4-H Day of Service focuses on military members
Sources: Mark Mains, 4-H youth development specialist
4-H values service. By making a positive impact in their communities, 4-H’ers learn valuable leadership and citizenship skills that will help them become engaged and active adult community members. In October, 4-H’ers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia will participate in a 4-H Day of Service and give back to their local communities.
4-H clubs are encouraged to think about ways they can better their communities by fulfilling needs and solving issues. While the official Day of Service is Oct. 13, clubs can choose to set aside one day in the month of October to participate in a service project.
This year’s theme, “Serving Those Who Serve Us,” focuses on military members and their families. According to data from Operation Homefront, Kentucky had more than 55,000 active duty, Reserve or National Guard members with at least one military family located in each of the state’s 120 counties in 2010. The state also had about 34,000 military children. Ten of the 20 Kentucky counties claiming the highest numbers of military children are in areas where there are few to no support program options.
This is the second year for the multi-state Day of Service. In 2012, more than 3,200 young people and adult volunteers in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida contributed 452 hours of community service worth an estimated value of more than $32 million.
Kentucky 4-H members who engage in community service during October can share their stories on the state 4-H Day of Service website at http://www.kentucky4h.org/4-HDayofService.
For more information about local activities surrounding 4-H’s Day of Service, contact the (YOUR COUNTY) Cooperative Extension Service.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.