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Success comes in so many ways!

Buckle up! The end of the year is creeping up on us!

Newsletter November 2, 2023

Successful Potluck – Next one December 13th Thanksgiving and December Holidays Food Baskets Updates on Projects Needed Items


October 19th Potluck

The 950 Room at Cypress Ridge was transformed into an amazing entertainment space! Over 50 people attended and valiantly fought for a parking space with attendees at another event happening in a nearby building unbeknownst to us! As always, the food, the company and giving hearts were all in attendance. We raised nearly $4,000 that evening with people unable to attend sending in checks with friends or via paypal or snail mail! A number of people brought much sought after diapers and laundry detergent. Devon McQuade from 5 Cities Homeless Coalition, our newest partner agency, introduced everyone to who and what her organization does. There were many agency partner advocates in attendance, and they shared their stories throughout the meal. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!

Mark your calendar! December 13,6PM

Our last potluck of the year will be at Candace Guldeman’s home at 524 Mesa View Drive, Arroyo Grande. Every other year Candace and Phil decorate the WHOLE house for Christmas! This is one of those years! They’ve already started, and it is quite a sight to behold. You don’t want to miss this one.

We are looking for hosts for potluck fundraisers in 2024! Please consider spreading the word throughout South SLO County and inviting your network of friends to join us. You can do this by hosting a potluck fundraiser. There are so many areas in South SLO County that don’t know who we are and what we do! Help us get the word out!

Thanksgiving and December Holidays Food Baskets

The SignUpGenius for the Thanksgiving Baskets is almost full! There are still some slots available for butter and cheese! Our 160 families come to us from the three First 5 Early Learning programs in Grover Beach, Nipomo and Oceano, and the four Early Head Start Programs in Arroyo Grande, Nipomo (2) and Oceano, the family resource centers in Arroyo Grande,Nipomo, and Oceano, and the Families in Transition programs. Here is the link to the Thanksgiving baskets SIGNUP Genius.

NO FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)!

With the Thanksgiving project well in hand and with drop off, organizing, packing and delivering planned, we’re turning our sights to the Holiday Food Baskets for the Winter School Break. Deliveries will be made on December 14th. We hope you still have a little love in your hearts! If you missed out on the Thanksgiving baskets, fear not, the Holiday Food Basket SignUPGenius will be coming your way on Friday or Saturday November 3rd or 4th. All the details, instructions will be in it. We will be making baskets for 90 different families (from the Thanksgiving ones) to help take them through the long winter school break from December 23 to January 14!

Updates on Projects

Laundry Pop Up – Belinda Benassi - leader

On Saturday October 28th from 9 to 11AM we held our fifth Laundry Pop Up at the #Laundromat at 13th and Farroll Rd. in Grover Beach. Belinda Benassi is leading this project. At the moment we are holding a pop up once a month. The next one is scheduled for November 18th in Nipomo – mark your calendars. It is a lot of fun helping so many grateful people by giving financial help for 3 loads of laundry! If you would like to join this great group, please let us know. We only have a short list of volunteers. Each month we only need 3 volunteers. If we had a larger list each volunteer could do it once a quarter! Contact us at and we’ll put you in touch with Belinda.

Nipomo Food Distribution – Rosemary Cleaves, Sue McCutcheon, and Mary Anne Morgan - project leaders

Our next food distribution is on Tuesday November 14th at Nipomo Elementary School (the second Tuesday of the month). Last month we gave food out to 300 families. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who make this program run smoothly. From time to time we need substitutes to help out. If you would like to be on the substitute list please email us.

Weekend Food Bags for Food Insecure Students – Ann McDowell and Mary Anne Morgan - leaders

Weekend Food for Food Insecure Students at some of the elementary schools, the middle schools and Lopez High School is in full swing. Mary Anne Morgan picks up and delivers food weekly from the SLO Foodbank to Lopez High School pantry; Judy Woo’s and Jean Baker’s teams buy, pack and deliver bags for the middle schools and the elementary schools respectively every other week.

We still need a few volunteers to “adopt a few weekend food bags for students” for the remainder of the school year. This entails buying the food, packing the brown bags and delivering the bags to an elementary school every two weeks. Please consider helping out on this important project. We can’t imagine these students not having food to eat over the weekends! Contact us at

Needed Items

  • Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center

    • A family in Arroyo Grande needs a working washing machine

  • Lopez High School Wolf Den is in need of the following:

    • New or gently used hoodies in dark colors such as grey, black or navy in size Large or XL

    • New towel sets in any color

    • New twin size throw blankets in any color

    • Items can be dropped off at C&H Property Management, 135 S. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande (corner of Halcyon and Park)

  • Family Resource Centers

    • Oceano - A single mother with two young children, ages 7 and 4, who had been living in her car finally found a new home, but unfortunately, the new home does not come with a refrigerator. If you have a spare refrigerator or knows of someone who might be willing to donate one to this family in need please let us know.

    • Oceano - family came here from Mexico seeking asylum two months ago. They recently moved into a home, but they only have three twin mattresses and a small table with two folding chairs. The family can use a double bed, table and chairs, blankets, pillows, towels, dishes, etc

    • Arroyo Grande - a client that just moved into her own unfurnished apartment with her son. The family could use some small furniture.

  • County Nurses -a new mom needs toothpaste, pads, shampoo/conditioner & toilet paper.


9/1/23 to 9/30/23 $3,006.00

1/1/23 TO 9/30/23 $87,850.24

2/1/2019 TO 8/31/23 $459,086.24


To make a donation write a check to South SLO County Womenade and mail to:

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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.

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