Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Friendship Club. Here are some easy ways to volunteer:
• Be a friend – spend time with a girl and share an activity or passion.
• Be a driver – drive girls from their schools to The Friendship Club, drive girls on field trips or drive them to summer activities.
• Be a tutor – work with the girls during homework time.
• Be an office volunteer – help with mailings, calls and organization.
• Help at fundraising events – help with setup, staffing and clean up.
Those interested in a longer commitment might consider the “Find Your Passion” or “Friendship Angel” mentor programs.
In the “Find Your Passion” program, each mentor meets with her assigned girl once a week for six weeks or more to share her knowledge and skills in a particular area. The girls have a wide variety of interests, including sports and outdoor activities, cooking, animals, crafts and fiber arts and the visual and performing arts.
The “Friendship Angel Program is a long-term commitment. Each Angel is matched with a girl when she enters the program, usually in sixth grade, and mentors her through high school. Angels are asked to meet with their girls at least once a month and to attend several Friendship Club group events each year. Angels spend time with their girls doing things like having lunch, going to a movie, taking a walk, cooking or working on a craft or playing a sport. Angels serve as role models and friends, and their most important job is listening.
The Friendship Club has grown to a year-round program that serves 100 girls in sixth through 12th grades. The girls come from all areas of western Nevada County. The work of The Friendship Club is strongly supported by the local community. Most of the funding comes from individuals and businesses in the area. More than 200 community members volunteer to help The Friendship Club accomplish its mission.
For information about mentoring needs or setting up a match appointment, contact volunteer coordinator Alisha Rodriguez Pagan at 530-265-4311 or email AlishaR@friendshipclub.org.