Each year, thousands of volunteers in Indiana donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during the 43rd anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017.
Research conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 25.3 percent of adult Americans (62.8 million) volunteered 7.9 billion hours of service worth $184 billion in 2014. In 2015 in Indiana, more than 1.47 million volunteers contributed 132.14 million hours of service, valued at $3.1 billion. 26.9 percent of Indiana residents volunteered ranking Indiana 25th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
One group that relies heavily on volunteers is the Indiana 4-H Program. In 2017 nearly 15,000 youth and adults are volunteering in some capacity with 4-H. In Montgomery County, 111 volunteers, both youth and adult, will serve as club leaders, project leaders, committee members, and in advisory capacities for the 4-H Youth Development Program.
The Montgomery County 4-H volunteers are an essential element to the 4-H program. They are always willing to lend a helping hand or go the extra mile for the youth of Montgomery County. 4-H volunteers donate their time and talents to help further the Montgomery County 4-H program and reach new audiences every day. Volunteers spend numerous hours working on tasks, such as helping organize an event at the county fair, helping a child with a 4-H project, or leading a project to serve the community.
4-H Program volunteers are just one group of volunteers who are instrumental in carrying out the mission of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Extension Service, including determining the needs of the local residents, planning and implementing programs to address these needs, securing resources, and evaluating programs.
An example of these volunteers is the Montgomery County Extension Board. The 13-member board, which consists of appointed county citizens, works with the county Extension staff to plan and oversee Extension activities.
The work of Extension volunteers is continuous. Every day volunteers lend a helping hand to make Extension programs more beneficial to the residents of Montgomery County. Those interested in joining the team of Extension Volunteers are invited to contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at (765)364-6363 or e-mail Abby Sweet at asweet@purdue.edu.
Abby Sweet is the 4-H Youth Development Educator at the Montgomery County Purdue Extension Office. She can be reached at asweet@purdue.edu or 765-364-6363.