It’s National Volunteer Week! | DRGNews

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The SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program celebrates South Dakota 4-H volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 17-23, 2022, thanking them for their time and dedication to the program.

As a program, 4-H South Dakota’s mission is to engage all youth in positive youth development locally. Volunteers help bring this mission to life.

Last year, nearly 4,000 volunteers contributed more than 205,000 hours of service, raising $3.94 million in support of 4-H South Dakota.

As the busiest season begins, SDSU Extension and South Dakota 4-H would like to thank all of the volunteers who have contributed to previous years’ programs. Volunteers are essential to providing positive experiences for 4-H youth through events and programs at the local, county, state and national levels.

“South Dakota 4-H volunteers actively contribute to positive youth development experiences for our members,” said SDSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Development Field Specialist Jenae Hansen. “These caring adults are essential to our clubs and communities. We celebrate all they do and continue to do for the 4-H Youth Development Program.

To honor and recognize South Dakota 4-H volunteers who have gone above and beyond, nominations are currently being accepted for the next batch of inductees into the South Dakota 4-H Hall of Fame.

In 2002, the Hall of Fame was established as part of 4-H’s 100th anniversary celebration. Its purpose was to recognize and celebrate adult volunteers in South Dakota who have dedicated themselves to making meaningful contributions to the development of SDSU Extension 4-H youth development programs in the areas of character, citizenship, leadership and professional success.

The 2021 inductees into the South Dakota 4-H Hall of Fame included Ree Reich of Butte County, Cindy Riley of Butte County, Ardyce Elwood of Pennington County and Carole Curtis of Edmunds County. The 2021 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees included Tom Smith of Lawrence County and Art and Audrey Kneen of Sanborn County.

Those who know individuals who have volunteered many hours with 4-H South Dakota are encouraged to name them. Applicants who are current, former, living or non-living volunteers are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. Applications for the 2022 season will be accepted until August.

The new class will be selected after August 1 and the winners will be celebrated on the afternoon of Sunday, September 4 at the 2022 South Dakota State Fair in Huron. For more information about the Hall of Fame award or to nominate a volunteer, contact the State 4-H office at [email protected] or visit the Hall of Fame webpage at South Dakota.

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