Volunteer

With over 600 volunteer needs throughout the year, volunteers are crucial to the success of our program! Here are six easy ways to volunteer at The Friendship Club:

For questions or more information, contact our Volunteer Manager, Cindy Hintz, at 265-4311 or CindyH@friendshipclub.org.

Congratulations to our 2016 Volunteers of the Year:

Cheryl in the kitchen
Cheryl in the kitchen

Cheryl Kelly was honored at our annual Holiday Reception on December 5th as a 2016 Volunteer of the Year and for her longevity volunteering with The Friendship Club over the last 10+ years.  It is easy to describe Cheryl in a word: “spark.” Cheryl lights up a room and you can feel her energy coming a mile away. I first met Cheryl when she came in to work with our high school girls to lead and teach the “Heroes Are Smart” curriculum that allows our girls to learn about themselves and understand others. Cheryl and I share a passion, believing the kitchen is the “heart of the home,” and you will often find Cheryl in The Friendship Club kitchen cooking and serving supper during the school year. In the summer, Cheryl loves to teach cooking clinics, exposing the girls to ethnic foods and diverse cultures. This last fall, as a member of the Sisterhood of the Nevada County Jewish Community Center, Cheryl organized a day long retreat for Friendship Club girls, their mentors and our staff. This restorative day offered fun activities and a luncheon, teaching helpful ways to communicate and navigate through social media, while participating in cross-generational learning. Cheryl’s desire to create a collaborative relationship between a talented and generous women’s organization such as the Sisterhood and TFC was not only unique, but very successful. We are so excited for what the future holds! And as Friendship Club girl, Abby, stated as she presented Cheryl with the award: “We are grateful to Cheryl, for the time she has dedicated to all of us, and for the love and compassion she shows our community.”

Gordon helping with Homework
Gordon helping with Homework

Gordon Sakaue was also honored at our annual Holiday reception as a Volunteer of the Year for the many volunteer roles he’s taken on with The Friendship Club. A retired teacher from Lyman Gilmore, Gordon walked through The Friendship Club door in November 2014. His passion for teaching was obvious, as he took keen interest in knowing we have girls who benefit from the help of a tutor for an after-school session. As I told him how the new tutor program was forming, he shared his insight about teenage students and I was so grateful for a few suggestions on how to structure the program for success. He returned a week or so later with an incredible surprise gift for The Friendship Club, two brand new chrome books! With so much schoolwork online, these chrome books are invaluable to our girls and tutors alike. Not only have we come to know Gordon as a gifted tutor, in Math, Japanese and German, he is at ease tutoring one-on-one when a girl needs focused attention, and each week he sits in the Homework Club to assist alongside our staff. Since 2014, we learned that Gordon is also a baseball fan, and he happily drives and chaperones to River Cats field trips in summer time. On a visit to The Friendship Club last summer, Gordon found us pulling all the camping equipment out preparing for camp at Jackson Lake. He patiently stayed to help fix and reorganize our dozen or so camping tents. On various afternoons while tutoring, Gordon would come to visit the kitchen. As he showed an interest in the food preparation and serving, I asked Gordon if he would like help us kick off our new Supper Program, and join the Supper Crew. Gordon now comes in once a week as a prep volunteer, grating, chopping and cleaning vegetables for the meals to be cooked that week. When he is finished, he moves right on in to Homework Club. Friendship Club girl, Marley, who is learning Japanese and appreciates Gordon’s help, presented the award saying, “Its great seeing men in the kitchen! We love spending time with Gordon and appreciate his support of The Friendship Club.”