Drive a little, change a life
The Friendship Club, which helps empower and educate girls and young women who face the challenges of poverty, abuse and trauma, has an immediate need for volunteer drivers.
The drivers provide rides for girls from their high school or middle school to The Friendship Club so they may attend their after school meeting, tutoring or counseling session or from The Friendship Club to the girls home in Nevada County.
Volunteers drive about 15 to 45 minutes per session, and use their own vehicle and pay for the fuel.
“Being a volunteer driver is a commitment, but it can truly change the direction of a girl’s life,” said Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of The Friendship Club. “Our girls want to improve their lives and look forward to the future, but many of them don’t have the transportation needed to participate in our life-changing programs.”
Connie Salcido became a volunteer driver this year.
“Being a volunteer driver is a very small part of my day, but I know it will have a big impact on a girl’s life,” said Salcido of Grass Valley. “I picked a time that is easy for me to help girls in need of rides and also convenient for me to be out running errands and going places. It works out very well, and I really enjoy contributing as a driver for The Friendship Club.”
The Friendship Club staff will provide volunteers a brief training session and a copy of our Driver Guidelines, including how to deal with an emergency.
The Friendship Club requires volunteers complete a Live Scan, an electronic way to capture fingerprints in a digitized format and then transmitted to law enforcement for review. The Friendship Club will also check driving records, and ensure a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
Those interested in applying or want to learn more about being a volunteer driver should call The Friendship Club at 530-265-4311.
About The Friendship Club
The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round, long-term program aimed at helping empower and educate youth who face challenges of poverty, abuse and trauma. Friendship Club serves youth between the ages of 10 and 18 and provides assistance into their 20s as they transition into adulthood. Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club serves about 125 youth at a time, guiding them to a bright future by focusing on six areas: health and wellness, healthy relationships, goal setting, self-awareness, self-sufficiency and community connectedness. Based in Nevada County, Friendship Club is expanding to help alleviate homelessness among teenage boys and girls and provide mental health counseling on-site. For more information, visit www.friendshipclub.org or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-Friendship-Club-366390156717/