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Thanksgiving baskets, Potlucks and more!

Here are some ways to help people in need in our community

Newsletter October 13, 2023

SignUpGenius for Thanksgiving Food Baskets Next Potluck – October 19th at 6PM Updates on Projects Needed Items Where the Money Went


It’s So Easy - Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Here is the SignUpGenius link!

We are gathering food for the Thanksgiving Food Baskets for 160 families to be delivered on November 16th. It’s easy – It’s really easy! Check out the link and follow the instructions. The drop off window is short - November 6 to 10. Please do not drop off early. If you need to do so let us know and we will give you an alternate location. There will be a separate collection and signup form for food for the Winter School Break in December starting right after the Thanksgiving baskets are done. Food items are in the supermarkets now, many at sale prices already. May be a good time to stock up! The Next Potluck

Mark your calendar!

The next South SLO County Potluck Fundraiser is just around the corner October 19, Thursday at 6pm at the 950 Cypress Ridge Parkway in the 950 Room. If you would like to attend and didn’t receive an evite invitation, please let us know at

Updates on Projects Laundry Pop Up – Belinda Benassi - leader The next Laundry Pop Up will be on October 28th in Grover Beach. We offer every customer coming through the door to do 3 loads of laundry! If you would like to join this great group, please let us know. 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

Tuesday October 10 was the most recent food distribution at Nipomo Elementary School (the second Tuesday of the month). The Nipomo Library held a toiletry drive in September for people in need in our community. Each client who came through the distribution line was able to select an item from the generous toiletry donations. Nipomo residents helping Nipomo neighbors! Along with the fabulous food from the SLO Foodbank, our volunteers helped unload, pack and distributed food to 300 families! The next distribution will be on November 14th. Weekend Food Bags for Food Insecure Students – Ann McDowell and Mary Anne Morgan - leaders

The Weekend Food Bag program is well on its way. We still need a few volunteers to “adopt a few weekend food bags for students”. This entails buying the food, packing the brown bags and delivering the bags to an elementary school every two weeks. We have a large group of dedicated volunteers at Trilogy under Judy Woo’s leadership, who pack bags for students at the three middle schools. Lisa Murdoch is our delivery person for the middle schools. We have another new team that started this semester under the leadership of Jean Baker, who pack bags for the elementary schools. This is the program we still need some help with. Please consider helping out on this important project. We can’t imagine these students not having food to eat over the weekend! Contact us at The food pantry for weekend food has started up at Lopez High School with students and staff managing the distribution to over 20 students. Mary Anne Morgan keeps the pantry supplied with weekly purchase trips to the SLO Foodbank. Needed Items

  • Oceano Family Resource Center

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

  • County Nurses

    • A single mom is living with her parents and two children. She has a 3 year old who is autistic and has many appointments for therapy, and a 6 month old. She needs a high chair and pack and play so that she can keep the baby safe while she attends to the toddler.

    • Nurses need diapers in the sizes 2, 3 and 4 as well as size 6

  • 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)

  • Lopez High School staff is in need of

    • Dinner plates – real washable – not disposable

    • Silverware – in particular forks (real silverware forks – not disposable)

    • Items can be dropped off at Lopez High School at 1055 Mesa View Dr. Arroyo Grande


Judy Woo, Mary De Jong, Linda and Bradley Wilbert, Fred Donati, Joann and Stan Benson, Fran Norris, Rosemary Cleaves, Sheil and Richard Semana, Karen Kolba, Alex and Jessie Shu, Mike and Olive Shu, Wendy Castleman, Carol Chenot, Gail Applegate, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Central Coast Exchange Club, Marilyn Chulack, Susan McCutcheon, Caity McCardell, Helen Powell, Jessica Griffiths, Debra Jackson


Please welcome our newest partner agency to Womenade – 5 Cities Homeless Coalition The Link – Advocate Angel Lopez - Mesa Middle School and Judkins Middle School and Advocate Brenda Gonzalez – Paulding Middle School

  • Grandmother of 3 young boys needs assistance paying for city bus pass for middle school student. Only income is her part time caregiver job and needs assistance paying for this month's bus pass for student to be able to get to school. $37 Bus pass

  • Family of 4. Single parent income. Mother just found a job after fleeing domestic violence. Parent needs assistance paying for gas to transport children to school. Should be getting first paystub/income this month. $50 Gas card

  • Single Parent living in a trailer having to share space with another family and needs assistance with food expenses. Single mom just applied for food stamps and currently waiting for benefits to kick in. 3 young children. Mom works in the fields and need financial assistance since they just moved from the Santa Maria area. $100 Gas card

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

  • Male in his 60's diagnosed with rectal cancer with backed up state disability and has had no income since June. Struggling to pay for gas and groceries $50 gas, $50 groceries

Lopez High School – Jennifer Bowen- Principal; Aurora Munoz – Admin

  • PBIS Wolf market Student Incentives $56.65

Lopez High School – Wolf Den Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • 15 Unisex Sweatshirts & 22 Unisex Sweatpants $605.55 Threadsy

  • Ladies Shoes $63.03 Converse

  • Ladies Shoes $53.54 Vans

  • Man’s Bike $159.10 Walmart

Department of Social Services – Jannine Lambert – Director; Sheila Wolpert – Division Management Support

  • Client needing a gas card and Walmart card. Recently adult son was involved in a hit and run. This has caused challenges and unexpected expenses $25 gas, $25 Walmart

  • Female client who is homeless and is need of some underwear $25 Walmart

  • PT who is homeless living in vehicle and has a job interview in SLO and needs to get to Prado for shelter $25 Shell

  • PT who is homeless living in car needs to get to Court in SLO and to DMV needs gas $25 Shell

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a gift bed for an additional month to a woman in her early 30's. She is doing very well in her recovery and has been able to secure a job. $800 Gift bed

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Homeless family living at the campgrounds in need of pillows, blankets, and clothing for two boys. $200 Ross

  • Single mother of 3 recently lost her job and struggling to pay her September rent. Mother is worried she may be evicted for nonpayment. $300 Ernest Andrade

  • Mother lost her job recently. Needs help paying for her internet bill. Her children rely on the internet to do their homework. $100 Metro PCS

  • Family of 5 struggling to make ends meet. Mom has lupus. Father missed work to take her to the hospital and missed work due to medical illness. Needs assistance with water bill. $203.08 City of Arroyo Grande

  • Family of 4 struggling with high cost of living. This is a multigenerational family that helps each other. $100 Smart and Final

  • Homeless single mother of a 2 yr old daughter. Mother is a senior at Calpoly attending in person 2 days a week. Needs to pay her car registration to keep car for school.$150 DMV

  • Single mother of 3 recently moved here seeking asylum. She is also battling cancer. In need of clothes only has two outfits to wear.$100 Marshalls

  • Homeless single mother of a 2 yr old daughter.In need of clothes.$100 Marshalls

  • Mother just got out of jail a few weeks ago she is back with her son. Has found a job but does not have gas money to get to work. Her first work day is Sunday. $100 Shell

  • Single mother of 4 children and only one income with no child support. Had to pay for some extra expenses and now needs gas money to get to work until she gets her paycheck $100 Shell

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Cinthyia Ortiz-Corona

  • Single Mother currently struggling with $700 Utility Bill and recent rent increase. Mother Requested Support with car registration. $276 DMV

  • Teen mom currently struggling to get to school from current hotel she is temporarily living with her baby & partner. Commute is longer now that she is living in a hotel. $100 Chevron gas

  • Single income family, struggling with recent rent increase and expenses for young children. Mom requested support with laundry detergent & hygiene items for home.Laundromat averaging $70 per visit. It is biggest hurdle $100 Walmart

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Marivel Pilla

  • Single mother is struggling financially; she is working and going to school. She recently left an unhealthy relationship and is trying to make it on her own. $300 Toyota Financial Services

  • Family of 5 is currently struggling to make ends meet. Dad is disabled and has many health concerns. Mom takes care of dad and their autistic son $100 Grocery Outlet

Nutrition Team – Mary Anne Morgan leader

  • Food for families in need and for school children $117.14 SLO FoodBank

5 Cities Homeless Coalition – Janna Nichols Executive Director

  • Young adult recently homeless after being asked to leave her parent's home. Living in her car and parent's took her off their insurance when she was asked to leave. Currently working and recently enrolled in Laurus College. Requesting assistance with car insurance payment. $287 Car Insurance – State Farm

  • Single female at risk of homelessness, requesting assistance with vehicle repair to get her car working and safe so she can get to and from work. Client is able to afford a small portion, portion received from St. Patrick's Outreach, requesting remaining amount from 5CHC to cover the remainder of the repair cost. $400 Anthony's Tire Store - vehicle repair

  • Single mother of 2 adult children, recently housed, however lost Cash-aid benefits when youngest child turned 18. Seeking assistance with utility bill, all other resources have been exhausted. Client recently started second job, and adult children are looking for work to contribute to household expenses and maintain housing. $210 Nipomo Waste Connections - Past due trash bill

  • Client is currently homeless and moving into Cabins for Change program. He is currently seeking employment and his only pair of shoes is old and worn. He does not currently have a vehicle and relies on walking and public transport to get around.Client is requesting a new pair of tennis shoes for employment search and to be presentable at interviews. $47.40 Amazon Shoes

Laundry Pop-Up – Belinda Benassi – project leader

  • $500 of quarters for ongoing project


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