Smorg March 2019

Posted: February 12, 2019

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
  • Family Recovery Center – In May we will be making gift bags for the women at FRC. Help us collect the following items to bless these women with.
    • Costume Jewelry (Bracelets, necklaces, ear rings)
    • Journals (3 x 5 or 5 x 7)
    • Books of encouragement (Small Inspirational Books-3 x 5 or 5 x 7)
    • Nice note Pads (small)
    • Small sets of blank cards/stationary
    • Decorative ink pens/pencils
    • Accessories- hair bands, scrunchies, etc.
    • Lotions and Creams (8 oz. to 12 oz.)
    • Make-Up (Nail polish, lipstick, eye shadow, eye liner, etc.-unused)
    • Nail files, grooming kits/supplies
    • Gels (2 -8 oz.) and nice bars of soaps (small)  
    • Miscellaneous toiletries (up to 8 oz. in size)
  • Operation Hope  Be a Grandparent for a Day to children in transition! Every 2nd Saturday Operation Hope is in need of 5 seniors to spend the morning loving on the children living at Operation Hope. RSVP to Lizeteh at lma@operationhopeshelter.org.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Vista After school assistance with children’s programs and activities needed.  Also seeking administrative help and assistance with fundraisers and special programs. Contact Ellen Clark at ellen@bgcvista.com
  • Operation Hope  Be a Grandparent for a Day to children in transition! Every 2nd Saturday Operation Hope is in need of 5 seniors to spend the morning loving on the children living at Operation Hope. RSVP to Lizeteh at lma@operationhopeshelter.org.
  • 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!

February Meeting in North County

Posted 1/19/2019

Got Your Back San Diego

See It All Come Together!

Let’s wrap up our food drive for homeless kids and meet where the magic happens!

Join us for our February meeting of Girlfriends Care featuring Got Your Back San Diego – and see how your food donations get sorted, organized, counted and placed in backpacks for the kids – and hear how it all works as we feature Got Your Back San Diego.
 
We will also give you a sneak preview of our plans for 2019, including featuring some of our newer projects and success stories you may want to join!


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019:  10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Got Your Back San Diego, 
Rancho Del Oro Industrial Park
4061 Oceanside Blvd. Suite E
Oceanside, CA 92056
 
WHY: Learn more about Got Your Back San Diego, an amazing organization that fills backpacks weekly to feed children attending SD County schools who have been identified as homeless and/or food insecure.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@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?    Please Donate Any Of The Following Single Serving Breakfast Items:

 

Cereal:  8 ounce single servings or 11 ounce box

Instant Oatmeal:  2 ounce single servings, cup, or packets

Shelf Stable Milk:  8 ounce single servings of almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk not needing refrigeration

 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

February Meeting in San Diego

Posted 1/19/2019

Join us at Just in Time

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, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: 4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G, San Diego, CA 92120
 
WHY: Meet Ivan Chavez, Volunteer Services Coordinator for Just In Time (and a former foster youth) and learn more about this amazing organization 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 our “My First Home” drive.  We are collecting the items below to help transitioning foster youth with basic needs to set up and maintain a clean, fresh home. 
 
1. Towels and washcloths (new) 
2. New Full or Queen Size Bedding: sheets, blankets, Bed-in-a-Bag sets (neutral colors are best)
3. Cleaning Supplies (i.e. broom & dustpan, all purpose cleaner, sponges, cleaning gloves, dish detergent, scrub brush, Swiffer wet/dry mop, buckets, toilet bowl scrubber)

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

GYBSD Food Drive 2019

Posted 12/22/2018

 
Help us “Collect a Grand of Food” to Feed the Children!  

That’s 1,000 items of nutrition for Got Your Back San Diego to help in the local fight against childhood hunger! Can we do it?

 
You might organize a family project, or include your school, church, neighbors or work group in this project to feed the children!
 
GYBSD helps children who are technically homeless through a weekend nutritional program that provides food in backpacks through the local schools!   

 

Mother always said
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”  
HELP US COLLECT THE FOLLOWING BREAKFAST ITEMS
AND HELP A CHILD GET THE RIGHT START TO THEIR DAY! 
  • Individual serving cereal packages (8 ounce single servings or 11 ounce box)
  • Individual serving oatmeal packages (3 ounce single servings, cup or packets)
  • Individual serving shelf-stable milk (powder milk or liquid soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, or chocolate milk)

Click here for a flyer to use for your own drive.

Donated food items not included on this list will be distributed to other organizations in need.


DELIVER TO ANY DROP SITE DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY!  Tax deductible receipt available upon request.  To find a drop-off location nearest you or to be a drop-off location, please contact us at info@girlfriendscare.org.

2018-12 Smorg

Posted: December 1, 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
  • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Contact Ellen Clark at ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • Adopt A Family at the Boys and Girls Club of Vista and help make the holidays magical!
      • Looking for 3-4 girlfriends to “share” a family.
      • Also looking for help to administrate the Adopt A Family program
    • As “Secret Shoppers” for sponsors who can’t shop (great for someone with a big heart and small budget!)
      • Volunteers needed to shop, select, and wrap gifts
    • With set-up and gift distribution on December 18 between 8:00-10:00 or 4:00-6:30  (bi-lingual is a plus!)
  • Grandmas Care Winter Project – Grandmas, we are collecting hats, scarfs, gloves for Christmas through December 15th. Please email Rosita for details. 
  • Got Your Back San Diego – Next month Girlfriends Care will be collecting breakfast foods for children in need in San Diego. Help us collected 1,000 items by starting your own food drive, encouraging friends to bring an item to your next holiday party, or collected food at your place of business.Click here for a flyer to use for your own drive.
  • Bread of Life – Love to cook?  Girlfriends care prepares and serves dinner to the guests of Bread of Life Rescue mission the first Saturday of the month during their winter shelter season.  To participate contact Maureen Richards maureen@girlfrienscare.org This is a family friendly service project.  A limited number of kids and teens welcome. 
Ongoing Opportunities
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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!

Grandmas Care – Hat and Scarf Drive

Posted 11/29/2018

Grandmas Care, as our Winter Project, is collecting knitted hats/beanies and scarves for homeless children and women in transition.

Help us meet our goal of 100 knitted hats/beanies and 100 knitted scarves by December 15th.

Contact Rosita@GirlfriendsCare.org for more information or for details on dropping off hats/scarves.

Smorg Nov 2018

Posted: November 13, 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
  • Linda’s Gift Open House Party – Come, Donate, Shop, and enjoy Treats at Linda’s Gift Open House. Tuesday, November 13. All donations will benefit Girlfriends Care’s partners and Breast Cancer Angels. Click here for more details.
  • Br. Benno’s Volunteer Blitz – It’s time to sign up for one of our most popular events of the year in support of Brother Bennos. Volunteers are needed to help the homeless, working poor, and those in transition who are served by Brother Benno’s! For more details, click here.
  • Solutions for Change’s Breaking and Entering – Girlfriends Care will be bringing Christmas cheer to their newest residents in the Intake Action Center on Friday November 30.  Help is needed with providing small gift items and decorations as well as hands-on decorating help. This is a 36 bed facility, plus infants, so many hands and hearts are needed and welcome!  For more information contact Terri Williamson at info@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen Clark at ellen@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Contact Ellen Clark ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • Adopt A Family at the Boys and Girls Club of Vista and help make the holidays magical!
      • Looking for 3-4 girlfriends to “share” a family.
      • Also looking for help to administrate the Adopt A Family program
    • Available after school on a weekday?  Consider leading a special one-time craft, story, “show”, or music session this holiday season!
    • Do you enjoy planning events?  The Boys and Girls Club is also looking for two dedicated 2019 Gala Committee Members to help plan and execute their annual fundraiser.
  • Grandmas Care Winter Project – Grandmas, it is time to start collecting hats, scarfs, gloves for Christmas. Please email Rosita for details. 
  • Bread of Life – Love to cook?  Girlfriends care prepares and serves dinner to the guests of Bread of Life Rescue mission the first Saturday of the month during their winter shelter season.  To participate contact Maureen Richards maureen@girlfrienscare.org This is a family friendly service project.  A limited number of kids and teens welcome. 
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!

Christmas at Br Bennos

Updated 11/10/2018

Girlfriends Care, KidzCare, Teens Care and Guys Care Too!
 
It’s time to sign up for one of our most popular events of the year in support of Brother Bennos….
Volunteers are needed to help the homeless, working poor, and those in transition who are served by Brother Benno’s! 
 
Annual Holiday Volunteer Blitz  Saturday, December 8th  AND
 
Santa’s Closet Tuesday, December 5th
 Guys, Teens and school-aged Kids are welcome too!
Click here to see positions available.RSVP to Diana at diana@girlfriendscare.org

November Meeting in North County

Posted 10/22/18

Join us at Operation Hope

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch featuring Operation Hope.


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Operation Hope 859 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084
 
WHY: Learn more about how Operation Hope is impacting our community, tour the facility (at 10:45), and participate in a hands-on project (read a story/do a craft with the children or write cards of encouragement )
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@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?  
 
      Operation Hope could really use pillows, towels and washcloths.
 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

 

   

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!

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