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4-H Community Partners and Service Opportunities

4-H Community Partners and Service Opportunities

4-H is active in our community. The following are community service opportunities for 4-H’ers. If you would like to be involved in any of these events as a service to your community and as a representative of 4-H,l please let us know and we will make the appropriate contacts for you. Get active, stay involved, know your community.

District 1 Community Service Project

Join the District 1 Council for the Sole Hope Shoe Party January 23 at 3:00 at the Santa Rosa County Extension Office. Collect items listed below to help 4-H “clothe the world”.

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Earn community service hours and become eligible to apply for a scholarship!!!!!!

Each year we give $25,000 in scholarships to outstanding students in our area who have participated in our Fair in some way over the years. By participating in this program with a minimum of 10 hours, your students will be eligible to apply for a scholarship because they will have participated in our Fair. They will also receive community service hours for their service in this program.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone in high school. Because of the high demand and limited availability for shifts by students, we can no longer allow middle school students to participate in our volunteer program.

Am I guaranteed to be assigned 10 hours if I apply to volunteer? NO!!!!!! There are a limited amount of shifts available and all shifts are filled on a first come first served basis. Please DO NOT sign up for shifts that you do not intend to work. 

We DO expect for you to work a station in our AG-Venture Barn for the entirety of your shifts. It will require for you to interact with the public and invite them to complete different activities within the barn.

If you do not intend to talk to people and be friendly, please do not volunteer!!!!!!!

Do I have to do the entire ten hours in one year?

No. It is best if you start accumulating hours BEFORE your senior year. We keep track of who volunteers each year and as long as you accumulate ten hours during your high school years, you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship. While we do try to accommodate your requests, we CANNOT guarantee that you will be able to complete all 10 hours needed in one Fair year due to the limited amount of hours available during the 11 days of the Fair.

Admission will be paid for those participating. Participating students may come early or stay late to enjoy the Fair before or after their shift. Shifts are set up in 3-5 hour increments. You are welcome to sign up for as many shifts as you would like although we cannot assure that you will be assigned the shifts you request.

Please note: Weekend shifts are always the first shifts to fill as everyone prefers to work on the weekend.  Be sure to include other shifts that you can work if weekends are full. If you ONLY request weekend hours, there is a strong possibility that your request will not be granted.

Please see the attached form and return it to me by October 1st. Shifts will be assigned on a first come first served basis so be sure to return the form at your earliest convenience in order to receive the shift you prefer. It is common that shifts will fill up before the deadline so do not wait to turn in your request. Confirmation will be sent to you.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at 944-4500 (mornings) or nataleefb@cox.net. I look forward to working with you at this year’s Fair.

Natalee Brooks

Concession Manager

FOR MORE INFORMATION: ag-volunteer-form


Arbor Day Celebration

4-H will be working with Escambia County and the Forestry Service to help provide trees during an Arbor Day Celebration. We are looking for youth to help distribute and educate residents who come to pick up trees and Anthony Manning, Extension resident forestry expert, will be teaching youth about the importance of replanting and conservation. Join us January 15 starting at 2:30pm at Pensacola State College to volunteer and learn! Feel free to direct any questions about the event our way.

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“If your state park system is looking to attract new volunteers and inspire the community to further connect with natural and cultural resources in your state, consider participating in NPLD 2015. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. September 26 marks the 22nd annual celebration and we’d love you to join in.”

“NPLD events include projects that:

  • Benefit the land or a historic site (litter removal, bat house construction, historic building restoration).
  • Educate volunteers (talks on public land issues, monitoring water quality, geocaching programs).
  • Encourages the community to be active (hikes, fishing derbys, bike rides).”

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(source: http://www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/npld-your-state-park)

Donate to the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center!

“The Roy Hyatt Environmental Center gives children this opportunity; those students who might not ever get that chance any other time in their life!  Each school year we educate approximately 12,000 people, either on site, or through “on the road” programs.  The RHEC gives students and adults the opportunity to explore 120 acres of pine forest in Cantonment!  And who knows how many of them have never had that opportunity before!  You know, one of the best parts of my day every single day is seeing things for the first time through a child’s eye!”

(source: http://escambiaschools.net/rhecwishlist)

Visit their website at http://escambiaschools.net/rhec or check out their Wish List http://escambiaschools.net/rhecwishlist for more information about what they need. Here is a brief list:

Food for animals:

  • Wild birdseed
  • Black oil sunflower seed
  • Suet cakes
  • Turtle food
  • Greens (Kale, Collard, Mustard, Turnip)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries

 

Others:

  • Reptile bedding
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bleach
  • Lysol/Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Copy paper
  • Light Bulbs (60 watt and reptile bulbs)

 

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