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Your Year in Pictures!

A Great Time was Had by All!

Newsletter December 31, 2023


2023 Womenade in Pictures

Eight Potluck Fundraisers in 2023

Many 2023 Projects

Holiday Food Baskets

  • Potluck fundraisers 2023 was a banner year with eight potluck fundraisers hosted by: Candace Guldeman (January), Lopez High School 1st Annual Tea Party (March), Ann McDowell (April), Linda Fibich (May), Mariam Shah (June), Deb Sherry (July), Womenade Board (October), Candace Guldeman (December)!

  • In April you supported our annual Admin April fundraiser and our third annual raffle

  • You spent thousands of dollars and hours for our drives for: feminine hygiene products (April), Toiletries (August), Teachers’ School Supplies (October), food for Thanksgiving baskets for 160 families, food for the school winter break baskets for 100 families

  • You helped set up a new clothes closet – the Vault – for Families in Transition

  • We added two new partner agencies – 5 Cities Homeless Coalition and the Department of Social Services (DSS)

  • You volunteered at the monthly food distributions at the Nipomo Elementary School for over 300 families a month (over 14,000 in the year)

  • You provided weekly critical weekend food for students who don’t have sufficient food to eat over the weekends at the 3 middle schools, 6 elementary schools and Lopez High School

  • Started a monthly Laundry Pop-Up project to pay for 3 loads of laundry for individuals at various Laundromats in the 5 cities

  • Our partner agencies worked tirelessly throughout the year to provide emergency and immediate assistance to individuals and families struggling with the issues associated with poverty and low income, housing challenges, illness, mental health issues, death, transportation, hunger and so much more.

  • We received significant grants from the City of Grover Beach, The Trilogy Community Service Club, a matching grant donor, and a large donation to buy a huge number of Christmas gifts for children in South SLO County and we met our $5,000 matching grant!

  • South SLO County Womenade Winter Break basket project made the local news:

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. 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!

Thank you to our November donors!

Linda and Bradley Wilbert (2), Fran Norris, Mary DeJong, Joann and Stan Benson, Susan Carey, Rosemary Cleaves, Marilyn Knollenberg, Cynthia Peters, Terry Perry, Kari McConnell, Karen Kolba, Shila and Richard Semana, Fred Donati, Olive and Mike Shu, Linda Fibich, Wendy Castleman, Cory Gonzalez, Elaine Stewart, Linda Busek, Carol Chenot, Sandy Richardson (2), Majorie Musselman, Karen Steves, Cynthia Cable (2), Wesley and Lisa Scruggs, Gail Applegate, Mary Anne Morgan and Madeline Fay, Marilyn Gildea, CSEA Chapter 444, Susan McCutcheon, Caity McCardell, Anita Shower, Jessica Griffiths, Debra jackson, Andrea Chavez, Kathy Forenza, Lenore Spelbring, PayPal  Giving Fund


11/1/23 to 11/30/23           $8,274.60

1/1/23 TO 11/30/23       $103,017.36

2/1/2019 TO 11/30/23  $474,253.36

Help needed:

Some people have been asking for a section in the newsletter where we list help needed or items needed. Many of our agencies are closed for the winter school break.  We will get a list of needed items from them in mid January.

Help needed:

Volunteers for the monthly Laundry Pop Ups – project leader Belinda Benassi

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

Occasional volunteer at monthly food distribution on the second Tuesday of each month at Nipomo Elementary School

Hosts for future potlucks

Often donors have very useful large items to offer eg. Refrigerators, beds etc.  Unfortunately if the donor cannot provide delivery, we most likely will not be able to give it to one of our clients

Volunteers interested in leading collection drives during the year eg. Diapers, Feminine Hygiene products, underwear and socks,

In Kind Receipt:

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


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

Our website is:

Our EIN# 27-0809744

Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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