Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Head, heart and hands

4-H volunteers log 3,600 service hours

Express Staff Writer

    Blaine County 4-H volunteers put in more than 2,500 hours of time over the past year, University of Idaho Extension and Blaine County 4-H staff announced during a County Commission meeting Tuesday.
    During the meeting in Hailey, Kathi Kimball, 4-H program coordinator at the University of Idaho Extension Blaine County, said the program has begun tracking volunteer hours for both the 4-H program leaders and the 4-H team leaders, youth from ages 13 to 18 who do community service hours in the valley. Kimball said program leaders put in 2,500 hours in 2012, while team leaders put in 1,100 hours in service to the community outside of helping with 4-H.
    Data was not available on the team leader with the most community service, but Kimball said Amy Federko and Tracy Green put in 328 and 250 hours, respectively. Kimball said many of Federko’s hours were put into a new horse program Two Hearts North, which helps kids who would not be able to raise horses on their own.
    Kimball said the program has recently earned a grant from the Idaho Youth Horse and Pony Council for next year, and the funding will be used to host a two-day horse camp at the Blaine County Fairground in Carey. The program also has plans to host a camp for younger children in Ketchum.
    “Hopefully, countywide we will have some sound programming,” she said.
    Commissioner Larry Schoen said he appreciated having data on 4-H volunteer hours, especially those from youth leaders volunteering in the community.
    “You’re bringing people together and that effort is bouncing back into the community,” he said.
    Commissioner Angenie McCleary suggested that the top youth volunteer and top adult volunteer should be recognized in a future county meeting.

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