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Newsletter January 15, 2024

Here Comes 2024!

Help Needed/Items Needed

Next Potluck

Updates on Projects

Donor Thank You’s

Where the Money Went


Here comes 2024!

Happy New Year! Here’s what’s happening in January.

  • Weekly ordering and pick-ups of food from the Foodbank for the Lopez High School food pantry and the monthly distribution at Nipomo Elementary School

  • Start up of the brown bag weekend food for food insecure students - 100 food bags every week

  • The Monthly Food Distribution at Nipomo Elementary School

  • Monthly Laundry Pop-Up

  • Agency daily appointments with clients in need in the community

Help needed:

  • Volunteer to lead a diaper drive

  • Volunteers for the monthly Laundry Pop Ups – project leader Belinda Benassi next one is Saturday January 20 from 10AM to 12PM in Grover Beach. She sent out an email to people on her volunteer list.If you would like to join in, please let us know.

  • Volunteers to adopt a student for the Weekend Food Bags for Food Insecure Students at an elementary school – project leader Jean Baker

  • Substitute volunteers at monthly food distribution on the second Tuesday of each month at Nipomo Elementary School

  • Hosts for future potlucks

Items needed let us know if you have any items:

  • A woman due in March is in need of two queen beds (mattresses and frames) and a dresser for baby items.

  • A family facing homelessness is preparing to have to camp out soon in a local campground. They need sleeping bags, tent for four members, any camping gear

  • She is seeking two beds, size queen (Mattress & frame) along with a dresser to store the baby items. Let us know if you have any.

  • One of a mom’s twins passed away and the mom scraped together what she could to pay for the burial and now would like to be able to put up a headstone.Womenade can give her $500 (our max) but if anyone would like to make donations towards the headstone, make a donation to South SLO County Womenade, and we will include it in a check to the headstone company.

Next Potluck

Mark your calendar! February 15, 2024!


Our first potluck of the 2024 will be at Lynn Heinrich’s home at 759 Avocet Way (in Cypress Ridge), Arroyo Grande on February 15th at 6PM. We are always very grateful to Womenaders who step up and offer their home and host a potluck fundraiser for us.

We are looking for more 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!


Updates on Projects

Laundry Pop Up – Belinda Benassi - leader

Saturday January 20th from 10AM to 12PM we will hold our next Laundry Pop-Up in Grover Beach. Please consider joining us to help pay for 3 loads of laundry! It’s a fun event and very rewarding.  Each month we only need about 3 volunteers. Belinda Benassi leads this program and could use a few more 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 first food distribution of the year was on Tuesday January 9th at Nipomo Elementary School (the second Tuesday of the month). We gave out food to 330 families and actually ran out of food.  We have a dedicated group of volunteers who make this program run smoothly. The next food distribution will be February 13, 2024 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Thank you to our December donors! You make everything we do possible!

Five Cities Women's Network, Sandy Strohman (2), Mariam Shah, Ann McDowell (2), Kathie La Martina, Gertraud Garner, Emily Myhre,  Wendy Bruse, Sandy Strohman,  Rebecca Weyer-Walzer,  Judith Thompson, Rosemary Cleaves (2),  Joann and Stan Benson,  Elise Carraway, Barbara Crawford (2),  Mary De Jong, Aurora Munoz, Sandy Richardson,  Carol Wilcock, Fran Norris,  Susan Christie,  Lucia Cleveland,  Rama Gopinath, Fred Donati, Cory Gonzalez (2), Patti Reed,  Steve Cool,  Karen Kolba,  Linda Kilponen, Jean Graham,  Gay Evison Groomes,  Sheila and Richard Semana,  Patty Weimers,  Lynn Edwards,  Alana Reynolds, Sandra Sansoni,  Lifeline Pregnancy Center,  Donna Milne,  Peggy Hoobery,  Linda Butler,  Narlene Carter,  Sandra Nichols,  Nicole Pazdan, Carol Chenot,  Candace Guldeman, Judy Woo, Lisa Fraser,  Susan McCutcheon (3),  Mindy Bailey (2), RRM Design Group, Kathy Howell,  Cheryl Goodman,  Robin Pisz, Maria Ramsey,  Nan Fowler,  Mary Gregory,  Marilyn Knollenberg, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Marcy Warkentin, Jean Leavitt,  Marcella Gelman,  Jann Jeffries,  Deb Sherry, Judy Woo,  Karen Kolba,  Lisa Murdoch,  Lynda Burnsed,  Madeline Stevenson,  Elaine Stewart,  Wendy Castleman,  Lola Zybura,  Tammy David, Caity McCardell, Gail Applegate,  John Harmon, Dana Robertson, Anita Shower,  Jessica Griffiths,  Debra Jackson,  Lisa Chadwick,  Kathy Forenza,  Lucy Mcmillan,  Gwen Bachman, Karen MacDonald,  Alicia Lara,  Sandra Banducci, Monica Holman,  Kathy Gibbs, Mariam Shah (2),  Marilyn Mullany


12/1/23 to 12/31/23        $24,237.00

1/1/23 TO 12/31/23       $126,893.00

2/1/2019 TO 12/31/23   $498,490.36


In Kind Receipt

Please complete and submit the in-kind receipt to help us track how much you are also contributing in donor offered items: This is a jpeg that you can copy and print.


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

  • Male in his 50's diagnosed with Bladder Cancer currently unemployed. Recently moved to Grover Beach after his house was burnt down. Provided $100 in gift card for gas and food


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

  • Pickle Ball Court Installation for student use. $500

  • 2 $25 Gas cards for Student #253276 PrRu $50

  • 5 Lopez T-Shirts for students helpers at our new student orientation $100

Lopez High School – Wolf Den Heidi Boatman and Jann Jeffries

  • Toiletries - Gift wrap for Pop-up Christmas store $87.85

  • BMX 21" Boy's Dream Bike per J. Bowen 424.11

  • Blankets 6ea @ 9.98 $64.52

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

  • Pt is homeless ande needs to get to court in SLO. Needed a bus pass to get there $5.50

  Casa Solana – Renée Poirier – Executive Director

  • Casa Solana was able to split the money between two women this month. They were each able to pay only half of the rent and Casa Solana was able to fund the other half with the generous donation from Womenade. One recipient is a woman in her 60's who has been struggling with alcohol and recently lost her home.The other recipient is a woman in her 30's who also struggles with alcohol. She has two children 11 and 8 who are currently with their father while she works on her addiction. $800 gift bed

Oceano Family Resource Center – Advocate Stella Medina

  • Single mother, raising two children recently lost her job because she did not pass a test to become licensed to drive an RTA bus. In need of Rental Assistance. $300 Hilda Trigueros (landlord)

  • Single Mother of 4 moving into a bigger home Sec 8. Deposit is $1500 and mom only has 1k. Needs assistance to pay by next week to move in Jan 1st. $500 David Apadoca

  • Single mother of 4 children under the age of 6 suffering from severe trauma. Mother unable to work, she has applied for SDI but it has not been approved. Has $1000 PG&E bill and services will be turned off today if she doesn't pay a portion of it. $300 PG&E

  • Single mother of 3 girls needs to pay water/trash bill by the end of this week to avoid eviction.She didn’t know that this was not included in the rent.Bills doubled, she needs help.$400 Villa Azual (landlord)

  • Single Father of 6 recently laid off from work in need of gas to get the kids clothes and gas to get the kids to school Chevron $100 / Walmart $300

  • Homeless family secured housing through HSP. Family is moving in without any furniture until HSP can purchase items. Family needs air Mattresses to sleep on. $100 Walmart

 Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center – Cinthyia Ortiz-Corona

  • Grandma raising grandchildren, only income is SSI. She needs financial support with passed due utility bills. $396.83 PG&E

  • Single Mom struggling on a single income. Currently living in a hotel. Requested help w/ gas. Spending entire savings on hotel bill until next pay period. $100 Chevron

  • Large family living on single income, head of household recently had hours reduced at work at a local restaurant due to it being the off season. Family recently had rent increase. $240.41 So Cal Gas

 Nipomo Family Resource Center – Marivel Pille

  • Family of five requesting rental assistance. The father’s hours were reduced due to all of the family getting sick and one daughter hospitalized. $400 Bar K Trailer Park (landlord)

  • Client seeking rental assistance because he was not being able to work when his son was in hospitalized in Los Angeles. $300 805 Property Solutions, LLC (landlord)

 Nutrition Team – Mary Anne Morgan leader

  • Food for families in need and for school children SLO FoodBank $535.77

County Nurses – Meryl Castro Nurse

  • A Womenader reached out to the community and found a chest of drawers for children’s clothing for a family of 5 We have a family of 5

 5 Cities Homeless Coalition – Janna Nichols Executive Director

  • Client requesting help with oil change for his car, he recently paid for registration and smog, but car failed smog test and mechanic said he needed an oil change. Mechanic also agreed to redo smog test at no cost after oil change was completed. $52.52 Big Brand Tires

  • Former client now in housing, was recently laid off and has has trouble securing new employment. Fell behind on bills while trying to keep up with rent and received 48-hour shut off notice for electricity. 5CHC paid electric bill, and referred to other local resources to assist with other bills and employment resources. $376.87 PG&E

 Families in Transition – Wendy Bruse Coordinator and Deicy Trejo

  • Family struggling financially, and elementary school children need bikes to transport themselves to school every day, $168.09 2 Bikes

  • Student struggling to get another SCT bus pass, and does not have funds this month. Student supports themselves. $37 SCT 31 day bus pass

  • Sponsored 10 additional students for the holiday season. Some of our severe families that needed a little extra kindness this holiday and were not sponsored by other programs. $500


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

(Our bank asked that checks be made out with the full legal name on the account.)

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.

or go to our website

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Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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South SLO County Womenade

1793 Farroll Rd.

Grover Beach, CA 93433

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