As the Community Engagement Manager, I am often asked “What is the greatest volunteer need at The Friendship Club?” Hands down the answer remains: “DRIVERS!”
Friendship Club girls in Nevada County will attend an after school program meeting once a week held at our facility located at 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley, beginning the week of September 10th. Girls will be traveling from one of twenty-one different schools in Nevada County. All total, rides are needed for nearly 70 girls every week.
At mid-afternoon on any given Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 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 Litton Drive, and escort the girls safely upstairs to our facility. The total time commitment averages 15-20 minutes, a bit longer for those who travel to south county or Colfax.
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 driver volunteers who return year after year, and we are so grateful for their continued support! This school year we are looking to add 4-6 new drivers to our driver volunteer pool.
Without a ride, a girl will most certainly be unable to attend her meeting or other important after school activity. While this act seems so simple, each driver volunteer contribution of time ensures our program meetings have a potential for 100% girl attendance.
Please consider becoming a Friendship Club driver. You may contact the Community Engagement 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.