The primary mission of South SLO County Womenade is to provide emergency assistance to those in need. This is accomplished through giving funds and/or material assistance to agencies that are focused on providing aid to those in need.
South SLO County Womenade was established in 2018, upon the breakup of SLO County Womenade. It is focused on the needs of South SLO County residents. They address these needs in a myriad of ways, including once-a-month food distributions in Nipomo, weekly food packages to elementary, middle and high school students who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends, hygiene drives, book drives, teacher supply drives, clothing, and holiday food basket collection and distribution.
A list of the agencies that South SLO County Womenade partners with:
First 5 Program, Arroyo Grande Family Resource Center, Oceano Resource Center, Nipomo Family Resource Center, The Link, S.A.F.E., South County Youth Coalition, Boys and Girls Club, Casa Solana, Transitions Mental Health/Dept. of Social Services, Lopez High School, Lopez High Wolf Den, Families in Transition (LMUSD), Public Health Nurses, and Mission Hope Cancer Center
Through these agencies and programs, people experiencing need can receive immediate assistance, without waiting or filling out paperwork. Advocates judge the need, and distribute funds, gas cards, grocery cards, or other assistance as needed and available. On a weekly basis, volunteers assemble and deliver food bags for students in schools who have been identified as unlikely to eat on the weekends by school staff.
All of this is made possible through direct donations from volunteers in SSLOC Womenade or grants. Book, food, clothing and hygiene drives occur throughout the year. With annual fundraising ranging between $80,000-$100,000, South SLO County Womenade is able to stretch their community contributions widely to various groups serving the South County.
South SLO County Womanade website: sslocw.org