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And we're off! 2023 here comes South SLO County Womenade!

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Here's the scoop! Here comes 2023!

January 5, 2023 Newsletter



In October we were concerned because donations were down, and there is still so much need to fulfill in South SLO County. Then one of our Womenaders nominated us to be a recipient of the 100+ Women Who Care SLO organization. We made it to the final three nominees and were voted the eventual final recipient! They were founded in 2008 with a mission to have a positive effect on San Luis Obispo County through direct donations to local non-profit organizations. They have grown from 25 members to about 150 women.

Their very generous donation and your donations to earn the matching grant at the end of the year put us in a great position to start off 2023 running! Thank you 100+ Women Who Care SLO!


January 17, 2023 at 6PM will be our first potluck of 2023, and it’s just around the corner. We are very excited to be getting together after a 3 month break. Candace Guldeman has graciously offered to host the first one of the year at her home at 524 Mesa View Drive on the mesa in Arroyo Grande. The Evite has been sent. If you didn’t receive one please email us and let us know you want to attend. Please bring a friend, spread the word and introduce us to new people! Bring a dish to share, your place setting, a beverage and a donation for $50 (of course more is always greatly appreciated!).

If you would like to host a potluck fundraiser for us, please email us at These are our main methods of fundraising and would like to have between 10 and 12 potlucks a year in our regular areas and new areas

to introduce our work to new networks and neighborhoods.

April Potluck – Ann McDowell is hosting an April Potluck with the now annual Admin April request and the annual raffle. We keep our expenses to a minimum with the bulk expenses being for insurance and accounting software – both absolute necessities for a non-profit. None of us are paid. We are looking for raffle prizes. Now is the time to review some of the wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah gifts you received but wondered what you would do with them. You can donate them as raffle prizes to us. Of course if you have experiences you can donate (our sources tell us that people are more interested in these than things) we would love those. Contact us at



  • Slowly emerging from COVID wariness, Womenaders attended six potluck fundraisers during the year hosted by Lara Golden (February), Ann McDowell (April), Mariam Shah (June), Caren Russom (September), Gay Groomes (September), Candace Guldeman (October)

  • In April you supported our annual Admin April fundraiser and our second annual raffle

  • You spent thousands of dollars for our drives for children’s books (all year), feminine hygiene products (April), Toiletries (August), Teachers’ School Supplies (October), food for Thanksgiving baskets for 129 families, food for the school winter break baskets for 85 families

  • You helped us hunt for bikes for students who needed transportation to school or work , served as culinary tutors for Lopez High School’s culinary class

  • We added two new partner agencies – Boys and Girls Club of South County and the Mission Hope at Arroyo Grande

  • You volunteered at the monthly food distributions at the Nipomo Elementary School for over 300 families a month

  • You provided weekly critical weekend food for students who don’t have sufficient food to eat over the weekends at the 3 middle schools, 3 elementary schools and Lopez High School

  • Our partner agencies worked tirelessly throughout the year to provide emergency and immediate assistance to individuals and families struggling with the issues associated with poverty and low income, housing challenges, illness, mental health issues, death, transportation, hunger and so much more.

  • We received significant grants from the City of Grover Beach, the County Supervisors, The Trilogy Community Service Club, a matching grant donor, and to tie it up with a bow the 100+ Women Who Care SLO named us their winner!


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.

We encourage you to become one of our monthly or regular donors. This can be easily done through your bank or charitable foundation. If you do it through a foundation please let us know who you are as sometimes the foundation doesn't indicate the donor! Please remember that if your company has a matching grants program to include us. As you make or update your wills, please consider providing us or adding us with a legacy gift for our future sustainability. or go to our website or Our email is: Our website is: Our EIN# 27-0809744 Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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