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8/11/20 Toiletries Drive making a clean sweep in the community!

Plus Summer is almost over! Where did the time and the money go??!!

A small portion of the donated toiletries! Toiletery Drive: Lola Zybura , a Womenader and resident in Cypress Ridge, started a Toiletry Drive to run for the month of August. Here is a picture of what came in in the first few days. The first part of the collection was distributed today to 5 agencies. The advocates said that many places are offering food but toiletries are hard to come by. The Arroyo Grande Rotary Club reached out to the Wolf Den to run a drive for toiletries, socks and other necessities. Got Ideas?? We are continuing to look for Womenaders with novel ideas for fundraising as our normal avenue to gather and fundraise at Potluck dinners is not possible at this time. Put your thinking caps on and if anyone has a fund raising idea they would like to pursue, please let us know. Recent needs requested are: The county nurse, Sandy Walzberg sent in a request: “I have a mother due early next month. She just got into an apartment after an abusive relationship. She is in need of a pack-n-play, baby bath tub and extra wish is a "diaper genie"”. Through our Facebook page we got a response for the baby bath tub, the diaper genie but still need the pack-n-play. If you have one to donate please let us know. The South County Youth Coalition has moved their offices and are now at 1425 !9th Street in Oceano. In the process they moved their sign but it is old and has the wrong information. If you or someone you know is in the sign business and could donate a new sign to them they would really appreciate it! Please let us know! Next ZOOM potluck is scheduled for Thursday, August 27 at 6pm. Evite invitation to go out shortly. If you don’t receive one and want to attend email us. Many exciting new activities and things to see and learn about. Our potlucks are known for our food. Since we can’t actually share the food, please send in your favorite potluck recipes by August 21st. You don’t have to attend to submit a recipe and you don’t have to send in a recipe to attend. Those attending will get a copy of all the recipes submitted! Where has the money gone?! Below is a summary of what our agencies have been doing. We made our donation of funds to the agencies yesterday, August 10th. The Nipomo Elementary School Food Distribution takes place on August 11th. Our group of 8 have a great system worked out. Our numbers are ever increasing as the pandemic continues, more people are out of work and unemployment benefits have run out. We are planning on 300 families for this month. We are becoming a popular site for add-on activities - this month we have extra breakfast bags for children and the county health department is setting up a pop-up test site at the Nipomo Senior center across the street, to piggy back off our distribution. Lopez High SchoolReceived $500 in August. No expenses in July. There is a new program joining Lopez High School. Pacific View Academy is opening this fall for an independent study program. It will be under Jennifer Bowen, current principal of Lopez High School Lopez High School – Wolf Den– Received $500 in August. The high school was closed for the summer students were still shopping. They will benefit greatly from the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club drive. Going forward they always need more toiletries: Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tooth brushes and tooth paste, razors and shaving cream, soap and lotion, laundry detergent, Men’s boxers and briefs – small and medium, and men’s white crew.

  • Men’s boxer briefs. $59.77

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center Received $1,425 in August

  • Dad is recovering from cancer and is not able to work. Needs assistance with car payment. $300 Nissan Motors Acceptance

  • Both parents have Covid, loss of hours at work. Needs assistance with water bill. $300 Nipomo Comm. District

  • Mom needs help with shoes for children. $100 Walmart

  • Mom has 5 kids and needs help with clothes and shoes for kids. Mom lost job due to Covid. $200 Walmart

Nipomo Family Resource Center Received $1,425 in August

  • Parents are minorities and not working. Need food and gas assistance. $100 Smart and Final/.Shell Gas

  • Dad's work shut down due to Covid. Needs assistance with diapers and food. $100 Smart and Final

  • Mom got hurt at work and is on Workman's Comp. Needs food assistance. $100 Smart and Final

  • Single mom with son with disabilities. Needs help with medical bills for her son. $100 Coastal Cardiology

  • Positive for Covid and is not working, Needs food assistance. $100 Smart and Final

  • Single dad needs assistance with electricity bill. $100 PG&E

  • Dad lost his job and needs assistance with PG&E bill. $29.99 PG&E

  • Dad lost his job due to Covid and needs assistance with basic needs.$50 Walmart

  • Single mom tested positive for Covid and is not working needs rental assistance. $300 California West (landlord)

Oceano Family Resource Center Received $1,425 in August

  • Mom needs help with clothing for kids. $100 Walmart

  • Loss of job due to Covid. Eviction prevention. Rental assistance needed. $200 Don Nicholson (landlord)

  • Single mom with 5 kids, 1 disabled, needs rental assistance. $300 MGE Enterprises (landlord)

  • Mom started a new job and needs help getting to work until she can get paid. Gas card. $100 Smart and Final/Gas Card

  • Mom needs help with food after she had dental surgery. Restricted foods. $50 Smart and Final

  • Mom who is not working due to Covid needs help with car repair. $300 Beach Front Repairs

The Link (south county) Received $$1,425 in August

  • Father has just returned back to his harvesting job and does not have enough funds to cover families cell phone bill. $70 Cell phone bill

  • Grandmother in care of two grandchildren has lost two jobs due to COVID-19. In need of car registration and insurance funds to be able to find temporary job.$452 Car insurance company ($300) Registration DMV $152

  • Single-mother of five in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19. She has recently returned to work after being laid-off and is in need of essential items, gas, and toiletries. $200 $75 Visa gas/ $125 Visa toiletries and essentials

  • Single-Mother of three must move 5th wheeler from RV park for a week and is in need of a hotel. She has just recently found employment and cannot afford to pay for a week stay at a hotel. $572.25 Hotel stay for 1 week

  • Mother has just returned to on-call housekeeping job but has been given minimal hours. Father has had his work hours cut to part-time at his construction site. They're behind in rent and need financial assistance. $300 Rental assistance to landlord

  • Family of three experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19. Mother and father harvest grapes and they just returned to work. They're in need of essentialitems and gas to get to and from work. $200 150-Visa GC for essentialitems and $50 gas card

  • Low-income family of five. Mother is a survivor of domestic violence and is having difficult time paying rent due to COVID-19. She is having hard time going back to work due to childcare needs. $300 to landlord

  • Single mom of five in need of help with her water bill. She works for a taxi company and has had her hours reduced due to COVID-19. $167.01 Water company

  • Low-income family of four. Mother and father have just returned back to work harvesting grapes and are behind on their gas bill. $75.33 Gas company

  • Single-mother in need of rental assistance due to COVID-19. She has become unemployed and does not have the funds to pay for her rent this month. $300 Landlord

The Nutrition Team $500 in August. No expenses in July After many faithful years of leading this effort Kathy Cohl has decided to step down from leading this group although she will still be participating. We are looking for a new leader for this project. We have found storage and packing space at Lopez High Schoo,l and the school counselors would like to start the program up on September 4. If you are interested in the leadership of the program or want to either continue working on the program or want to start working on the program, please let us know. The County Nurses. No expenses in July The county nurses report that many have been reassigned during the pandemic. They send in requests and we post them on Facebook and here in our newsletters. Casa Solana, Inc. $800 in August Please welcome our newest agency, Casa Solana at 383 S. 13th St., Grover Beach, CA 93433. Casa Solana Inc., established on March 1, 1985, is a nonprofit organization for public benefit, created to establish and operate a social model recovery home for alcohol/ drug addicted women in San Luis Obispo county. Casa Solana remains the first and only recovery home for women in the county. Our donations will be used only to help fund one of their two free beds for women who want to become sober but can’t afford the fees Update on fundraising: Donations received in July $4,495.05 Donations since 1/1/2020 $46,105.67 Donations since 2/6/2019 $81,070.80 Merchandise for fundraising We have created a couple of items to help with fundraising. T-Shirts $20 and Tote bags $15. We are not mailing items.

They can be ordered by emailing Jill Ostrove at She will need to know:

  • size T-shirt (M, L, XL) and # of T-shirts

  • Totes – Number

  • Pick-up or drop off (5 cities area)

  • How you want to pay: check or paypal

Donors in July were: Lawrence Finsen, Asad Shah, Jessica Griffiths, J. Owen Eister, Karlie Cool, Nancy Bayliss, Bradley and Linda Wilbert, Susan McCutcheon, Rosemary Cleaves, Kellie McElderry, Lynn Hubbell, Lara Golden, Carolyn Saucier, Santina Giannini, Jean Graham, Gwen Carton, Carol Wilcock, Wendy Castleman, Linda Busek, Elaine Stewart, Karen Reinecke, Carol Chenot, Tina Ribeiro, Susan Sanders, Judy Woo, Patty Franz, Janet Rae Davis, Margie Markus, Natalie Goguen, Ellen Polinsky, Clementina Hale, Robin Parker, Marilyn Dippell, Catherine Robeck, Ginger Ramin, Dean Coney, Mary E. Mitchell Baker, Barbara Crawford, Joann and Stan Benson, Bradley and Linda Wilbert

We had a number of in kind donations in July including: 80 Face masks for children, 3 Visa Cards, a Pack and Play, new bras, safety items and hard cover baby books, Queen bed, toys

To make a donation write a check to South SLO County Womenade and mail to: South SLO County Womenade, 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach, CA 93433 or go to our website or .

Our website is:

Our EIN# is:27-0809744

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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