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National Volunteer Week – April 15 – 21, 2018

Sunday, April 15th marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week.  A recent study found that volunteers are directly responsible for teaching as much as 50% of the life skills a youth learns through the 4-H program (Fogarty et al).  The Jackson County 4-H program would not be possible if it were not for our volunteers.  Our volunteers come to us with a variety of expertise.  Some volunteer a little, some volunteer a lot, but every single one of them makes a difference.  And they all have one thing in common: to ignite that spark in the next generation by sharing their passion, knowledge and skills.  4-H is delivered in several different ways; our most traditional way is through community clubs.  We also have clubs that are centered on a particular project or subject such as robotics, fishing, sewing, etc.  Some clubs event meet during or after school.  There are also short-term programs that are delivered through the schools such as embryology, 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking, gardening, and agricultural awareness.  Another popular way we deliver 4-H is through our residential and day camping programs.

We have all been touched by a volunteer at some point in our lives.  Take a few moments during that week, or any week for that matter, to thank someone who has helped to make a difference in your life!

Are you part of a 4-H family tradition?  If not, consider starting one today.  4-H offers a broad spectrum of projects and activities to serve a variety of interests, skills, and knowledge.  The Jackson County 4-H program is growing more and more every day.  If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program, please visit the 4-H Youth Development page at http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/jackson/4-h/   You may also contact the 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620 or email amgranger@ufl.edu.

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