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Volunteers are the Heart of 4-H

Volunteers are the Heart of the 4-H youth program in Escambia County and in counties throughout Florida, the United States and worldwide.  4-H volunteers truly have the best interest of youth as their major consideration. Volunteer working with 4-H'ers Outdoor Education Program

Group of volunteers helping with Global Learning Nutrition ProgramAfter several years of working with 4-H volunteers in two different states, volunteers stated their primary reason for volunteering with 4-H as the joy of watching youth grow and mature into productive young adults.  Comments from 4-H agents and volunteers from other states echoed the same reason for being a 4-H Volunteer and for continuing serving in a 4-H volunteer role years after their children were no longer in 4-H.  Volunteer helping 4-Hers make pizza dough

After several volunteer surveys through the years concerning what form of recognition  was preferred by 4-H volunteers, the number one answer was a thank you from the youth and county 4-H program.  Our second top survey answer was a financial scholarship for special 4-H training on a district, state, regional, or national level.  Volunteer helps 4-Her with 4-H written activityWe sometimes think we need to lavish our volunteers with special awards, but sometimes just a heartfelt thank you and appreciation for their skills and commitment to the 4-H youth in their club, county, district, and even on the state level is all they would like to receive. 

We appreciate our 4-H volunteers in Escambia County.  We keep them informed of and involved in current opportunities for growth and development of their leadership skills.  We can design volunteer jobs to fit a volunteer’s special skills, interest, and knowledge.

Volunteer helping 4-Her make jelly at canning campOne of the great benefits of 4-H is that we can design a volunteer position to fit a volunteer’s needs and time commitment, from a special interest project of only six hours to a volunteer who continues to serve twenty years after her children graduate from 4-H.  4-H is a place for every child and for every volunteer to grow in a safe environment. Thanks to all our volunteers in the Escambia County.

Kay D Brown

Escambia County






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