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New Agencies Added

Mid-May and lots of news to share!

Newsletter May 14, 2022

Welcome our two new agencies!

The Boys and Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County

The Boys and Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County's mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County was founded in 1994. They have grown from serving 60 students in one location to about 1000 youths at six school sites and the dedicated Teen Center. They have programs at Fairgrove, Grover Beach, Grover Heights, Oceano and Shell Beach Elementary Schools, and Judkins Middle School. Boys & Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County, 1830 19th Street, Oceano, CA 93445. It is a 501(c)(3) organization. Headed up by Rebecca Britton and Resource Development Coordinator Jasmine Carranza.

Families in Transition

Families in Transition (F.I.T.) is a Lucia Mar Unified School District program. They are funded by a grant by the McKinney Vento Assistance Act that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. This program works with students in LMUSD who are unhoused. There are currently between 1,000 and 1,200 unhoused students in the district. Families in Transition is headed up by Wendy Bruse, Coordinator of After School Programs, and they are located at the Oceano Community Center, 1425 19th Street, Oceano, CA 93445 POTLUCKS

Mark your calendars! Our next potluck is on June 21st at 6PM at Mariam Shah’s home at 2410 Green Place, Arroyo Grande. PROJECTS

The Feminine Hygiene Product Drive was a huge success!

Lola Zybura delivered many huge bags of feminine hygiene products over two days to:

  • Jennie Curto - A coordinator in south county neighborhood supplemental food program

  • Lisa Martinez school counselor at AG HS

  • Erica Andrade Link advocate at Mesa and Judkins Middle Schools

  • Brenda Gonzalez Link advocate at Paulding Middle School

  • Renee Poirier Exec. Director at Casa Solan

  • Wendy Bruse Coordinator of Families in Transition

  • Mayra Valencia - Advocate at Transitions-Mental Health Association

  • Jannine Lambert - Supervisor DSS in AG and Nipomo

  • Jann Jeffries - the Wolf Den closet at Lopez HS

  • Nayeli Salinas Benitez - Advocate, Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center

  • Zitlali Hernandez Pluma - Advocate, Nipomo Family Resource Center

  • Stella Medina - Advocate, Oceano Family Resource Center

A huge thank you to everyone who bought and brought feminine hygiene products to the drop off sites and to all who made cash donations. These products were most appreciated as you can well imagine!

OTHER PROJECTS – What’s next?

We are looking for leaders of a couple of other projects for the fall. Leaders recruit a team to help with the project. Womenade will make the initial contact with the agencies to determine need and will supply teams with contact information for communications and deliveries.

In September we would like to run a General Toiletries drive. Hygiene Poverty is rampant in our community.

In October we would like to run a “we missed the bus” drive specifically for teachers who still need specific school items for their students. Once the “stuff the boss” campaign is over teachers will still be missing critical teaching supplies and are always reaching into their own pockets for these supplies.

Please email us at if you would like to run one of these projects.


Do you like to teach and like to cook. The culinary class teacher is interested in people who would like to teach a cooking class. So far one person has already volunteered. It’s not a long commitment as school is out on June 10th. Each class runs about 50 minutes, and she teaches 3 class a day. Class times run from

Period 1 8:00 Am to 8:51 AM

Period 2 8:53 AM to 9:44 AM

Period 3 9:54 AM to 10:43 AM

Each volunteer would teach 3 classes in a morning. Please email us at if you are interested in this interesting volunteer opportunity


Wendy Castleman (2), Susan Christie, Sandy Richardson (2), Phyllis Sims, Paula Tripp, Mary Browning, Mardi Garren, Kathy Longacre, Kathey Harris, Karen Reinecke, Karen Blum, Christie, Jordis Daigle, Jennifer Bowen, Jean Leavitt, Gay Groomes, Carol Chenot, Karen Kolba, Mary DeJong, Joann and Stan Benson, Ellen Polinski, Cheryl Goodman, Carol Morrison, Carol Lee, Barbara Crawford, Ann Jones, Ann Mathias, Ann Tompkins, Brad and Linda Wilbert, Carol Wilcock, Diana Henderson,Fran Norris (2), Kathy Forenza, Linda Bishop, Linda Busek, Liz Fritz, Sharon McDaniel, Sheila Semana, Tina Doherty, Rosemary Cleaves, Susan McCutcheon, Caity McCardell, Alex and Jessie Shu, Gail Applegate, Cory Gonzalez,Elaine Stewart, Mary Anne Morgan (2), Madeline Fay (2) , Fred Donati, Linda Fibich, Anonymous


  • 4/1/22 to 4/30/22 $8,714.99

  • 1/1/21 TO 4/30/22 $23,653.70

  • 2/1/2019 TO 4/30/22 $248,707.07

Where did the donations go?

Nutrition Team - Food for families in need and for school children $267.31 SLO FoodBank

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Advocate Zitlali Hernandez Pluma

  • After SAFE meeting mom mentioned she needs new tires to drive safely to school/appointments. Splitting cost w/FIT program $146.76 Big Brand Tire and Service

  • Family is homeless and mom is currently looking for a job to help her get back on her feet. Gift card needed to help with food and gas. $150 Groceries

  • Mom has cancer and is a federal worker. She does not receive any benefits and dad is injured from work. No income at the moment and they need help with car payment. $250 Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union

  • Mom is on Maternity leave, living on one income. They need assistance for groceries. $100 Vons

  • Homeless mother of 3 children left the valley to get away from DV situation. Family is living in a motel/car and needs help with food and gas. $100 gas/ $100 food

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Both parents are migrant seasonal workers and are only working 2 days out of the week. Assistance needed to provide basic needs to their children. $150 for food

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Advocate Nayeli Salinas Benitez

  • Single Mother of three currently not working and recently homeless.Needs clothing for children. $100 Walmart

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

  • A single-mother is working part-time and does not have enough funds to cover child’s gymnastic classes. The child has been through a traumatic event and gymnastic has helped her mental health vastly. $250 Pacific Flips

Lopez Wolf Den – Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • Razors/Lotion/Mouthwash $39.06 Dollar Tree

Lopez High School – Jennifer Bowen, Principal

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $33.71

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $23.88

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

  • The purchase was for a gas card for the family whose child is experiencing seizures. The specialist is in Los Angeles, so the high cost of gas was adding a huge amount of stress onto the family.$104 gas

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a Gift Bed to a young lady that was just released from custody. We are currently collaborating with some other agencies to help hermake some positve changes in her life so that she can stay out of custody and off the streets. $800 gift bed

Department of Social Services / Transitions-Mental Health Association

  • A homeless women recently became employed but needs gas money until she gets paid. $50 gas


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

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