UNIVERSITY PARK – “Head, hands, heart, health”–that’s what 4-H stands for. And in Clearfield County, 4-H leaders hope to bring together more of all these elements for local children and youth, through the establishment of a new endowment.
“As both a former 4-H member and volunteer leader I have seen first hand the positive impact the 4-H program has had on the lives of youth,” said Children & Youth Development Educator Jana Davidson. “It is truly important to keep the program growing well into the future.”
The endowment will support educational efforts and provide scholarships for youth to attend programs that will foster leadership, citizenship, and life skill development.
“By reaching out to kids,” said Davidson. “We will in turn see the youth develop into tomorrow’s leaders- active citizens willing to give back and make a difference in their community.”
With state, federal, and local government funding for 4-H stretched, Clearfield County 4-H is focusing on the future through community support.
“The endowment will continue to grow the 4-H program and provide opportunities for 4-H members and adult volunteers that may not be possible with our current Extension operating funds,” said Charles Allen, County Extension director for Clearfield & Elk Counties.
Having started the endowment with $5,000 raised through sales of their most recent 4-H Plat book, the Clearfield County office seeks to reach a goal of $25,000 by 2012.
One hundred percent of each gift made to the 4-H endowment will stay right in Clearfield County to support 4-H. Supporters who wish to make a gift to the Clearfield County 4-H Endowment should mail gifts to: The Clearfield County 4-H Development Office, 405 Keller building, University Park, PA 16802. For more information on giving options in support of Clearfield County Cooperative Extension contact Eric McGinnis at 814-863-2754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.