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Posted: July 21, 2012 4:19 p.m.

4-H needs your help

Newton County 4-H club need donations, volunteers and supplies

While Newton 4-H can always use donations and volunteers, there are often in-kind items or specific skills we could use to benefit youth.

Can you, your business, or your organization help us out with one or more of these items?
As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax deductible according to IRS standards.

Bus transportation to Jekyll Island next summer:
One of the costliest parts of summer camp can be transportation. Our usual buses run $2.50 per mile per bus. Gas beyond the first tank is additional, as are driver fees if we don't have a volunteer driver. I expect to need 2 school buses next summer, or some alternate way to transport 100 youth and adults.

Does your church or business have buses? We have CDL drivers with passenger and air brake endorsements, or we could also train your drivers as chaperones to attend camp with us.

If we could pay for gas only, the cost could come down significantly. If you have ideas, please contact me quickly as we have to put in for our camp requests soon.

An adult with an interest in forestry:
Can you tell a southern red oak from a live oak? Ever used a Biltmore stick for timber estimation or a compass for orienteering? We have 4-H'ers begging to do Forestry Field Day this year, and adults willing to chaperone the group, but we need instructors.

Would you be willing to spend a few afternoons, or a Saturday, helping them prepare in August?
You don't have to be an expert, and all the materials you need are provided.

It's as easy as walking through the park helping youth identify trees, or setting up an orienteering course. If you can help teach our Forestry Field Day team, give me a call at (770) 784-2010.

Easels for posters:
Each year, 4-H'ers present demonstrations with posters and props for classroom 4-H meetings and county and district competitions. With this comes the need for freestanding poster easels.

If there is an easel collecting dust at your house, or if you could make some simple easels, we would love to put them to work alongside a 4-H'er.

Soda and snack vending machines:
This one really seems like a long shot, but we could make use of a used but working soda machine and snack machine to raise funds. The machine would preferably also have a bill changer.

A small machine or combination machine is also a possibility.

Knowledge of other countries, cultures and traditions:
Have you lived in or visited another country? Do you celebrate international holidays or traditions?

This year, Newton 4-H is going on a "world tour" right here at home with your help.

Our focus this year is on global awareness, so I would like to incorporate holidays, traditions, and travel into club meetings, county events, and more.

If you would be willing to share information about your experiences, I'd like to invite you to an event.

Or, do you know of an international event going on locally? We'd like to encourage 4-H'ers and their families to attend events with an international focus through our monthly newsletter.

To submit an event, please include information on the location, date, time, cost, and what ages are most appropriate. 4-H'ers range from first grade through twelfth grade.

A lit, heated large room or building for BB practice:
The Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) BB team is seeking a centrally located practice space to use from January through April. The team needs to store target boxes and supplies during this time, and access the space once or twice a week for practices.

For dimensions or more details, call (770) 784-2010.

Cash donations:
And of course, we always need cash donations to keep the program running.

Immediate needs include funds for the awards banquet, project achievement, staff professional development, judging teams, club officer training and volunteer training and recognition.

To find out more about specific needs, or to donate your time, talents, or funds in one of these ways, please contact me at (770) 784-2010 or tkimble@uga.edu.

You may mail checks to Newton County 4-H, 1113 Usher Street, Suite 202, Covington, GA 30014.

 

Terri Kimble is the Newton County 4-H Agent through UGA Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at (770) 784-2010 or tkimble@uga.edu.

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