Sunday through Oct. 12 is National 4-H Week and Jefferson County will celebrate the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
National 4-H Week is held annually during the first full week of October. Nationally, the entire month is also designated as National 4-H Promotion Month.
The local celebration will kick off Saturday when 4-H youth and adult volunteers will meet at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 500 Idaho St., for the Arkansas 4-H One Day of Service, a 4-H led effort to showcase the power of Arkansas youth to serve communities and transform lives.
Service projects that volunteers will be participating in include assembling “necessity bags” for CALL, a local non-profit that provides services to foster and adoptive children of Jefferson County; making door decorations for local nursing homes; assembling art kits for youth patients; and re-planting the 4-H raised bed in the Extension demonstration garden.
The 4-H program is in need of donations of duffel bags, small toys, stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, bubbles, flashlights, girls’ hair items, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes, journals, pacifiers, bibs, blankets, pillows, socks, photo albums, picture frames and liquid soap.
The 4-H program is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19 without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status. Those with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.
For more information, call Pia Woods at 870-534-1033, e-mail at email@example.com or visit the Extension office. Member and volunteer enrollment can be completed by logging on to https://arkansas.4honline.com.