20 days of Friendship: Cristine Kelly | TheUnion.com

20 days of Friendship: Cristine Kelly

Cristine Kelly
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Editor’s note: As The Friendship Club celebrates its 20th anniversary of service, community members are sharing their perspective on what the organization means to western Nevada County.

Cristine Kelly

Donor and Former Angel, Executive Director Music in the Mountains

Cristine Kelly is the executive director of Music in the Mountains. Previously, she was the executive director of the Sierra Mentoring Partnership, a youth advocacy agency.

She has been a Friendship Club Angel and continues to be a proud donor.

A passionate advocate for youth, the arts and the environment, she has lived in Nevada City for more than 20 years, which is close enough to the native status that her children can rightfully claim.

What brought you to The Friendship Club?

Originally, I became aware of The Friendship Club through my affiliation with Sierra Mentoring Partnership (SMP). I was interviewed at The Friendship Club office by the dynamic duo of Jennifer (Singer) and Dena (Valin), and immediately sensed the warmth and dedication of the entire staff.

I was so excited to work with them that when I got the call that I was hired for the position at SMP, I started to cry.

What has The Friendship Club meant to you?

On a deep level, it has brought me full circle. My own family history was complex. When I was young, I ached for that type of connection. And working with The Friendship Club, I’ve been able to see firsthand how a little extra support and encouragement can change a life.

It has been so gratifying to give back, both as an angel and as a donor.

Why should others support The Friendship Club?

Others should support The Friendship Club because it empowers young women to be their strongest and best selves, to care about others, and to believe in possibility. And that creates a more loving and strong community for all of us.

For more information, or to help guide a girl to a better future by making a donation, visit http://www.FriendshipClub.org or call 530-265-4311

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