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South SLO County Womenade blasting through April!

Newsletter April 22, 2023 Our Annual Raffle Potluck Fundraiser was a huge success!

This year there were nearly 40 prizes donated with a value of $4,381. We had 545 donation entries at $20 per entry for a total of $11,289 raised! There were 40 people present for the potluck, and many people present to receive their raffle prizes among much cheering and congratulations! It was a great event! The Next PotluckMark your calendar! June 15th, Thursday at 6pm is the next South SLO County Potluck at Mariam Shah’s home at 2410 Green Place on the mesa in Arroyo Grande. 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 neighborhoods and new areas to introduce our work to new networks and neighborhoods. We need a host for August/September and November! Please help us spread the word! Happenings

  • Annual All Agency Meeting – Our annual all agency meeting is this Monday April 24th at noon at the Cypress Ridge Park. Representatives from all agencies gather to meet new representatives, review guidelines for meeting client needs, any changes in our goals and strategies, and learn about changes in their needs and to network.

  • Toiletry Drive – Candace Guldeman and Robin Pisz are leading the toiletry drive effort this year from May 1 to May 31

Hygiene poverty is an inability to afford everyday hygiene products. People cannot bathe with soap, or wash hair with shampoo and conditioner; they are using old toothbrushes or no toothbrush without toothpaste; not shaving or using deodorant; cleaning clothes less frequently; delay in changing diapers; using rags for sanitary products or not attending school or work due to lack of feminine hygiene products; being judged or bullied because of how they smell or look; mental health issues caused by the lack of self esteem. Below is a list of items needed: If you don’t want to shop, you can go on Amazon or Walmart and have items shipped Sue McCutcheon’s addresses (see below). Drop off locations are:

  • Candace Guldeman 524 Mesa View Drive (after May 8th)

  • FitForever Gym - 1080 Cypress Ridge Parkway, Arroyo Grande

  • Judy Woo - 1402 Vista Tesoro Pl, 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

  • Nancy Terrell – Avila Bay Club

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

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

Below is a list of toiletry items most needed (NEW and FULL Sizes):

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Soap – bar and liquid

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrushes

  • Floss and floss picks

  • Mouthwash

  • Lotion

  • Deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Razors

  • Baby shampoo and baby soap

  • Chapstick

  • Sunscreen

  • Band aids

  • Nail clippers

  • Feminine Hygiene Products


The Hive, Kathie La Martina, Anita Martin, Emily Myhre, Heidi Rowe, Sandy Strohman, Mary DeJong (2), Joanne and Stan Benson, Rosemary Cleaves (2), Anna Currie, Anonymous, Fran Norris, Ann Tompkins, Wendy Castleman, Cory Gonzalez, Elaine Stewart, Heidi Boatman, Linda Busek, Carol Chenot (2), Susan Evard, Nan Fowler, Marcella Gelman (2), Candace Guldeman, Lynn Heinrich, Jann Jeffries, Lyn Lamison, Jean Leavitt, Susan McCutcheon (2), Michelle Moock, Aurora Munoz, Lisa Murdoch, Robin Pisz, Sheila Semana (2), Deb Sherry, Phyllis Sims, Lenore Spelbring, Marcy Warkentin, Patricia Wilson, Paula Tripp, Gail Applegate, Karen Kolba, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Sandy Richardson (2), Barbara Schader, Linda Fibich, Caity McCardell, Anita Shower, Jessica Griffiths, Donna Turner, Paula McGrath, Linda Brody, Lynda Allen AN UPDATE ON FUNDS RECEIVED 3/1/23 to 3/31/23 $4,986.00 1/1/23 TO 3/31/23 $24,362.51 2/1/2019 TO 3/31/23 $359,590.88 These figures don’t reflect in-kind donations. WHERE DID THE DONATIONS GO?

Nutrition Team - Food for families in need and for school children $366.56 SLO FoodBank Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Single Dad with 3 children recently moved into their own home after living in a car. Family had a water leak but could not prove it and now has to pay full amount due. Water has been turned off for a week $300 Oceano Community Service District

  • Single dad raising son. Father is disabled and on a limited income. Once he pays all of his household bills he does not have enough for his car insurance. He needs his car to get to and from doctor appointments and son to school $143.88 Ca Heritage

  • Family of 4 came here from Guerrero MX seeking asylum. Client is not able to work until she gets work permit. She relies on family member/agencies for support. Needs hygiene products $50 Walmart

  • Family of 7 struggling with high cost of living. Parent applied for food stamps but made a little too much money to qualify. Family in need of food $100 Walmart

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Advocate Marivel Pille

  • Mom, single parent, works hours reduced. Children are in need of new clothes. $100 Marshalls

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Cinthyia Ortiz-Corona

  • Teen mother. Baby admitted to the NICU and mother needs help with gas money to get to and from the hospital daily.$150 Shell Gas

  • Single father, started a self employment business. He needs help with getting household items for himself and his son. $200 Walmart

  • Single parent mother on limited SSI benefits, recently got a job interview and needs assistance with gas to make it to interview. Shell $50

  • Single Parent mother had recent housing structure changed. Lost 50% of income. Needs support with phone bill to connect with service providers. $89 phone provider

  • Single mother going to school and on a limited income. She requested support with transportation to school. $50 Shell Gas

  • Mother went through recent separation. On limited income. Requesting additional work hours. Needs support with buying shoes for work. $150 Walmart

  • Single mother, recently widowed, struggling to provide as head of household because partner unexpectedly passed away. Currently on limited survivors benefit. Needs support with gas bill this month. $46.89 So. Cal Gas

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

  • Mother requested funds for groceries. Father is incarcerated for second DUI and family did not meet rent money, Mother is not working at the moment. $50 Gift card

  • Single mother requested assistance for groceries. Mother is currently not working and is need of assistance. $100 gift card

  • Mother works as a farm worker and has not been working since the fall as she also has a hurt ankle and is not able to work. Mother requested funding for paying off a Wi-Fi bill that is 3 months late and about to be disconnected. Wi-Fi needed for school. $84.71 Spectrum Internet

  • Family is asking for assistance in paying for transportation for bus pass. Family is currently not working and is struggling to make ends meet. $66.25 LMUSD transportation

  • Mom requested support with food. Mom and father are both farm workers and have been impacted due to the storms for their hours. Their Cal Fresh benefits were also lowered and family has had difficulty getting food. $50 food gift card

  • Family requested help with gas. Mother works in the fields in Lompoc and regularly has to drive to San Luis Obispo for counseling services for her child. Family recently became homeless and is having to drive from Santa Maria (where they are staying) to Lompoc and the Five Cities area to receive services and work. $50 gas card

  • Family is having difficulty with rent. Only one income is from mom who works in a hotel but is not working a regular schedule due to work hour inconsistency. Family is encountering legal difficulties with father getting into legal troubles. $50 food gift card

  • Family of 6. Parents are currently waiting to return to seasonal job picking strawberries. In need of a sturdy backpack for middle schooler. $50 gift card

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

  • Woman in her 40's with newly metastatic breast cancer struggling financially. $50 gift card

  • Man in his 50’s with newly diagnosed cancer which is keeping him out of work and tight on money. $50 gift card

  • Woman in 50’s with metastatic cancer – previously self-employed but now without income. $50 gift card

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a gift bed to a 37 year old woman who recently lost custody of her four children and is struggling with substance abuse. $800

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

  • Men's black high tops $70.04 Converse

  • 3 Junior tops $17.41 Kohl’s

  • 2 prs. shoes, black low top $92.12 Converse

  • Black 527 Levis, 36x32 boot cut $39.81 Levi’s

  • Hoodie, black $18.84 Levi’s

  • 3 Men's dress shirts, black xlg. Xxlg. $146.38 Calvin Klein

  • Men's dress shirt, black med. $36.41

  • 3 Men's dress shirts, blacklg. xlg. $138.78 Calvin Klein

  • Toiletries $79.87 Dollar Tree

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

  • 2 Scholarships to LA Hockey Field Trip $160

  • School apparel for students $140

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $32.71

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $10.71

  • School apparel for students $125

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $43.35

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $30.99

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $6.10

  • Wolf Market supplies for student PBIS success $92.07

  • Epic Entertainment/DJ-Drapes from Prom $1,800

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

  • Client has recently moved from Arizona.Client is having difficulty getting her benefits up and running.Client is homeless and is running out of gas. $25 gas card

  • Homeless male that lives in his car, has no funds needs gas to get to his dr. appointment in Santa Maria $50 gas card

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

  • Unaccompanied youth needs support for graduation. Relocated from living with aunt, to living with grandmother. Financials are not the best right now and need support paying for graduation. $68.68 Graduation cap, gown and tassel

  • Student reached out, family struggling financially. Needs support paying for driving lessons, wants to help parents out and take a burden off of them. $191.50 Driving Lessons (2)

  • Unaccompanied youth needs support for graduation. He financially supports himself and has never been anywhere fun. Started working at a young age, and works 2 jobs and goes to school full time. Would like to participate in grad night but cannot afford it. $102.99 Grad Night Ticket

  • Low income family, needing support with eldest daughter's graduation events. Has never been to an amusement park and wants to attend. $102.99 Grad Night Ticket

  • Family living in a RV and were evacuated again due to the storm. Family was relocated to SLO, and was not able to get belongings. Needed clothing for students to get back to school.$100 Clothing gift card

  • Single mom struggling to transport child to school from new location. Being a field worker, she has been struggling to maintain work due to the wet months and the water damaging crops. $100 Gas Card

  • Single parent of 3 children, returning back to the community, renting a room out to have a place to stay. Children are in need of clothing and shoes, they have outgrown current belongings. $300 Marshall’s gift cards for 3 students

  • Unaccompanied student living with aunt needs assistance paying for senior activities and events. Only had enough for deposits and not enough to cover the full amount. $168.49 Grad Night Ticket and Yearbook

  • Family is having financial problems and cannot afford senior grad night for student. Family is helping family friends who are now living with them as parent is being treated for cancer. $100 Grad Night Ticket

  • Single parent living in a doubled up situation needs assistance with gas to transport her high schooler to 2 different schools. Parents working hours decreased this month. $50 gas card

  • Family relocated back to SLO for the week. Parent was laid off from work and cannot afford the gas to transport her two elementary school kids to school. $50 gas card


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