The Friendship Club Academic year is in full swing, as girls have returned to attend their weekly after school meetings. As the Volunteer Manager, I am often asked “What is the greatest volunteer need at The Friendship Club?” Hands down the answer remains: “DRIVERS!”
This 2017-18 school year, the Friendship Club girls in Nevada County will attend an after school program meeting once a week held at our facility in Nevada City, arriving from one of 17 different schools in Nevada County. One third of our enrollment can ride the bus from either Nevada Union or Seven Hills. But the other two thirds, nearly 50 girls rely on catching a ride from a volunteer from her school to The Friendship Club at least once a week. On any given Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, mid-afternoon, our driver volunteers leave their home or work, drive to their designated school, pick up any where from 1 to 8 TFC girls, drive them to New Mohawk Road, and see the girls safely upstairs to our facility. Then they turn around and drive on to errands, back to work or home. The total time commitment averages 15-20 minutes.
It is important to note that families with girls enrolled in The Friendship Club simply do not have the means to transport their girls to after school meetings. We are truly blessed to have many volunteers who return as drivers year after year, and we are so grateful for your committed support. This school year we are looking to add 4-6 new drivers to our volunteer pool.
While this act seems so simple, each driver volunteer contribution of time ensures our program meetings can continue with a potential for 100% attendance. Without a ride, a girl will most certainly be unable to attend her meeting or other important after school activities.
Please consider becoming a Friendship Club driver, even if only once or twice a month. You may contact the Volunteer Manager, Cindy Hintz, at (530) 265-4311 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this critical volunteer role, and how you can come on board as a Friendship Club driver.