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 1st (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

July Meeting in North County

Posted 6/16/17

Christmas in July for Volunteer Action for Aging

 
Join Girlfriends Care for a casual brunch and learn more about our Volunteer Action for Aging. This is a volunteer service program that coordinates free senior events and opportunities to increase socialization and an overall sense of well-being. 
 
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, July 8th, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

  
WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92010 
  
WHY:    To learn more about how you can impact the lives of seniors in North County.

  
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?  

 
We will be collecting items to create Hygiene Care Gift Bags for a Christmas in July to be distributed to Seniors in need where these items are not otherwise provided. 
 
Due to their sensitivity as they age, we must be brand specific in this case.  Thank you for your support! 
 
Needed items include (All items are available at the Dollar Tree):

  • Toothpaste (Aim or Ultra-Brite)  
  • Individually packaged toothbrushes (one per package)
  • ARRID XX (or other non-gender specific deodorant)
  • Individually boxed unscented or lightly scented soap (No Irish Spring)
  • Dermasil lotion

*Each Hygiene Care Gift Bag will include one of each of the above items.  
 
Bring donated items to the GFC Second Saturday meeting or email us at info@girlfriendscare.org for a drop-off location near you.
 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

June Meeting in North County

Posted 5/17/17

Girlfriends Helping Youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista

 
Join Girlfriends Care for a casual brunch and learn more about our BRAND NEW PARTNER the Boys & Girls Club of Vista!  The Boys & Girls Club of Vista provides a safe place for kids to learn and grow while developing positive relationships with their peers and adult mentors through sports, fitness, academic enrichment and life skills classes. 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 10, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

  
WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Vista located at: 410 W California Avenue, Vista
Parking available in the front lot or on the street. (Meeting room is not handicapped accessible. Please make a note when you RSVP if you need assistance.)
  
WHY:    To learn more about the programs benefiting the children served by the Boys & Girls Club of Vista.  Also enjoy a personal tour of the facility.

  
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 WITH A DONATION OF ART SUPPLIES?  

 
With over 300 kids attending the Boys and Girls Club of Vista during the summer months, art supplies are desperately needed.
 
Let’s see how many art supplies we can collect by June 10th!  Collect independently, or ask your friends, neighbors, work, church, school, or other contacts to support your efforts.
 
Needed items include: colored pencils, markers, acrylic paints, and construction paper.  (Hula hoops, jump ropes, water balloons and playground balls are also needed for outdoor play.)

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 North County

Posted: 4/17/17

Join Girlfriends Care for a Casual Brunch at Family Recovery Center, a residential treatment program in Oceanside that helps mothers in recovery from substance abuse. There is no cost to attend and we’ll have you out in plenty of time to do your weekend errands!  
 
Our hands-on Outreach Project for this meeting will be to create GFC Spring Gift Bags for the women at FRC!  Always a special treat for them and for us! Donations of items to put in the gift bags are always welcomed and appreciated. Items may include unused make-up (nail polish, eye liner, shadow, lipstick, blush), hand creams, body washes, perfumes…plus some girlie scarves, costume jewelry, picture frames, journals, etc.

  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
  
WHAT:  Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
  
WHEN:   Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  
WHERE:  Family Recovery Center 1100 Sportfisher Drive in Oceanside, enter through Lower Level.
  
WHY:     To learn more about the transformation of the old TriCity Hospital to the current FRC life-changing center, create some “gifts of caring” for the women, and have an opportunity for a up-close-and-personal tour.
  
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?  
We’re running a DIAPER DERBY for Family Recovery Center!
 
Let’s see how many disposable diapers we can collect by May 13th!  The FRC always need diapers in all sizes!  Lots of babies! Lots of diapers!
 
Start your own team or collect independently, set your goal and ask your friends, neighbors, work, church, school, bank or other contacts to participate in your campaign.
 
Bring diapers to the GFC Second Saturday meeting at Family Recovery Center or email info@girlfriendscare.org for a convenient drop-off site.

RSVP For San Diego Annual Luncheon

Join San Diego Girlfriends Care to celebrate our fourth year of Girlfriends Caring and Sharing throughout our beautiful city and surrounding areas. Click here for details.

   

Select one of four options below. Cost is $22 per person and includes your food, beverages from list below, tax, and gratuity.


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.

Serve Dinner at Solutions For Change

Posted 4/16/17

WHO:    KidzCare, Teens Care, and Families
  
WHAT:  KidzCare/Teens Care serves dinner (chili and baked potato bar) at the intake facility for Solutions for Change every 4th Monday of the month in Vista (near the Boys & Girls Club). Participating families will be asked to help bring the supplies listed below for the meal (no cooking required; easy items that can be picked up at the store). All other items will be provided by KidzCare.
  
WHEN:   Every 4th Monday of the Month – Next Available Date April 24th, 5:15PM – 6:30PM
 
WHERE:  Solutions for Change, Vista, CA
  
HOW:   RSVP to KidzCare@girlfriendscare.org This is a fabulous opportunity for kids to see firsthand how their service blesses those in their community. If you would like to join us, please respond to this email.  Due to space limitations, this monthly service opportunity is limited to two families.
Supplies Needed for Dinner

1 lb butter (soften/spreadable if using cubes)
1.5 lbs sour cream
1 large bag of pre-made salad
30 water bottles
6 cups shredded cheese
1 onion, chopped
dessert for 30 (optional but appreciated)

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