Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunities

How Does Volunteering Benefit Youth?

April is Volunteer Month! We encourage all 4-H families to find a service project and help their community! According to National 4‑H Council, civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. 4-H members take part in a variety of civic activities through participation in club, county, state and national events. Members learn how easy it can be to help others while having fun and gaining important life skills.

Here are ways volunteering can benefit youth:

· Make a Difference – Volunteering can help young people make a positive impact on their community and other people.

· Learn New Skills – Volunteering can help people learn skills and get hands-on experiences that could help them in the future.

· Gain Self-Confidence – By volunteering, youth can feel confident that their efforts of helping and communicating with others are making a positive impact.

· Meet New People – Volunteering can help youth be exposed to a diverse group of people of all ages. These new relationships can lead to new friendships and mentors.

· Achieve Goals – Youth can challenge themselves to meet personal goals and might even uncover hidden talents

· Have Fun – Youth will find that many types of volunteer activities can be very enjoyable

No matter where and when youth volunteer, they will learn new skills and enjoy their time helping a variety of people. For community service ideas and opportunities for your 4-H member, please visit the Volunteering page on the Delaware 4-H website.

Ag Day 2022: Commitment to Conservation

Ag Day is a community event hosted by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that brings agriculture and natural resources to life. 4-H has a long-standing presence at Ag Day and we are planning to be part of the Extension tent again this year. One of our goals this year is to help visitors better understand all the types of topics people can learn about by engaging with Extension. The theme for this year’s AG Day is “Commitment to Conservation”. We are asking that all exhibitors embrace this theme as they determine what they will be showcasing this year.

If your club would like to participate in the 45th Ag Day, on April 30th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the University of Delaware Ag Campus, please follow these instructions:

 

1. Fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form and return it to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 25, 2022. Do not fill out the online Ag Day form! All 4-H registrations will be handled by the NCC 4-H office.

 

2. Please indicate what your club is interested in doing at Ag Day. You may check off more than one area. We would like as many clubs to participate as possible. We are suggesting you share a project area that is of interest to your club that showcases the “Commitment to Conservation” theme. We would like to have a variety of activities and projects highlighted, so knowing this information ahead of time will allow for this. Let us know if you need help with an idea or supplies.

 

3. Please tell us your space needs for the day. Though we will have the entire tent, we would like to utilize the space well. A standard exhibit includes 1 table (8 ft. x 30 in. x 30 in) and 2 chairs. Please try to limit the amount of extra tables and chairs your club requests as much as possible; we will do our best to honor all requests.

 

4. There is no cost for 4-H clubs! Because 4-H is an educational group and 4-H clubs are such an important part of Ag Day, there is no cost for Delaware 4-H clubs presenting educational exhibits, demonstrations, or activities at Ag Day.

 

Remember, registrations are due to the county 4-H office no later than March 25, 2022. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Kaitlin at 383-9100 or kklair@udel.edu. Information about set-up for the day of the event will be sent to the club contact on the registration form.

We hope to see you at Ag Day on April 30, 2022

AG Day 2022 Registration

Printable 2022 Ag Day Registration-4-H

Holiday Giving Tree

             

It’s that time of year again! The Christmas tree for Friendship House donations is up in the New Castle office. Stop by anytime during normal business hours by December 17th and drop off a donation of gloves, hats, and scarves for either adults or children.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Ag Museum Seeking Assistance with Educational Programs

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover is pleased to announce volunteer program openings for persons age 16+ who are interested in assisting with educational programs for  elementary and middle school students focused on various aspects of Delaware agriculture, farming and rural life.    Volunteers participating in Ag Museum education programs not only have the opportunity to teach others, they also gain valuable instructional and public speaking skills that will help to advance their personal and career goals.  No prior experience needed, just enthusiasm and a willingness to help others!!

Our mission is to:   Promote agricultural education, awareness and an appreciation for cultural heritage which enriches the lives of the people in our community, our state and beyond our borders.

Persons interested in learning more about the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village and our education programs are encouraged to visit our website at:  (www.agriculturalmuseum.org)  or call:  302-734-1618.

April is National Volunteer Month! 

Join Delaware 4-H as we pledge our hands to larger service all month long!  There are a variety of ways for our 4-H clubs and families to say “thank you” to their communities.  Check out the Volunteering Page on the Delaware 4-H website for a variety of ideas on how you can help others!  Tag @DE4H in any photos that you post on Social Media, use #4Hgivesback or send your club/family service photos to jackson@udel.edu to post on our 4-H Social Media pages!

Service Project Spotlights

We would also like to spotlight our members for their service activities.  If you have recently completed or are working on a service project, please send a short paragraph about your project along with a photo of you in action to Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu.  These spotlights will be featured on our Volunteering Page in the upcoming months!

Operation Christmas Child April Donations – Stuffed Animals
  •  NEW Stuffed Animals small enough to fit in a standard shoebox
  • Animals for all age groups
    • If purchasing for 2-4 year olds, make sure the animal has eyes that are drawn on or made of felt. (No buttons or beads that could be a choking hazard)

Let’s Talk- Webinar on Supporting Youth in Difficult Times

Real Conversations About Supporting Youth During Difficult Times

November 9 

2 pm- 3:30 pm

 

During this difficult time, understanding the warning signs of stress and/or a developing mental health condition is a key to supporting youth and families. We’ll review some of the myths and facts of mental illness. You’ll learn some strategies for having real conversations with youth and teens that will build resiliency skills and you’ll be provided information about free resources, support, etc. for individuals and their families. This program will be offered via a Zoom webinar. After registration, participant materials and the Zoom URL will be shared.

Who is Presenting? Annie Slease, M.Ed. Director of Advocacy and Education NAMI/DE

Who Should attend? Parents, educators or volunteers working with adolescents and teens.

Cost: This program has been underwritten by the UD Sea Grant Program and the Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative

Register HERE

Ag Day 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Ag Day.

We will all miss this wonderful educational and fun event, but understand in this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please email Kaitlin.

 

Leader’s Forum

2020 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum
Polytech High School, Woodside, Kent County
Saturday, February 1, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

We want to invite you to join us in bringing fellow and potential leaders together for the 2020 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum…you won’t want to miss this special day!

We are pleased and excited to be having the event back at Polytech High School in Kent County. So many of you responded to the evaluations last year
saying that the mid-state location in Kent County worked well for you, so we decided to go ahead and make it happen again!

Due to your feedback, we have also changed the schedule which we hope will bring a richer experience to your time with us! Following the first two
workshops and before lunch, we will be offering a third, shorter session that will include topics relating to challenges many of you have shared where you
felt you needed more skills. These are our “Jackpot” sessions.

After our “Jackpot” sessions, we will be enjoying lunch and fellowship as we recognize our 2020 Salute to Excellence award winners. We plan to end our
day at 2:30 p.m. so you’ll have time to get home early and start putting all of the new ideas you learned into action!

Below are the registration form, workshop descriptions, and schedule for the day. Please be sure to select two choices for each workshop in order of your preference. Registration will be available online beginning Friday, January 3, 2020. This is the preferred method. The link is:

http://www.udel.edu/006766

Please note that the workshops will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis, so the earlier you register the better chance you will have of getting your first choice. The cost of the Forum will be covered by each county’s Leaders’ Association or a staff purpose code.

Deadline to register is Monday, January 27. We look forward to seeing you at Polytech on February 1!

2020 DE 4H State Leader Forum Workshop Packet

NCC 4-H Quarter Auction

Feeling Lucky?

Join us for a Quarter Auction!

 

When: November 1, 2019

Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 406 Main St. Odessa DE

Benefits: New Castle County 4-H Leaders Assn. and Exchange Group

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Auction Starts at 7:00 PM

What is a Quarter Auction?
A quarter auction is part raffle, part auction, part fundraiser and ALL fun! It works a bit like bingo. When you arrive, you’ll receive a numbered paddle with a corresponding numbered ball that’s put into the drawing basket. Auction items will be on display from a variety of donors and vendors with a bid price of 1,2,3, or 4 quarters.

Once the auction begins, a 4-H member will display the item that’s currently up for bid and will announce whether it’s a “1, 2, 3 or 4 quarter” bid. If you’re interested in bidding, you will put designated number of quarters in a bowl and raise your paddle. A 4-Her will walk from table to table with a bucket to collect bids.

The announcer will then draw a number to find a winner. If they draw your number and you bid on the item, hooray! You just won an awesome item at a great price! If they draw your number and you did NOT bid, just call out “no bid!” and they’ll continue to draw numbers until a winner is declared.
Paddles are $20.00 in advance and includes paddle and roll of quarters to get the bidding started. On the day of the event, paddles will be $25.00 at the door with a roll of quarters. Additional paddles can be purchased for $5.00.
All In Paddles are $50.00. This means you automatically bid on every item without putting any quarters in.
Stay tuned for more info and a list of the amazing items we will be offering!

For more info or to donate please contact: Kaitlin Klair kklair@udel.edu or Betsy Morris betsym@udel.edu or 831-8965.

Operation Christmas Child Field Trip & September Donations

Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox Distribution Field Trip

 

As part of the Civic Engagement Initiative to collect donated items for Operation Christmas Child, we want to know how many members and adults are strongly interested in attending the Operation Shoebox event at a Distribution Center outside of Baltimore/DC.

Delaware 4-H will be providing transportation, so we need to know how many members/adults from each county are interested!

If interested, please respond by Friday, September 27 to Jill Jackson – jackson@udel.edu

 

Event Details:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – 4 hour shift (we are going to request the 10am-2pm shift)

$10 per person

Must be at least 13 years old to participate

Participants who sign up will receive a waiver to complete via email from Samaritans Purse. Once all members of the group complete waivers, the group will receive a Fast Pass and avoid waiting for check in upon arrival.

Upon arrival, all participants will go through an orientation and then proceed to their processing line. There are several jobs on a processing line so everyone can experience different roles. You will get a 30 minute lunch break.

Participants may pack a lunch, snacks and drinks. Chick-Fil-A has also been on site in past years for purchase of food.

Let’s show the world how much Delaware 4-H cares!