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7/10/20 Where does the money go?

Four months into the pandemic and all noses to the grindstone.

June was the start of the summer for many of our supported agencies, and they have all had to deal with different scenarios.  This newsletter shares the impact your donations are making in south SLO County and a brief summary of what our agencies are facing.

We are always looking for Womenaders with novel ideas for fundraising as our normal avenue to gather and fundraise at Potluck dinners is not possible at this time.  Put your thinking caps on and if anyone has a fund raising idea they would like to pursue, please let us know.

The Nipomo Elementary School Food Distribution takes place on July 14th.  Our group of 8 have a great system worked out.  We look forward to the time we can all get back to packing bags, meeting our families who come for food and visiting with all the other volunteers.  August is another summer distribution and after that we will have to wait to see what the county says about things during the pandemic.

Cars lined up to pick up food at the Nipomo Elementary School Food distribution

Lopez High School–Received $300 in June.  No expenses in June.

Lopez High School had their drive in graduation and celebrated with much help from South SLO County Womenade.  They are working on how and what to do for the upcoming school year scheduled to start in just a few short weeks. We send them our good thoughts as they struggle with those decisions in this changing and these surging COVID-19 times

Lopez High School – Wolf Den– Received $1,000 in June.

The high school is shut down but there are still students shopping. The Wolf Den keeps an ample supply of toiletries in the office. Going forward through the summer they will need more toiletries: Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tooth brushes and tooth paste, razors and shaving cream, soap and lotion, laundry detergent, Men’s boxers and briefs – small and medium, and men’s white crew. 

  • Men’s and Women’s underwear, toiletries, dish and laundry soap. $296.87

Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center Received $2,000 in June

Advocate works out of the Department of Social Services building in Arroyo Grande.  The DSS offices were closed for a bit and now close at 1PM..She has had to change her interaction with clients due to the pandemic.  She is making a lot of home visits and tele-advocacy requiring a lot more creativity in her case management.

  • Family’s father is disabled and the mother lost her job due to COVID and left with no income.Needs rental assistance. $300 to California West (landlord)

  • A single mother with 2 children needs assistance with food and gas. $150 for Smart and Final card and a shell gas card

  • A family where both parents have lost their jobs due to COVID.Need rental assistance. $300 Moriarty Properties

  • A household with 8 people and both adults lost their jobs due to COVID.Need rental assistance. $300 Vista Apartments (landlord)

  • A single mother with 4 children had her hours reduced due to COVID and needs rental assistance. $300 Del Mar Properties (landlord)

  • A hard working father lost both his jobs and his wife is disabled.Needs help with bills. $266.86 City of Grover Beach

Nipomo Family Resource Center Received $2,000

The advocate has had to work out of temporary office space, sometimes in Oceano and some time with the DSS offices in AG.  She has really had to struggle to meet clients as they have transportation issues and can’t come to AG or Oceano.  She has recently secured space at Dana Elementary School and will be able to service the local area much more easily.

  • A single mom with 2 children lost her job due to COVID and needs rental assistance. $150 Steve Smith (landlord)

  • A single mom with 2 kids is unable to work due to getting ill.Needs rental assistance $300 Ben Brigham (landlord)

Oceano Family Resource Center Received $2,000

The advocate in Oceano has been seeing an increasing number of clients.  Over the last 4 months they have evolved their client interaction continuously as they adhere to the ever changing mandates for client interaction during a pandemic.  Much of their process has also become in home service and tele-advocacy. 

  • Family’s father lost his job and needs rental assistance $300 Edward McSparron (landlord)

  • A family has exhausted all avenues for aid and in need of assistance.Rental assistance $300 Maria Javier (landlord)

  • Mother of a family just found a new job and needs help with gas for the car to get to work. $50 Shell gas card

  • A family has run out of resources and needs help with rent. Rental assistance $100 California West (landlord)

  • Father of family lost his job due to COVID and needs help with rent.Rental assistance $300 Ernesto Andrade (landlord)

  • A single mom with 3 kids is a domestic violence survivor and is in need of help with food for her kids$100 Smart and Final food card

  • A parent who has major medical issues and has applied for disability but needs help with rent until he qualifies.Rental Assistance $300 Ace Realty (landlord)

The Link (south county) Received $2,000

The advocate has been continuing to work with clients by ever changing methods as it is summer time and the usual meetings at the schools must take place via phone and through home visits adding a lot of time to each appointment.

  • A mother lost her job due to COVID-19 and does not have funds for her electric bill.She has worked with the electric company but needs assistance. $111.11 PG&E

  • Family lost jobs and in need of help with rent.Rental assistance $200

  • Single mother of three in need of essential items and food.$50 Smart and Final gift card and $50 Visa card.

  • Family in need of gas for a trip to Madera for an important doctor’s visit. $50 gas card

  • Parents just returned to work after being unemployed for 3 months. In need of essential food and toiletries. $50 Smart and Final card and $25 gas card.

The Nutrition Team

The Nutrition Team is on break until the beginning of the next school year.  We are looking for volunteers to take over the leadership of the program at Mesa Middle School.  Please let us know if you are interested.  The team is holding off buying any additional food until we get closer to the beginning of the next school year.

The County Nurses

The county nurses report that many have been reassigned during the pandemic.We did purchase a humidifier for a newborn baby who was having difficulty breathing and the doctor prescribed a humidifier.

Purchased a humidifier for $32.16

Update on fundraising:

Donations received in June     $4,513.99

Donations since 1/1/2020        $41,610.62

Donations since 2/6/2019        $76,575.75

The Rotary Club of Pismo Beach gave us a grant of $818.26!  We are so grateful for these grants and the members of the organizations who nominate us.

The KSBY Hometown Heroes gave us $500 in gift cards!  See the KSBY YouTube clip of the commercial for the Hometown Hero award.

Merchandise for fundraising

We have created a couple of items to help with fundraising.  T-Shirts $20 and Tote bags $15.   We are not mailing items. 

They can be ordered by emailing Jill Ostrove at  She will need to know:

  • size T-shirt (M, L, XL) and # of T-shirts

  • Totes – Number

  • Pick-up or drop off (5 cities area)

  • How you want to pay: check or paypal

Donors in June were: Susan Demma, Lynn DeLeo, Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, Joann and Stan Benson, Kathy Cohl, Heidi Boatman, Barbara Crawford, Mary Squelatti, Bradley and Linda Wilbert, Kathy Forenza, J. Owen Eister, Lynn Heinrich, Marilyn Knollenberg, Susan Girard, Karen Reinecke, Phyllis Sims, Jean Levitt, Janet Holland, Jamie Herbon, Marcella Gelman, Phyllis Sims, Marla Eaton, Jean Leavitt, Lisa Carraway, Meigs Ingham, Helen Powell, Joanie Thomas, Carol Wilcock, Cory Gonzalez, Sandi St. Pierre, Wendy Castleman, Elaine Stewart, Lind Busek, Ann McDowell, Nancy Terrell,

We had a number of in kind donations including: Costco paper towels and toilet paper, a set of queen sheets, men’s clothing, 2 xxl men’s shirts, 50 rolls of toilet paper, tooth brushes and floss, and 4 $50 Vons cards!

In addition Helen Powell, Debby Tupper and Mary Beth Baker and members at Trilogy have sewn and donated many face masks that were distributed at the family resource centers and the Nipomo Elementary School and the Food Distribution.

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

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