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Volunteering is the sense of carrying out tasks or providing services for individuals or community organizations without being paid to promote good or improve human quality of life. There is absolutely no way that the 4-H program can be successful without the help of volunteers.
There are three areas of 4-H where the volunteers need certification in order to be a certified volunteer: shooting sports, horse and livestock. Carroll County is so blessed to have volunteers already certified in these areas. The door is open for volunteers in other areas. If you are interested in volunteering to lead a club, please call the Cooperative Extension office at (502) 732-7030, and I will be glad to talk with you.
I am so excited about teaching in the schools starting in December and am planning to start the individual programs soon. There are seven areas of 4-H: animal science (beef, cat, dog, country ham, horse, goat, poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine), communications (speeches and demonstrations), family consumer sciences (4-H means business, childcare, cooking, drawing, crochet, home environment, scrapbooking, sewing, no sew), health (Health rocks, Jump into Fitness, Bullying), leadership (drama club, teen council), natural resources (archery, bees, entomology, forestry, geology, horticulture, riflery) and SET (science, engineering and technology), which includes electricity, photography, robotics, rocketry and wood science.
These are a few suggestions that I feel would be of interest to the youth of Carroll County. I know that this county has many talented people who would be wonderful teachers. The only requirement to be a volunteer is that you love children and have an interest in the project you wish to teach. Our youth can become leaders when our community volunteers support them. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Please look over the list of projects and if you feel you can lead children to learn that skill, call and volunteer. If there are other project areas of interest to you, call and it will be added to the list. Looking forward to your phone call.
Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu.