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Club seeks mentors for girls

The Friendship Club is looking for 50 women to volunteer for its Spring Mentor Program. This nonprofit operates exclusively for the benefit and support of at-risk adolescent girls in western Nevada County.

Each spring, the girls in the Friendship Club embark on a journey to “find their passion.” During the months of April and May, the girls are paired with women in the community who have volunteered to teach a hobby or skill.



Mentors make a time commitment of about 20 hours over a six-week period. A mentor dinner is held at the end of May, giving the girls an opportunity to share their new interests.




Two years ago, Cassy learned to sew with her mentor, seamstress Kathryn Robison. When she arrived at the dinner, she had on the beautiful dress she created with Kathryn and the proud smile on her face said it all.

The friendship that was formed during their mentor experience has continued to grow. Not only did Kathryn and Cassy have a common interest in sewing, they also began hiking together during the summer at “Camp Friendship” day camp sessions. Kathryn has remained a beacon of light in Cassy’s life.

Other mentors have taught quilting, computers, photography, French and Spanish, cooking, rock climbing and dance. If you have a passion for what you do and would like to share it with a girl in need, call Jennifer Litton or Sherry Wray at the Friendship Club at 265-4311, or e-mail

Allyson Harvie and Stephen Chan, seniors at Bear River High School, are organizing and will host to host a charity golf tournament as their senior project. Harvie and Chan have chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters and Sierra Adoption Services, along with the United Way of Nevada County, to receive the proceeds from this tournament.

Both Harvie and Chan play varsity golf and participate in national and international tournaments. The tournament will take place March 30 at the Alta Sierra Golf and Country Club at 11897 Tammy Way in Alta Sierra.

For information on tee sponsorships, call 274-3312. Registration is at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $115, which includes golf, food and unlimited range balls. An awards banquet will be held that evening. Dress code is proper golf attire only – shirts with collars and no blue jeans. No metal spikes.

Harvie and Chan are currently collecting sponsorships and donations for raffles from local businesses.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County is much more than crafty ladies who sew, hot glue and create beautiful items. Yes, these ladies compose the nonprofit whose largest – and only – fund-raiser of the year is Winterfaire in November. But they are busy all during the year distributing their works of art to worthy causes and supporting the youth of our community through scholarships.

Shirley Williams, president of the Craft Guild, says one of the members favorite things to do is provide tray favors, birthday presents and Christmas presents to two small nursing homes in our area. The guild also offers scholarships to area high school students who are participating in the crafting field.

The Craft Guild meets the last Tuesday of every month, except June, July and August. Come visit at Cal Fed Bank on Old Nevada City Highway at 6:30 p.m. You can learn new avenues of crafting mediums from members and teachers outside the guild as well. Their goal is to stay on the cutting edge of crafting.

For more information, call 272-7033.

The Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe of American Indians have inhabited the Nevada and Plumas counties region for thousands of years. This nonprofit is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of its people’s language, culture, history and heritage. Endorsed by the Nevada County Historical Society, the tribe seeks to better educate tribal members and the non-Indian community alike, and to study the its own history and the history of all Indian peoples. For more information, call the tribal office at 274-3599.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Saturday. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. Nonprofits news can be e-mailed to


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