Three local 4-H clubs have won more than $3,000 in statewide Helping Hands rewards.
Nearly $25,000 has been awarded statewide in Minnesota to projects that Minnesota 4-H Club youth seek to pursue in partnership with caring adults, local businesses and nonprofits.
Programs and projects led by 4-H youth who meet certain criteria are eligible for grants between $200 and $2,000. Club youth and volunteers submitted proposals for their highlight criteria such as expanding access to 4-H to new and diverse participants, demonstrating that adults play a supporting role (rather than leadership), partner with one or more local organizations or businesses, have a long track record of long-term impact, and planning creative and innovative approaches.
Brown County 4-H had three separate clubs that applied, and all three received funding for their projects.
The Burnstown Brookville 4-H Club in Springfield received $1,000 to complete signage promoting the 4-H program, welcoming visitors and beautifying the New Ulm fairgrounds year-round. The club is in partnership with several local businesses and construction companies. These partnerships will not only fund the signage project, but provide educational programs for their club, including engineering and design, masonry, communications and public relations.
The Golden Rose Riders 4-H Club of New Ulm received $2,000 to support their horseback riding opportunity for struggling riders. This will be the second time the club has held this event, with youth and adult counselors volunteering their horses, as well as horse care and riding expertise to introduce the species to young people with challenges and/or disabilities.
The club plans to provide a safe and fun learning environment for each participant, which includes goody bags and a horse-drawn wagon ride.
The Stark Happy Hustlers of Stark Township received $300 to use to create “birthday bags” which they will donate to the local food shelf for families unable to provide birthday party supplies. birthday to their children. Club goals are to provide at least four complete party packages including cake mix and toppings, decorations, party favors, giveaway, etc. The kids at the 4-H club hope to practice their skills in party planning, efficient shopping for supplies and budgeting for their scholarships along the way.
These Brown County 4-H clubs represent three of the 19 awards presented statewide, or nearly one-fifth of the nominees selected. For more information on the Helping Hands Award for 4-H Clubs and complete results, please visit extension.umn.edu.
Individuals or businesses interested in supporting these 4-H efforts can contact Brown County Extension Educator Janessa Palmer at 507-794-7993 or by email at [email protected]