What’s New North County

October Meeting in North County

Posted 9/20/18

Join us at Bread of Life

Join us for Second Saturday Brunch featuring Bread of Life Rescue Mission. Bread of Life feeds dinner to the homeless and provides a place to sleep in the winter, plus other services for our local poor and homeless.  We will take a tour of their modest facility and learn more about how this organization functions and the services they provide.


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Bread of Life, 1919 Apple Street, Oceanside, CA 92054
 
WHY: Help make lunches for the guests at Bread of Life and learn more about how Bread of Life is impacting our community.
 
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?  
Our hands-on Outreach Project for this meeting will be to prepare 75 brown bag lunches that will be given to the homeless at Bread of Life after their regular meal that evening.

Here’s what we’ll need for 75 bag lunches:
(Please sign up here if you are able to bring any of the following)
Individual snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.)
Individual treats (cookies, fruit snacks, pudding, etc)
Fresh Fruit (oranges or apples)
Bottled water and/or fruit juice
Large jars of creamy peanut butter
Large jars of jelly
Paper bags, sandwich bags, snack bags
 
Other suggested donations for Bread of Life
12 oz. Styrofoam cups, plastic forks,
paper or Styrofoam plates,
45 gallon trash bags, Smart & Final Gift Cards
 
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!
 

   

5th Walk for a Cause

 
Posted 9/14/18
 

WHAT: Girlfriends Care Walk and Talk for a Cause
 
WHEN: Saturday, 10/27/2018, 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

Jeans Drive for Kids

This August, Girlfriends Care will be helping local kids by collecting and distributing 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 August 15 and 31. Email info@girlfriendscare.org for locations.
 
Sizes: All sizes needed to fit tots to teens
 
Condition: Jeans should be in good to nearly 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 Ellen at ellen@girlfriendscare.org with details. 
 

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

Comic Con 2018

Posted 7/1/2018

Volunteers Needed

One of our 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 20th or July 21st (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

Summer Flip Flop and Sunglasses Drive

 

Help our Grandmas Care girlfriends collect flip flops and sunglasses for children of all ages and women in transition. Our goal is to collected 60 flip flops and 60 sunglasses to be distributed mid July. Contact Rosita at GrandmasCare@girlfriendscare.org for more information.

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.

 

   

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.

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!

February Meeting in North County

Updated: January 26, 2018

Come See What We Are All About!

Please join your Girlfriends to kickoff 2018 and to help homeless teens!

Enjoy a free brunch meeting, catch up with your girlfriends and learn more about how we plan to give back to our communities in 2018.  There may be new project that touches YOUR heart!

We will hear how YMCA OZ/TAY helps teens in crisis – then we will put together mini laundry kits for them to take back to the drop-in shelter.    (The homeless teens often have no way to wash the clothes they have,)

 

RSVP to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org 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, Guys Care, Teens Care, and Guests

WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 10, 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 2018 and our smorgasbord of volunteer outreach projects from which to choose as you enjoy the company of Girlfriends!

WANT TO HELP? The teens and foster kids aging out of the system are always in need of nonperishable snacks. Bring them to our February meeting. Not in your budget…No problem. Join us for fun and friendship anyway!

Canned meals/non-perishable meals ideas:

Chef-Boy-R-Dee
Soup
Cup-O-Noodles
Tuna
Chili
Baked Beans

Snacks ideas:

Granola bars
Fruit snacks
Bottled water

Next Step Forward program

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