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Posted: June 14, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities in San Diego County

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
  • OZ/TAY – Contact Charity (cbrant@ymca.org | 559-349-1606) regarding the following opportunities.
    • YMCA Youth & Family Services Community Help Days  – The YMCA is remodeling a home in coastal Oceanside that they are opening up to get homeless young adults off the streets. They are looking for volunteers to help Saturday, June 16th in the below areas (expertise in these areas a plus but not required!!). Contact Charity (cbrant@ymca.org | 559-349-1606) to RSVP for a three hour time slot (9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, or 3pm-6pm) and she will send you the address.
      • IKEA Furniture-Building
      • Installing AC Units, Ceiling Fans,&  Lights
      • Laying of Tile & Backsplashes
      • Installing Cabinets, Shelving, & Blinds
      • Yard Work
      • Light Painting
    • YMCA Welcome Home Kits – The following donations are needed for the new YMCA homeless young adult home:
      • Pet Care Items
        • Crates/kennels, dog beds and toys, pet hygiene items, (shampoo, flea collars, flea medicine, etc), vet services (free or discounted)
        • BIG ITEM: OUTDOOR COVERED DOG RUN or gift card to purchase one!
      • Welcome Home Kits ( x5 )
        • Full-sized hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, feminine items, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste, shave gel, bath towel, wash cloth, toilet paper pack, hair brush, comb
        • Alarm Clock
        • Throw Blanket
        • Mounting Adhesive Strips (for damage-free hanging on walls)
        • Laundry Kits
        • Detergent pods
        • Dryer sheets
        • Laundry basket
      • Gift cards (in $25 increments) to WalMart  as a Welcome Home! gift
    • Boys and Girls Club Vista – Summer Camp starts June 8 and will go through August 10.  For more information on the below opportunities, please contact Theresa at: theresa@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com.
      • Arts/Crafts-  help staff with art projects during summer camp and/or design and lead one of your own!
      • Sports/Playground assistance- lead the kids in fun, fitness activities or supervise them on the playground!
      • Have a special game or sport you’d like to share with the kids?  We love new activities!
      • Administrative/Logistics-  help organize and liquidate donated art and collectibles not suited for fundraising auctions
      • Background checks are required for volunteers over 18 working with the kids, application provided by the Club.
    • Monarch Schools  – We are collecting traditional school supplies (e.g. crayons, markers, glue, notebooks) as well as basic necessities such as ankle and basketball socks of all sizes and packs of underwear for  back to school season at Monarch School. Monarch Schools provides a safe, caring environment for learning for children facing homelessness in San Diego. You can bring your donation to any Girlfriends Care meeting or contact us at info@girlfriendscare.org to schedule a pickup/drop-off.
    • Serve Dinner at Solutions for ChangeSolutions for Change has re-opened their old shelter location in Vista so they are now supporting two separate in-take shelters. Volunteers are still needed to provide dinner to residents at the old shelter (no more than 40 people).  If you would like to serve dinner, please sign up here.
    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 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!

June Meeting in North County

Posted 5/19/18

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, June 9, 2018, 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?  
 

The girls would love towels & washcloths, twin-sized comforters, and bakeware, plates or mugs. 

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

 

   

Posted: May 13, 2018

North County 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
  • Brother Benno’s – Watch for communications with additional details!  A Christmas in July is in the works and volunteers/donations will be needed to assist in a variety of ways!  Fun! Fun! Fun! Current immediate ongoing needs are undies for men (size 28-34) and gift cards for both the men and women in the Programs at the main center and  gently used furniture at the Thrift Store. Contact Helen Parsons or Denise Seymour (emails below) for additional details.
  • Family Recovery Center – The women at FRC could use professional clothing for job interviews, toiletry items, and diapers.
  • Serve Dinner at Solutions for Change – Solutions for Change has re-opened their old shelter location in Vista so they are now supporting two separate in-take shelters. Volunteers are needed to provide dinner to residents at the old shelter (no more than 40 people).  If you would like to serve dinner, please sign up here.
Ongoing Opportunities
  • 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!
  • 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.  
  • Boys & Girls Club of Vista – For more information on the below opportunities, please contact Theresa at: theresa@girlfriendscare.org or Ellen at ellen@bgcvista.com.
    • Love working with kids!  Join Weekday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm:  Afterschool Activities with the Kids (requires background check); assistance needed in tutoring, coaching, reading, art, athletics, math, science, computer, music, and on the playground.
    • Love kids, but not hands on?  Volunteers needed Weekday mornings, afternoons and occasional weekend dates for help with Administration and Special Events. 
  • 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 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!

May Meeting in North County

Posted: 4/16/18

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 12, 2018, 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.
 
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 12th!  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.

KidzCare Serves Dinner at Solutions for Change

Posted 4/16/18

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 26th, 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.  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)

May Meeting in San Diego

Posted 4/16/18

 

Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting on the first Saturday of May at the Serra Mesa – Kearny Mesa Library.  Our mini outreach will be to make Hygiene Kits for PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) to distribute to our homeless population in downtown San Diego.  

 
PATH Connections Housing is a partnership that brings a variety of agencies together under one roof to meet the many needs of the homeless. PATH works to address homelessness through a combination of services leading to housing, including rapid re-housing assistance, strategic outreach, interim housing, permanent supportive housing development, employment and supportive services for the most vulnerable populations.  Click here for more information.
 


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
 
WHERE: Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library Community Room, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
 
WHY: To provide basic needs to our homeless population.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPSD@girlfriendscare.org.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!

 
WANT TO HELP?
 
We need the items listed below for the Hygiene Kits.  NEW small/travel size items only please!
 
Lip Balm or Chapstick with SPF 15 or higher

Deodorant

Hand Sanitizer

Anti-bacterial Wipes (small packs of 10-20)

Toothbrushes – Adult (individually wrapped)

Toothpaste (non-whitening)

Dental Floss
 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

April Meeting in North County

Posted 3/17/18

 

Boys and Girls Club of Vista

Join Girlfriends Care for a Casual Brunch and learn more about 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, 4/14/2018, 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?
 
We’ll be collecting the following items for Boys and Girls Club of Vista this month.  
 
Cooking Supplies (for youth cooking class)

  1. Cookie Sheets
  2. Cupcake/muffin pans
  3. Measuring cups & Spoons
  4. Spatulas
  5. Wooden Spoons
  6. Wisks (medium)
  7. Vegetable peelers
  8. 4-5” knives with rounded tips and safety grip (for kids)
    1. With sheath or
    2. Knife block
  9. M/L Blue kids aprons

Games (for kids ages 5+)

  1. Card games like “Uno” (all versions)
  2. Board Games
  3. Educational Games such as Mad Libs, Multiplication Bingo, etc.)

$5 Starbucks Cards for incentives for “leaders in training” and other young leaders.
 
Please bring donated items to the April 14th Girlfriends Care meeting at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista.
 

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

GFC 4th “Walk and Talk” for a Cause

 
Posted 3/16/18
 

WHAT: Girlfriends Care Walk and Talk for a Cause
 
WHEN: Saturday, 4/21/2018, 10:00 AM, walk for about an hour (any pace is fine, we will be pairing up!) and return to Linda’s condo for snacks and chatting afterwards.
 
WHERE: Meet at Linda Nickey’s house by Fanuel Park in Pacific Beach. Walk on the Baywalk and Ocean St. Exact location will be provided with RSVP.
 
COST: $25.00(suggested) includes champagne, snacks and chatting afterwards
 
WHY: To have fun with girlfriends, laugh, enjoy the beach and make a difference for many.
100% donated goes to the SD Food Bank to help those in need in our community.
(your checks will be made out to Girlfriends Care. You will be sent a receipt from Diana at GFC following the walk.)
 
HOW: RSVP to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org

Immediate Volunteer Needs

The Boys & Girls Club needs volunteers to help with a reading program for Club kids in the following areas:

  1. Collect early readers and chapter books for grades K-4 (March 3-23)- Families with kids of all ages
  2. Help prepare program materials (March 19-22)- Teens or Adults. Times Flexible 
  3. Volunteer onsite to read with children or listen to chapter reports. (March 26-April 6) -Middle/high school students and their parents. 3:00-5:00 pm each weekday both weeks, or 10:00-11:00 the week of March 26.
  4. Help with celebrations for kids who have reached their goal of 10 “punches” on their reading bookmarks based on appropriate grade-level objectives. (April 9-13)- Families with kids ages 10+ 3:00-5:00 pm. M- W -F only On Site Volunteer shifts are 2 hours

 
How This Helps Our Community
Kids can improve their reading skills by participating in a fun and engaging program, with opportunities for one-on-one interaction. This is part of our Power Hour learning program. Many of our Club kids come to us behind in reading and in school. By encouraging kids to read and making it fun they have the opportunity to catch up, and reach grade level. 100% of the Kids who regularly spend time at the Club plan to graduate high school.
 
To volunteer, including book collection,  register at https://www.allforgood.org/projects/eJEAYLJo and help the kids twice!  Disney will provide tickets for fundraisers based on the number of volunteers for this project! 

March Meeting in North County

Posted 2/23/18

Solutions for Change

Join Girlfriends Care for a casual brunch and learn more about Solutions for Change. Solutions for Change transforms lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness by providing a complete and sustainable solution driven by accountability.
 
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, 3/10/2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: 722 W California Ave, Vista, CA 92083
 
WHY: To learn more about how you can impact the lives of homeless families 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’ll be collecting Spring Cleaning supplies for the residents of Solutions this month.  Items may include:

Brooms
Mops
Sponges
Laundry Soap
Cleaners such as Pine Sol and Simple Green
Cleanser
Windex
Clorox Wipes
Mattress Covers (Twin/Queen)
Shower Curtains
Waste Baskets
Dish Racks
Bathroom Essentials
Pillows

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

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