Posted: October 20, 2017

North County Opportunities


New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Carlsbad Street Faire -Volunteers are needed for 2 hour shifts throughout the day on Nov 5th to collect donations as well as share the Girlfriends Care mission and encourage our community to get involved.  Signup here or contact
  • Br. Bennos Children’s Pajama and Sock Campaign – There is something special about having new pajamas on Christmas morning. You can help make that happen for a children in need this Christmas season! Donate new pajamas and/or new socks through Girlfriends care in November to be distributed at the Brother Benno’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party in early December!  Children’s sizes 8-16 are needed. Contact for drop off locations.
  • Socks for the Homeless Campaign – 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! Donate New Athletic Socks in the month of November. All sizes and styles are welcome; Men’s white athletic socks are most needed. Contact for drop off locations.
  • Solutions for Change Breaking and Entering – Join Girlfriends Care as a group of our girlfriends “break and enter’ the homes of formerly homeless families to surprise them with warm holiday decorations, Christmas presents, and food for the pantry to make their Christmas amazing. Contact Ellen at for more information.
  • Dinners at Bread of Life – Help feed the homeless and poor by purchasing, preparing, and/or serving food on the 1st Saturday evening of each winter month December through March at Bread of Life. Contact Maureen at
  • Children’s Groups Needed for Prayer Pillowcases – We are looking for groups of children willing to bring some joy into the heart of a homeless person. Children decorate the label on a pillowcase provided by Girlfriends Care and then they pray for the person who will receive the pillowcase.  To learn more about this ministry, watch this video. Contact Ellen at if interested.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at for more information and/or to make a project donation.
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in need– Supplies are needed to fill GFC Gift Bags. A beautiful gift bag brings a smile to those with very little. Girlfriends Care decorates and puts together gifts bags for women and girls in need, We need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items to fill the bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vista – For more information on the below opportunities, please contact Theresa at: or Ellen at
    • Love working with kids!  Join Weekday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm:  Afterschool Activities with the Kids (requires background check); assistance needed in tutoring, coaching, reading, art, athletics, math, science, computer, music, and on the playground.
    • Love kids, but not hands on?  Volunteers needed Weekday mornings, afternoons and occasional weekend dates for help with Administration and Special Events. 
    • Don’t have time to Volunteer but interested in donating needed items?
  • Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system – Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact MaryAnn at
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster Girls!  Milestone House is in need of volunteers who are willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.   Contact Beverly Boone at  
  • Help Women and Children Rebuilding Their Lives After Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault – The moms and children living in transitional housing at the Women’s Resource Center always need basic household supplies and grocery store gift cards.   Drop your donation during regular business hours at their office at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside 92054 – or bring to a GFC meeting.
  • Brother Benno’s– Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop. Contact Denise Seymour at  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact  
  • Bread of Life– Serving the homeless in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website or contact Donations of food and paper products are in need!   
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare– Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at
  • Have a few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • Have a talent to share? Contact to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!
  • Amazon-SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support Girlfriends Care every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Girlfriends Care.  Simply choose AmazonSmile and Girlfriends Care, then place your order as usual.   Share this with your friends, relatives, college students ordering their books, etc., so we can “Compound the Caring” for all those we serve!  AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.  Another Win-Win-Win!

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