Service Can be Part of 4-H Club Meetings
Co-Leader of Sunshine Clover Kitties
help at this year's "Discover 4-H, Discover You" event at
the State Fair.
members are busy people! The members of Sunshine Clover Kitties
believe volunteering is an important part of 4-H. We try to make
some time for it during our meetings, as well as create club opportunities
parents are a valuable resource for volunteering ideas. Our first
year, a parent suggested our club make Thanksgiving dinner for
an immigrant family — a perfect match for beginning cooking experiences.
We contacted a social services agency which identified a family
and set up delivery of the meal. Our families divided up the various
dishes to prepare together. We've also used parent work places
as volunteer locations where we often wear 4-H items to promote
the program and identify us as members. One member spent the summer
volunteering at the day care of her mother's work place — a perfect
experience for "The Sitter" project!
offer many volunteer opportunities. Our club members have been
summer reading volunteers at city and school libraries. One member
shared her entomology exhibit at a special library program. Two
members gave a chess demonstration at a library chess group.
of the Sunshine Clover Kitties staff a booth at the Kiwanis
Carnival booth every year.
have taken projects and posters into their schools to share and
promote 4-H as well. Many projects lend themselves to volunteering
and opportunities within 4-H. Wildlife and horticulture projects
fit with the UNL Landscaping & Gardening Day. Our entomologists
helped at the State Fair's "Discover 4-H, Discover You" event.
Our group often participates in the song contest, which led to
singing at the Kiwanis picnic. We create a booth for the Kiwanis
Karnival each year.
The Sunshine Clover Kitties have adopted a park area where we
collect trash, which gives our families a chance to pitch in as
well. Another ecology effort, recycling, is a source of club funds.
We pull the tabs off cans and save them for the Ronald McDonald
House, then sell the cans. We also roll newspapers to sell to
the wholesale florist.
year, our club participates in the Toys for Tots program. We use
our meeting time to sew the toys. We have made beanie bears, pioneer
rag dolls and felt books, which helped with hand sewing skills.
We've already started stuffed toys for this year.
build candy houses in late fall which might go to area seniors.
We hope to form a theatre troupe to perform some "American Girl"
plays at area nursing homes.
4-H clubs are filled with talented and creative members. Many
4-H'ers volunteer with the Folsom Children's Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Zoo Crew. The Lincoln Children's Museum needs youth volunteers
ages 12-18 during the summer. 4-H artists could share their artwork
with nursing home residents by creating a temporary display. There
are so many possibilities!