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Helping during COVID-19

As our community comes together during the COVID-19 outbreak, this is a time when our hearts go out to everyone in need.  Because our nonprofit partners serve those especially vulnerable during this crisis, and we have been asked what else we can do, you will find below options from some of our partners if you would like to help.  Most of the organizations offer the option to donate through their website also.
We at Girlfriends Care hope you and your loved ones are staying physically and mentally healthy during these unusual times. 


How You Can Help Our Partners


Supplies needed for bagged lunches (Dining Room is currently closed): 

  • Bread,
  • lunch meat
  • Individual (lunch sized) snack packages of: Chips, cookies, crackers, nuts, fruit snacks, fruit cups
  • Individual beverages:bottled water, sports drinks (Gatorade, etc.), fruit juice
  • Sandwich size baggies (Ziplock, etc.)

Donations are accepted at: The Brother Benno’s Center, 3260 Production Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 439-1244Questions? Contact Jan or Darryl at The Brother Benno’s Center.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – no donations on Thursdays please) 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Saturday)


• Nonperishable food items
• Trash bags,
• Toilet paper & Paper towels
• Diapers
• Hand Sanitizer/Lysol/Bleach & Isopropyl Alcohol 70-90%
• Pure Aloe Vera• Hand soap• Gloves (M/L)• Hygiene Products 
Please drop off all donations off anytime at 722 W California Ave, Vista, CA 92083
Cash donations can be made online or mail a check to the address above.


  • Liquid Hand Soap, Dish Soap, Paper Towels,
  • Bottled Water,
  • Diapers (Size 5 & 6), Baby Wipes, 

For kids projects: 

  • Glue, Tape, Paper (Construction or plain white),
  • Puzzles, self-guided craft kits

They are also continuing their “paddle raise” from the Gala that was cancelled.  $50 supports a family, with services, housing, etc. for a day.  Website: www.operationhopeshelter.org
Please drop off all donations off at 859 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084 or 3982 Foothills Ave, Carlsbad, CA 920078.

The Boys & Girls Club has been closed except for lunch distribution and their current need is financial support.
Donate Online at https://www.bgcvista.org/about/support-boys-girls-club or donate by mail to: 410 W California Ave, Vista, CA 92083


  • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant , Shampoo & conditioner
  • Clear water bottles 
  • Cotton fabric to make masks for the clients. Or if you know of anyone that can make masks for the clients that would be awesome! Other option are Scarfs to cover face. 

Contact for Delivery:
760-439-6702 x 1230
760-579-3275 (cell)


  • Cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, toiletry items,
  • Games, craft-making supplies, puzzles, and art supplies

Donations can be dropped off at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. Please mark them for Alabaster Jar. 

Visit their new social enterprise, a venture to hopefully help employ the women they provide housing to. Check it out here


  • Masks and gloves
  • Bottled Water, shelf-ready snacks
  • Monetary Donations 

Donations can be dropped off at:
1050 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

215 Barnes Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
For more information contact Charity Brant | cbrant@ymca.org 

Online donations would be most welcome to help offset the extra expenses of the shelter-in-place order
Donate online at: www.MilestoneHouse.org

Critical Needs: Gift cards for former foster youth to purchase essential needs such as groceries, sanitizers and paper products

  • Donate online at Just in Time for Foster Youth and select “General Operations”. In the “Comments” section, specify that you’d like your donation to go towards gift cards (you can list amount and which store and JIT staff will purchase the gift cards on your behalf) or leave the Comments section blank your donation will go towards their greatest need.
  • Visit Walmart Gift Cards to purchase a gift card and have it delivered to Just in Time. There is no delivery or service fee, so 100% of your purchase goes towards supporting youth participants!
  • You can also do the same with Amazon Gift Cards. Order online and have it delivered to JIT. There is no additional charge to purchase an Amazon Gift Card, but there IS an additional charge to purchase a NON-Amazon gift card (i.e Walmart/Target, etc) through Amazon.com.

 Please have gift cards mailed to (rather than dropping off): P.O Box 601627, San Diego, CA 92160.


  • Toiletries,
  • Socks, sweatshirts, rain ponchos
  • Art supplies

Please donate online at www.monarchschools.org. Click on COVID-19 Wish List and order products shown through Amazon.


  • Financial donations
  • Meals and commercially packed snacks for families
  • Support for their San Diego Raffle with a chance to win a prize!
  • Create an online fundraiser with friends and family

Donate Online: https://rmhcsd.org/ways-to-help-during-covid-19/ 

October Meeting

Posted 9/29/19


Join us at the San Diego Food Bank

This is your invitation to join us for a casual GFC Brunch meeting at the San Diego Food Bank!

Elisa Villarreal, Grants Manager at the San Diego Food Bank, will provide an overview of how this amazing organization is working to stop hunger in San Diego County.  She will also give us a tour of their impressive facility.  

Closed-toe shoes are required.

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
WHERE: San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego 92121 

Park in lot straight ahead as you arrive or directly in front of the warehouse.  Enter through the main entrance with the large logo overhead. 

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!


For our mini-outreach, we’re collecting the following non-perishable foods:   

  • Peanut Butter (no sugar added), Powdered Milk (low or nonfat),
  • Canned Chicken, Tuna (in water) or Soup (low-sodium & low-fat),
  • Dry or Canned Beans (low-sodium), Brown or Wild Rice
  • Fruit (packed in water or light syrup), Cereals (low-sugar whole grain),
  • Canned Vegetables (low-sodium and no salt added)


Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

Carlsbad Village Faire

Posted: 09/29/19

Carlsbad Street Faire

Sunday, November 3rd, 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.

2019 Annual Luncheon

Girlfriends Care Celebrates 14 Years!

Come celebrate with us, enjoy a wonderful lunch, talk to some of our Partner Non-Profit organizations, and hear stories about changed lives. 

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Annual Luncheon
WHEN: Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019 11:30am-1:30pm
WHERE: The Green Dragon Tavern and Museum,
6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
COST: $30 person
HOW: Use this MAGIC LINK for more details and to join the FUN!

Grandmas Care – Flip Flops, Hats & Sunglasses

Updated 5/30/19

We have already collected all the flip flops we wanted to collect!
Way to go girlfriends!!!!!
We are still in need of hats/visors and sunglasses.
Thank you all for your generosity!

Help our Grandmas Care with their Summer Project collecting flip flops, hats and sunglasses for children of all ages and women in transition. Our goal is to collect 70 each to be distributed mid July. Contact Rosita at GrandmasCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information.

February Meeting in San Diego

Posted 1/19/2019

Join us at Just in Time

Please join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting.  We will be highlighting our non-profit partner Just in Time for Foster Youth.

Just in Time for Foster Youth helps mentor, guide and support emancipated foster youth to successfully transition into independence.  We will learn more about this organization and the services they provide.

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
WHERE: 4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G, San Diego, CA 92120
WHY: Meet Ivan Chavez, Volunteer Services Coordinator for Just In Time (and a former foster youth) and learn more about this amazing organization as you enjoy the company of friends!
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPSD@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?    Help a JIT Youth get a fresh start by participating in our “My First Home” drive.  We are collecting the items below to help transitioning foster youth with basic needs to set up and maintain a clean, fresh home. 
1. Towels and washcloths (new) 
2. New Full or Queen Size Bedding: sheets, blankets, Bed-in-a-Bag sets (neutral colors are best)
3. Cleaning Supplies (i.e. broom & dustpan, all purpose cleaner, sponges, cleaning gloves, dish detergent, scrub brush, Swiffer wet/dry mop, buckets, toilet bowl scrubber)

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

GYBSD Food Drive 2019

Posted 12/22/2018

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!   


Mother always said
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”  
  • Individual serving cereal packages (8 ounce single servings or 11 ounce box)
  • Individual serving oatmeal packages (3 ounce single servings, cup or packets)
  • Individual serving shelf-stable milk (powder milk or liquid soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, or chocolate milk)

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

Donated food items not included on this list will be distributed to other organizations in need.

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.

Grandmas Care – Hat and Scarf Drive

Posted 11/29/2018

Grandmas Care, as our Winter Project, is collecting knitted hats/beanies and scarves for homeless children and women in transition.

Help us meet our goal of 100 knitted hats/beanies and 100 knitted scarves by December 15th.

Contact Rosita@GirlfriendsCare.org for more information or for details on dropping off hats/scarves.

Christmas at Br Bennos

Updated 11/10/2018

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 8th  AND
Santa’s Closet Tuesday, December 5th
 Guys, Teens and school-aged Kids are welcome too!
Click here to see positions available.RSVP to Diana at diana@girlfriendscare.org

Carlsbad Cares & Shares

Posted 10/9/18

You, your family and friends are invited to join us…

Carlsbad Cares & Shares

In support of Girlfriends Care and our partners,  Linda’s Gifts and
the Merchants of the Carlsbad Village Faire Shopping Center
have planned a fun afternoon of Giving, Live Music, Prize
Drawings, Shopping and maybe you’ll want to enjoy lunch too!
 Wednesday, October 24th, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
 Village Faire Central Courtyard
            300 Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard



Volunteers are needed the day before the event to help get things set up. Sign up here.


GFC ambassadors are needed for 2 hours shifts on the day of the event to greet participants, share what Girlfriends Care does, and assist in the collection of donated items.  Sign up here.


Join us at the event and/or donate one of the following items below to help the hungry, the homeless and the hurting for the holidays!  Tax deductible receipts available upon request.

NEW Socks for the Homeless! (For LaPosada, Fill-a-Belly, Brother Benno’s, Bread of Life, etc. The homeless don’t have washing machines!) For ALL Ages

NEW Wash Cloths (For those in transition homes and the homeless)

NEW Toys for the Holiday (For children living in transitional housing such as Solutions for Change, Women’s Resource Center, and Family Recover Center, etc.)

New Items for GFC Gift Bags (For women living in transition homes – 8oz lotions, body wash, journals, pens, costume jewelry, & “girlie” gift items)

Boxes of Individual Packages of Mac N Cheese & Oatmeal (for hungry, homeless teens)       


Please come to Care & Share with us!