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Newsletter March 2, 2024

We're Marching in with March

Next Potluck -  Mark your calendar! Thursday, 3:30 PM

March 21, 2024 at Lopez High School!  1055 Mesa View Dr, Arroyo Grande

Lopez High School is putting on their second annual tea party potluck fundraiser for South SLO County Womenade.  The entire school - staff, teachers and students all get involved

We serve as the honorary PTO for the school and have formed a very close connection with them.  The school has a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, which is a school wide  approach aimed at establishing positive student culture and individualized behavior supports necessary to create a safe and effective learning environment for all students.  We supply funds for the school's PBIS program and, along with many others in the community, for their wonderful Wolf Den "closet" that carries free clothing and other supplies for students in need.  We also support their prom and graduation efforts to help  students participate, who normally can't afford the expense of these experiences.  With our partnership with the SLO Foodbank, we also supply the food for the food pantry for food insecure students every other week.  The leader of our Nutrition Team, Mary Anne Morgan, coordinates this effort with the Foodbank, the school - led by Rebecca Weyer-Walzer, their Classroom Support Instructional Assistant for Alternative Education and the students.

Mark your calendars, the April Potluck will be on Sunday, April 21st from 2 to 5 at Ann McDowell's home - 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach

Hygiene Essentials Drive April 1 – 30, 2024 Robin Pisz, leader, with great assistance by Candace Guldeman

Our Hygiene Essentials Drive (formerly known as Toiletries Drive) will run from April 1 – 30, 2024.  Womenaders have been terrific supporters of this drive for the last six years. We are in our 7thyear of the  hygiene essentials drive. Toiletries are one of the most requested items by low income people.  People using Cal Fresh (California’s Food Stamps) cannot use it to purchase toiletries.

Hygiene poverty is not being able to afford many of the everyday hygiene and personal grooming products most of us take for granted.  Poor hygiene and hand washing cause sickness and disease. Poor hygiene can also cause social rejection and may also lead to bullying, low confidence and low self-esteem.  One in three families has difficulty affording personal hygiene products.

There are 3 opportunities for people to donate: 1) buy products 2) cash donation 3) Amazon Wish list

1) Purchase Products and drop them off at one of the drop off locations in the flyer above


2) Cash Donation and have a volunteer shop for you. Indicate on the check that it is for the Hygiene Drive and make checks payable to:

South SLO County Womenade at 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach, CA 93433.  


3) Amazon Wish List.  For those who prefer to purchase online and have the products delivered to the collection point (Robin Pisz’s house), you can send via email to this Amazon link.

This link takes you directly to the Womenade Hygiene Essentials Drive April 2024 list.   On checkout, you have the option to ship to your address or directly to Robin's house  Either way is fine.  Note Robin's address is hidden but be assured it will be delivered to Robin.

List of Hygiene Essentials:

Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Floss, Mouthwash

Shampoo and Conditioner

Soap - bar and liquid

Tampons and Pads

Diapers, Wipes and Rash Ointment

Baby Shampoo, Soft hair brush

Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Razors, Shaving Cream

Laundry Detergent

Sunscreen, Chapstick

Deodorant - adults and children

Toilet paper

Band aids, Neosporin, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen

Hairbrushes, combs and hair ties

Towels - face, hand and body

Socks and undergarments

Drop Off Locations:

  • Sue McCutcheon - 2342 Willet Way, Arroyo Grande

  • Lola Zybura - 2367 Brant St, Arroyo Grande

  • Fit Forever Gym - 1080 Cypress Ridge Pkwy, Arroyo Grande

  • Carol Chenot – 2334 Brant St, Arroyo Grande

  • Jan Hensley Wollenmeir - 755 Avocet Way, Arroyo Grande

  • Andrea Chavez - 2295 Dunlin Way, Arroyo Grande


  • Judy Woo - 1402 Vista Tesoro Pl., Nipomo

  • Stacy Murphy - 1975 Northwood Road, Nipomo

  • BJ Bushur – 1410 Penelope Ct, Nipomo

Arroyo Grande

  • Lisa Murdoch - 117 Pearwood Avenue, Arroyo Grande

  • Nan Fowler – 630 Cerro Vista Circle, Arroyo Grande

  • Gerti Garner - 812 Broadmoor Dr., Arroyo Grande

Avila Beach

  • Elizabeth Sewell – Avila Bay Club, 6699 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach

Grover Beach

  • Ann McDowell – 1793 Farroll Rd, Grover Beach


  • Linda Walker-Hill – 525 Byron Lane, Nipomo

Project Updates

Laundry Pop Up – Belinda Benassi - leader

The Laundry Popup on Saturday February 17th was very successful. We were able to help a number of families with their laundry. Our efforts hit some positive notes for some people.  One person declined our offer but upon learning what we were doing, gave us a $50 cash donation.  Another person accepted our help, and once they learned about our efforts donated $15 for future pop-ups!   The next event will take place on March 16th in Nipomo. We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help on a consistent basis for a couple of hours each time.  Please let us know if you would like to help out. We only need 3 volunteers each month, and if we get a good list of volunteers, each person would only need to help out once a quarter!

Nipomo Food Distribution – Rosemary Cleaves, Sue McCutcheon, and Mary Anne Morgan - project leaders

The next food distribution at Nipomo Elementary School will be March 12, 2024 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

Help needed:

  • Volunteers for Hygiene Essentials Drive: collection sites, sorters, packers and drivers! Robin will be at the next potluck with signup sheets

  • Raffle prizes – we need donated raffle prizes for our annual raffle prize drawings. Also a volunteer to help secure raffle prizes from organizations eg. Hotels, spas, theaters etc.

  • Occasional volunteer at monthly food distribution on the second Tuesday of each month at Nipomo Elementary School

  • Hosts for future potlucks - please consider spreading the word throughout South SLO County and inviting your network of friends to join us.

  • Often donors have very useful large items to offer eg. Refrigerators, beds etc.Unfortunately if the donor cannot provide delivery, we most likely will not be able to give it to one of our clients

  • Volunteers interested in leading collection drives during the year eg. Diapers, Feminine Hygiene products, underwear and socks, coats

 Items needed:

  •  A family of four that recently moved into the area in GB. The parents and 4 year old are sleeping on an inflatable mattress. They have no furniture and need  Queen Mattress & frame , twin Bed/mattress, Sofa, and chairs for living room and any storage for clothing/nightstand.

  •  Laundry detergent

  • Diapers

  •  Pack and Plays

In Kind Receipt

Please complete and submit the in-kind receipt to help us track how much you all are also contributing in donor offered items: This is a jpeg that you can copy and print.


To make a donation write a check to South SLO County Womenade and mail to:

Our bank asked that checks be made out with the full legal name on the account.

South SLO County Womenade, 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach, CA 93433.  We encourage you to become one of our monthly or regular donors.  This can be easily done through your bank or charitable foundation. Please remember that if your company has a matching grants program to include us.  As you make or update your wills, please consider adding a legacy gift to us for our future sustainability.

or go to our website

Our website is:

Our EIN# 27-0809744

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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Grover Beach, CA 93433

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