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It's all about the money! We met our matching grant goal!

Best wishes for the holiday season!

Newsletter December 19, 2022


We Have Met Our Matching Grant!!!

We are so grateful for the generosity of our donors. We have exceeded the goal of receiving $7,000 in matching grant funds by a WIDE margin! We thought you all would like to know. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we don’t want or need any more donations! We will gladly receive any further donations to further our work in providing assistance to people in need in South SLO County. Thanks to everyone who helped us garner this important matching grant and to the matching grant donor!

Next Potluck

January 17, 2023 will be our first potluck of 2023! Lynn Heinrich has graciously offered to hold the first one of the year at her home in Cypress Ridge on the mesa in Arroyo Grande. Mark your calendars! It will be here before you know it!

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.


Linda and Bradley Wilbert, Fran Norris, Rosemary Cleaves, Exchange Club Central Coast, Nan Fowler, Cynthia Peters, Mary De Jong, Karen Kolba, Sheila and Richard Semana (2), Gwen Carton, Kathleen Bond, Winona Smyth, Wendy Castleman, Joann and Stan Benson, Cory Gonzalez (2), Susan Girard, Grace Crittenden, Alex and Jessie Shu, Elaine Stewart, Liz Fritz, Lynda Allen, Consuelo Braun, Valerie Glahn, Nancy Shearer, Fred Donati, Kathy Forenza, Barbara Schader, Ann Tompkins, Rotary Nipomo, Linda Busek, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Gail Applegate, Carol Chenot, Rotary Arroyo Grande, Linda Bishop, Karen Blum, Susan McCutcheon, Caity McCardell, Amazon Smile, Jessica Griffiths (2), Marilyn Gildea, Susan Hughes, Sue Prior, Jacque Fondren, Lori Bishop


11/1/22 to 11/30/22 $17,561.64

1/1/22 TO 11/30/22 $84,507.34

2/1/2019 TO 11/30/22 $308,825.33


Nutrition Team - Food for families in need and for school children $514.86 SLO FoodBank

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Two parent household with 4 children. Father in the hospital after complications from surgery. He is unable to work for several months and is in need of help with car payment. $278.22 SLO Credit Union

  • Single mother struggling to make ends meet due to high cost of living. Her son has a severe allergy to soap products. Doctor recommends Dove products and a new Jacket. Walmart $100

  • Seasonal farmworkers laid off from work. They do not qualify for EDD due to legal status. Family in need of food. Food 4 Less $100

  • Single mother with one child. Mom's car broke down and she used her money income to had to repair it in order to continue as an instacart/Doordash driver. She requested gas money in order to continue to work and earn more money for her family. Exxon Gas $50

  • Family of 5. 3 children with special needs. Due to high cost of living the family is in need of food support. $200 Grocery Outlet

  • Single mother on permanent disability. She needs to get her son to a doctor appointment at Stanford Medical Center. $150 Exxon gas

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Cinthyia Ortiz-Corona

  • Homeless family living in their car. All family members need winter clothes and rain gear. $100 Walmart

  • Single mother on fixed SSDI income, recovering from hand injury. Received notice of rent increase. Requesting rent support until she is able to return to work $200 MGH Enterprise (landlord)

  • Single parent received custody of daughter recently. Requested support after grandmother passed away. Family needs to travel out of state for funeral service. $300 Gas

The Link – Mesa Middle School and Judkins Middle School and Advocate Brenda Gonzalez – Paulding Middle School

  • Family in need of assistance with utility bill $149.26 Gas company

  • Family in need of assistance with utility bill $150.74 PG&E

Lopez High School – Jennifer Bowen, Principal

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $89.19

  • Student Community Day supplies $282.45

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a gift bed for one month to a woman in her 40's who is struggling with her Alcohol addiction. She was being kicked out of her home and on the verge of homelessness. $800

Mission Hope – Katie Crafton Oncology Social Worker

  • Single woman recently lost her mentor and struggling to make ends meet. $50 Grocery Outlet

  • Newly diagnosed cancer patient who is widowed living on very fixed income needing help to get by. $25 Grocery Outlet $25 Shell gas

  • Metastatic cancer mom of 3 who needs help with water bill. $141.53 City of Grover Beach

  • Metastatic man in 50s who is primary income but no current income while waiting for EDD $50 Grocery Outlet $50 Shell gas $25

Department of Social Services/ Transitions Mental Health Association Janine Lambert/Mayra Valencia

  • An adult female was in need of household items.She was unable to work due to the rain. $50 Walmart

  • A male adult was in a car accident and has been unable to work due to pain.He needs food. $50

  • Father of adult child that was in an accident, is in need of gas cards.Father was unable to work as he was taking care of the son. $50 Chevron

  • Adult male just found employment, but is at risk of losing employment because he can't afford transportation until he receives his first check in a couple of weeks. $50 Shell

  • Single father of 5 who needs help with gas to get his children to and from appointments and school; not eligible to any immediate services $50 Shell

Families in Transition Wendy Bruse Coordinator of After School Programs and Deicy Trejo Support Coordinator

  • Family cannot afford their water bill this month. Our student is living with grandparents, his single mother, and 3 younger siblings. His mother came down with COVID and has not been able to work, while the other family members were later also hit with COVID. Mom works part time as an intern, and does not make enough to cover living expenses as it is. $219

  • Assisted with payment in paying for college applications for a migrant/FIT student that lives in a single-parent household. Student is the first in his family to attend college and said he wants to support his family one day. Student is stellar in academics and maxed out his waivers to apply for colleges, therefore needing financial assistance. $140

  • Purchased a new bike for an unaccompanied youth. Student needs a bike to use as transportation to get to school and to get to work. Student lives with uncle and both rent 2 rooms out, student is working 2 jobs to provide for himself, and attends high school full time. 137.92

  • Purchased a new bike for an unaccompanied youth. Student needs a bike to use as transportation to get to school. Student lives with his older brother, parents are not involved. $137.92

  • Purchased 3 helmets and 2 locks for unaccompanied youth to use for safety. And for another FIT student to use for his bike to get to school. $165.79


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. Please remember that if your company has a matching grants program to include us. As you make you update your wills please consider providing us or adding us

with a legacy gift 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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