Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week – the Heartbeat of Extension.

Volunteer Week Photo
Terri Zuidema (4-H Program Specialist), Emma Wickham (County Council President), and John Ferguson (4-H Extension Agent) celebrate the Heartbeat of Extension. Photo Credits: K. Kerrigan, WQCS.

St. Lucie County 4-H association celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week from April 21 – 27. This week is dedicated to honoring the invaluable contributions of our dedicated 4-H volunteers. They tirelessly donated their time, skills, and passion to positively impact our community. We recognize and celebrate the following individuals. Direct volunteers (trained, certified, screened, and working directly with youths). Indirect volunteers (who served on our Advisory Boards and various planning committees). As well as the episodic volunteers (who willingly stepped in to help with an event or activity when needed).

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, embodying the spirit of selflessness and service. Their unwavering dedication fuels our mission and enriches the lives of those we serve. Throughout Volunteer Appreciation Week, we shine the spotlight and express our gratitude for our 4-H Club Leaders, 4-H volunteer educators, 4-H Advisory Board members, and 4-H Youth Volunteers.
At St. Lucie County 4-H, we recognize that volunteers are our partners and advocates. Their contributions extend beyond their volunteer roles, leaving a legacy of kindness and generosity in our community.
We invite everyone in the community to join us in celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week and express gratitude to the remarkable individuals who give their time and talents to make a difference. You may do so by way of a simple thank you, a card, a token of appreciation, or by joining their volunteer efforts.

4- H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities nationwide that provides experiences where young people learn by doing.
In 4-H programs, the youths complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and civic engagement in partnership with caring adults. Positive Youth Development (PYD) is guaranteed through the guidance of adult mentors and coaches. Youths experience 4-H in every county and parish in the country through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs, and 4-H camps.

St. Lucie County’s 4-H program reaches over 1,000 youth from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to more rural farming communities. Our network of more than 70 volunteers and four 4-H professionals provides caring and supportive mentoring to more than 300 4-H members, helping them grow into true leaders.

St. Lucie County 4-H is a non-profit organization benefiting youth and is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. For more information about how you can get involved in helping us recognize our volunteers, please get in touch with the 4-H Agent John Ferguson at (772) 642-1228 or john.ferguso@ufl.edu or 4-H Specialist Terri Zuidema at (772)-462-1285 or tzuidema1@ufl.edu.


By celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week, we are creating the awareness that Extension programs are open to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin. You may sign in to or visit our Facebook page to see more.

An Equal Opportunity Institution. UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Andra Johnson, dean for UF/IFAS Extension. Single copies of UF/IFAS Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county UF/IFAS Extension offices.

UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County


Posted: April 7, 2024

Category: 4-H & Youth, , Clubs & Volunteers, Community Volunteers, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: #4hOpportunityForAll, #H4HOutreach, #slc4h, 4-H, Service, St Lucie County

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