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.

 

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. 

 

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!

Posted: September 14, 2017

North County Opportunities

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

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Carlsbad Care and Shares! – Volunteers needed to prepare and assist in the largest single donation opportunity Girlfriends Care supports for our communities! Sign up for shifts Oct 8, 9, 10 or 11th. Signup here or contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • 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 Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vista – Please help with our fundraiser Saturday September 30th! Volunteers needed in concessions and registration from 1:00pm-4:00pm (or a portion there-of) for the health and fitness themed “Fun-A-Thon”.  For more information, please contact Theresa at: theresa.powell99@yahoo.com or Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com.
  • Volunteer Action for Aging –Volunteers needed to engage with seniors during various monthly arts/crafts events. Contact Theresa Powell at tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com. October volunteer needs:
    • 10/5/2017 1:30-3:00pm in San Marcos- BINGO! Help call bingo, give away prizes, and offer refreshments to residents in senior housing.
    • 10/9/2017 1:30-2:30pm in North Carlsbad – Give away smiles and care packages to seniors in need of hygiene supplies and good cheer.
    • 10/13, 10/20/, 10/27- 3:00-4:30pm in Encinitas – Activities with Seniors in Assisted Living: Help with crafts, give a Travel Talk, or offer your skills as a musician. Lots of choices…just tell us what you can do to help!
    • 10/23/2017 1:00-3:00pm in North Carlsbad- Crafts with Seniors: Assist residents of senior housing with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required).
    • Warm “Soles” by donating slipper socks to be distributed to seniors in need of cheer.  Donations can be dropped off at the Carlsbad Shares and Cares event on October 11th between 10:00am and 3:30pm .  Collection boxes will be located at Linda’s Gifts in the Village of Carlsbad:  300 Carlsbad Blvd #115, Carlsbad CA 92008.  Other drop off/pick up times may be arranged. Contact tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com  
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 – The following projects are well suited for teens.
    • Now until end of Sept – Cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 10/23/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Email sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
  • KidzCare for ages K-8th grade – The following projects are well suited for kids accompanied by a parent.
    • Now until end of Sept – Cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 10/23/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Email sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
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.  
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Vista- Volunteers needed for both weekday and weekend activities and projects including:  After school activities with the kids (between 3:00pm-5:00pm weekdays), Administrative assistance mornings & afternoons, and special event planning & day-of event assistance.  Any commitment is welcome (Come once, or as often as you’re available!)  For more information, please contact Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com
  • 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 mgraham@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 the homeless 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 few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • 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!

Posted: September 14, 2017

San Diego County Opportunities

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

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Carlsbad Care and Shares! – Volunteers needed to prepare and assist in the largest single donation opportunity Girlfriends Care supports for our communities! Sign up for shifts Oct 8, 9, 10 or 11th. Signup here or contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • 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 Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Monarch Schools  – We are collecting Halloween costumes for Monarch School students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Monarch Schools provides a safe, caring environment for learning for children facing homelessness in San Diego. If you have a donation, please contact Kathy at kathy@girlfriendscare.org to schedule a pickup/drop-off.
  • Volunteer Action for Aging – Service Program to promote socialization and over-all well -being of seniors. Contact tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com  for more information.
    • Volunteers Needed – 10/30/17:  1:00-3:00 in South Clairemont, 92117: Doggie Costume Contest for residents of senior housing.  Assist with judging, prizes, refreshments and fun!
    • Warm “Soles” by donating slipper socks to be distributed to seniors in need of cheer.  Donations can be dropped off at the Carlsbad Shares and Cares event on October 11th between 10:00am and 3:30pm .  Collection boxes will be located at Linda’s Gifts in the Village of Carlsbad:  300 Carlsbad Blvd #115, Carlsbad CA 92008.  Other drop off/pick up times may be arranged. 
Ongoing Opportunities
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in transition. Laurie is always collecting items such as body wash, lotions, unused make-up, costume jewelry, gift cards, small journals, pens, and other girlie items to make them feel pampered and pretty!  Bring your donations to our next meeting or email us.
  • Monarch School.  We are collecting hygiene items for this amazing school that provides a safe, caring environment for learning for children facing homelessness.  They are in need of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, full size shampoo, conditioners and body wash.  Bring these items to any GFC meeting.
  • Jessica’s House of Hope – Support the women and children in their journey to become independent and self-sufficient!   Mail financial support to Girlfriends Care, P.O. Box 1820, Carlsbad, CA 92018.  Tax deductible receipts available upon request!  
  • Ronald McDonald House – We are collecting paints, books, art supplies, puzzles, travel sized board games and card games for children 4-8 years old who are going through treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital as well as their siblings.  You can bring these items to any GFC meeting or make a donation for this project through Girlfriends Care, P.O. Box 1820, Carlsbad, CA 92018.  Tax deductible receipts upon request!  
  • 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!

Posted: August 27, 2017

San Diego County Opportunities

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

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Carlsbad Care and Shares! – Volunteers needed to prepare and assist in the largest single donation opportunity Girlfriends Care supports for our communities! Sign up for shifts on Nov 5th (Street Faire) or Oct 8, 9, 10 or 11th (Village event). Signup here or contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • GFC Gift Bags for women in transition. Laurie is always collecting items such as body wash, lotions, unused make-up, costume jewelry, gift cards, small journals, pens, and other girlie items to make them feel pampered and pretty!  Bring your donations to our next meeting or email us.
  • Monarch School.  We are collecting hygiene items for this amazing school that provides a safe, caring environment for learning for children facing homelessness.  They are in need of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, full size shampoo, conditioners and body wash.  Bring these items to any GFC meeting.
  • Jessica’s House of Hope – Support the women and children in their journey to become independent and self-sufficient!   Mail financial support to Girlfriends Care, P.O. Box 1820, Carlsbad, CA 92018.  Tax deductible receipts available upon request!  
  • Ronald McDonald House – We are collecting paints, books, art supplies, puzzles, travel sized board games and card games for children 4-8 years old who are going through treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital as well as their siblings.  You can bring these items to any GFC meeting or make a donation for this project through Girlfriends Care, P.O. Box 1820, Carlsbad, CA 92018.  Tax deductible receipts upon request!  
  • 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!

Posted: August 27, 2017

North County Opportunities

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

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vista – For more information, please contact Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com
    • Volunteers needed for pre-event planning and implementation of the health and fitness themed “Funathon” scheduled Saturday September 30th.  Assistance is needed with planning, concessions, and registration. 
    • Ongoing Volunteer Needs: Individual or Groups. Tutoring, coaching, art projects, writers, musicians, and fundraising. Any commitment is welcome (Come once, or as often as you’re available!)   
  • Volunteer Action for Aging –Volunteers needed to engage with seniors during various monthly arts/crafts events. Contact Theresa Powell at tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com. September volunteer needs:
    • 9/13/2017 10:45am – 12:00pm  in Escondido – Letters to the Troops: Volunteers will assist seniors with writing notes or letters to the troops. Number of volunteers needed: 2.
  • Carlsbad Care and Shares! – Volunteers needed to prepare and assist in the largest single donation opportunity Girlfriends Care supports for our communities! Sign up for shifts on Nov 5th (Street Faire) or Oct 8, 9, 10 or 11th (Village event). Signup here or contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 – The following projects are well suited for teens.
    • Now until end of Sept – 250 cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 10/23/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Email sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
  • KidzCare for ages K-8th grade – The following projects are well suited for kids accompanied by a parent.
    • Now until end of Sept – 250 cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 10/23/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Email sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
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.  
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Vista- Volunteers needed for both weekday and weekend activities and projects including:  After school activities with the kids (between 3:00pm-5:00pm weekdays), Administrative assistance mornings & afternoons, and special event planning & day-of event assistance.  Any commitment is welcome (Come once, or as often as you’re available!)  For more information, please contact Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com
  • 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 mgraham@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 the homeless 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 few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • 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!

Posted: July 25, 2017

North County Opportunities

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

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Got Your Back San Diego – Contact Sue at 760-583-9072 if interested in the following GYBSD opportunities.
    • Two or three regular volunteers needed on every Thursday morning for an hour to deliver backpacks filled with food to schools and return empty backpacks to GYBSD. 
    • On-call volunteers available on Thursday mornings who can cover for a regular volunteer that can’t deliver backpacks to the school (see above).
    • Volunteer to take backpacks to the laundry mat for cleaning periodically (laundry fees paid by GYBSD).
  • Volunteer Action for Aging –Volunteers needed to engage with seniors during various monthly arts/crafts events. Contact Theresa Powell at tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com. August events include:  
    • 8/2/2017 10:15 am in Escondido- Crafts with Seniors: Assist seniors with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required).
    • 8/9/2017 10:15 am in Escondido – Music for the Soul: Voices needed to join the lead singer and sing along to folk songs and golden oldies while encouraging seniors to do the same.
    • 8/16/2017 10:15 am in Escondido – Crafts with Seniors: Assist seniors with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required). 
    • 8/17/2017 1:00 pm in Vista- Crafts with Seniors: Assist seniors with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required). 
  • Carlsbad Care and Shares! – Volunteers needed to prepare and assist in the largest single donation opportunity Girlfriends Care supports for our communities! Sign up for shifts on Nov 5th (Street Faire) or Oct 8, 9, 10 or 11th.(Village event). Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 – The following projects are well suited for teens.
    • Now until end of Sept – 250 cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 8/28/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Email sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • See opportunities above fro Volunteer Action for Aging.
  • KidzCare for ages K-8th grade – The following projects are well suited for kids accompanied by a parent.
    • Now until end of Sept – 250 cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 8/28/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Email sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.

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 MaryAnn at mgraham@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 the homeless 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 few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • 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!

Updated 7/17/2017

North County Opportunities

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

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Back-to-School Drive – Through the end of July, GFC will be collecting needed school supplies for children living in local transitional housing who cannot afford to buy them.  Click here for a list of needed items and more details.
  • Shining Stars – Volunteers needed to distribute informational cards at Comic-Con on July 21st & 22nd to sound the alarm about human trafficking. Sign up here or contact Olivia at  ncshiningstars@gmail.com for more information.
  • Volunteer Action for Aging –Volunteers needed to engage with seniors during various monthly arts/crafts events. Contact Theresa Powell at tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com. July events include:  
    • 7/19/2017 10:30am in Oceanside – Crafts with Seniors: Assist seniors with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required).
    • 7/26/2017 10:30am in Oceanside – Music for the Soul: Voices needed to join the lead singer and sing along to folk songs and golden oldies while encouraging seniors to do the same.
    • 7/27/2017 1:30pm in Vista – Crafts with Seniors: Assist seniors with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required). 
  • Carlsbad Care and Shares! – Volunteers needed to prepare and assist in the largest single donation opportunity Girlfriends Care supports for our communities! Sign up for shifts on Nov 5th (Street Faire) or Oct 8, 9, 10 or 11th.(Village event). Contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 – The following projects are well suited for teens.
    • Now until end of Sept – 250 cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 7/19/2017 10:30am in Oceanside – Crafts with Seniors: Assist seniors with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required). Contact Theresa Powell at tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com to sign up.
    • 7/24/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 7/27/2017 1:30pm in Vista – Crafts with Seniors: Assist seniors with creating a simple and creative craft (no experience/skills required). Contact Theresa Powell at tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com to sign up.
    • 7/28/2017 1:00pm in Escondido – Share your musical talent while performing for residents of Senior Living. Contact Theresa Powell at tpowell3@scanhealthplan.com to sign up.
  • KidzCare for ages K-8th grade – The following projects are well suited for kids accompanied by a parent.
    • Now until end of Sept – 250 cheerful Thanksgiving Cards creatively designed by youth of any age are needed to cheer isolated seniors for Volunteer Action for Aging.  Cards will be included with meals delivered to lonely seniors on Thanksgiving Day. Contact sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.
    • 7/24/2017 5:15pm in Vista – Serve dinner to families entering into the Solutions for Change program. Email sharon@girlfriendscare.org for more details.

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 MaryAnn at mgraham@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 the homeless 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 few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • 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!

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

August Meeting in North County

Posted 7/9/17

“Back-to-School” Campaign for Children in Need

  

July 15, 2017 through July 31, 2017

 

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Let the Campaign Begin!

In lieu of a brunch meeting for North County Second Saturday in August, Girlfriends Care, KidzCare & Teens Care are focusing on our Annual Back-to-School Supplies Campaign to collect needed items for children living in local transitional housing who cannot afford to buy them. Let’s help these kids start off on an equal footing with their peers!
  
Below is a Shopping List of supplies to choose from. Maybe you’ll want to get your friends and neighbors, church or work group or class involved too!
  
Contact Girlfriends Care for a drop off location near you.

Girlfriends Care is a 501c3 Non-profit; tax receipts available upon request.

 

Supplies Needed
 
1 ½ or 2 inch binders
White, lined paper (wide or college ruled)
Backpacks (children or teens/adult sizes)
Calculator
Protractor
Number 2 pencils
A pencil case, pouch or small supply box
Pens, black, blue or red
Large pink erasers
Scissors, safety or student pointed
Colored pencils (16)
Colored Markers
Crayons (16)
Highlighter pens
Glue stick
Pocket folders in multiple colors
Composition Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
Dividers with tabs
White Glue
A ruler w/centimeters and inches
Index cards (for flashcards)
Pack of post-it notes
USB Flash Drives
 
For more details, email us directly at info@girlfriendscare.org