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The Tea Party Review and Future Events

It was a grand time at the first annual Tea Party!

Newsletter March 21, 2023

The Tea Party at Lopez High School Was A Big Success!

The Tea Party Fundraiser Potluck at Lopez High School was a roaring success! There were close to 50 people in attendance, including many teachers and agency advocates. As you can see the food was not only delicious and meticulously prepared and fit for a queen, but wonderfully bounteous.

Angel, a student at the school, presented a slide show and presentation on what Womenade means to her. She talked about the many ways that Womenade has helped her and her fellow students with clothing, food, school activities and classes and expressed gratitude from her and her fellow students. She said it was “the first annual tea party at LHS!” Everyone took a tour of the Wolf Den and came away in awe of how great it is. We raised $2,205 that day, and there were many new people in attendance. Many thanks to the staff and students at Lopez High School who put on an amazing event and brought so much positive energy.

Mark Your Calendars

April 13th 3PM is the next South SLO County Potluck at Ann McDowell’s home at 1793 Farroll Rd. in Grover Beach.

We will also hold our annual raffle that day, and we will raise funds for our administrative expenses during Admin April.

No one at South SLO County Womenade gets paid, however we do have minimal expenses primarily for insurance (no board will have members without insurance!) and the cost of Quickbooks (fortunately our fabulous treasurer, Caity McCardell does all the bookkeeping gratis!)

June 15, 2023 will be hosted by Mariam Shah at 2410 Green Place in Arroyo Grande.

December 13, 2023 at Candace Guldeman’s at 524 Mesa View Dr. 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.


Linda and Bradley Wilbert, Fran Norris, Rosemary Cleaves, Marilyn Knollenberg, Mary De Jong, Sheila and Richard Semana, Karen Kolba, Elaine Stewart, Wendy Castleman, Cory Gonzalez, Carol Chenot, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Lola Zybura, Gail Applegate, Fred & Rochelle Friedman, Susan McCutcheon, Caity McCardell


2/1/23 to 2/28/23 $3,454.77

1/1/23 TO 2/28/23 $19,376.51

2/1/2019 TO 1/31/23 $354,604.88

These figures don’t reflect in-kind donations.


Nutrition Team - Food for families in need and for school children $247.67 SLO FoodBank

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Client came here from Mexico last year. He is a full time student at AGHS and works part time to support himself. He did not make enough money to pay for his Feb rent. If he does not pay he may find himself homeless. $350 Ruben Galindo (landlord)

  • Single mother struggling with mental health issues unable to work at this time. Family in need of food and gas. $200 Shell gas and Smart and Final

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Advocate Marivel Pille

  • Mom is currently homeless & pregnant staying in a hotel, has lost her storage with all important documents. Needs assistance to get original birth certificate for child to apply for Cal Works. $32Santa Barbara county clerk-recorder

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – CinthyiaOrtiz-Corona

  • Children Recently had their mother pass away in Montana. Father requested support w/ travel expenses to get to the funeral service. $200 Shell gas

  • Single parent father on limited SSI, behind on utility bill. This money will cover past due balance. $168.95 PG&E

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

  • Student recently received a backpack from school but the material was not strong enough and ripped.Dad's income was recently reduced and is not able to buy the backpack that the student currently needs. Also, the student needs new shoes. $50 Gift card

  • Mother requested support in clothes, school supplies and food. Client has requested assistance for both her gas and electricity bill. She is a single mother of 3 and is a Domestic Violence survivor who makes ends meet by working a number of jobs $254.08 PG&E and Gas Company and a gift card for clothing

  • Mother of two recently migrated with her children from Tabasco, Mexico. She has been in the States for a little over a month with her middle school daughter and 1 year old. Mom is staying at a friend’s place and is looking for employment. $50 grocery card

  • Client and her husband are currently not working and needed assistance in paying for gas. They drop off and pick up her child to Judkins every day which takes a lot of financial stress on the family. $50 gas card

  • Single mother drives her three children up and down South County for school and appointments. She currently has to live in Santa Maria due to her previous partner’s harassment which adds to the drive. Mother works in Arroyo Grande and also takes parenting courses with THMA requiring more driving. $50 gas card

  • Single parent had hours reduced at work. Student currently needs a sturdier backpack he was given 2 other ones from school which were not best quality. Student also needs a pair of shoes for P.E $50 gift card for clothing

  • Grandma is the current caregiver of 13 year old granddaughter. Grandma is on social security and receiving food stamps. In need of financial assistance to be able to pay for internet service. Grandma needs assistance paying remaining balance from December. Service was discontinued in December. $168.30 Spectrum

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

  • Metastatic Cancer – woman in 40’s unemployed struggling to pay for groceries for two children. $50 Grocery Outlet

  • Single father with cancer needing help to transport child to and from school. $50 Gas card

Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to provide a gift bed for an additional month to a woman in early 50's who has been struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. She has been homeless, suffers from many medical issues as well as sexual abuse.We have been able to refer her to additional resources to get help with her medical needs as well as address her trauma. $800

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

  • Hair brushes, socks & deodorant$32.50 Dollar Tree

  • 5 Beverage bottles - $58.13 Marshalls

  • 8 pairs of leggings - $78.26 Costco

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

  • A single homeless undocumented mother and child, PT being temporarily housed in a hotel recently started a job and needs gas money.Her cash grant card was compromised/skimmed and must file a claim with the State which takes awhile.$50 gas card

  • An AG lady who has been working, however it has been slow at work.She is in need of basic items. $50 Walmart

  • A young lady who has been diagnosed with a digestive illness is on a special diet. $50 Walmart

  • An elderly lady walked in asking for any assistance.Her husband had passed away. $50 Walmart

  • A 59 year old who works but still cannot met her needs.She is paid once per month and has no gas money to get to work.She has spent most of her income on food. $50 Shell card

  • After struggling for months to finding a job, client has been offered one in SLO.Will be working PT and at this time does not have enough money for gas to get him there this week. $50 Shell card

  • Client is in need with help with gas cards.Client utility bills were higher than normal and her gas money went to those bills. $50 Shell card

  • Client has recently move from Arizona.Client is having difficulty getting her benefits up and running.Client is homeless and is running out of gas. $50 Shell card

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

  • Unaccompanied youth needs support for graduation. Working very little, trying to graduate and focus her attention there.

  • Family fallen on hard times, living with grandparents, student is trying to support mom, needs assistance. $23.58 Graduation Tassel

  • Family not working in fields due to cold temperatures and crops not being ready. Student's senior year and wanted to remember her high school time period. $100 Yearbook

  • Family has 4 children and were infected with lice, mom is a single parent and couldn't afford to buy the treatment. $103.91 Lice Treatments (3 boxes)

  • Family homeless. Living from their cars and camping. Kinder came to school cold, and hungry. Assisted family in buying kid sleeping bags, gloves, beanies, extra blankets, crackers and granola bars.$100 2 Kid sleeping bag kit, gloves, beanies, extra blankets, crackers and granola bars.

  • Family reaching last month in hotels, still have nowhere to go, ran out of gas to take student to school $100 gas card

  • Students have outgrown his clothing, parents are not working as much due to crops not being ready and need support. $200 Marshalls gift card for 2 students

  • Family relocated to SLO due to being kicked out of a rented room, and another friend took them in. Single parent needs support transporting to school $100 Gas card

  • Family asked for assistance with clothing, kids don't have a lot of warm clothing, it's hard to motivate them to go to school when it is cold. Mom isn't working. $200 Marshall’s gift card for 2 students


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. As you make you update your wills please consider providing us or adding us with a legacy gift for our future sustainability.

or go to our website

Our website is:

Our EIN# 27-0809744

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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