Serving My Local Community - Indiana 4-H

Describe the characteristics of various
types of service.
 Review an opportunity to plan and
implement a project to serve the local
 Identify local hunger needs and take
action to address these needs.
Service Learning
From CCS Publication
Presented By: Kelly Pearson
Service Projects!!
1. Get in Pairs of 2 or 3.
2. Share with each other a service project (s) that
you or someone you know has been involved
3. We will then share and make a large list of
Charity Work
Community Service
Volunteer Work
Service Learning
Charity Work:
One Time
Or Regular Commitment
Community Service:
Charity Work – Plus
Mandated by Authority
for Graduation
or Completion of Program
Volunteer Work:
Assistance to
Help with a
Community Need
Provided when time available
Service Learning:
Addresses a Community Need
And Involves Active Reflection
Steps to Service Learning
1. Actively addresses a real need
in the community.
2. Planned and conducted over time.
3. Involves reflection by the “doer”.
• Problems or Needs in Our Community
• Assets or Good things in Our Community
• Roadblocks or things that might limit us
in accomplishing our project
• Tools or information we have that may
help us accomplish our project
Risk Management
• Inventory potential risks
• Develop a plan to manage the risks
• Training in safety practices
• Monitoring the environment
Steps to Service Learning
1. Actively addresses a real need
in the community.
2. Planned and conducted over time.
3. Involves reflection by the “doer”.
Up to $750 provided by Farm Credit MidAmerica, to be matched equally by
local donations.
 Planned and implemented by 4-H
members with adult assistance.
 Can be a project designed to serve 4-H
and/or non-4-H audiences.
Funding applications due January 15, 2013
to State 4-H Office. (At least 10 will be
 Awards announced by February 1, 2013.
 Project reports to be submitted by
September 1, 2013.
NOTE: To be completed by 4-H members!
 General overview
 Goals/needs to reach
 Participants in planning and completion
 Recognition of Farm Credit Mid-America
 Evaluation
 Budget
Includes checklist to help guide the project
May apply for up to $750
 Identify source(s) for matching funds,
› Dollars raised
› Products donated
› Services provided
Funding will be available on a costreimbursement basis
 No taxes may be reimbursed
Template provided; due September 1
 Number of participants
 General description
 Life skills
 Community benefits
 Goals reached
 Comments/testimonials
 Photos of event
Plaque/certificate recognizing Farm
Credit Mid-America funding to be
posted near project area
 Recognition template provided
Indiana 4-H
Takes a Bite
Out of Hunger
2012 Indiana 4-H Congress
Missy Welsh, YDAE Ph.D.
Graduate Assistant
What’s the
Hunger in America
in 6 Americans face hunger.
 Food insecurity exists in EVERY county in
 Food insecurity is defined by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
as the limited or uncertain availability of
nutritionally adequate and safe foods or
the ability to acquire acceptable foods in
socially acceptable ways.
Hunger in America
> 50 million Americans
> 17 million children
Lack of food affects physical growth, cognitive
and behavioral development
Results in irritability, fatigue, lack of
2 million rural households are food-insecure
36% of households with income from at least
one adult
Hunger in Indiana
 13%
of Indiana households are food
insecure, or 16% of all Indiana residents
(> 1 million people)
 117,900 residents received food
assistance each week
 46% of Indiana food bank clients report
choosing between paying for food or
utility bills
Hunger in Your Community
 County
statistics can be found at:; “Map the
Meal Gap”
What’s being
 Mission:
to feed America's hungry through
a nationwide network of member food
banks and engage our country in the
fight to end hunger.
 Helps feed 37 million Americans annually
 202 local member food banks
 Ways
to help
Cash donations
Give a meal: $1 = 8 meals
Virtual food drive
Food and grocery donations
Food drives
Feeding Indiana’s Hungry
State association of 11 food banks
Includes 1,700 local food pantries and other
food assistance programs
Serves all 92 Indiana counties
Distributed 66.4 million lbs. of food
Indiana’s Emergency Food Resource Network:
Online directory of emergency food organizations
How can 4-H
 North
Carolina 4-H
Promote awareness of hunger in North
4-H members, 4-H volunteers and alumni
host a variety of hunger awareness
programs in their local communities and
prepare participants to be citizen leaders
for hunger relief.
Georgia 4-H Cans Hunger
 Collected
and distributed 10,000 cans of
food to local food banks
 Promoted importance of community
service and the power of united people
Alabama 4-H War on Hunger
 Lesson
plans for 4-H Clubs
 Hunger Education Activities
 List of Community Service Project Ideas
related to hunger
What about
Indiana 4-H?
2013 Statewide 4-H Initiative
 Identify
local hunger needs.
 Research local resources in place to meet
these needs.
 Determine how 4-H can supplement these
resources to “take a bite out of hunger”.
Indiana 4-H
Feeding Tomorrow’s Future
 4-H
members and Educators find low cost,
nutritious, non-perishable food items to
pack in student backpacks
 Over 4,000 backpacks filled to date in
Blackford, Elkhart, Newton, Vanderburgh,
Vigo and Wells Counties
 Funded in part by WalMart Foundation
Backpack Program
Allen County
 “4-H
Struction” event at the Fair
 Teams from 4-H Clubs may build a small
structure from non-perishable food items
in the 4-H Exhibit Buildings.
 At the end of the Fair they are dismantled
and the food products are
donated/taken to the local Food Banks.
Hamilton County
Eighth Annual “4-H Can Make a Difference”
Clubs and individuals donate canned foods
or items in an effort to replenish the county’s
food banks’ shelves.
Donations are low in the summer as people
tend to focus on donating during the winter
Our goal is to fill one semi-trailer full of food.
Whitley County
 “Jr.
Leader Christmas Gift”
 Jr. Leaders take money they have earned
each year and buy food items for the
local food bank near the holidays.
 Members can also donate canned goods
at the meetings leading up to the gift.
 For the past few years the club has
donated an average of $300 per year.
Looking for More Ideas?
“Like” the Indiana 4-H Citizenship Facebook
See what other 4-H groups have been doing.
Contact your local Food & Nutrition Program
Assistant in the Extension Office.
Share your great ideas, photos, videos,
comments, and numbers!
What can
YOU do???
Helpful Resources
 Feeding
 Feeding Indiana’s Hungry,
 Indiana’s Emergency Food Resource
 Indiana 4-H Foundation,

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