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Newsletter November 8, 2021


Erica Andrade of the Link, Jami Wazniak, School Counselor, and the Student Leadership Team made and presented a huge Thank You poster to Womenade for all the support both financial and nutrition for the students at Judkins Middle School! Thank you to all our brown bag preparers and financial supporters!


Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Nayeli Salinas Benitez – new advocate

  • Single father homeless and experiencing anxiety. Needs help with food and transportation from work. $200 Food4Less card plus transportation

  • Mother currently trying to leave an abusive relationship and needs help with clothing for child.- $100 Marshall’s gift card

  • Mom of 5 needs emergency dental extraction due to abscess and Medi-cal will not cover nitrous-oxide. $70 Cali Dental

  • Open DSS Case needed emergency food card for single mom with kids- $50 Food4Less card

  • Father lost job due to COVID family struggling to pay rent $300 Mid State Properties (landlord)

Nipomo Family Resource Center – Zitlali Hernandez Pluma – new advocate

  • Mom is working part-time and family is struggling with food insecurities- $100 Vons gift card

  • Family is struggling with buying groceries due to job hour reduction- $100 Vons gift card

  • Family in need of clothing for children. $100 Ross Gift card

  • Family Needs Clothing for daughter since they returned to school - $150 Walmart/Ross gift cards

  • Mom needs financial assistance with gas, mom takes them every day to school $100 Vons/Chevron cards

  • Mom and her two children recently moved to U.S. settling in but has been difficult since mom is not currently working $100 Vons gift card

  • Mom and her two children recently moved to U.S. settling in but has been difficult since mom is not currently working $100 Vons and Chevron gas card

  • Mom is currently not working due to pregnancy and needs support in buying groceries $150 Vons gift card

  • Mother is seeking assistance for food, due to an increase in rent and bills $150 Vons card

  • Family is seeking for assistance with groceries only one parent is working full time making it difficult $150 Vons card

Oceano Family Resource Center – Stella Medina

  • Mom had surgery and family is dealing with food insecurities.- $100 Food4Less card

  • SAFE Intensive Meeting. Emergency needs for mom to flee DV situation today.- $100 Marshalls gift card

  • Some of the family have Covid. Mother cannot return to work until cleared. Loss of wages. No Covid pay. $300 California West (landlord)

  • Family of 5 got Covid and 2 members were hospitalized. Father passed away days later and there were no funeral funds in place. $300 Lady Family Mortuary

  • Single mother of three fled her abuser. The family is homeless and living in a motel. Children are in need of clothing $200 Walmart card

  • Outgrown his clothes father can’t afford to buy him new ones at this time $100 Walmart card

  • No gas heating(being repaired) family does not have a way to cook, in need of an electric skillet $50 Walmart card

Wolf Den – Heidi Boatman and Jann Jefferies

  • Student needs shoes $64.65 Vans store

The Link – Erica Andrade

  • A student was hit by a car while riding their bike and broke a leg and arm. Her parents are low-income and do not have enough funds to pay for gas to get to doctors appointments. $150.00 Visa (Gas)

  • A father has just been diagnosed with a rare cancer and has to travel to the Bay Area for various appointments. Mother has to stop working to take him to these appointments that may last for a couple of months. They're in need of gas funds to get to the cancer center. $200.00 Visa (Gas)

  • A Single Father of three has a temporary eye condition that does not allow him to drive. His older brother is driving him but is unemployed and does not have enough gas funds to take him to an important eye appointment in Santa Maria. $50.00 Visa (Gas)

  • A family has been served an eviction notice and they are looking for a new place but do not have enough funds to cover gas cost. Mother is on unemployment and father is not in the picture due to a pending divorce. $50.00 Visa (Gas)


10/1/21 TO 10/31/21 $4,590.89

1/1/21 TO 10/31/21 $64,321.89

2/1/2019 TO 10/31/21 $197,221.25


Olive Shu, Robin Schneider, Shirley Holgate, Fran Norris, Joann and Stan Benson, Rosemary Cleaves, Mary Dejong, Alex and Jessie Shu, Karen Kolba, Kathey Harris, Wendy Castleman, Yvonne Sansom, Linda Busek, Cory Gonzalez, Elaine Stewart, Winona Smyth, Loretta Sonnabend, Mardi Garren, Candace Guldeman, Vanessa Fujimoto, Phyllis Sims, Jean Leavitt, Gail Applegate, Rotary Nipomo, Stacy Wible, Susan Haupte, Tina Doherty, Susan Hughes, Jessica Griffiths, Gwen Carton, Dan McCammon, Jacquelyn McChesney, Karen Reinecke, Elizabeth Chen, Fred Donati, Carol Chenot, Mary Anne Morgan, Madeline Fay, Susan McCutcheon


Cypress Ridge Open Studio Tour Donations

Jewelry designer Tina Doherty, Ceramist Merrilee Donald and Sculptor Peggee Davis showed and sold their creations and shared 10% of the sales with Womenade during the Open Studios Tour in October! So far we have received $225! We are so grateful to these wonderful artists for their open hearts to their community!

Arroyo Grande Lions Club

We received a donation from the Arroyo Grande Lions Club for $200! We are very grateful


Wow, thank you for your support and participation in the Thanksgiving Basket Project! I’m blown away by all of you! Food is piling up! Don’t forget to drop off your non perishables this week. If you are dropping off to Judy in Trilogy, drop off by 11/10, otherwise to Mariam and Sue by Friday, 11/12.

There are only 3 remaining food items left to shop for: Mexican Crema, Rolls and Pie Crusts.

Please drop off PERISHABLES to Mariam’s house on Thursday 11/18 5-8 PM or Friday 11/19 by 8 AM.

2410 Green Place, Arroyo Grande – easier to access from El Campo (not Mesa View)

I have reached out via email to the delivery drivers and basket assemblers, if you didn’t receive an email from me about this, please let me know ( We will be packing things up at Mariam’s house on the morning of 11/19 and delivery drivers will be delivering the food by 11 AM. It will be a busy morning! :)


Mark your calendars! We have another fundraiser coming up on November 20th from 4 to 8pm at Chipotle in Arroyo Grande with their Do Good for Chipotle and 33%! of each participating meal coming to South SLO County Womenade. Our ordering code is ZYEDN77

In order for your purchase to count towards our fundraiser, you must either a) verbally tell the cashier of your participation, b) show a physical fundraiser flyer (above), c) show a digital flyer on a smartphone or other mobile device, or d) use our fundraiser’s online ordering code ZYEDN77 to place an order for pickup through the Chipotle app or website. Remember, delivery orders or orders placed at a different time/location than the scheduled event will not count towards our fundraiser.


Melissa Richardson, a county nurse said she received the following from our last newsletter: cookware, other kitchen items and a set of full size sheets! Looks like the client could still use some towels, cleaning supplies, and a small Christmas tree and some ornaments and decorations, stockings for her and her daughter.

Please contact Melissa Richardson at if you have any of these items and arrange an exchange time and location.


Our December potluck will be at Candace Guldeman’s home at 6PM on Wednesday December 15th, 2021 at 524 Mesa View Dr., on the mesa in Arroyo Grande, of course depending on the situation with the pandemic! Vaccinated attendees only.


If you’re shopping on Amazon this holiday season, please consider using and sponsor us: San Luis Obispo County Womenade. Thank you


A donor has stepped forward with a $5,000 matching grant for donations to South SLO County Womenade between November 1 and November 30, 2021. Please help us receive all the matching $5,000!


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

or go to our website

As you consider your year-end donations, please remember that if your company has a matching grants program to please include us. Also if you donate through the United Way at work, you can allocate your donation to San Luis Obispo County Womenade Our EIN# is: 27-0809744

Our website is:

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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