Volunteer of the Year

It is with great honor The Friendship Club recognizes Wendy Thibeault as Volunteer of the Year, 2017. We are grateful to Wendy for her service since 2014, and admire her willingness to try new volunteer opportunites, strengthening her relationship with The Friendship Club staff and girls. Wendy recently shared her thoughts about receiving the award:

“What a surprise to receive the volunteer of the year award at the Holiday Reception on December 4, 2017.  It is an honor to be recognized for my contribution to The Friendship Club program. In reflecting back on the last three and a half years of service I thought of what it means to me to be a part of the organization as a volunteer.

The first thing that comes to mind is the opportunity to be of service to young girls in middle and high school as they learn self-confidence and become empowered to take their rightful place on equal footing in their community and the greater society.  This feeling of being ‘as good as anyone else’ does not come easily to young girls whose family situation can sometimes be marginal in meeting their needs to develop into their best selves.

Seeing the girls interact at The Friendship Club (TFC) facility or at one of many venues for their activities, gives me an opportunity to see the results of the program as they mature, achieve a sense of their uniqueness and demonstrate a self-awareness of their value as a contributor to society.  I am happy to be a small part of the process that connects girls to the program.   I feel a sense of that connection when I see a young woman emerge from the girl I drove from school to TFC.

I continue to be impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the relaxed homey atmosphere of the facility.  Each level of staff and management demonstrates that they appreciate me as an individual and that my needs as a volunteer will be met.  I feel like I am part of TFC extended family.

A great benefit to me has been the personal growth opportunities at TFC. The management offers workshops to the volunteers such as the Deep Listening and Strengths Finder.  They believe that enhancing communication and interpersonal skills of their volunteers comes back as more positive interaction with the girls.  What a win/win situation this is!

I have enjoyed each of the roles I perform: driver for the weekly program and the summer activities, mentor, supper crew clean up, helper at the fund raisers and other community events they sponsor.   I look forward to many years of association with The Friendship Club and want to expand my participation by continued mentoring and becoming an angel to one of the girls.

Earlier this year I set up an automatic monthly donation. The success of this organization is important to me because I want this program to be available to female students in our community. We all benefit over the lifetime of these young women whose lives have been improved through this invaluable enrichment program.”  ~ Wendy Thibeault


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