Smorg Oct 2018

Posted: October 14, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Carlsbad Cares & Shares – Our largest Girlfriends Care donation collection event is coming up on October 24th.  Help us spread the word of Girlfriends Care while collecting donations that are needed by many of our partners. Sign up to help here.
  • Carlsbad Village Faire – Girlfriends Care will continue to collect donations at the Carlsbad Village Faire on Sunday, November 4th.  Sign up to help here.
  • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Contact Ellen Clark ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • The Boys and Girls Club needs volunteers to help with the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. Volunteers needed for the following activities:
      • Set-up 1:00-4:00
      • Hospitality 4:00-8:00
      • Event 5:00-10:00
    • The club is in need of administration assistance on weekdays.
    • Want to work directly with the kids? Programs volunteers are always needed for art, reading, computer lab, fitness, or play. 
  • 5th Walk for a Cause – Join Linda Nickey on October 27 for a Walk for a Cause in San Diego. For a suggested donation of $25, enjoy time with girlfriends, the fresh air, and champagne/snacks afterward. All proceeds go to the San Diego Food Bank. For more info, click here.
  • Brother Benno’s
    • Brother Benno’s will be serving their annual Thanksgiving dinner to guests.  We ask you to support them in this wonderful event that feeds hundreds that may not otherwise get to celebrate the holiday. Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner needs include:
      • Frozen turkeys, 
      • Large cans of turkey/chicken gravy, 
      • Large cans of cranberries, 
      • Good quality plastic knives, forks, and spoons, 
      • Sturdy medium-size plates for serving the pie (We use trays for the main meal.)
    • All items can be dropped off at our warehouse at the back of the main Center, Monday through Friday between 6:30 and 12:30, and on Saturday between 8:30 and 12.30. (They need the turkeys no later than November 14.)
    • Save the dates of December 5th and 8th for Girlfriends Care Annual Holiday Blitz serving those in need at Brother Benno’s.  Watch your email for updates!  
  • Got Your Back San Diego – Volunteers are needed to deliver backpacks to local schools on Thursday mornings at 9am. If you would like to help, please contact Bill M at bill@gotyourbacksandiego.org 760.845.7789.
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 pillowcases@girlfriendscare.org 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 Diana@girlfriendscare.org if you would like to donate or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • 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 Charity at CBrant@ymca.org.
  • 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 Beverly@milestonehouse.org.  
  • 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 denise@artistofyourmind.com.  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact parsons7016@sbcglobal.net.  
  • Bread of Life– Serving neighbors without homes in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website bolrescue.org or contact bolrescue@gmail.com. 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 KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org 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 TeensCare@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Have a talent to share? Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org 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 Info@girlfriends.org   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!