Events and 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.

OUR NEWEST OPPORTUNITY:

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: fswinforesourcecenter@gmail.com


FUTURE EVENTS TO WATCH FOR:

School Supplies for Back to School in August 

This summer we will begin collecting teacher recommended school supplies for underprivileged children. We have not yet decided how to allocate these supplies, but they will most likely be donated to the Title 1 schools in San Marcos, or to the Universidad Popular Community.

Book Drive for San Marcos Schools

Our quarterly book drive will be held this summer. We will provide a list of diverse books for you to donate. More to come… 


CONTINUING OPPORTUNITIES:

FOOD DRIVE FOR UNIVERSIDAD POPULAR:

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 steel.kathleen@gmail.com or 760-889-0207 or Greg and Chris Armstrong at garmstrong45@icloud.com Call or text Chris at 760-720-9224 or Greg at 760-390-7857. This month, please drop off items no later than March 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


COMMUNITY GARDEN: 

We planted both seedlings and seeds on April 10th, and our garden is growing. Dessa Nockels taught us about hydroponic gardening and donated some of her tomato seedlings to the garden project. There are 4 large areas filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, pole beans, all varieties of peppers, and more. Tanis Brown has gone above and beyond in planning this successful community garden project. She is a big asset to out team! It is such a pleasure working with folks from the Universidad Popular community. This is what community building is all about. Our next session is Saturday, June 5th from 9-11:15 a.m. We’ll not only be watering and weeding, but checking for ripe produce.  

Here are more workdays (subject to change): June 26; July 17; August 7; August 28

They’ll be plenty of snacks for our hard-working gardeners. If you plan on attending, please wear closed toe shoes, a mask, sunscreen, a hat, a refillable water bottle, and your energy. Please RSVP to Tanis Brown if you would like to attend by text to 760-317-0748 or email tanisbrown8448@gmail.com .