What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

Posted: 10/06/17

Carlsbad Street Faire

Sunday, November 5th, 8AM – 4PM
 Village of Carlsbad In front of Linda’s Gifts
            300 Carlsbad Village Drive at Carlsbad Boulevard

 

Girlfriends Care will join hundreds of vendors at the largest single day street fair in the nation. Come share a couple hours of your time for Girlfriends Care while you’re there and help us spread the word about the needs in our community.
 

For more information, contact Carol at carol@girlfriendscare.org.

Posted 10/6/2017

Love Kids?

Boys and Girls Club of Vista needs volunteers for their after school programs. Join us for a tour and see the programs in action.

Monday, October 16th at 3:30pm. 
Address:  410 W California Ave, Vista, CA 92083. 
Please RSVP to ellen@bgcvista.com

Volunteers Needed at Milestone House

Posted: 10/5/2017

Volunteers are needed to help sort makeup and skin care products for swag bags that will be distributed at Milestone House’s Silver Jubilee Gala on October 14th. If you have some time to come by Milestone House in Oceanside to stuff the bags, contact Beverly at 760-433-6361 or beverly@milestonehouse.org.

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. Sign up here.

 

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.  Sign up here.

 

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!

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!

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