Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H Youth Development Program participants recently participated in several community service projects.
Youth are educated by volunteers from throughout the county and are reminded of the community support for Chautauqua County 4-H. 4-H Clubs throughout Chautauqua County give back by participating in numerous community service projects through the year.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Chrowes Corners 4-H Club spent a day helping out in the Kmart houses dressed in scary costumes to help raise money for the Children's Safety Village.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Levant Live Wires Club visited United Methodist Gardens senior independent living facility, where they went caroling then made ornaments with the residents and served refreshments.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Levant Live Wires 4-H Club filled four shoeboxes for the organization Operation Christmas Child. One box was received by a child in the Republic of Angola.
Operation Christmas Child is one of many ministry projects of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered over 100 million shoeboxes to children in more than 130 countries. The shoeboxes are filled with items for the children, such as small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and small accessories.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Little Brokenstraws 4-H Club helped local shut-ins by putting together Christmas care packages. The youth also helped in the concession stand for the Chautauqua County Beef Classic 4-H show in May, hosted by the 4-H Beef Advisory Committee at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Paws 'n Pals 4-H Club will be collecting items for the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging's gift bags. The Office for the Aging will be putting together 150 gift bags for isolated senior citizens. The bags will contain items such as toiletries, paper products and canned goods.
The 4-H youth decided several years ago to get involved with the Office for the Aging's gift bag program and the club members have made it a tradition, looking forward to their Christmas party, where they bring in the items that they collected. At the party, the 4-H youth also make cards and decorate cookies to accompany the baskets to the seniors.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Paws 'n Pals 4-H Club raised more than $500 for the Walk 4 Paws. The Paws 'n Pals 4-H Club members have been participating in the Walk 4 Paws for over five years. The club members present were Amanda Swanson, Meghan Hiller, Hannah Hornyak and Katie Erskine.
The Walk 4 Paws 2013 was held Oct. 12 at Chautauqua Institution. The event raised $33,000 overall for the Chautauqua County Humane Society. In addition to adoption, the society's programs and services include spay/neuter clinics; humane education programs for area schools; a feral cat trap, neuter, and release program; and a pet loss grief support group.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Stockton Panthers 4-H Club helped at the Cassadaga Valley Central School 75th Anniversary Celebration Brunch. The event was held Oct. 13 in the Cassadaga Valley Central School cafeteria. Seven students from the Stockton Panthers 4-H club were honored to be able to give back to their community by cleaning tables and serving drinks to those who came to celebrate the school's history.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth in the Stockton Panthers 4-H Club gathered 24 bags of black walnuts on Oct. 19 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Schauman. The 24 bags of gathered black walnuts were sent to the Department of Environmental Conservation in Cattaraugus County. From there, they will be sent to Sarasota Springs Nursery to be planted then sold as saplings.