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Gloria Lukes, a 4-H Volunteer Leader from Merrill, Wis., has been selected as the Volunteer Leader Representative to the National 4-H Leadership Trust. Formed in 2001, the Trust functions as the unified voice and shared leadership body for the 4-H movement. Lukes will represent the interests of 4-H’s nearly 700,000 youth and adult volunteers.
Are you a volunteer? If you answer yes, you are one of about 83.9 million Americans - the equivalent of 9 million full time workers -- who donate work to good causes and organizations. In the year 2000, that work was worth $239 million.
Members of Wisconsin 4-H club and their parents spent a day together last spring helping a 90-year-old neighbor with her spring yard chores.
Are you looking for a way to use your skills and talents to help young people grow and learn? Then, as National Volunteer Week rolls around April 21-27, consider becoming one of more than 20,000 Wisconsin adults who are volunteer 4-H leaders.
The example of adult volunteers turning out to help strangers affected by the September 11 attacks made a big impression on children and teens.
Following the events of Sept. 11, America's youth believe that building respect and tolerance for others is the single greatest community need, according to a recent national survey commissioned by 4-H as part of its Centennial activities.
"Volunteers often are the driving force in communities -- the people who make things happen and bring about positive change," said Linda Kustka, University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H youth development specialist. The time volunteers contribute is valuable, too. Independent Sector, a national nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism, estimated the dollar value of volunteer time in 1999 was $14.83. The figure was based on the average hourly wage for nonagricultural workers as reported in the "Economic Report of the President (2000)" and adding 12 percent for estimated fringe benefits.
Connecting young people and adults in neighborhood volunteering is the unique focus of "Join Hands Day," a new national day of service scheduled for Saturday, June 17.
National Youth Service Days, April 14 and 15, offer opportunities to nurture healthier youth and healthier communities through service.
National Volunteer Week April 18-24 is a time set aside to recognize people who donate their time and energy to make communities better.
When children and teens get together to clean up a strip of highway, visit residents of a nursing home or help a young child learn a new skill, they may get back as much as they give, according to a 1996 Gallup survey on volunteering among youth.
November is a time when many 4-H youth development county programs recognize the skills, talents and contributions of volunteers.
Enthusiastic volunteers are the backbone of most effective civic and community organizations.
As children get older, they increasingly desire to have positions of responsibility and control of projects in order to make volunteer efforts meaningful learning experiences.
National Volunteer Week April 13 to 19 is a time to recognize those who donate their expertise to make communities better. Involving youth today helps ensure that your community has an active pool of volunteers tomorrow.
The University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H youth development program offers dozens of projects to young people ages 6 to 18. Youth can learn more about animal care, science and technology, arts and crafts and foods and nutrition.