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It's blustery out there so it must be mid April!

It's going to be chocolate time! Read on!

April 14, 2022 Newsletter



We just held our elections for our board and our new board of directors sees a shuffle of responsibilities:

President – Ann McDowell

Treasurer – Caity McCardell

Secretary – Susan McCutcheon

Director- Jill Ostrove

Director – Rosemary Cleaves

Many thanks to this wonderful group of women who have all stepped up to continue the good works of our organization!

This newsletter has lots of information starting with the ever popular “Where did the money go?” Followed by updates on all the current activities going on this month:


Where did the donations go?

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Advocate Zitlali Hernandez Pluma

  • Father got in a car accident two years ago that has limited his ability to work ever since surgery. Mother is out of the country due to family emergency. Family is experiencing financial stress due to these issues and father is behind on paying the water bill. $267.77 PG&E

  • Family of 6 needs help with rent after the father was exposed to Covid and quarantined. He made considerably less money this month due to his inability to work for several days.$120 Fernando Hernandez-Landlord

  • Daughter has a medical condition and goes to the children’s hospital frequently. Mom is not working in order to take care of her and needs and requested support with gas. $100 Shell gas

  • Family of 4 is going through financial hardship due to dad getting his hours reduced at work. This family needs help with rent. $100 Rent Days T Landlord

  • Mom is currently unemployed due to pregnancy; she has not received any financial support from EDD. She is a single mother of 2 kids. $250 Dennis Brent Landlord

  • Student is having a hard time with basic needs since she is only attending school at the moment. She is trying to look for a job but needs help with food and gas. Gas$100,Food$100

  • Infant has medical problems, and has had 3 surgeries so far. Mom had to stop working to take care of the baby and other children. She needs support with gas card to get to doctor appointments. Shell Gas $100

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • CWS request for family struggling with finances. Parents are working with agencies to help keep their children in their care.$100 Shell

  • Homeless family in need of gas money to get child to the doctor and to get to work $100 Shell

  • Family has an open CWS case and SW requested money for DMV renewal fees.$266 DMV

  • Single Mother of three. Lost her job and has not yet been approved for unemployment benefits. $200 DMV

  • Grandmother raising her two teenage grandsons in need of housing application fees. Grandmother does not get paid until next week.$15 Money Order

  • Mom of 2 used up her money for food, Rental Assistance Needed for this Coming Month $300 American Property Services Landlord

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Advocate Nayeli Salinas Benitez

  • Single parent has son who has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was hospitalized for a few weeks. Mom was out of work during that time. Needs gas to make it to appointments and food assistance. $100 gas Shell, $100 Trader Joe's

  • Family got sick with Covid, so mom /dad were out of work for a month. Mom back to work but only working 2 days per week. Family is really behind on bills due to Covid illnesses. $165.70 So Cal Gas

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

  • Family of 4, single parent currently disabled due to hand surgery. Parent does not qualify for disability benefits and is currently struggling to pay for food and gas. Parent's current legal status affects qualification for food stamps. This family would benefit from getting a gas card for transportation and grocery gift card for emergency food. $100 Food card

  • The student is in need of clothing and parents are both unemployed. They live in low-income housing and all their funds go their rent. The student will use part of the gift card for extra PE clothing. $100 Clothing

  • A family of four was in a significant car accident and their vehicle is totaled. All the family members have had medical issues due to the accident and now have various doctors’ appointments to attend. They are in need of funds to cover their gas to get to critical medical appointments especially for the youngest child, who is five years old. $100 Gas

  • A student’s family has just been given a 30-day eviction notice and they are in the search for a new place but can't afford gas prices. All the money that's earned is being saved for a rental deposit for a new place.$100 gas

  • A family living in government assistance housing does not have enough to cover student’s sports uniform. Both parents work in the fields part-time and can only afford rent and basic needs. $50 Clothing $50 Clothing

  • A student has been released from a mental health facility and has many doctors appointments. Mother does not have a vehicle and relies heavily on public transportation. Mother is unemployed and needs assistance covering bus passes. $96 RTA bus pass

  • A father received a job offer but does not have the funds to cover the fingerprint requirement. This family is low-income and keeping this job can help the family receive housing assistance. $50 Visa Card

  • A mother is unemployed and needs support with gas funds to find new employment. Family is doubled-up and can't get rental deposit assistance until she has income. $100 Gas

  • A student is having hard time catching the school bus and their mom vehicle is non-operable. The student already has attendance issue and needs support covering the cost of a city bus. $96 RTA Bus pass

  • A student is in need of shoes for PE and sports team. His family is doubled-up and does not have the funds to cover this cost. The student reports that sports help him with his mental health. $50 food

  • The student’s parent quit their job due to newborn child having severe medical issues. The child is at a hospital in the Bay area and parents drive up to see her twice a week. They do not have enough funds to cover an important trip to see her and need support with gas cost. $50 Gas

  • A low-income family whose mother has experienced domestic abuse and now is the main provider for her family. One of her children is part of band and will be going on a field trip to Magic Mountain to do a workshop with their orchestra. However, the cost of the field trip is a barrier and they need support covering it. $150 School Field Trip (Curriculum)

  • Family of 5 currently living on one income. Student needs a new pair of orthopedic shoes. The shoes needed are expensive and family can only cover a portion. Requested assistance to pay for partial purchase. Purchase of the shoes will be at The Shoe Tree store in Pismo Beach.$100 Orthopedic Shoes

Lopez Wolf Den – Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • 12 pairs of men's jogger pants $107.32 Walmart

Lopez High School – Jennifer Bowen, Principal

  • Field Trip Scholarships for two students, to the Getty Museum/LA Hockey $200

  • Keyboard Student requested (from the “I need box”) $154.44

First 5 – Early Learning Centers – Lauren Thorne (maternity leave) and Shannon Pimentel

  • An Oceano Early Learning Center Preschool family son is experiencing seizures. The family is having to drive to Los Angeles for a neurologist. We purchased gas cards for this family. $204 Gas

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a Gift Bed for an additional month to a woman who has been homeless for several years. This is her final month at the first house and she is actively in the job search phase so that she can start paying her own rent and move to the transitional living home.She is doing extremely well in her recovery and is working on reunification with her children.$800 Gift bed


Our April 26th Potluck is shaping up very well. It will take place at 3PM at 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach. This is our first mid-afternoon potluck and will have a CHOCOLATE THEME! It’s at Ann McDowell’s home, and she is preparing a chocolate fountain! Potluck dishes for an early evening supper, do not have to have chocolate though there will be plenty of chocolate there! If you did not receive an evite to the potluck and would like to attend, please let us know at and we will send you one. The Raffle drawing, Admin April and collection of Feminine Hygiene Products will also take place at the potluck. (See more about these activities below).


A picture is worth a thousand words! Here’s a picture of some of the prizes!

Raffle – Our 2022 Raffle will take place at our next potluck taking place on April 26th at 3PM at 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach. You don't have to be present to win.

$20 donation = 1 entry Unlimited entries! Donations from March 18th to April 26th, 2022 count! Tickets are e-tickets (not paper tickets), will be entered in an electronic drawing.

Donations must be made (checks/cash in hand) by the raffle drawing time at the potluck on April 26th. All donations received at the potluck will be entered in the raffle. Winners will be drawn at the potluck.

Prizes include:

  • 4 different collections of wine bottles

  • Central Coast Floats – a soak and infrared sauna session

  • The Great American Melodrama – Tickets for a Table for 4

  • 2 large handmade quilts from the Arroyo Grande Quilting Group

  • Handmade decorator quilt

  • 4 sets of handmade dinner napkins

  • 4 handmade aprons – one for each season

  • Avila Bay Club – one week family membership

  • 2 collector glass candle holders

  • Centerpiece glass art bowl

  • Gift card to Rooster Creek

  • Gift card to Mason Bar

  • Gift card to CYB Gym Arroyo Grande (Cycle, Yoga Barre)

  • Gift card to Airport Restaurant

  • 7 piece bar ware set

  • 6 pieces of handmade pottery by Merrilee Donald

  • 2 handmade necklaces by Tina Doherty

  • Gift card to Doc Burnstein’s


We are in the middle of our “Admin April” to help us cover our expenses (the last one was in 2020). Our expenses are very small (approximately $3,000 a year and mostly for insurance) but they still exist. No one gets paid in South SLO County Womenade, and all our traditional funds raised (except Admin April) are used to meet urgent and emergency needs. Please note “Admin April” in the memo line of your check if you want all or part of your donation (indicate proportion in memo) to go towards this. Checks can be made out to South SLO County Womenade and can be mailed to 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach, CA 93433. Please annotate your check or paypal payment with Admin April. Donations for Admin April received after March 18th will all count towards the raffle.


The Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

The drive started on April 1. It is being led by Lola Zybura and Lisa Chadwick and their groups are collecting feminine hygiene products. If you don't want to shop, you can order items on Amazon or Costco and have them shipped to either of the drop off locations in Cypress Ridge. Drop off locations are:

In Cypress Ridge:

Lola Zybura 2367 Brant St., Arroyo Grande 93420

Sue McCutcheon 2342 Willet Way, Arroyo Grande 93420

In Pismo Beach

Margie Salame 241 Elaine Way, Pismo Beach 93449

In Nipomo – Trilogy

Lenore Spelbring

1407 Trail View Way, Nipomo.

In Arroyo Grande on the mesa

Lisa Chadwick

2610 Chamisal Lane, Arroyo Grande

Period Poverty is a Thing

Studies show that 1 in 5 teens struggled to afford period products and 4 in 5 either missed or knew someone who missed class time because they did not have access to period products. 14% of women experienced period poverty in a year; an additional 10% experienced it every month. One-third of them used cloth, rags, tissues or toilet paper children's diapers or paper towels because they didn't have pads or tampons. In addition, as a result, these women often suffer from depression. Research has shown that women with monthly period poverty were the most likely to report moderate/severe depression. Government benefits, do not cover the cost of these necessary supplies.


  • 3/1/22 to 3/31/22 $7,095.60

  • 1/1/21 TO 3/31/22 $14,938.71

  • 2/1/2019 TO 3/31/22 $239,992.08


Linda and Bradley Wilbert, Fran Norris, Rosemary Cleaves (2), Sheila and Richard Semana, Mary De Jong, Sandi St. Pierre, Joanie Thomas, Karen Kolba (3), Lisa Chadwick, Kathy Howell, Mariam Shah, Ilse Outcalt, Elaine Stewart, Piper Adelman, Cory Gonzalez, Wendy Castleman (2), Karlie Cool, Kermita Myers, Lara Golden, Michelle Ferrall, Shirley Horacek, Caren Russom, Sandra Banducci, Lynn Heinrich, Susan McCutcheon (2), Marilyn Knollenberg, Sharon McDaniel, Ann Mathias (2), Shannon Dempsey, Mary Anne Morgan (2), Madeline Fay(2), Michelle Fahnoe, Diane Aubuchon, Gay Evison Groomes, Ann McDowell, Sandy Richardson, Lisa Murdoch, Tina Doherty, Candace Guldeman(2), , Marcella Gelman,Nancy Shearer, Judith Carleson, Gail Applegate, Carol Chenot, Kathy Forenza, Kathy Harvey, Joann and Stan Benson (3), Caity McCardell, Andrea DeVitt, CYB Studios, Gwen Carton, Ann McDowell, Cheryl Goodman, Barbara Crawford, Jennifer Bowen, Karen Reinecke, Ellen Polinsky, Jordis Daigle, Tina Doherty

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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.

or go to our website

Our website is:

Our EIN# 27-0809744

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

Some of our Raffle Sponsors

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