More than 70 4-H volunteers from Buena Vista County are being honored during National Volunteer Week, April 27-May 3.
A volunteer's reward is the recognition that he or she receives from the 4-H members, their families and our community. It is during this week that Iowa State University Extension - Buena Vista County council and staff are pleased to recognize and thank the people who donate their time and energy to the youth of the county.
"Volunteering is an investment in our community. ISU Extension 4-H volunteers contribute more than 800 hours annually to teaching and leading youth and their families who participate in 4-H Clubs and other ISU Extension youth programs," stated Melissa Fahr, Buena Vista County Extension Youth Coordinator. The dollar value of volunteer time invested is valued at $15.39 per hour according to a 2001 Independent Sector report. Buena Vista County's 4-H volunteers contribute more than $12,300 each year in volunteer hours.
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since that time has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.
For more information on how to become a 4-H volunteer, please contact Melissa Fahr at the Buena Vista County Extension office at 732-5056.