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.

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READY TO LEARN PROJECT – School Supplies for Back to School
JULY 1 – SEPTEMBER 1

The San Marcos Democratic Club will be supporting 4 local elementary schools in San Marcos Unified School District, San Marcos Elementary, Knob Hill Elementary, Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary, and La Mirada Academy with school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year. These schools were chosen because they are Title 1 (at least 40% of students are considered low-income) schools that serve underprivileged neighborhoods. Much of their school site budgets go to staffing and there is little left over for essential and often expensive school supplies that the students need in order to fully engage in their learning.

The event will begin July 1 and end on September 1. Once all of the donations have been received, the Community Action Group will sort the items and arrange to deliver the baskets/boxes to each of the schools. Please contact Kathy Steel (760-889-0207 or steel.kathleen@gmail.com) or Ammi Bozonelos (909-648-4806 or ammib2@hotmail.com) for more information.

Donation Options

In order to ensure that members of the club can access this event, there are several ways to donate.

  1. A member can purchase items from the list and bring them to Kathy Steel’s house.
  2. A member can look at the “Amazon Wish List” that will be created and have items shipped directly to Kathy Steel.
  3. A member can donate gift cards and the Community Action Group will use the gift cards to purchase items from the supply list.
  4. Adopt-a-student- A member can get a backpack and fill it with items on the list.

Donation Items
* indicates items most needed

Backpacks
Lunchboxes
Ice packs (for lunchboxes)
Water bottles
3 ring binders
Plastic sheet protectors  
Copier paper*
Composition books
Dry erase markers*
10 packs of markers*
Colored pencils*
No. 2 pencils*
Plastic pencil boxes
pink erasers
Headphones*
glue bottles
glue sticks
student scissors
Grade level K-8 books on diversity
sanitizing wipes
jump ropes
playground balls
facial tissue
feminine care products


CONTINUING OPPORTUNITIES:

Book Drive for San Marcos Schools

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


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 July 10. 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: 

Here are more workdays (subject to change): 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 .


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