Posted 11/27/17
 

Help us provide holiday joy and warmth to homeless children!

 

This is your invitation to join us for a casual San Diego GFC Brunch meeting on the first Saturday of December at Panera in Mira Mesa.  We are collecting items for children (ages 5-18) at Monarch School. 
 
Monarch School is a unique public K-12 school in San Diego which is exclusively for students who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, or impacted by homelessness.


  
WHO:    Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT:   Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN:   Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  
WHERE:  Panera Mira Mesa, 10751 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126
  
WHY:     Help keep homeless children warm this winter and provide holiday cheer to them and their families.
  
HOW:   RSVP NOW to RSVPSD@girlfriendscare.org.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!


  
WANT TO HELP?  
Bring any of the items listed below:
 
Warm hooded sweatshirts
New socks and shoes
$25 Target gift cards
Full-size toiletries

Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

Posted 11/16/17
 

San Diego County Opportunities 

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS IN NORTH COUNTY THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

  • Monarch Schools  – We are collecting $25 gift card to Target and warm hooded sweatshirts for Monarch School. Monarch Schools provides a safe, caring environment for learning for children facing homelessness in San Diego. If you can bring your donation to the December meeting or contact Kathy at kathy@girlfriendscare.org to schedule a pickup/drop-off.
  • Just in Time for Foster Youth – Help transitioning foster youth at Just in Time, who lack family support, turn their empty apartments into safe and comfortable homes with gift cards valued from $5 to $50 to Walmart, Target, or similar. Drop them off at Just in Time with Nathan – 619-677-2119 or contact Kathy at kathy@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Ronald McDonald House – We are collecting paints, books, art supplies, puzzles, travel sized board games and card games for children 4-8 years old who are going through treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital as well as their siblings.  You can bring these items to any GFC meeting or make a donation for this project through Girlfriends Care, P.O. Box 1820, Carlsbad, CA 92018.  Tax deductible receipts upon request! 
  • San Diego Food Bank – Participate in the Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive and help feed those who will face food insecurity this holiday season. Donate a $5 Pre-filled Hunger Bag at Vons, donate money or food online, or host a community Food Drive. Follow this link or more details.
  • 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!
  • Buy unique gifts and support Girlfriends Care. viaONEHOPE has partnered with Girlfriends Care to provide special pricing on their wine by the half case or full case just in time for Christmas shopping! They also have many gift box options, including some non-alcoholic options, to make your gift a little extra special. 10% of all purchases from case, half case, and gift boxes $49+ will be donated back to Girlfriends Care. For more details, visit Girlfriends Care’s special ordering page at http://www.morethanabottle.com/girlfriendscare .

Posted 11/11/2017

“GOT SOCKS!”

Help us “sock it to the wet and cold”
with New Socks for the Homeless!

 
The homeless spend a lot of time on their feet and don’t always have access to washing machines!  Wearing dirty and damp socks can lead to athlete’s foot and contribute to other health issues.  Clean, fresh socks provide comfort and contribute to good health.
 
We’re collecting New Socks, all sizes and styles are welcome.  White men’s athletic socks are the most needed.
 
Campaign starts November 1st and ends Monday, November 27th!  Do you think we can collect a GRAND of Socks for the Homeless?  Let’s keep track of the number of pairs collected and see how much caring we can share with the homeless through our non-profit partners Brother Benno’s, Bread of Life, OZ Teen Street Outreach, Fill-A-Belly, LaPasada, and Interfaith Services.
 
If you want to “Compound the Caring“, how about sharing this message and start your own sub-campaign?  Ask your friends, co-workers, neighbors, school class, church, bunko group, sorority or others to join you in collecting. Feel free to set up a collection box and use this flyer to advertise.  Teamwork always increases the output!  This is a favorite campaign for KidzCare and Teens Care! 

Posted 11/11/2017

The Boys & Girls Club of Vista has a Christmas outreach opportunity for you! We are inviting you to sponsor a deserving family. Eligible low-income families are currently applying for our “Adopt a Family” program. Your sponsorship will provide gifts for family members and the non-perishable makings of a holiday meal. Delivery will be on or before December 14, 2018 unless otherwise arranged with your family. Girlfriends and friends interested in “adopting” a family for the Holiday may request a sponsorship application from Ellen Clark at ellen@bgcvista.com.

Updated 11/27/2017

Girlfriends Care, KidzCare, Teens Care and Guys Care Too!
 
It’s time to sign up for one of our most popular events of the year in support of Brother Bennos….
Volunteers are needed to help the homeless, working poor, and those in transition who are served by Brother Benno’s! 
 
Annual Holiday Volunteer Blitz  Saturday, December 9th  AND
 
Santa’s Closet Tuesday, December 12th
 
AND
 
A New Event
Children’s Party Saturday, December 16th 
Guys, Teens and school-aged Kids are welcome too!
Click here to see positions available.

RSVP to Diana at diana@girlfriendscare.org

Posted 10/22/2017

Solutions for Change

2017 Breaking and Entering

2 Volunteer Teams are needed to bring “Christmas” to families at North County Solutions for Change!


Girlfriends Care has adopted two apartments for the 2017 Breaking & Entering at Solutions for Change taking place on Tuesday November 28th from 11:30am-4:00pm.   Breaking and Entering is a great way to bring the joy of the holidays to families working hard to break the cycle of homelessness.  Apartments which house some of the newer families to their program will be decorated, and gifts left behind as a surprise and all on the same day.   This joyous event has become very popular with our Girlfriends and friends. Apartments will be assigned on a first-come basis.  


For questions or to register your team contact ellen@girlfriendscare.org.



2017 Criteria:

Suggested Christmas things to bring include:

  • Fake 4’ tree, lights & ornaments (units are small)
  • Garland or lights for outside of unit
  • Wreath for door
  • Food for Christmas holidays
  • Cookie dough, cookie sheet, gingerbread house kit (something the family can make together)

Items needed all year long

  • Toiletries for the bathroom
  • Pots & pans
  • Dishes & flatware
  • Linens; towels (maybe red or green), pillows, sheets & blankets (twin & queen size)
  • Toaster, coffee pot or waffle maker
  • Games, puzzles, movies or books the family can enjoy together
  • Movie theatre gift cards
  • A card from your family or group

Gifts for mom or dad:

  • Solutions will have plenty of toys coming for the kids so these are not needed. Most groups do bring something for mom or dad

What not to bring:

  • No candles, as they are not allowed

North County Smorg Nov 2017

Posted: October 20, 2017

North County Opportunities

HERE ARE SOME CURRENT OUTREACH PROJECTS IN NORTH COUNTY THAT MAY HAVE YOUR NAME ON THEM!  Contact Info@girlfriends.org for more information or to sign up!

New or Upcoming Opportunities
  • Carlsbad Street Faire -Volunteers are needed for 2 hour shifts throughout the day on Nov 5th to collect donations as well as share the Girlfriends Care mission and encourage our community to get involved.  Signup here or contact Carol@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Br. Bennos Children’s Pajama and Sock Campaign – There is something special about having new pajamas on Christmas morning. You can help make that happen for a children in need this Christmas season! Donate new pajamas and/or new socks through Girlfriends care in November to be distributed at the Brother Benno’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party in early December!  Children’s sizes 8-16 are needed. Contact Passion2Serve@girlfriends.org for drop off locations.
  • Socks for the Homeless Campaign – The homeless spend a lot of time on their feet and don’t always have access to washing machines! Wearing dirty and damp socks can lead to athlete’s foot and contribute to other health issues. Clean, fresh socks provide comfort and contribute to good health! Donate New Athletic Socks in the month of November. All sizes and styles are welcome; Men’s white athletic socks are most needed. Contact Passion2Serve@girlfriends.org for drop off locations.
  • Solutions for Change Breaking and Entering – Join Girlfriends Care as a group of our girlfriends “break and enter’ the homes of formerly homeless families to surprise them with warm holiday decorations, Christmas presents, and food for the pantry to make their Christmas amazing. Contact Ellen at Ellen@girlfriendscare.org for more information.
  • Dinners at Bread of Life – Help feed the homeless and poor by purchasing, preparing, and/or serving food on the 1st Saturday evening of each winter month December through March at Bread of Life. Contact Maureen at Passion2Serve@girlfriendscare.org.
  • Children’s Groups Needed for Prayer Pillowcases – We are looking for groups of children willing to bring some joy into the heart of a homeless person. Children decorate the label on a pillowcase provided by Girlfriends Care and then they pray for the person who will receive the pillowcase.  To learn more about this ministry, watch this video. Contact Ellen at Ellen@girlfriendscare.org if interested.
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.  
  • 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. 
    • Don’t have time to Volunteer but interested in donating needed items?
  • 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 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!
  • 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!

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.

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