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It's been a fabulous June and July is blowing in strong!

No June Gloom here at South SLO County Womenade

Newsletter June 20, 2023

A Fashion Show and Another Wonderful Potluck Made For More Great Times Had By All Trilogy Service Club Fashion Show “Hats and High Tea” Fundraiser for South SLO County Womenade

On June 9th the Trilogy Service Club led by Carol Morrison held a “Hats and High Tea” Fashion Show with a silent auction and a raffle with all proceeds going to South SLO County Womenade. Myra Akul, the amazing organizer of this event, presented us with over $11,000 on the day of the event. It was the first “mega” event held at Trilogy since COVID, and over 180 women turned out dressed for high tea complete with hats and dress up outfits. So many people said it was the best event ever, and they love supporting Womenade! Fashion show clothing was from Rosa’s Boutique 535 Five Cities Drive in Pismo Beach. An enormous THANK YOU to this amazing group for all they do for South SLO County and particularly Womenade.

Our Potluck at Mariam Shah’s on June 15th – Another Great Event

On June 15th 41 women attended a wonderful potluck at Mariam Shah’s home. Many first time attendees and long time supporters attended and our agency partner advocates showed up in good numbers to share what they are doing with the Womenade donations with their clients in South SLO County. Sandy Richardson, the founder of the original SLO County Womenade in 2003, came to the potluck. Everyone was thrilled to see her again or to meet her for the first time! One advocate shared how she was helped by Womenade years ago, and how that influenced her to become an advocate and to be able to give back help like she received as a young woman. Robin Pisz and Candace Guldeman gave a report on the Toiletry Drive. She reported that we collected between 1,500 and 2,000 lbs of toiletries with an estimated value of over $10,000. Robin wants to lead the project again next year and hopes to grow it! Hooray and Thank you! Lisa Frasier, the executive director of The Link, shared how her organization and advocates, work with the middle schools and their school counselors and administration to provide help to students and their families in our community.

The Next Potluck

Mark your calendar!

July 20th, Thursday at 6pm is the next South SLO County Potluck at Deb Sherry’s home in Nipomo. Evites will go out in a couple of weeks. If you don't get an evite, let us know and we will add you to the list.

If you would like to host a potluck fundraiser for us, please email us at These are our main methods of fundraising. We would love a host for September/October! Please help us spread the word!


We Missed the Bus –Teachers’ School Supplies

This year the leaders of “We Love Educators”, Lisa Arakaki, Piper Adelman, Marguerite McCurley, Kim Heyde and Sharon McDaniel are leading our teachers’ school supplies drive. Students have many avenues to receive school supplies before the school year. However, teachers are always dipping deep into their pockets to purchase the supplies they need that the school or district doesn’t provide. The average in elementary schools is over $1,000 a year per teacher! In order to take advantage of the sales of school supplies during the summer, we are holding our Missed the Bus Drive for Teachers from July 6 to August 14th. We’re giving a heads up so we can all take advantage of the school supplies sales when they happen. The team surveyed the teachers and they came up with this list:

  • Glue sticks

  • BABY wipes (to clean their headphones)

  • Clorox wipes (to clean surfaces)

  • Blue Painters Tape

  • Masking Tape

  • Markers

    • Colored sets for students

    • Large Sharpies for Poster Board

    • Dry Erase both Color/Black

  • Strong Magnets/Magnet Clips

  • Scotch Laminating Sheets

  • Durable Folders

  • Avery Labels 6427

Drop off locations:

  • Candace Guldeman 524 Mesa View Drive

  • FitForever Gym - 1080 Cypress Ridge Parkway, Arroyo Grande

  • Judy Woo - 1402 Vista Tesoro Pl, (trilogy) Nipomo

  • Lisa Murdoch – 117 Pearwood Ave. Arroyo Grande

  • Lola Zybura – 2367 Brant St. (Cypress Ridge), Arroyo Grande

  • Nan Fowler – 630 Cerro Vista Circle, Arroyo Grande

  • Stacy Murphy – 1975 Northwood Rd. (Trilogy) Nipomo

  • Susan McCutcheon – 2342Willet Way (Cypress Ridge), Arroyo Grande

Laundry Pop Up

Our next “Laundry Pop Up” will take place on June 29th. Belinda Benassi has volunteered to be the leader of this project (hooray and thank you!) and she is in the process of connecting with Laundromats in our community. We will be outside the laundromat letting anyone who comes in to do laundry that we will pay for up to 3 loads of laundry (washer and dryer). We take down some information and load up their machines with quarters. It is an amazing experience for volunteers and clients! If you would like to get involved, please let us know and we’ll send your contact information to Belinda. MANY THANKS TO OUR FABULOUS MAY DONORS Kathie La Martina, Robin Pisz, Caren Russom, Linda Jung, Linda and Bradley Wilbert, Mary De Jong, Fran Norris, Jean Morton, Rosemary Cleaves (2), Joann and Stan Benson, Lisa Kruse, Marilyn Knollenberg, Alex and Jessie Shu (2), Karen Kolba, Cathy Anderson, Sheila and Richard Semana, Justine Spelman, Elaine Stewart, Wendy Castleman, Cory Gonzalez, Nan Fowler, Marilyn Reardon-Smith, Shirley Horacek, Susan Hill, Susan McCutcheon (2), Candace Guldeman, Mariam Shah, Gay Evison Groomes, Mindy Bailey, Emily Myhre, Cindy Fries, Nancy Allison, Victoria Orlando, Christine Brayton,Thelma Guerra, Rosemary Anderson, June Kristoff-Jones, Marilyn Cameron, Jeannine Loucks, Carol Chenot, Mary O’Neill, Gail Applegate, Miriam Burlakovsky Correia, Kathy Burrow, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Kimberly Graham, Diana Quintana, Margaret (Diane) Blatner, Carol Corr, Lola Zybura, Barb Ward, Caity McCardell

AN UPDATE ON FUNDS RECEIVED 5/1/23 to 5/31/23 $3,601.13 1/1/23 TO 5/31/23 $39,524.02 2/1/2019 TO 5/31/23 $410,675.28 These figures don’t reflect in-kind donations. We are trying to track our in-kind donations but we can’t do that without a receipt from you. Please clip and copy the in-kind receipt below, Whenever you purchase something for one of our drives or give something for us to give to an agency or client, please complete it and send the top half back to us for our records. You can scan it or email it to us at In-Kind Donations Receipt


Nutrition Team - Food for families in need and for school children $489.86 SLO FoodBank Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Single mother struggling with mental health disorder unable to afford her daughters orthodontic payment for the month of May. Client needs a helping hand for this month only $175 Coastal Smiles Orthodontics

  • Single Mother of 4 children struggling with the high cost of living. She has applied for child support but her ex-husband works under the table. Child support cannot locate where he is working to garnish is wages. $100 Grocery Outlet

  • Family business burned down, loss of income. Family in need of emergency food. $100 Walmart

  • Family struggling due to the high cost of living and low hourly wages .Internet is disconnected and the children are unable to complete some of their school work without service. $300 Spectrum

  • Single Mother of three girls, victim of domestic violence struggling with a sick infant who is not growing and under a doctor’s care. Electricity turned off --needs support with bill to get electricity back on. $282.64 PG&E

  • Father had a stroke on 5/5. He is still in the hospital recovering. Family of 6 in need of food. $200 Food card Smart and Final

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Advocate Marivel Pille

  • Single mom of 2 children, both kids have high medical needs. Mom needs assistance with paying phone bill so service can be restored. $300 T-Mobile

  • Family of 5. Used all of their savings for new apartment deposit. Father, who has high Functioning Autism, takes care of his veteran Dad with dementia. Need assistance with first month’s rent on new home. $300 Bradley Garden Apartments (landlord)

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Cinthyia Ortiz-Corona

  • Single mother recently & unexpectedly widowed. Struggling as head of household with additional child care needs which limits her employment opportunities. Needs help with Verizon bill. $150.91 Verizon

  • Single Father in need of food resources. Received a recent rent increase and experienced the sudden death of parent/ children’s grandparent. $100 Smart and Final

  • Single parent on limited SSI benefits. Requesting support with transportation.Bus pass to take special needs son to local children’s event in SLO to work on social skills in different environments.$70.50 SLO RTA

  • Single mother, recently had change of income with new employment affecting her benefits from social services. Additional transportation requirements for work have depleted income. Parent struggling with changes. $75 Shell

  • Single Parent. New Job with different payment days affecting her expenses for 21 days. Mom accrued late penalty for rent and she’s behind on utility bills $23.74 So. Cal Gas and $40.84 PG&E

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

  • Single Dad of 3 needs financial assistance for food and gas expenses. He took off 3 days from work to care for his daughter who had to have an emergency gallbladder removal surgery. Dad does not qualify for paid family leave. $100 grocery and gas gift cards and $74.97 Spectrum Internet

  • Single Parent unable to work due to mental health condition. No income and needs assistance with gas expense for the reminder of the school year.$50 gas card

  • Single Dad does not qualify for family paid leave. Needs assistance with gas expense, will need to take time off work which will reduce his pay. Daughter will have emergency surgery which is 3 hours away. Dad struggling with food and gas expenses. $100 gas and food card

Mission Hope – Katie Crafton – Oncology Social Worker, Brianda Lemus

  • Single women in her 50s working full time who experienced a rapid recurrence. Woman will need to go out of town to get additional treatment and is facing losing her job due to missing work $50 gas, $25 Groceries

  • Ovarian cancer woman with 3 children struggling with gas and food $ 25 gas $25 groceries

  • Breast cancer woman in her 60s struggling to pay rent and transportation $25 gas $25 groceries

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a gift bed to a woman in her 30's who was on the verge of becoming homelessness she struggles with substance abuse as well as mental health challenges.. $800

Lopez High School –Wolf Den – Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • Napkins for Prom $24.03 Party City

  • 8 Dresses for Prom $276.81 Marshalls

  • Food for Prom $112.31 Costco

  • Food for Prom - Sandwich platters, veggies & dip $110.35 Costco

Lopez High School – Jennifer Bowen, Principal, Aurora Munoz admin

  • Pizza PBIS-Incentive / 20 days no vape recognition $172.18

  • Cap & Gown Scholarships $250.00

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

  • Family struggling financially, oldest son is graduating early and needs assistance with cap and gown. $45.59 Cap and gown unit

  • Unaccompanied youth needs support purchasing grad night ticket. $83.00 Grad Night Ticket

  • Senior has no means to pay for grad night ticket. Parents are not supportive and put it on her to find funds. $83.00 Grad Night Ticket

  • Single dad needing assistance with purchasing new clothing for 2 children. Works multiple jobs and cannot afford it. $200.00 Marshall's gift cards

  • Family housed under transitional housing in SLO, needs support transporting 3 students in Nipomo to school for the remainder of this school year. $50.00 Gas gift card

  • Student reached out needing support to purchase a yearbook. First in her family to graduate and the student has been struggling to do normal senior year activities. Family cannot afford the extras of senior year. $75.49 Yearbook

  • Family in transitional housing in SLO, mom is a single parent and needs to transport 3 kids to schools in the Nipomo area. She is working part time and cannot afford it. They want to finish the school year here. $75.00 Gas gift cards

  • Single parent household is struggling to get daughter to school. Student is plus size and does not have a lot of clothing to wear and is feeling self conscious. When referred to the school site, the principal said unfortunately there is not a lot of her sizing in the den they have. $100.00 Clothing gift cards

First 5 Oceano Early Center – Shannon Pimental Supervisor

  • Family in of assistance to pay for gas bill due to loss of wages $300 So Cal Gas

  • Family in need of food assistance due to job loss $200 Groceries


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 or Our email is: Our website is: Our EIN# 27-0809744

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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