What’s New San Diego

Posted 1/21/18

 
 
Bring Joy to the Hearts of Families in Need

 
This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting on the first Saturday of February at the Ronald McDonald House. 
 
Marvin Odonez, the corporate and community Philanthropy Assistant will give us an overview of the house and how it serves families with a sick child in the hospital. We will then take a tour of this wonderful home away from home.
 
After our tour, we will have a chance to update our girlfriends on the new outreach programs we will be getting involved with in 2018.  Our San Diego community faces many challenges and we would like your feedback on what touches your heart.
  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  
WHERE:  Ronald McDonald House, 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego
  
WHY:     Learn how Ronald McDonald House keeps families close to their hospitalized children
  
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?  The following items are needed to

 

Clothing Items Needed
(all ages and sizes – NEW ONLY PLEASE)

Socks
Underwear
Shorts
Flip flops
T-shirts

 

No time to shop? 
Bring a gift card:

Amazon 
Target
Walmart

 

Tax deductible receipt available upon request.
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 11/27/17
 

Help us provide holiday joy and warmth to homeless children!

 

This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting on the first Saturday of December at Panera in Mira Mesa.  We are collecting items for children (ages 5-18) at Monarch School. 
 
Monarch School is a unique public K-12 school in San Diego which is exclusively for students who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, or impacted by homelessness.


  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:   Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  
WHERE:  Panera Mira Mesa, 10751 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126
  
WHY:     Help keep homeless children warm this winter and provide holiday cheer to them and their families.
  
HOW:   RSVP NOW to RSVPSD@girlfriendscare.org.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!


  
WANT TO HELP?  
Bring any of the items listed below:
 
Warm hooded sweatshirts
New socks and shoes
$25 Target gift cards
Full-size toiletries

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

Posted 9/14/2017

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  
You, your family and friends are invited to join us…

Carlsbad Cares & Shares

Girlfriends Care, in partnership with 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 11th, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
 Village Faire Central Courtyard
            300 Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard

 

WANT TO HELP?  

Volunteers are needed the three days preceding the event to help wrap raffle gifts from local merchants. 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 Toys for the Holiday (For children living in transitional housing such as Solutions for Change, Women’s Resource Center, and Family Recover Center, etc.)
 
Items for GFC Gift Bags (For women living in transition homes. – 8 oz Lotions, body wash, journals, pens, costume jewelry, & “girlie” gift items)
 
NEW Warm & Fuzzy Slipper Socks for Seniors in Need (Gifts of warmth and comfort for elder men and women)

 

Please come to Care & Share with us!

August Meeting in San Diego

Posted 7/12/2017
Bring Joy to the Hearts of Children
 

This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting on the first Saturday of August at the Ronald McDonald House. Although our San Diego Girlfriends have made Jared Boxes for the house in the past, this will be the first time we will meet at this amazing facility. 

Kerina Koltz, the House Services Associate will give us a tour and educate us as to how this house serves families with a sick child in the hospital. After our tour and update, we will create Jared Boxes for Boys & Girls, 5 – 7 years of age.  This heartwarming project provides the gift of play to children in the hospital as well as other children in their family.


  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
  
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  
WHERE:  Ronald McDonald House, 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego
  
WHY:     Learn how Ronald McDonald House keeps families close to their hospitalized children
  
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?  The following items are needed to create the Jared Boxes we will be assembling at the end of our meeting.
Silly Putty   
Paints
Art Supplies
Card Games
Travel Sized Board Games
Cars
Stuffed Animals
Play Doh
Books
Bubbles
Puzzles
Plastic Animal Figurines
Dress Up Toys
Nerf Balls
 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

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

June Meeting in San Diego

Girlfriends Helping Youths

 

Join Girlfriends Care for a Casual Brunch at Kathy Caputo’s house to support the young women at Jessica’s House of Hope and Just in Time for Foster Youth.    We will do Spring Cleaning drive for Jessica’s House of Hope and make Gift Bags for the young ladies in the Career Horizons Program at Just in Time.   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 3rd, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

  
WHERE:  Address will be sent to you when you RSVP
  
WHY:     To learn about local outreach opportunities, enjoy giving through a mini-outreach, and connect/network with other local women as you learn about a smorgasbord of volunteer projects!
  
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?  Our outreach this month is a Gift Bag drive for the young ladies in the Career Horizons Program at Just in Time and a Spring Cleaning drive for Jessica’s House of Hope.

Gift bags for the Career Horizons program at JIT:
Small journals, planners or motivational books
Pens
New Makeup
(i.e. mascara, nail polish, lipstick/gloss)
Small cosmetic bags
Perfume
Lotion, body spray
Jewelry
 

Spring Cleaning for Jessica’s House of Hope

Toilet Paper
Paper towels
Sponges with scrubby on back
Lysol disinfectant spray
Toilet bowl cleaner
Bleach Spray
Windex

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

May Meeting in San Diego

Posted: April 16, 2017

Come Celebrate with Us!

 
Join San Diego Girlfriends Care to celebrate our fourth year of Girlfriends Caring and Sharing throughout our beautiful city and surrounding areas.  Girlfriends Care offers a “smorgasbord” of outreach projects from which to choose. Designed with today’s busy individual in mind, you decide what interests you and what role you want to play.  At this celebration, discover your passion area…what your heart is…then step forward.  We want to help people to balance their lives as they find ways to give unto others.
 
Our San Diego group began in 2013. We join hearts as we listen and partner with other girlfriends in various outreach projects. By providing food, clothing, training, job search assistance, encouragement and love, Girlfriends Care members actively support and promote self-sufficiency and spiritual well-being.
 
Girlfriends Care members include women of various economic backgrounds, education, professions, and religious affiliations with the sole purpose of helping others who are in crisis and transition. Our outreach also includes KidzCare, Teens Care and Guys Care too!


  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care San Diego’s Annual Luncheon Celebration. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, May 6, 2017, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
  
WHERE:  Apollonia Greek Bistro Restaurant, Costa Verde Shopping Center
              8650 Genesee Avenue, Ste 106, San Diego, CA 92122
              858-455-1535
  
WHY:     To celebrate four years of our San Diego chapter of Girlfriends Care!
  
HOW:     RSVP below by Thursday, May 4th. Be sure to bring a friend or two!
 
COST:   $22 per person. Select one of four options below.
              The price includes your food, beverages from list below, tax, and gratuity.
              If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please email Jan at Jan@girlfriendscare.org.



4th Annual SD GFC Luncheon Menu
Name for your Name Tag



Meal Options

Included Beverages: Coffee, Hot/Iced Tea, Lemonade, Milk, Soft Drinks
  

Option 1

Mediterranean Salad: Spring greens tossed with white balsamic vinaigrette, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. Served with warm pita bread, topped with a grilled chicken breast.
  

Option 2

Greek Salad: Crisp lettuce tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, red onion, Feta cheese and Kalamata olives. Served with vinaigrette dressing and warm pita bread. Large size with a side of marinated artichoke hearts.
  

Option 3

Gyros Sandwich: Seasoned blend of beef and lamb. Broiled on the rotisserie, wrapped in pita bread, with lettuce, tomatoes and onion. Served with Tzatziki sauce. Served with a choice of soup or small Greek salad.
  

Option 4

Moussaka: A traditional casserole. Layers of eggplant, zucchini and seasoned ground leg of lamb. Topped with Bechamel sauce and Vlahotyri cheese. Served with rice pilaf.
  
Please note: Appetizers, Wine, Beer, and Desserts are available for additional purchase from the Server.

April Meeting in San Diego

March 10, 2017

San Diego Girlfriends Care and Guys Care Too!

 
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, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  
WHERE: 3878 Old Town Ave, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92110

  
WHY:     Meet Just in Time and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose 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 a Spring Cleaning Drive.  Collect the cleaning supplies below to create cleaning kits which will help transitioning foster youth maintain a clean, fresh home.  

Broom & Dustpan
Bleach
Dish Soap
All purpose Cleaner
Cleaning gloves
Sponges
Scrub brush
Swiffer wet/dry mop
Toilet bowl scrubber
Mop buckets
 
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.

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