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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.

San Diego “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Posted: February 15, 2017

GFC “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Hosted by: Linda Nickey

Where: Meet at Fanuel Park Pacific Beach. We will walk on the Baywalk and Ocean St. 

When: Saturday  March 11th

Why: To have fun with girlfriends, laugh, enjoy the beach and make a difference for many

100% of monies will go to the SD Food Bank. (tax deductible receipt on request)

Time: 10am, for about an hour any walking pace is fine, we will be pairing up!

Cost: $25.00 includes Champagne and chatting after at Linda’s condo (address with RSVP)

RSVP: info@girlfriendscare.org

March Meeting in San Diego

Posted: February 10, 2017
 
San Diego Girlfriends Care and Guys Care Too! at Monarch School
 
This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting at the Monarch School. Katie Bradel, the Director of Development will give us a tour of the campus as well as an overview of how this K-12 comprehensive school educates homeless youth.  Monarch has an innovative approach to learning so students gain the skills they need to improve their lives. They provide a safe, stable environment for learning and services to meet their basic needs.  
 
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, and Friends! 
 
WHAT:   First Saturday brunch meeting, casual attire
              
WHEN:   Saturday, March 4th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
 
WHERE:  1625 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
 
Bring a friend!  RSVP now AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! 
 
Want to help?  Our outreach this month is a drive for hygiene items which we will use to create kits for the students.
 
2-in-1 kids’ shampoo & conditioner
Full size adult shampoo
Full size adult conditioner
Full size kids’ body wash
Full size adult body wash
Full size lotion
Kids’ toothpaste
Adult Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Men’s and Women’s deodorant

February Meeting in San Diego

Posted: January 16, 2017

San Diego Girlfriends Care at the San Diego Food Bank
 

Please join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting at the San Diego Food Bank!

Liz Sheehan, VP of Development for the San Diego Food Bank will be giving us an update on how this amazing organization is working to stop hunger in San Diego County.  She will also give us a tour of their impressive facility. 
 
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, and Friends! 
 
WHAT:   First Saturday brunch meeting, casual attire
              
WHEN:   Saturday, February 4th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
 
WHERE: San Diego Food Bank
             9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego 92121  

 
Bring a friend!  RSVP now AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! 
 

This month for our mini-outreach, we’re collecting non-perishable protein foods for the food bank.
Peanut butter, almond butter
Canned meats, i.e.:  tuna, chicken, spam, etc.
Macaroni & Cheese, whole grains (oats, quinoa, pasta)
Canned Chili, Spaghetti with Meat, Beans
Fruit (packed in water or light syrup), low-sugar cereals

 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

January’s SD Meeting Recap

Posted: January 14, 2017
 
Happy New Year!
 

2017 began with full throttle high energy when about 20 girlfriends met at the Clairemont Library in San Diego on Saturday, January 7th. Our featured partner was Volunteer Action for Aging. Teresa Powell who is their volunteer coordinator explained that the focus of the organization is to bring “action oriented activities” to seniors throughout San Diego. “There are a variety of ways you can be involved” said Teresa, “sharing traveling experiences” or “art group’s” and “leading seniors to create their autobiography as they write personal stories” to name a few. With many hands, our group beautifully wrapped 179 socks each with a card. They were delivered to seniors receiving food from the San Diego Food Bank. On a rainy and cold day…it is a perfect way to warm “soles!” Bringing smiles and amazement to faces of the recipients who know others care is the joy that comes from making “Your Something Count”.

 

Household items and gift cards from December’s collection drive were given to volunteer coordinator Melissa Gutierrez from Just In Time for Foster Youth. Melissa introduced Allison Bechtel, Associate Director who will act as our new liaison.  Melissa is joining the San Diego County Education Department where she will continue helping foster youth navigate the waters to secure a good education. We will miss her; she promises to keep her eyes on us in her new job!

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