellen Clark at ellen@bgcvista.com.

Updated 11/27/2017

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 9th  AND
Santa’s Closet Tuesday, December 12th
A New Event
Children’s Party Saturday, December 16th 
Guys, Teens and school-aged Kids are welcome too!
Click here to see positions available.

RSVP to Diana at diana@girlfriendscare.org

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