Community Service & Learning

Girls plantingThrough its pledge of “hands to larger service,” 4-H has historically given back to the community by encouraging young people and adults to volunteer. In 4-H, service is commonly defined as the voluntary action of an individual or a group of individuals without pay. Service to the community – through food drives, raking the yard of an elderly neighbor, adopt-a-highway programs, teens teaching younger youth, teens mentoring children or youth determining community needs and helping solve community problems – helps young people learn caring, leadership and citizenship.

Go to the 4-H community service & learning page to learn more.

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  • Photovoice part 1: What is Photovoice and why is it valuable?

    April 18, 2014 | Makena Schultz | Photovoice is a unique tool that can be used to give youth a voice in their community, while supporting their development through creative expression.

  • Researchers are asking for your help collecting deceased Mudpuppies in Michigan

    April 11, 2014 | Mary Bohling | Researchers are asking for help in collecting deceased Mudpuppies because they serve the ecosystem as ‘bio-indicators’ due to their sensitivity to pollutants and water quality.

  • Don’t forget to listen!

    April 4, 2014 | Sara Keinath | An often overlooked leadership skill can improve your effectiveness.

  • Cultural currents: “What Will Be in the Fields Tomorrow?”

    April 1, 2014 | Julie Avery | The arts can grow community awareness about local food and farming and their impact on children, families, farmers, our communities and the land around us.

  • Volunteering benefits job seekers

    March 26, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | Are you looking for employment? Volunteering provides opportunities that can open doors and increase chances for success.

  • Volunteer managers and delegation: Part 2

    March 24, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | Volunteer managers have a lot to do and little time to do it – but by delegating to their volunteer base, they are able to accomplish much with and through volunteers. This series will explore tips and tricks to effective delegation.

  • Are you ready for National Volunteer Week?

    March 17, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | National Volunteer Week is April 6-12, 2014. Find out what it’s all about and how you can get involved.

  • Volunteer managers and delegation: Part 1

    March 17, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | Volunteer managers have a lot to do and little time to do it – but by delegating to their volunteer base, they are able to accomplish much with and through volunteers. This series will explore tips and tricks to effective delegation.

  • Volunteerism is a skill builder

    March 12, 2014 | Debra Barrett | 4-H members and families are encouraged to volunteer as a part of career exploration.

  • Fundraising: The career and the training

    March 10, 2014 | Frank Cox | There are opportunities to pursue a career in fundraising. Youth can develop skills in this career in 4-H by participating in fundraising activities.

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  • 4-H Earth Day Fun

    Date: Apr 22, 2014
    Location: 121 E. Maple St, Mason MI 48854 (Conference Room B)

  • 4-H Club 101

    Date: Apr 28, 2014
    Location: MSU Credit Union (corner of Mt. Hope and Farm Lane), 4825 E. Mt. Hope Rd., East Lansing

  • 4-H Exploration Days

    Date: Jun 18, 2014 - Jun 20, 2014
    Location: Michigan State University Campus, East Lansing, MI 48824