National Volunteer Week Salutes Volunteers in Bowie County
Each year, thousands of 4-H volunteers 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 7-13, 2019.
Research conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 25.3% of adult Americans (62.8 million) volunteered 7.9 billion hours of service worth $184 billion in 2014. In 2018, more than 27,000 adult and youth volunteers contributed countless hours in various capacities to the 4-H youth in their Texas communities. In Bowie County, 53 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 in 2019.
According to Cherrie Curtis, Bowie County 4-H Coordinator, our volunteers are the tie that binds our whole program together. Without the volunteers serving as leaders in our community clubs and project clubs as well as in county-wide advisory roll, I would not be able to reach very many youth on my own.
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.
Becky Fellers, Eylau Community 4-H Leader and 4-H alumni says that 4-H is a family tradition for her. It is a family affair where we learn together.
4-H Program volunteers are just one group of volunteers who are instrumental in carrying out the mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife 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. Thank you, to all 4-H volunteers for the impact you make on the youth around you.
If you would like to be a Bowie County 4-H volunteer, call our office at 903-628-6702.
We are holding a Texas Community Futures Forum on April 30th to assist the local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agents and the Leadership Advisory Board identify the most critical issues affecting our citizens. In order to make sure that the programs being offered by the Bowie County Extension Service for the future are on target, we invite you to participate in our TCFF event by calling our office at 903-628-6702 by April 15th.
Anyone needing special assistance at an Extension program should contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 903-628-6702 at least one week prior to the program or event.