Everyone benefits when we volunteer!

Everyone involved in a volunteer program reaps the benefits. Over $60 billion is estimated to be contributed annually to the U.S. economy by virtue of volunteer services. Volunteering also helps various service organizations, for instance, by cutting down costs of operations and making services available to a larger audience.

Volunteerism promotes positive citizenship among youth by encouraging them to be more engaged in their own communities. Youth who volunteer feel more connected to their community, are more likely to show concern, and to stay in or return to their communities. Thus, youth volunteerism contributes substantially to community vitality.

Adults can help encourage youth to volunteer by sharing ideas and volunteer opportunities. Help youth find a service activity that fits their skills, interests, and passion. Be a role model and encourage the entire family to volunteer together.

We have a free list of 366 Community Service Ideas for youth (and adults). Visit https://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/serviceideas.shtml

The categories include:

  • Children, Family and Friends
  • Special Calendar Day Events
  • Crime Prevention
  • School Activities
  • Government
  • General
  • Helping Animals
  • Helping the Hungry and/or Homeless
  • Those with Special Needs
  • Neighborhood Enhancement
  • Performing Arts and Sports
  • Senior Citizens
  • The Environment

Check out these Nebraska Extension resources – free, online:

Contact your local extension office and ask about 4-H Programs in your community. 4-H adult and youth volunteers are difference-makers in our communities! Find your extension office here

Have a great day!!

Soni Cochran

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Source: Youth Volunteerism by Maria R. T. de Guzman, Extension Adolescent Specialist.

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Growing and Learning at the 2016 Fair

4-H and FFA youth across America are participating in county and state fairs. Today, our staff transported a trailer loaded with award-winning exhibits from the Lancaster County 4-H Super Fair to the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Unit Leader Karen Wobig reflects on the success of our county fair in a blog she posted today. The smiles say it all! Enjoy this blog post and be sure to visit your local fair! Soni

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County

A first-time 4-H Clover Kid Show & Tell participant. She is proud of her project. A first-time 4-H Clover Kid Show & Tell participant. She is proud of her project.

Wow! What a great time we had at the fair! The weather was good (except for getting drenched with rain along with Wayne Moore in the golf cart – sorry about that Dr. Moore!), the 4-Her’s were excited and the exhibits were amazing!

Watching youth participate in their contests and shows or seeing their excitement at the ribbon they received was worth millions. Even my little friend Gianna did an amazing job with her first Clover Kid’s “show and tell.”

I was also excited to see our wonderful County Commissioners out and about, attending the luncheon, “kissing” a pig, serving watermelon and even assisting in the “Fun at the Farm” exhibit! Several members of the Lancaster County Extension Board also helped with a variety of events. Marty Minchow and Pat Heather were judges for the…

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Join Us at the 2016 Lancaster County Super Fair! #4hSuperFair

Table Setting Contest at the Lancaster County Super Fair

Table Setting Contest at the Lancaster County Super Fair

The 2016 Lancaster County Super Fair begins in Lincoln, Nebraska. We want to wish our 4-H youth, their families, our volunteers and staff the best of luck as they participate in this amazing community event. While you are visiting the fair, please be sure to ask our 4-H exhibitors questions about their projects. Many love to share and answer any questions you might have.

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 4-HHere’s the nitty gritty:

Visiting Animal Areas – Safety Tips

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Is My Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

When are your children ready to stay home aloneAs parents, we’re legally responsible for our children’s welfare until they reach adulthood. Under some circumstances, a parent can be charged with neglect for leaving children unattended or left with under-aged children, including siblings. Check your state law!

Unfortunately, there’s no magical age when our kids develop the maturity and good sense needed to stay alone. However, there are some signs that can help you decide if your child is ready or not.

  • …indicates a willingness to stay home alone.
  • …shows signs he or she can be responsible.
  • …is aware of the needs of others.
  • …is able to get ready for school on time.
  • …can solve problems on his or her own.
  • …completes homework and household chores with minimal supervision.
  • …remembers to tell you where they are going and tells you when they arrive home.

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Happy Birthday! We’re going to have chicks!

4-H Embryology - Science and Life Skills

4-H teaches science and life skills at school, home and on the Web

One of the most exciting, hands-on and science-based 4-H School Enrichment programs in our office is 4-H Embryology. Hundreds of local third grade classrooms in Lancaster County, Nebraska study the science of embryology and learn life skills by hatching chicks in their classrooms.

We’re on the first session of 4-H Embryology – eggs have been in classroom incubators since the first week of January. When bringing the eggs, our staff teach children about growth and development of an embryo, how to take care of the eggs and chicks after they hatch. Our staff also candle the eggs so the children can see the embryo growing inside the egg. Personally, I love teaching this session! Seeing the wonder on the student’s faces when they see the small embryo move and the blood vessels growing in the egg is priceless!

To watch the live view of eggs in the 4-H EGG Cam incubator, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/embryology/eggcameravideo.shtml

These eggs on camera now are scheduled to hatch January 27-28 but we’ve already got pipping in our office incubators! Pipping is when the chick breaks through the shell of the egg. After pipping through, it will take another 4-6 hours for the chicks to hatch.

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 4-H4-H EGG Cam is a live view of the incubators in our office. Classrooms around the world watch chicks hatch. We also have poultry clubs, enthusiasts and families tuning in to share in this amazing experience with us! You can also join us on Facebook to discuss what’s happening on camera! https://www.facebook.com/4HEGGCam

Remember – If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

#SALUTE! The February 2015 issue of the free NEBLINE is now on-line

 

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The February issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Timely articles for you and your family! Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the February 2015 NEBLINE!

  • Extension Salutes Our Dedicated Volunteers, Worth Half a Million Dollars Annually
  • 6 Ways to Workout While Cooking
  • Who Mentors Your Children and Grandchildren?
  • 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents
  • Choosing a Fire Extinguisher
  • Rain Gardens — A Green Solution to Acreage Stormwater Management
  • February Garden Guide
  • 2015 Flower All America Selections
  • Keeping Nuisance Wildlife from Bird Feeders
  • Meet the Lancaster County Extension Board
  • 4-H & Youth News, Events and more
  • …. and much more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

Community Resources to Connect, Learn and Share

…and they are all free from Nebraska Extension!

Educational Community Resources

Have you ever been asked to present a program or talk to a civic or community group, club or professional organization? Sometimes looking up ideas and information, then organizing it can be challenging and take a lot of time. Nebraska Extension is making it a lot easier for you by providing educational resources for you – free, on-line! No sign-in required.  Everything from the benefits of Chocolate (love this!) to timely resources on bullying and finances.  Here are the current programs available for 2014 and what’s coming for 2015:

For details about each program and to download the free educational resources, visit http://www.extension.unl.edu/communityprograms

2015:

  • What’s in Your Drink? Making Healthier Choices (coming soon)
  • Little Kids Cook! (available on-line now)

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