Events and Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to engage with your community, your county, your state, and more. From working on political campaigns to donating to neighbors in need to helping clean local trails to serving on any of a number of local committees, we hope to keep you informed about the various ways you can involve yourself.


San Marcos Dems Holiday Open Houses

We look forward to seeing each other, especially around the upcoming holidays. This year a gathering in one place feels too soon for the Club. Instead, we will be having smaller gatherings at several San Marcos Democrats’ homes our usual 2nd Saturday of the month, December 11, from 1-3 pm. These will be outdoor events. We ask that you fully vaccinated and wear masks, unless you are eating and drinking.

The events will be cancelled if it rains or is too cold.  In the near future, you will receive an invitation to a home near you. Look for it! 
Hope to see you there!!


People in our community are suffering from food insecurity due to Covid-19 and they need your help. We will continue to collect donations monthly to help serve them. One of our members, Arcela Nunez-Alvarez, is spearheading this effort in the Universidad Popular community. If you are able, please add a shelf stable item or two or a personal care item to your grocery list when you shop. If you’re more comfortable sending items, please consider using Amazon or Wal-mart or another shipping services. If you’re not shopping now due to Covid risk, would you consider sending a check to Universidad Popular?  Their mailing address is P.O. Box 1712, San Marcos, CA 92069. For drop off information, please contact Kathy Steel at either or 760-889-0207 or Greg and Chris Armstrong at Call or text Chris at 760-720-9224 or Greg at 760-390-7857. This month, please drop off items no later than November 12. If you are unable to drop off food and/or personal care items at either of our homes, please contact one of us and we’ll pick them up.  As a rule, we will collect by the middle of each month.

Here’s the list of items most needed:

Maseca (corn meal for tortillas); dried pinto beans; cooking oil – Vegetable, Corn or Canola; Rice – Basmati or Jasmine (a variety of sizes)

Food: applesauce, breakfast cereals (hot and cold), canned meats (tuna and chicken), dried fruits, mac and cheese (dry), dried fruits, energy/granola bars, healthy snacks for kids, honey, instant oatmeal, juice boxes for kids, nuts and seeds (salted and unsalted), vegetable oil, pasta sauce, peanut butter & jelly, popcorn kernels, quinoa, rice (jasmine or basmati), pasta, dry beans (preferably pinto)

Personal Care Items: shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, toothbrushes & toothpaste, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer

Other items: can openers, paper towels, and socks, craft items for children

THE FOUNDATION FOR SENIOR WELLBEING (FFSW) is a local non-profit organization that has resources and programs for seniors and their families living in North San Diego County. It is located right here in San Marcos at 131 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069.

The Information Resource Center (IRC) is a comprehensive center for North County seniors, senior caregivers, and families dedicated to improving seniors’ quality of life. Open from 9 am to 1 pm each Monday through Friday, the IRC provides links to available resources in the areas of housing, home repair, transportation, food insecurity, emergency assistance, medical and mental health issues, legal issues, and more.

FFWE is starting a new program – THE FRIENDSHIP TREE – which connects volunteers with seniors the old fashion way – through a phone call! Studies show that friendship enhances our quality of life and wellbeing. Weekly phone calls allow participants to share life experiences and reminisce, and hopefully create some new friendships along the way. The main purpose of the program is to connect with seniors and let them know someone cares about them and will contact them on a regular basis. The program will also offer access to community resources to those seniors by connecting them to FFWE’s Information Resource Center.

If you are interested in being a part of the Friendship Tree either by making calls or receive a weekly phone call, please contact the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing toll free at 844-654-INFO (4636) or email: