What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

Jeans Drive for Kids

This July, Girlfriends Care will be helping local kids by collecting and distributing new or gently used jeans just in time for school.  You know; the outgrown ones in our closets which are still in great condition.  Some may look like they’ve never been worn!
When: Drop off locations available between July 1 and 31. Email info@girlfriendscare.org for locations or pickup.
 
Sizes: All sizes needed to fit tots to teens
 
Condition: Jeans should be in very good/new condition
 

Jeans will be distributed to kids in local transition programs such as Solutions for Change, Operation Hope, and, inventory allowing, additional kids in need in North County through local agencies.
 
How you can get involved:

  • Have kids gather outgrown jeans from their own closets and set aside for donation those they would be proud to wear.
  • Ask friends and neighbors to participate.  Either casually, or at a simple event hosted by the kids such as an ice cream social.  Everyone brings jeans.
  • Get your church, club, school or team involved!  And set up a convenient drop off location for the members.
  • Make a drop box and ask your bank, dry cleaners, community center or library to take donations.  Make sure you check the location regularly and empty the box as needed!

 
If you have a business in Oceanside, Vista or Carlsbad that would be willing to participate by accepting donations, please let us know.  Contact Girlfriends Care at info@girlfriendscare.org with details. 
 

This is a great no-cost way for your kids to help other local kids in need!

June Meeting in North County

Girlfriends Support Fill-A-Belly
 

Please join us for our June meeting to learn more about Fill-A-Belly and how they are building relationships with the homeless by breaking bread together.

 

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
 
WHY: Meet Fill-A-Belly and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
 
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 consider donating any of the following items at our meeting to be used by Fill-A-Belly
  • Non-styrofoam ‘to go” containers,
  • Sturdy large paper plates
  • Sunscreen (small tubes)

Grandmas Care – Flip Flops, Hats & Sunglasses

Updated 5/30/19

We have already collected all the flip flops we wanted to collect!
Way to go girlfriends!!!!!
We are still in need of hats/visors and sunglasses.
Thank you all for your generosity!

Help our Grandmas Care with their Summer Project collecting flip flops, hats and sunglasses for children of all ages and women in transition. Our goal is to collect 70 each to be distributed mid July. Contact Rosita at GrandmasCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information.

May Meeting in North County

Posted: 4/23/19

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! 

Our Gift Bags are filled with a variety of “girlie items” that are donated all through the year which is appreciated. Every gift bag is individual designed by individuals and teams of ladies that enjoy the artistic flair and the recipients love them. Contents may include unused make-up (nail polish, eye liner, shadow, lipstick, blush), 8 oz. hand creams, body washes, perfumes…plus some girlie scarves, costume jewelry, picture frames, journals, small books of inspiration, etc.


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 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 and create some “gifts of caring” for the women.
 
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!
  

 

April Meeting in North County

Girlfriends Support Alabaster Jar
 

Please join us for our very first Girlfriends Care meeting focusing on the local trafficking issue in San Diego County!  Kyle Moss, co-founder of The Alabaster Jar Project, will be joining us to share how Alabaster Jar helps with healing the survivors of those able to escape right here in our communities. 
 
We will also put together self-care baskets/gift bags for some of the ladies in the program, including cards of encouragement to help them through their journey.”


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, April 13th, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Get Smart WorkSpaces, 2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 111, Carlsbad, 92010.
 
WHY: Meet Alabaster Jar and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
 
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?   
The Alabaster Jar Project will be joining us at our meeting – and has indicated that if anyone attending wanted to bring packages of ladies underwear (all sizes) with them, they would be happy to take them back to the ladies at the safe house with them.

March Meeting in North County

Posted 2/23/19

Girlfriends Support Milestone House

Come enjoy a free brunch with your Girlfriends and learn about how Milestone House helps at-risk foster teen girls through their trauma towards leading a safe and productive life.     
 
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.  


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
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 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?  
Check back with us soon to see how you can help the girls at Milestone House.

Not in your budget – no problem!  Come join us and share a rewarding time with your girlfriends.

 

   

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!