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Become a 4-H volunteer!

By: Jakyn Tyson Emanuel County 4-H Agent

Emanuel County 4-H is blessed to have a history of successful 4-H programs. Many of the programs offered by Emanuel County 4-H would not be possible without the expertise and support that our dedicated volunteers provide. One of our goals during this year’s National 4-H Week is to let the community know that your time and talents are needed.

Emanuel County 4-H utilizes volunteers all year for a variety of programs and special projects, and the need for volunteers is growing right along with the 4-H program as a whole. Currently, adult volunteers attend camps and conferences as chaperones, teach classes, lead special interest clubs, coach competitive teams, and assist with special events. Volunteer opportunities exist for adults of all skill levels and with any amount of time to share. Over the next few months, 4-H will be seeking volunteers to serve as judges for contests at the Jaycee Fair, to assist with check-in at shooting sports practices, and to help provide afterschool opportunities for Emanuel County youth.

The next meeting of the Emanuel County Volunteer Leaders is Monday, October 10 at the 4-H Clubhouse in Swainsboro. Membership is free and there are no requirements other than a desire to help provide positive youth development opportunities for Emanuel County students. Recent 4-H Alumni, parents of current 4-H’ers, and long-time supporters are all invited. The meal begins at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7pm. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert, meat will be provided!

Emanuel County 4-H is thankful for dedicated volunteers every day of the year, but during National 4-H Week we especially want to say thank you for sharing your time and talents with the youth of Emanuel County.

To become a 4-H Volunteer, an adult age 18 or over must complete a UGA screening application, sign a volunteer agreement, take and pass an online Risk Management Training, and keep up contact and regular re-certifications with their local Extension Office. To find out more about opportunities to volunteer and further support the 4-H program, contact the Emanuel County Extension at 237-1226 or visit the office located at 129 N Anderson Drive in Swainsboro.

Emanuel County 4-H Volunteer T’Neil Williams leads a foods and nutrition program for 4-H’ers

Volunteer Leslie Rowland works with Emanuel County 4-H’er Jack Williams to pack bags for Weekend Blessings

Shanna Foskey, a 4-H Volunteer and teacher at Swainsboro Elementary School, got to spend a week at Wahsega 4-H Center with her students

4-H Volunteer and Certified Shotgun Coach Chesley Dixon teaches Emanuel County youth firearm safety and marksmanship through 4-H shooting sports programs

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