As with many organizations, volunteers are the backbone of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Without trained volunteers, there would be much less involvement in programs like 4-H. Through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, Richmond County 4-H has increased membership by 100 youth in the last year!
With an increase of youth, it is also necessary to have an increase in adult volunteers. Richmond County 4-H would like to ask community members if they are interested in volunteering with youth to please contact us today. Areas of interest include shooting sports, cooking, livestock, science, sewing and academic tutoring. Shooting sports is currently offering archery and would like to increase the club to shotgun and rifle competition, which requires an additional volunteer to become certified. Other clubs are looking for guest speakers and experts in project areas. This could be as simple as speaking at a club meeting or demonstrating a skill.
Volunteers with Richmond County 4-H are background screened and trained to work with youth. As a volunteer, you can give as little as 2 hours per month or as many as 20 hours! Youth from across the county are involved in five different 4-H Clubs and all meet at different dates and times. Each club is made up of a range of ages from 5 to 18 years old. In addition, during the summer months, special interest camps and classes are held that need leadership and assistance. Classes range from arts and cooking to science and technology.
If you would like to help, but working directly with youth is not for you, other duties can be useful too. Assistance is always needed with marketing events, organizing supplies, setting up projects and working with teachers through the school enrichment program. All of these areas are extremely important to having a successful program!
If you like working with youth and feel that volunteering with the Richmond County 4-H program is right for you, call me at 910-99-8255. Together, we can look at your strengths and talents to determine which area is right for you. Background checks typically take three to four business days and are paid for by Richmond County 4-H. Don’t delay, contact us today!
Alyson Hoffman is the 4-H youth development agent for Richmond County’s Cooperative Extension office.