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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

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

“GOT SOCKS!”

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
 
AND
 
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

Posted 10/22/2017

Solutions for Change

2017 Breaking and Entering

2 Volunteer Teams are needed to bring “Christmas” to families at North County Solutions for Change!


Girlfriends Care has adopted two apartments for the 2017 Breaking & Entering at Solutions for Change taking place on Tuesday November 28th from 11:30am-4:00pm.   Breaking and Entering is a great way to bring the joy of the holidays to families working hard to break the cycle of homelessness.  Apartments which house some of the newer families to their program will be decorated, and gifts left behind as a surprise and all on the same day.   This joyous event has become very popular with our Girlfriends and friends. Apartments will be assigned on a first-come basis.  


For questions or to register your team contact ellen@girlfriendscare.org.



2017 Criteria:

Suggested Christmas things to bring include:

  • Fake 4’ tree, lights & ornaments (units are small)
  • Garland or lights for outside of unit
  • Wreath for door
  • Food for Christmas holidays
  • Cookie dough, cookie sheet, gingerbread house kit (something the family can make together)

Items needed all year long

  • Toiletries for the bathroom
  • Pots & pans
  • Dishes & flatware
  • Linens; towels (maybe red or green), pillows, sheets & blankets (twin & queen size)
  • Toaster, coffee pot or waffle maker
  • Games, puzzles, movies or books the family can enjoy together
  • Movie theatre gift cards
  • A card from your family or group

Gifts for mom or dad:

  • Solutions will have plenty of toys coming for the kids so these are not needed. Most groups do bring something for mom or dad

What not to bring:

  • No candles, as they are not allowed

Posted: 10/06/17

Carlsbad Street Faire

Sunday, November 5th, 8AM – 4PM
 Village of Carlsbad In front of Linda’s Gifts
            300 Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard

 

Girlfriends Care will join hundreds of vendors at the largest single day street fair in the nation. Come share a couple hours of your time for Girlfriends Care while you’re there and help us spread the word about the needs in our community.
 

For more information, contact Carol at carol@girlfriendscare.org.

Posted 10/6/2017

Love Kids?

Boys and Girls Club of Vista needs volunteers for their after school programs. Join us for a tour and see the programs in action.

Monday, October 16th at 3:30pm. 
Address:  410 W California Ave, Vista, CA 92083. 
Please RSVP to ellen@bgcvista.com

Volunteers Needed at Milestone House

Posted: 10/5/2017

Volunteers are needed to help sort makeup and skin care products for swag bags that will be distributed at Milestone House’s Silver Jubilee Gala on October 14th. If you have some time to come by Milestone House in Oceanside to stuff the bags, contact Beverly at 760-433-6361 or beverly@milestonehouse.org.

Next Step Forward program

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