b'COMMUNITY, expanding to help more youthT he Friendship Club is about community, in every senseF R O M O U R F O U ND E Rof the word. From donors and volunteers investing in the next generation to our youth learning new skills and serving other nonprofit organizations, community is at the heart of The Friendship Club.We are making a big difference in Nevada County. The Friendship Club has excellent community partnersincluding county departments, school districts and other nonprofit organizationsand a hardworking network of volunteers. Friendship Club volunteers, from after-school drivers to mentors, donate an estimated 4,000 hours per year. And almost two-thirds of our budget comes from individuals and businesses in the community. The Friendship Club is about everyday people doing extraordinary things for the community and its residents.The Friendship Club has helped nearly 1,000 girls during the past 25 years. Youve likely come across a girl who has benefitedor is currently being helpedby The Friendship Club.Thanks to the community support, weve been able to expandI am proud to have been the catalyst that addressed our efforts through the years, from introducing life skills classesunique challenges of girls in our community and and longer summer camps to helping more youth.are grateful to our dedicated volunteers who have But our community is changing. Ourembraced these adolescents. For the years that I youthincluding boysare facing 4,000 more challenges, from experiencingwas privileged to lead this extraordinary community homelessness to struggling with substanceeffort, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. hours donated abuse. The Friendship Club is looking atHeres to the next quarter century of having a positive by volunteershow best to meet those needs.influence on the lives of Nevada County youth.annually Of course, we cant do it alone. It takes Mary Colliera community.Almost 1,000 people attend our events annually to honor, support our youth.2 0 2 0 C O M M U N I T Y R E P O R T | T H E F R I E N D S H I P C L U B 5'