Service to others has always been an important part of the 4-H club program. One part of the 4-H pledge states, “I pledge my hands to larger service.” An entire section of the 4-H Summary Record is dedicated to the documentation of community service done by each 4-H member.
4-H groups conduct community service projects in local communities where they meet. These projects include community beautification, collecting donations for food pantries, raising money for charities and volunteering in nursing homes, to name just a few.
Massachusetts 4-H also conducts statewide community service projects. Past projects include the distribution of backpacks with school supplies to needy children, the collection of new toys to benefit children in the Foster Children Evaluation Services at the UMass Medical Center and the Hurricane Katrina relief effort to benefit 4-H families in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Currently we conduct an annual statewide food drive in October and November. All 4-H groups are encouraged to participate. Support curriculum is available on this web site and through your local 4-H office.
4-H is not currently able to provide mini-grants to individual 4-H clubs to do service projects in their local communities. If we resume this program in the future we will include information here.