What’s New North County

Shining Stars at Comic-Con

Posted 7/12/2017

Volunteers Needed

One of our newest GFC partners, Shining Stars, in conjunction with San Diego County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Community, will be at Comic-Con distributing cards with information about human trafficking and tips on how to get help. They are in need of volunteers willing to distribute these cards on July 21st or July 22nd (a variety of 2 hours shifts are available). Grab a friend and join Shining Stars in bringing awareness and help to the visitors at ComicCon, while enjoying the spectacle that is ComicCon. You can sign up for a day and time that works best for you here. For more information, please contact ncshiningstars@gmail.com

August Meeting in North County

Posted 7/9/17

“Back-to-School” Campaign for Children in Need

  

July 15, 2017 through July 31, 2017

 

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Let the Campaign Begin!

In lieu of a brunch meeting for North County Second Saturday in August, Girlfriends Care, KidzCare & Teens Care are focusing on our Annual Back-to-School Supplies Campaign to collect needed items for children living in local transitional housing who cannot afford to buy them. Let’s help these kids start off on an equal footing with their peers!
  
Below is a Shopping List of supplies to choose from. Maybe you’ll want to get your friends and neighbors, church or work group or class involved too!
  
Contact Girlfriends Care for a drop off location near you.

Girlfriends Care is a 501c3 Non-profit; tax receipts available upon request.

 

Supplies Needed
 
1 ½ or 2 inch binders
White, lined paper (wide or college ruled)
Backpacks (children or teens/adult sizes)
Calculator
Protractor
Number 2 pencils
A pencil case, pouch or small supply box
Pens, black, blue or red
Large pink erasers
Scissors, safety or student pointed
Colored pencils (16)
Colored Markers
Crayons (16)
Highlighter pens
Glue stick
Pocket folders in multiple colors
Composition Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
Dividers with tabs
White Glue
A ruler w/centimeters and inches
Index cards (for flashcards)
Pack of post-it notes
USB Flash Drives

July Meeting in North County

Posted 6/16/17

Christmas in July for Volunteer Action for Aging

 
Join Girlfriends Care for a casual brunch and learn more about our Volunteer Action for Aging. This is a volunteer service program that coordinates free senior events and opportunities to increase socialization and an overall sense of well-being. 
 
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, July 8th, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

  
WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92010 
  
WHY:    To learn more about how you can impact the lives of seniors 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 will be collecting items to create Hygiene Care Gift Bags for a Christmas in July to be distributed to Seniors in need where these items are not otherwise provided. 
 
Due to their sensitivity as they age, we must be brand specific in this case.  Thank you for your support! 
 
Needed items include (All items are available at the Dollar Tree):

  • Toothpaste (Aim or Ultra-Brite)  
  • Individually packaged toothbrushes (one per package)
  • ARRID XX (or other non-gender specific deodorant)
  • Individually boxed unscented or lightly scented soap (No Irish Spring)
  • Dermasil lotion

*Each Hygiene Care Gift Bag will include one of each of the above items.  
 
Bring donated items to the GFC Second Saturday meeting or email us at info@girlfriendscare.org for a drop-off location near you.
 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

June Meeting in North County

Posted 5/17/17

Girlfriends Helping Youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista

 
Join Girlfriends Care for a casual brunch and learn more about our BRAND NEW PARTNER 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, June 10, 2017, 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 WITH A DONATION OF ART SUPPLIES?  

 
With over 300 kids attending the Boys and Girls Club of Vista during the summer months, art supplies are desperately needed.
 
Let’s see how many art supplies we can collect by June 10th!  Collect independently, or ask your friends, neighbors, work, church, school, or other contacts to support your efforts.
 
Needed items include: colored pencils, markers, acrylic paints, and construction paper.  (Hula hoops, jump ropes, water balloons and playground balls are also needed for outdoor play.)

May Meeting in North County

Posted: 4/17/17

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 13, 2017, 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, and have an opportunity for a up-close-and-personal tour.
  
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 13th!  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.

April Meeting in North County

Posted: March 18, 2017

Join us at Bread of Life

 

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch featuring Bread of Life Rescue Mission. Bread of Life feeds dinner to the homeless and provides a place to sleep in the winter, plus other services for our local poor and homeless.  We will take a tour of their modest facility and learn more about how this organization functions and the services they provide.

  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
  
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
  
WHEN:   Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE:  Bread of Life, 1919 Apple Street, Oceanside, CA 92054
  
WHY:     Help make lunches for the guests at Bread of Life and learn more about how Bread of Life is impacting our community.
  
HOW:   RSVP 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?  
Our hands-on Outreach Project for this meeting will be to prepare 100 brown bag lunches that will be given to the homeless at Bread of Life after their regular meal that evening.

 

Here’s what we’ll need for 100 bag lunches:
(Please sign up here if you are able to bring any of the following)

Individual snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.)
Individual treats (cookies, fruit snacks, pudding, etc)
Fresh Fruit (oranges or apples)
Bottled water and/or fruit juice
Large jars of creamy peanut butter
Large jars of jelly
Sandwich bags, snack bags

 

Other suggested donations for Bread of Life

Paper napkins, cups, plates, silverware
Paper towels, foil, bathroom tissue
Cans of coffee, dry creamers/sugars

 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

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!  

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)

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.

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