Making our Summer Program Shine for our Girls

July 7, 2014

New Friends PosterWe rely on people just like you to help us make a difference in the lives of our girls. As we ended another successful academic year we are reminded that it is the generosity of supporters like you that affords our girls so many opportunities otherwise out of their reach.

As Camp Friendship is underway, our goal is to ensure that all of the girls in The Friendship Club get the chance to have a safe and adventurous summer, surrounded by staff and caring volunteers. We need YOU to consider joining our family of donors who will make a $300 campership donation. This donation will play an important part in removing the financial barrier that could keep our girls home, often in precarious and tempting situations.

sailingThis summer we are offering clinics that teach archery, photography, yoga & dance, cooking & baking, horse care & riding, art and Red Cross babysitting certification. Our high school girls will overnight at Jackson Lake, 8th graders travel to Monterey, while our 6th & 7th graders will enjoy local day camps. Fun Fridays offer the opportunity for gym workouts, book club at The Bookseller and swimming at the pool. Over 90 girls will learn and keep busy, while forming new friendships, all summer long because of your support.  25 of those girls are brand new to The Friendship Club and we are excited to have them join our long-term program.

tentIf making a full campership donation is out of reach for you, please know that any donation you make to Camp Friendship will benefit our girls. If you have not already, please consider contributing on a monthly basis. It is a great way to make a big difference, helping you spread out your giving and benefitting the girls all year long.  Click here to make a donation today!

Please join us in making a profound difference in the life of a girl by sending her to camp today!


Still Time to Pamper Yourself While Supporting TFC!

July 7, 2014

TFC Summer14 special_MassageCertified Massage Therapist, Jessica Hartley Litton, is offering a wonderful way to support The Friendship Club by treating yourself to a massage.  With every one hour massage she does through this offer, she will donate $25 to us!  Contact Jessica to schedule your appointment and make sure to mention the word “Friendship” to have your massage support TFC: (530) 559-4823 or

A Message from Our Executive Director

June 4, 2014

JennWhat an amazing Spring it been!  As we wrap up the academic year, we celebrate graduates, gardens, and good times!  We are looking ahead to a very busy summer with five camps and eight clinics gearing up and we will host girls every Friday for fitness, food, friendship, and fun! Thank you to everyone for your support of The Friendship Club. We have exciting plans in the works and we need your continued involvement to make it happen!  We have 75 volunteer opportunities to fill in the next 8 weeks and we would love to include you!  Click on the links in the “Summer Program” section below to see what volunteer opportunities are available.  Camp Friendship brings a full summer of learning and growing to our girls. You can also help us welcome nearly 25 new girls to The Friendship Club this summer. Our staff is busy interviewing new girls and their families and we are very excited to welcome our new High School Director on June 11!  Please read below to learn more about what we’ve been up to and what we have in the works.  Happy summer!

In Friendship,


The Friendship Club Garden: A Sierra Harvest Partnership

June 4, 2014

Sierra_Harvest_3-22-14_0001In March we were excited to be one of the first garden installations in the Sierra Garden’s Project.  Sierra Gardens is a program of Sierra Harvest. Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.   We have wanted a Friendship garden for many years but we all personally lacked the knowledge to lead the charge.  We also never had the right kind of space to entertain such an endeavor. But when Sierra Harvest came along with this amazing opportunity we knew the time to make it happen was here.  Thanks to Ken and Kay Baker for making land available, and to the Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills and Nevada City for financial support, our dream is now a reality.


Leo Chapman, director of the Sierra Gardens project will serve as our garden mentor for two years.  They will also provide seeds and starts as well as cooking classes so we know more about how to use the food we grow. We’ve already harvested lettuce, onion, turnips, chard, arugula, and cilantro and recently installed our summer garden.  We look forward to incorporating more fresh food into our snack program as well as use the garden as a teaching tool for the girls.  We believe, as does Sierra Harvest that promoting fresh, local seasonal foods, by getting our kids in touch with the land and understanding where our food comes from will plant the seeds of change necessary to reverse so many of the health problems that plague our children.  We will be working to introduce even more nutrition education, cooking classes, and hands-on gardening experience than ever before.  We would also like to thank Nevada County for funding through the Community Initiative Funding grant for this first year of nutritional enhancement and are grateful for an additional grant from General Mills to bolster this effort in the coming year. Sierra_Harvest_3-22-14_0008

Graduation and Scholarship Night

June 4, 2014

2014 Grads_Group ShotOn May 8th we celebrated the accomplishments and future plans of four of our graduates.  Shelby DiLorenzo, Briana Christopherson, Brianna, Parr and Trinity Keisker all spoke that night about their experience with The Friendship Club and the role the Club has played in shaping them as young women and in making their plans for the future. As usual, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We are so proud of our girls for overcoming great adversity and for persevering to be the best they can be.  We recognize graduation as an important milestone, not an ending, and we look forward to continuing to know and support them as they head off to college.  Thank you to all of you who were able to join us that night and for the kindness and thoughtfulness you show by attending this special event, sending them off into the wider world.  When they think back on this night they will know exactly how much our community cares about them, how proud we all are of them, and how much we look forward to hearing more from them in the future.  Past graduates have commented that it was thinking back to that room full of people that often kept them going in difficult times.  Thank you for being a part of the family that has launched them.

New High School Program Director to Join TFC

June 4, 2014

We are excited to welcome Kristin Aguilar to The Friendship Club team as our new High School Program Director.  Kristin starts her position on June 11, just in time to dive into our summer programs!  She has eight years of experience teaching middle school and high school, with her last four years spent teaching at Ghidotti Early College High School.  Kristin is passionate about physical fitness, nutrition, and living healthy.  She also has relevant experience preparing high school students for college and equipping them with life skills to help them transition into adulthood.  Please join us in welcoming her to our team!

Pamper Yourself and Support our Programs at the Same Time!

June 4, 2014

TFC Summer14 special_MassageCertified Massage Therapist, Jessica Hartley Litton, is offering a wonderful way to support The Friendship Club by treating yourself to a massage.  With every one hour massage she does through this offer, she will donate $25 to us!  Contact Jessica to schedule your appointment and make sure to mention the word “Friendship” to have your massage support TFC: (530) 559-4823 or

Summer Program Shines Bright for Friendship Club Girls

June 4, 2014

IMG_0005_5Summer is such an exciting and busy time for the Friendship Club staff and all the girls in our program.  Not only do the girls get a break from school, but also the opportunity to learn, grow and spend time with their Friendship Club family. Each summer, the girls participate in a variety of learning clinics in areas of interest to them.  They also attend a week-long camp with girls in their grade level.  Summer camps and clinics are such an important part of our program, as they allow the girls to bond and prepare for the year ahead.

For our new girls who will be entering 6th grade, New Friends Camp is a way for them to get to know each other, the staff and what it means to be a part of The Friendship Club.  This camp will focus on fun activities that allow everyone to become better acquainted, trust one another, and feel safe together.  This camp provides the foundation for the girls to build trusting, healthy relationships that will carry them through their lives.

All of our high school girls will be attending camp at Jackson Lake—the freshman girls one week and the upper high school girls the following.  In this beautiful natural setting, the girls will participate in yoga, art, cooking, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking and many team building activities.

This year, we are offering 8 clinics that begin at the end of June and run through the beginning of August.  Each clinic is 2-3 days long for a few hours per day.  Clinic topics this summer include Archery, Yoga & Dance, Photography, Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Baking, Horse Care & Riding, and Babysitting Certification.  Girls also have the opportunity to sign up for Fun Fridays, a fun-filled day every Friday that includes morning exercise at Fit Culture or Gold Country Gymnastics, Book Friends at the Book Seller for a story and chance to pick out a book to add to their own personal library, and afternoon at Pioneer Park and Pool.  This year, our Fun Fridays will culminate in a Literary Tea.  This event includes a high tea and a presentation from a local author.    We are excited that local young adult author, Kim Culbertson, will be the featured author this year!

As always, our summer program is made possible by the effort of our amazing staff and volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering for clinics or any other summer programs, please click on the links below to see what’s needed each week:

June 16 – June 20

June 23 – June 28

June 30 – July 3

July 7 – July 11

July 14 – July 18

July 21 – July 25

July 28 – August 1

August River Cats Game

If you have any questions about volunteering with us, contact our Volunteer Manager, Cindy Hintz at 265-4311 or

A Message From Our Executive Director

April 1, 2014

JennIt’s been buzzing around The Friendship Club and we are excited to let you know what we’ve been up to!  February and March were jam packed with program activities, The “Find Your Passion” mentor program re-launch, and record attendance at one of our annual events, the Power of the Purse.  Looking ahead we aren’t slowing down with the Spaghetti Dinner and the Graduation and Scholarship Dinner right around the corner.   Thank you for your continued support of Friendship Club girls.

In Friendship,


Power of the Purse Breaks Records

April 1, 2014

Group shot with Joan on screenPower of the Purse drew record numbers to the Holiday Inn on March 19th.  Nineteen Table Captains filled the room with nearly 200 community members eager to learn more about The Friendship Club, let us know how they can help our girls, and get their tickets in the raffle drawing. We had nearly 30 purses for raffle, most of which were donated by local merchants and personal donors. The raffle alone raised over $4,000 for The Friendship Club.  Many thanks to Dr. Bruce Lattyak and Elan Clinic, Mill Street Clothing, and Tri-Counties Bank for being Major Sponsors of this event.  Thanks also to Commonwealth Financial Network, Terry and Karen Brown, Fowler Center, Reflections Skin Oasis, Antonio Ayestaran, and The Gold Miners Inn for their event sponsorship.  Raffle ticket sales thanks to Joey Bratton, John Hendrickson, and Steven Conrad of FitCulture Studio, and Ryan Meacher of Edward Jones.

The crowd enjoyed a brief program overview and listened to current girl and mentor pair, Shelby and Susan, as well as graduate Jasmine Aebersold share her story of overcoming adversity with the help of The Friendship Club. As usual, there was not a dry eye in the house. The power of individual stories to illustrate the impact the club has on girls cannot be overlooked.  We also enjoyed the premiere of a new video, which also tells the story of The Friendship Club through the eyes and experiences of three of our girls.  And very special thanks to Carol Scofield who emceed the event and Judy Hess who shared her personal story and encouraged guests to invest financially in The Friendship Club. Thanks to our amazing volunteers for making the day beautiful and to our table captains for making the day a success.