Each year, thousands of volunteers in New Jersey donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18.
One group that relies heavily on volunteers is the New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program, which is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. New Jersey 4-H has nearly 3,748 adult volunteers who serve as club leaders, project leaders, resource leaders and judges across the state over the past year.
“Volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H program. They provide the guidance and support that helps 4-H boys and girls in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) develop confidence and valuable life skills,” says Jeannette Rea Keywood, state 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers.
Volunteers spend numerous hours working on tasks, such as assisting with 4-H events; organizing club activities; serving as camp counselors; conducting workshops and events; helping children with 4-H projects; or leading a community service project.
4-H volunteers across New Jersey are instrumental in carrying out the mission of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. The 4-H program offers educational programs to all youth grades K-13 (one year out of high school) on an age appropriate basis without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
The work of 4-H volunteers is continuous. Everyday a volunteer is lending a helping hand to provide learning opportunities for the 4-H members involved in the New Jersey 4-H Program, administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Volunteers are always needed and welcome. If you would like more information on how you can become involved in 4-H, contact the 4-H office in the county in which you reside or visit the New Jersey 4-H website.