Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunities

Up for the Challenge Training

Up for the Challenge Training on January 17th from 12:00-3:00pm in room 144


For Ages 13 & up

Have an interest in nutrition, fitness or general health and wellness? Come join us for a short training session for 4-H Healthy Living Program: Up for the Challenge to learn how you can educate and empower youth in the state of Delaware how to eat healthy and exercise the right way!


Bell Ringing Opportunities

bell-ringingHow do you make a Holiday Season better? Each family has their own traditions of picking out a Christmas tree together or giving a great gift on the first day of Hanukkah. No matter what your tradition is, this is a great time to start a new one with the family or 4-H club!

Ringing the Salvation Army bell has been around for many years. Volunteering your time at the kettles is the jumping off point for helping the less fortunate share in the holiday spirit they may have thought they would miss out on. The Salvation Army will help hundreds have a small portion of what is “normal” for us. Giving back is what the holidays are all about. You may get a little cold, maybe a little tired, and give up some of the time you could have had for other Yuletide activities, but you will meet hundreds of shoppers who give for the simple reason that they want to help those who need it, too. We are truly a part of a great society and it is important that we contribute to the welfare of that society as long as we can. The following days and times are still available, if you would like to sign up for a time slot please contact Toland Van Sant at (302) 738-4168 Home or (302) 540-1539 Cell.

*Time slots can be taken in 1 hour increment or more.

K-Mart at College Square:
Dec 3rd: 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm
Dec 10th: 4-5 pm
Dec 15th: 7-9 pm
Dec 17th: 5-7 pm
Dec 21st: 5-7 pm
Dec 23rd: 7-9 pm
Dec 24th: 9-10 am & 3-6 pm

Penny’s at Prices Corner:
Dec 3rd: 5-9 pm
Dec 10th: 5-9 pm
Dec 13th: 5-7 pm
Dec 14th: 7-9 pm
Dec 15th: 8-9 pm
Dec 16th: 7-9 pm
Dec 17th: 3-9 pm
Dec 21st: 6-9 pm
Dec 22nd: 6-9 pm
Dec 23rd: 6-9 pm
Dec 24th: 12-4 pm

Safeway at People’s Plaza:
Dec 10th: 4-7 pm
Dec 17th: 3-4 pm & 7-9 pm
Dec 23rd: 6-9 pm
Dec 24th: 9-10 am & 3-6 pm

Safeway at People’s Plaza:
Dec 23rd: 6-9 pm

Stockings for Soldiers and K-9

What better way to give back this holiday season than by giving to those overseas who are fighting for the USA? We will be collecting for Stockings for Soldiers. The following items can be dropped off to the New Castle County 4-H office until Friday, November 18, 2016.

A group of 4-H leaders and members will be going up November 17th from 6-8pm to stuff stockings. If you would like to join the fun contact the county office. If your club would like to go and help pack Stockings for Soldiers please contact Judy Travis at for more information about times.



Club News


Service Project Opportunity

Last winter, UD Extension was able to give out several thousand children’s books to facilities and outreach programs in need. Unfortunately, that was a one time donation. The need for children’s books for lower income families never ends. Amazing Grace Outreach Ministries has reached out again to make a request for donations. If any of our clubs is looking for a service project, this would be a wonderfully rewarding one. Please contact Serena in the 4-H office at 302-831-8965 or and she can put you in touch with the contact person.


Sewing Club leader wanted!4h-sewing-clipart-1

Due to other obligations, Monique will no longer be able to lead the NCC Sewing Club. We would love to keep this club going! She said it would probably best be served by 2 people, but it absolutely needs at least one leader! Obviously, some sewing experience is a must. NCC 4-H already has sewing machines and supplies, we just need a creative leader to thread those machines and use those supplies to help our 4-Hers make some wonderful fabric projects!

If you know anyone who may be interested in heading up this club, please have them contact Kaitlin at 302-831-8965 or They do not have to be an existing 4-H volunteer, but will have to go through the volunteer process to become one if they are interested. The office can assist with that process.



Looking for club photos!

To share in a slideshow at the Achievement Banquet!

If you have any photos of your club doing a fun activity or just being “4-H Proud”, please share them with Serena ASAP (Remember, the Achievement Banquet is on the 18th. Register now!!! ) by emailing them to


Calling anyone who wants to travel!

ATTENTION youth 13 and over: If you are interested in traveling and seeing how 4-Her’s in a different state are active, this is the group for you. Monday, October 24 at 8pm (after the Jr. Council meeting) we will be have a meeting for the upcoming Exchange program! Please come if interested or let Kaitlin know if you can not make it but still interested.

Statewide Volunteer Training Summit


Dear Delaware 4-H Volunteers,


I want to bring to your attention an opportunity that will benefit all Delaware 4-H volunteers.  The State 4-H Office will be hosting a volunteer training summit for all Delaware 4-H volunteers on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Delaware, Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.  The summit will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run till 3:00 p.m. with lunch included. Click here for more info.


While this summit is geared towards and will be particularly helpful to new volunteer leaders, the day will surely be a benefit to any Delaware 4-H leader looking for a “tune up” on the basics of 4-H and more importantly, on how all of us together can improve our knowledge to have a more meaningful impact in the lives of our Delaware 4-H youth.  Please join me and other Delaware 4-H staff and volunteers for what is sure to be a rich day of learning and sharing!


While I have your attention, please mark your calendar for our annual state wide Delaware 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum to be held Saturday, February 4, 2017.   The event will be held at Polytech High School in Woodside.  More information on this event will be available closer to Thanksgiving.


Thank you again for all you do for our 4-H youth.  As we gear up for National 4-H week, the first full week in October, all of us on the 4-H staff send you our best wishes and hope to see you in Georgetown on October 22, 2016 for what is sure to be a fun day of training!




Dr. Ernie Lopez

State 4-H Volunteer Specialist

University of Delaware

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Updates & help needed: Delaware State Fair


The 2016 Delaware State Fair is right around the corner! This year, the fair will be held Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 30. We are in need of volunteers to assist with pre-fair activities: set-up, exhibit drop off, judging, display, and building duty during fair.

Please review the schedule below and let us know if you will be available to assist. E-mail Serena Conner with the dates you wish to help. You can also call the NCC 4-H Office with any questions at (302) 831-8965.

Fair Help

NEW THIS YEAR!!!!!!!! We are looking for 4-H members to serve as HOSTS and HOSTESSES for the 2016 Delaware State Fair in the 4-H building. This year, you can register for slots online. Each slot is for 2 hours. Please click on the link below to visit the sign-up page.

Host/Hostess Sign-up Page

Exhibit Information

Each club leader will receive Fair Tags in early July. It is the responsibility of the leader to distribute these tags to all members. The County 4-H Office is NOT responsible for distribution of Fair Tags to individual members.

All exhibitors wishing to drop off their 4-H Fair Exhibits to the county office must drop them off by 3pm, Friday July 15. All tags must be attached prior to drop-off.


Fair Tags:

Do NOT remove the bottom portion of your fair tag. This is NOT a claim check! This section is used for recording the placing of each exhibit.

June Animal Science Updates

Stars and Stripes Livestock Show

The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 26th in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Classes are available for exhibitors 21 and under in sheep, dairy goats, poultry and waterfowl, and small animals ranging from rabbits and cavys to lizards and snakes!  Please check their website for entry information and directions. Entries must be postmarked by June 23.  For questions please e-mail Robin Bruins or call 609-259-2347.

 State 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair

 The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair will be held on Wednesday July 27, 2016 beginning at 9:00 am in the Quillen Arena. Youth participants will be expected to judge 3 halter classes and two performance classes.  One of the performance classes will be reining this year.  The pattern will be provided in     mid-June and participants will be permitted to use the pattern in the contest.  The reining class will count towards the participants overall contest score but will not be a reasons class.

Here are some resources, in addition to the resources listed in the Delaware 4-H Horse Judging Leaders Guide to specifically help prepare for the reining class:

Reining Article

Horse Judging Youtube Video

4-H Horse Judging Guide – Oklahoma State

Reining Judging Guide – MSU

Reining Score Card


51st State 4-H Horse Show

The 51st Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 29,  2016 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  All participants must have been enrolled as a 4-H member by March 1.  Horses do not need to be stabled on the fairgrounds and may ship in just for the day.  Horses and ponies need to have proof of a current negative Coggins test as well as proof of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhino (EHV) within the last 180 days.  All exhibitors are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet whenever mounted or driving.  A complete class list is available on the State    4-H Animal Science website.  For more information, please email  Susan Garey or call (302)730-4000.


Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest Forms Due August 19th

 All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 19, 2016.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

Rate of Gain Contest Rules

Rate of Gain Contest Entry Form


Delaware Livestock Exposition- date change for 2016!!

The 2016 Delaware Livestock Exposition will be held October 15-16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a youth breeding show open to exhibitors ages 21 and younger.  For more information please visit the expo website, find us on Facebook, or contact Susan Garey or Kristin Cook or call (302)730-4000.

Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Drive

A volunteer opportunity for everyone to engage in! Want to get into the Christmas Spirit and give back to a great cause? Now is your chance! There is an opportunity to Ring the Bell at a number of different stores in the Newark area.



The following spaces are available for sign up:

Saturday, December 12th (5 Hours):                                                            Acme Suburban Plaza – 6-7 PM (1 Hour)                                                              K-Mart College Square – 5-7 PM (2 Hours)                                                       JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 11 AM to 1 PM (2 Hours)

Wednesday, December 16th (1 Hour)                                                                JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 8-9 PM (1 Hour)

Thursday, December 17th (3 Hours)                                                                     JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 6-9 PM (3 hours)

Friday, December 18th (6 Hours)                                                                         K-Mart College Square – 7-9 PM (2 Hours)                                                      JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 5-9 PM (4 hours)

Saturday, December 19th (12 Hours)                                                            Acme Suburban Plaza – 2-6 PM (4 Hours)                                                        K-Mart College Square – 9-11 AM (2 Hours) and 3-5 PM (2 Hours)      JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 9-11 AM (2 Hours) and 7-9 PM (2 hours)

Tuesday, December 22nd (3 Hours)                                                                      JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 6-9 PM (3 hours)

Wednesday, December 23rd (9 Hours)                                                            K-Mart Pike Creek – 5-7 PM (2 Hours)                                                                K-Mart College Square – 5-7 PM (2 Hours)                                                        JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 6-9 PM (3 hours)                                              K-Mart Governor’s Square – 7-9 PM (2 Hours)

Christmas Eve, December 24th (13 Hours)                                                    K-Mart Pike Creek – 2-4 PM (2 Hours)                                                                K-Mart College Square – 2-6 PM (4 Hours)                                                       JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 1-6 PM (5 hours)                                                  K-Mart Governor’s Square – 7-9 PM (2 Hours)

If you would like an opportunity to give back and ring the bell please contact Toland Vanstan at either (302) 738-4168 (H)                                                                                                            or (302) 540-1539 (C)

Stewards of Children – Training opportunity for 4-H Leaders and Volunteers


Stewards of Children Training

Stewards of Children postcard


4-H Leaders and Volunteers:

You are invited to attend the Stewards for Children training on Monday, November 23. This training will be held in conjunction with the November Leader’s Association meeting. In order to accommodate this training, we will be switching our schedule slightly. The leader’s meeting will be held at the Extension Office from 6:00-6:30pm. Following the brief meeting, our 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Dr. Ernie Lopez, will be conducting the Stewards of Children Training. Dinner will be provided for all training participants.

Stewards of Children is a sexual abuse training that is required by all UD Extension Staff and is strongly encouraged to all of our 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents. Although this training is not required, it is highly recommended.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Bishop by Friday, November 20. You can reach e-mail Lisa or call (302) 831-8965.

For more information, please review the Stewards of Children Training letter from Dr. Lopez.

Stewards of Children – Postcard

DSF Junior Board now accepting applications

DSF-color-logoApplications are being accepted through October 2, 2015 for open positions on the 12 member DSF Jr. Board. This opportunity is available to youth age 16-21 (as of 10/31/15). Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Jr. Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of the Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place mid-October may be required.

An application can be obtained from the Delaware State Fair Web site (click INFO, About Us, Jr. Board) or by calling the DSF office at 302-398-3629.