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Newsletter  July 6, 2024

The Moveable Potluck

New Projects

5th Annual “Missed the Bus”

Projects Updates

Next Potluck

Help and Items Needed

The Moveable Potluck

Our June 28th, 2024 Potluck Fundraiser turned into a moveable feast! A week before the event our host, Mariam Shah, informed us that her kitchen wall sprang a leak and the house was being ripped apart for water rehab and eventual rehabilitation.  Of course, if you know Mariam, she was gung ho to carry on and have the event at her place! After some back and forth we convinced her that it was brave and honorable but not a good idea.  We were fortunate to get access to the 950 Room at Cypress Ridge.  Everyone followed Evite email instructions, and we had 40 stalwart Womenaders turn up for our event.  We raised over $3,000 that evening.  The advocates from the Link were our only agency representatives present.  Lisa Fraser. Executive Director, spent a few minutes sharing what The Link does and her advocates – Yuli Molina and Franando Alvorado had the storyboard time to themselves.  Food, company and conversation were excellent.  Many people stayed to help with clean up!

New Project - We Love Educators - To provide LMUSD educators with hands-on volunteer help in the classroom.

Wait! Wait! Please let me tell you more…

Did you know? Half of the 12 Lucia Mar Unified School District (LMUSD) Elementary Schools are in desperate need of classroom volunteers. Many of our schools have very few parents available to volunteer in the classroom due to work schedules.  One school said every classroom would love a volunteer!

Research shows that students of schools with school volunteers make better grades and perform better on tests, behave better, have better attendance and are more likely to continue their education.

Lisa Arakaki will lead this project.  She has led a group called We Love Educators for the last two years. South SLO County Womenade is now sponsoring the project.  LMUSD will fingerprint and do all the vetting.

School Volunteer: Volunteers can fall into one of three categories, those being: single event, short-term, or long-term; and one of two student contact categories: limited contact or substantial contact.

You don’t have to be an educator (although that can be very helpful). We need both former educators and lay people to volunteer.  You can specify what you’re comfortable doing. Teachers work with volunteers to get the best fit. Duties the past two years included:

Picture of a classroom volunteer with a student

  • Leading small learning groups – reading, writing and math

  • Helping with letters, numbers and phonics

  • Leading and supporting art lessons

  • Assisting with physical education units

  • Guiding individual students

More details coming in future newsletters.  Please consider and if interested, please email us

Missed the Bus – Lisa Arakaki project leader

The picture shows a few of our very happy teachers receiving teachers’ school supplies last year!

It’s our fifth year of Missed the Bus! In late summer we hold a school supply drive for teachers.  Every year there are many school supply drives for students, but we forget about the teachers.  With the cutbacks in school funding, teachers dig deep into their pockets to provide the needed supplies to help the students excel.  The school supplies sales have started, so keep your eyes open.  Here’s the list of desired items:

  • Glue sticks

  • BABY wipes (to clean their headphones)

  • Clorox wipes (to clean surfaces)

  • Blue Painters Tape

  • Masking Tape

  • Magic markers

  • Large Sharpies for Poster Board

  • Dry Erase Markers both colored and black

  • Strong Magnets/Magnet Clips

  • Scotch Laminating Sheets

  • Durable Folders

  • Avery Labels 6427

Projects Updates

Laundry Pop Up – Belinda Benassi - leader

At the June 15th Laundry Pop-Up the team of Belinda and Ann McDowell helped people with 48 loads of laundry at #Laundromat in Grover Beach.

The next Laundry Pop-Up Next event will take place on July 20th at Launderia Laundre

Mat, 505 Orchard Rd, Nipomo, CA Hours: 10 am - 12 pm. Each month we only need about 3 volunteers. Belinda Benassi leads this program and could use a few more volunteers.

To offer opportunities for volunteers to sign up in advance for the event site and dates of their choosing Belinda put together this Sign-Up Genius.  

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

Picture of Womenaders distributing food to clients!

The July Food distribution is on Tuesday July 9h at the Nipomo Elementary School (always the second Tuesday of the month). Thank you SLO Foodbank and all our fabulous volunteers! Let us know if you want to be on the substitute list.

Next Potluck - Mark your calendar! July 25th Thursday 6PM

Hosted by Karen Kolba at the Toucan Terrace Clubhouse in Pismo Beach

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been curious about Toucan Terrace and am grateful to Karen Kolba for hosting an event in her area.  This is our first Potluck in Pismo Beach!  There’s lots of room and parking! Spread the word! Looking for lots of first time attendees. Evites will go out July 11th.

Help Needed – contact us at We need project leaders!!

  • Drop off locations for school supplies

  • A second monthly Laundry Pop-Up day – with the success of our first Laundry Pop-Up project, we’d like to start a second monthly event and need a project leader and volunteers. The template and training are available.

  • We are a month into the summer vacation which means – YES! The next school year will begin soon. Our weekend brown bag food project has been very successful at the 6 elementary schools we serve.We need another team leader to volunteer to lead this program as we spread it to more elementary schools. The template and training are available.

  • A project leader for a diaper drive

Items needed

  • Pack n Plays

  • Strollers – new or in good condition

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

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Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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South SLO County Womenade

1793 Farroll Rd.

Grover Beach, CA 93433

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