Volunteer Appreciation – By Cindy Hintz

When I have the pleasure to meet with a member of our community who has visited to tour and learn about The Friendship Club program, I describe our volunteers as the ‘nuts & bolts’ of the program. We could not hold after school meetings without drivers or our supper crew. We could not help girls with their studies without Homework Club or tutors.  We could not spread the word about our mission to engage, educate and empower girls at risk, nor fundraise, without our event helpers, who consistently produce one spectacular event after another. The opportunities to cultivate healthy relationships would be far fewer without the awesome mentors and angels who offer their kindness, caring hearts and time to Friendship Club girls.

A fairly new type of volunteer entered the scene at The Friendship Club two years ago: Team Volunteers. We were so fortunate to be assigned a team of volunteers through LiNC (Love in Nevada County), whose objective is “to coordinate a unified community service effort between over 20 different Christian congregations inside Nevada County, California.” This team of volunteers spent several hours on a Saturday spring cleaning our commercial kitchen, classrooms, lobby and office spaces. They even helped us prepare our garden for the next round of planting. Last Saturday, during National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2017, the LiNC crew came for their second year in a row. After one year, we were so in need of another spring cleaning! We are so grateful to: Kristi, Diane, Cindy, Jake and Cloe! We sparkle and shine just in time for Summer Program to begin in June.

If you are reading this article and your interest has piqued, please contact me, the Volunteer Manager, to set up a time to tour The Friendship Club, and to learn about all the different ways our community members serve. While I describe our volunteers as nuts and bolts, the real truth is Friendship Club Volunteers are ordinary people who give their heart and time to us.

“I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

~ Tracy Chapman

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