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It's time to party!!! Potluck this Wednesday!

News about upcoming events and "where the money went"

March 14, 2022 Newsletter


Our next potluck is coming up this Wednesday March 16th at 6pm at Lara Golden’s home at 2324 Huasna Rd. in Arroyo Grande. If you did not receive an evite invitation but would like to attend, please email us at This is an in person event, please only come if you are vaccinated!


Raffle – Our 2022 Raffle will take place at the potluck taking place on April 26th. You don't have to be present to win.

$20 donation = 1 entry Unlimited entries! Donations from March 18th to April 26th, 2022 count! You can win more than once! Many Womenaders and local businesses have donated raffle prizes and they are wonderful including many hand made items, wines, beautiful presentation pieces, tickets and more! Donations must be made (checks/cash in hand) by the raffle drawing 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.

Admin April - The proceeds of our last Admin April in 2020 lasted us a couple of years, and we need to hold another one. 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. We are beginning our fundraising for “Admin April” now. Please note “Admin April” in the memo line of your check. Checks can be made out to South SLO County Womenade and can be mailed to 1793 Farroll Rd., Grover Beach, CA 93433. If making a donation through Paypal be sure to annotate that it is for Admin April. A few donors have already made donations earmarked for Administrative Expenses, and we are very grateful. Donations for this received after March 18th will count towards the raffle.


The Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

Starting on April 1st, Lola Zybura and Lisa Chadwick and their groups are collecting feminine hygiene products. Current drop off points are – stay tuned for future locations :

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

What is Period Poverty?

Menstrual products are expensive in the U.S. Studies have shown 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 ever in the past-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.

Research has shown that women with monthly period poverty were the most likely to report moderate/severe depression. Government benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), do not cover the cost of these necessary supplies.

Other projects needing a leader – Many people have said they would like to be involved in a more hands on manner. Here is a project that needs a leader and a team to make it happen.

Toiletry Drive in August The leader of the project will recruit co-leaders, helpers, places to gather the donations, contact the places that need the toiletries and arrange for delivery to these agencies. If this is something that appeals to you please contact us at, and we will work with you to get started.

Where did the donations go?

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Advocate Zitlali Hernandez Pluma

  • Parent needs financial help due to seasonal job ending.Dad is the only one able to work. Family is struggling to pay rent and bills & could use help with food. $100 Vons

  • Family of 6 currently living in trailer home just moved from Mexico a few months ago. Daughter has surgery coming up, needs gas $250 CVS and $100Gas card

  • Mom is currently unemployed and living w/ family members she needs support w/ paying rent to her family while she is looking for a job $150 Roosevelt Family Apartment (landlord)

  • Mom expressed that her son has bullying issues during school/bus ride. She is connecting w/the school with concerns. She has been taking him to school and could use the support since she only works part time: $50 Gas card

  • Family of 6 just moved from Mexico a few months ago and lives in trailer home. Parents are working in the fields. They are facing unexpected medical expenses and their son has outgrown his clothing. Son is in need of clothes $100 Marshalls for clothing

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Single mother loss of wages due to the illness, and no sick pay available. Needs rental assistance $250 Jesse Martinez (Landlord)

  • Grandmother raising 3 of her grandsons. Is facing financial hardship b/c her rent was increased. Grandmother is waiting to go back to work once her fingerprints come back $100 Grocery Outlet

  • Grandmother raising 3 of her grandsons. Is facing financial hardship b/c her rent was increased. Grandmother is waiting to go back to work once her fingerprints come back $50 Gas card

  • Tragic death in the Family client used some of her money to help pay for a family members funeral. Service will be turned off tomorrow $165.73 Spectrum

  • Single mother of 3 boys lost her job a month ago and unable to get unemployment. She is short on her rent for February. Wants to avoid eviction $300 Maria T. Iniquez (Landlord)

  • Father Passed away on 1/23/22, he was the sole supporter. Family is in need of rental assistance. $300 American Property Management (Landlord)

  • Family was hit by a drunk driver one of the boys is in the hospital w/a broken femur, car seat broke in half and the family does not have the money to buy a new one $100 Walmart

  • Mother is in the hospital the father had to decrease his work hrs to take care of the children. Family is in need of food $100 Grocery Outlet

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Advocate Nayeli Salinas Benitez

  • Family recently lost father to COVID and money has been a little tight. Mom and children tested positive for Covid beginning of 2022 and mom had to stop working temporarily. Rental Assistance.$250 MGF (Landlord)

  • Daughter recently diagnosed w/chronic stomach issues, mom lost one of two Jobs due to having to take care of daughter; the family has been affected financially and can’t pay all rent.$300 California West Property Management

  • Father recently got covid-19 and had to stop working. Boss refused to provide sick-pay. The family is now late on bills and struggling financially; assistance with bills. $200 PG&E

  • Single Mother of 5 just started a new job and is behind on her gas/electricity bill. Needs help to turn electricity back on. $200 PG&E

  • Single Mom Recently lost her food stamp benefits and struggling to buy food for her family. Trying to figure out her benefit situation and meanwhile needs food for the month $100 Food4Less

  • Single Mother of 3 had her hours reduced at work. She needs gas assistance to get children to school and get to work $100 Shell gas card

  • Family of 5 recently migrated to US from Mexico just secured housing but are struggling to pay bills and obtain food. Still working on getting connected to local resources $100 Food4Less

  • Single mother of one is currently unable to work and is struggling to pay attorney fees during child custody case due to safety concerns.$300 Carlson-: Divorce, Family &Custody

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

  • The father of the family has been in a special care unit for the last month due to diabetes complication (had to have a limb amputated). Mother does not drive and relies on bus/older son to drive the family to the facility. The family is need of gas funds to be able to visit dad. $50 Gas card

  • A family was in a bad car accident that totaled their vehicle and injured most of the family members involved. The family has many medical appointments to attend and do not have enough funds to cover the gas cost. $50 gas card

  • A low-income single-mother is caring for her elderly parents and cannot work full-time due to those responsibilities. She needs help covering the cost of toiletries and basic needs for her teen $50 Visa card

  • A single-mother has just separated from her ex-partner due to intimate partner violence. She only works part-time and relied heavily on partners income. She does not have enough funds to cover her rent and over-due electric bill. $300 (PG&E)

  • A low-income family does not have the funds to cover students soccer uniform fees. The student loves soccer and says that it help with his mental health. $95 School Soccer fee Judkins

  • The students parents are both on disability due to an incident that hurt their backs. The father use to work full-time but now does not make enough to cover extra expenses like students soccer fees. The student had shared that soccer is his way of meditating and helping him with problems. $95 School Soccer fee Judkins

  • A student has had various COVID complications and has had to go various medical appointments due to the aftermaths of COVID. The student mother works part-time and does not have enough funds to cover the gas for his doctor appointments. The family is in need of a gas gift card to get student to important medical appointments. $100 gas card

Lopez Wolf Den – Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • 4 packs (6 each) men's undershirt, S/M/L/XL $71.03 Walmart

Lopez High School – Jennifer Bowen, Principal

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $32.18

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

  • Family’s father passed away in December. Family is from Mexico and has no extended family. First 5 started supporting family but they needed help with rent.$300 to MGF Enterprises (landlord)

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a Gift Bed for an additional month to a mother of 3 boys who is homeless and had been living in her car. She has struggled with alcohol and substance abuse for many years.She is doing extremely well and gets to have her first face to face visit with her sons this weekend.$800 Gift bed


  • 2/1/22 to 2/28/22 $4,189.02

  • 1/1/21 TO 2/28/22 $7,843.11

  • 2/1/2019 TO 2/28/22 $232,896.48


Linda and Bradley Wilbert, Linda Busek, Fran Norris, Rosemary Cleaves, Ann Tompkins, Sheila and Richard Semana, Mary De Jong, Karen Kolba, Debra Jackson, Cory Gonzalez, Sandy Richardson, Elaine Stewart , Wendy Castleman, Jann Jeffries, Jean Graham, Valerie Glahn, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Gail Applegate, Carol Chenot, Diana Henderson, Susan McCutcheon, Caity McCardell, Lara Golden, Kim Heyde, Mason Bar and Grill, Rooster Creek Tavern, Daniel Bronstein, Jessica Griffiths, Lenore Spelbring

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