COLUMN: Welcome the new year by being a Spencer County 4-H volunteer

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By Mollie Tichenor

Now is the time of year we resolve to make changes for the better. This year, you can resolve to be a positive influence in the life of a young person by volunteering with 4-H.
Whether leading a club, chaperoning a group of youth at 4-H camp, teaching new skills or helping judge a speech or demonstration contest, adult volunteers are an essential and invaluable part of 4-H. In fact, many 4-H programs would not be possible without the help of caring, adult volunteers.
4-H needs volunteers in many areas from coaching livestock skill-a-thon teams to mentoring young people as they complete a service project.  If you’re interested in a particular subject or project area, chances are 4-H offers it and you can spend time doing what you enjoy and sharing your skills and talents with young people.
Adult volunteers help shape future leaders by demonstrating leadership skills, giving young people a sense of community and offering a positive connection with someone from a different age group. Volunteers can serve in different capacities from one night for one event to a year commitment as a leader of a 4-H club.
The vast majority of volunteers find out they get back as much as they give. Many volunteers find it’s very rewarding to watch young people build self-confidence and self-worth as they develop new interests and accomplish goals.
For more information about 4-H volunteer opportunities, contact the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Office at 477-2217.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.