Donate Items for Gift Bags

Spring & Mother’s Day Gift Bag Outreach
The time is NOW to add sunshine and smiles!


We are currently collecting donations for our next delivery of personally decorated Gift Bags in early May. Distribution will be made to those at Family Recovery Center and others.  If you have the heart to give, bring your donations to the Second Saturday Meetings in March and April or contact Diana at


Most Needed Items:
Costume Jewelry
Journals and girlie ink pens
Creams/ lotions (8 oz)
Miscellaneous toiletries, hair accessories, etc.

March Meeting in North County

February 21, 2017

Girlfriends Support Milestone House

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch on March 11th featuring Milestone House, a residence and program designed to prepare at-risk teen foster girls for independent and productive living.        
Learn about their programs, including their Milestone House Program of Services for emancipated foster youth called Fostering Adulthood Jobs Network, a social enterprise which creates companies under the non-profit that offer foster youth opportunities for employment by developing products or providing services. 

Meet us at Get Smart WorkSpaces, Carlsbad, 10AM – and we’ll have you out by NOON in time for your weekend errands!    
WHO:     Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests

WHAT:    Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
WHEN:   10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, 3/11/2017                      
WHERE:  Get Smart WorkSpaces,
                 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
WHY:     Meet Milestone House and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
HOW:   RSVP NOW to Suzanne at and let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Bring a friend!


These at-risk girls often have very little, and look forward to special outings or treats as rewards for their accomplishments.  If you have a heart to help, below is a list of some of the most cherished items.  Tax deductible receipt upon request.

• Gift cards to Target
• Gift cards to Walmart
• Gift cards for any teen appropriate activity or treat – such as McDonalds, Coldstone, etc.
This drive runs through March 11th so you still have time to spread the word and see if your neighbors, school, work group, society, etc. want to help too!  

San Diego “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Posted: February 15, 2017

GFC “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

Hosted by: Linda Nickey

Where: Meet at Fanuel Park Pacific Beach. We will walk on the Baywalk and Ocean St. 

When: Saturday  March 11th

Why: To have fun with girlfriends, laugh, enjoy the beach and make a difference for many

100% of monies will go to the SD Food Bank. (tax deductible receipt on request)

Time: 10am, for about an hour any walking pace is fine, we will be pairing up!

Cost: $25.00 includes Champagne and chatting after at Linda’s condo (address with RSVP)


March Meeting in San Diego

Posted: February 10, 2017
San Diego Girlfriends Care and Guys Care Too! at Monarch School
This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting at the Monarch School. Katie Bradel, the Director of Development will give us a tour of the campus as well as an overview of how this K-12 comprehensive school educates homeless youth.  Monarch has an innovative approach to learning so students gain the skills they need to improve their lives. They provide a safe, stable environment for learning and services to meet their basic needs.  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, and Friends! 
WHAT:   First Saturday brunch meeting, casual attire
WHEN:   Saturday, March 4th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
WHERE:  1625 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
Bring a friend!  RSVP now AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! 
Want to help?  Our outreach this month is a drive for hygiene items which we will use to create kits for the students.
2-in-1 kids’ shampoo & conditioner
Full size adult shampoo
Full size adult conditioner
Full size kids’ body wash
Full size adult body wash
Full size lotion
Kids’ toothpaste
Adult Toothpaste
Men’s and Women’s deodorant

February Meeting in North County

Posted: February 1, 2017

Girlfriends Care Second Saturday

You won’t want to miss the North County Girlfriends Care Brunch on February 11th to “Share the Vision for 2017” and find out how you can “Make Your Something Count”!

We will also have MaryAnn joining us to share about the YMCA’s OZ and TAY programs. OZ and TAY provide resources and support for youth and young adults in San Diego county.
RSVP to and let us know you’ll come and if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! This is also a great meeting to bring a friend and introduce them to GFC and what we do!
WHO: Girlfriends Care, Teens Care, and Guests
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
WHEN: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 11, 2017. We’ll have you out in time for your weekend errands and your sweetheart celebrations!
WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
WHY: Learn more about OZ/TAY as well as Girlfriends Care’s vision for 2017 and our smorgasbord of volunteer outreach projects from which to choose as you enjoy the company of Girlfriends!

WANT TO HELP? Homeless teens and kids (boys and girls) aging out of the foster program served by OZ and TAY are in need of the following items. Bring them to our February meeting. Not in your budget…No problem. Join us for fun and friendship anyway!

New or gently used towels
Personal Products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes)

February Meeting in San Diego

Posted: January 16, 2017

San Diego Girlfriends Care at the San Diego Food Bank

Please join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting at the San Diego Food Bank!

Liz Sheehan, VP of Development for the San Diego Food Bank will be giving us an update on how this amazing organization is working to stop hunger in San Diego County.  She will also give us a tour of their impressive facility. 
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, and Friends! 
WHAT:   First Saturday brunch meeting, casual attire
WHEN:   Saturday, February 4th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
WHERE: San Diego Food Bank
             9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego 92121  

Bring a friend!  RSVP now AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch item to share! 

This month for our mini-outreach, we’re collecting non-perishable protein foods for the food bank.
Peanut butter, almond butter
Canned meats, i.e.:  tuna, chicken, spam, etc.
Macaroni & Cheese, whole grains (oats, quinoa, pasta)
Canned Chili, Spaghetti with Meat, Beans
Fruit (packed in water or light syrup), low-sugar cereals

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

January’s SD Meeting Recap

Posted: January 14, 2017
Happy New Year!

2017 began with full throttle high energy when about 20 girlfriends met at the Clairemont Library in San Diego on Saturday, January 7th. Our featured partner was Volunteer Action for Aging. Teresa Powell who is their volunteer coordinator explained that the focus of the organization is to bring “action oriented activities” to seniors throughout San Diego. “There are a variety of ways you can be involved” said Teresa, “sharing traveling experiences” or “art group’s” and “leading seniors to create their autobiography as they write personal stories” to name a few. With many hands, our group beautifully wrapped 179 socks each with a card. They were delivered to seniors receiving food from the San Diego Food Bank. On a rainy and cold day…it is a perfect way to warm “soles!” Bringing smiles and amazement to faces of the recipients who know others care is the joy that comes from making “Your Something Count”.


Household items and gift cards from December’s collection drive were given to volunteer coordinator Melissa Gutierrez from Just In Time for Foster Youth. Melissa introduced Allison Bechtel, Associate Director who will act as our new liaison.  Melissa is joining the San Diego County Education Department where she will continue helping foster youth navigate the waters to secure a good education. We will miss her; she promises to keep her eyes on us in her new job!

Updated: March 18, 2017

San Diego Opportunities


  • Prayer Pillowcases comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing.  January through May is the time of year when our Girlfriends-Who-Sew get busy with cutting, pressing and sewing flannel fabric for 700 pillowcases!  Want to join in? For more information, email    
  • 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 provide 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.
  • Just in Time for Foster Youth – We are collecting cleaning items for their Spring Cleaning Drive – broom & dustpan, bleach (Clorox, etc.), dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, cleaning gloves, sponges, scrub brush, Swiffer wet/dry mop, toilet bowl scrubber, mop, and buckets. Bring these items to any GFC meeting or drop them off at Just in Time with Nathan – 619-677-2119.
  • 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 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!

GYBSD Food Drive

January 6, 2017
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!   

THEY NEED DONATIONS OF FOOD!  THEIR GREATEST NEED IS FOR PROTEIN ITEMS!  Soup with meat. Chili with meat. Ravioli with meat. Canned chicken, beef, or tuna. Light weight packaging or pouches appreciated when available; please no glass containers.
Chunky soups
Canned pasta/protein meals
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, spam) 
Canned beans (pinto, black, refried)
Dry or canned evaporated milk
Protein bars
Peanut Butter/Jelly in plastic container
Dried fruits and individually wrapped cracker snacks
Individual servings of cereal and oatmeal

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

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

Updated: April 11, 2017

North County Opportunities


  • GFC Gift Bags for women in transition – 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 transition housing, and we need new journals, beauty items, jewelry and other “girly” items used to fill the gift bags.  Contact Diana Hanes at if you would like to donate the treasures you find, or bring them to a monthly meeting.  
  • Prayer Pillowcases – Help us Meet our Goal!   Girlfriends are needed to help cut, iron and sew our Prayer Pillowcases in preparation for the distribution of more than 700 pillowcases each year to comfort the homeless and those living in transitional housing in both North County and San Diego. Girlfriends are also needed to lead groups of kids decorating and praying for the receiver.  Contact Linda Crawford at for more information and/or to make a donation to support this project.
  • Volunteer Action for Aging – Volunteers needed immediately for Guided Autobiography series in April and May with seniors!  Large group of participants.  No writing or technical skills are needed. Contact Theresa Powell at  Other event participation also available.
  • Help Homeless Street Teens and Foster Youth Aging out of the system –  Donate non-perishable snacks or socks to be handed out to the homeless teens through YMCA Youth & Family Services. Bring to the next Girlfriends Care meeting or drop off at any of our drop off locations or contact MaryAnn at
  • Milestone House, Support At-Risk Teen Foster GirlsMilestone House is seeking gift cards for Target, Walmart, or treats such as McDonalds or Coldstone, as well as those willing to share their teaching talents in areas needed – such as music, art or cooking.   Contact Beverly Boone at  for information.
  • 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 Girlfriends Care meeting.
  • Brother Bennos Thrift Shop – The main center is in desperate need for women’s underwear. Contact Denise Seymour at  The Thrift shop is in needed of clothing donations.  Drop off at the Thrift Shop or contact   Volunteers are always needed at both the main center and the Thrift Shop.
  • Bread of Life- Serving the homeless in North County.  Volunteers are needed for various projects.  To find out more go to website or contact Donations of food and paper products are in need!   
  • Fill A Belly welcomes families, small groups and individuals to bring, serve and enjoy dinner with guests on Tuesday evenings at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
  • KidzCare – Hands-on kid sized outreach projects for kids age K-8th grade are great teaching tools!  Contact Sharon at for more information or to sign up.
  • Teens Care for ages 13-19 is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.  Projects can count towards community service hours required by local schools.  For more info or to get on the mailing list, contact Ellen at
  • Have a few minutes to pick up and deliver items directly to those we help? Please notify Girlfriends Care at that you would like to help when an opportunity comes up!
  • Have a talent to share?  Contact to add your name to our list of those willing to teach, sing, play an instrument or share your skill at an upcoming event, senior home, or other organization we serve. (Please indicate name, email address, talent and best times available.) 
  • “GFC Breakfast Club”: Help feed the poor and homeless at Brother Benno’s on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December).  Arrive at 9:30 AM and finish by Noon!  The food, which is supplied and prepared by Brother Benno’s, is served from a cafeteria-type line. If you want to serve, or just to put your name on the Serving Roster to be notified for future months, please let us know at   Ages 17 thru 107 are welcome!

Check back with us periodically to see “What’s New” with Girlfriends Care!

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