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A Special Week - Just for Volunteers!

As the 2010 National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, comes to a close, it is nice to look back to see how counties have recognized those that put their time and effort into helping Iowa’s youth. These volunteers give to 4-H all year long, and it is great to have a week dedicated to their hard work.

Here are a few counties that have made the extra effort to show their volunteer appreciation:

With a “driving” theme, Muscatine County handed out cards at a recent leader’s training. “Thank you for Driving Muscatine County 4-H Youth to a Successful Future!” was written on the front, with 4-H member’s individual impact statements on the inside. The county also included a $5 gas card to fit the theme. Some quotes found in the card were:

“My 4-H leader helps me to work towards my goals, learn how to write presentations/other communication, and to learn how to contribute to my community.”

“Our leaders make meetings fun and educational.”

“[Leaders] have shown me to grow as an individual and build great character.”

“I’m really glad that our club leaders are there for us, they guide us and help us have fun at meetings. If our volunteers weren’t there, 4-H might not continue.”

Cedar County handed out reusable 4-H bags with 4-H goodies at their leader’s training, along with a personal note from the county CYC in local papers. Guthrie County sent out a note of appreciation, along with a package of flower seeds.

In Linn County, official “Linn County 4-H Volunteer” vehicle window clings were given as a token of gratitude. The clings were sent home with each volunteer at the 4-H Leader Meeting and Training, along with a card that read, “Thanks for sticking with us!”

Monroe County’s Junior 4-H Youth Council met after school and helped prepare food, create placemats and purchase flowers to present to each leader during their Spring Leader’s Training. The 4-H’ers saw it as a great way to personally acknowledge the leaders who have given their time and talents each year.

There are so many ways to give back to Iowa 4-H. Be a 4-H leader, donate to the program or simply take the time to help 4-H youth in need.
Let’s continue our motto... “To make the best, better!”

Many counties recognized their volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Have a story you'd like to share? We want to hear it!


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