Twenty-nine Iowa 4-H clubs, including 3 from the KILJ listening area, have been awarded DuPont Pioneer Rural Community Improvement “Seed” grants totaling nearly $10,000. The grants, ranging from $50 to $500 per club, will be used to seed community improvement projects implemented by local 4-H clubs.
“The DuPont Pioneer grant program allows young people interested in food and agriculture to make a positive difference in their communities while learning valuable life skills,” said Kris Fish Kuhlman, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “These grants give 4-H’ers a sense of appreciation for the communities where they live, and empowerment to make a difference where they find a need.”
Pioneer supports annual grants to encourage local 4-H clubs in Iowa to coordinate and participate in service activities and projects that benefit their communities. The grant money is used to cover the cost of labor, expertise and materials needed to complete improvement plans.
“Agriculture’s greatest asset is developing youth with leadership and a vision to influence the future,” said Rob Vincent, farm manager for DuPont Pioneer and Iowa 4-H Foundation board member. “The community grant program is an opportunity to develop these skills while making a difference on a local level.”
29 4-H Clubs Receive Grants
The 29 Iowa 4-H clubs receiving DuPont Pioneer Rural Community Improvement Seed grants will complete the following projects in their communities:
• Audubon County Clover Commissions 4-H Club will plan and build a portable county fair announcer stand with a PA system.
• Boone County Green Clovers 4-H Club will purchase items and provide labor to refurbish Lowell Park.
• Cherokee County Mill Creek Valley 4-H Club will build and/or replace one arena pen.
• Dallas County Adel Junior Farmers 4-H Club will purchase, erect and landscape a new flagpole.
• Dallas County Best of Union 4-H Club will help a local food bank with its food drive.
• Fayette County Harlan-Fremont 4-H Club will purchase and install replacement poultry cages in the county poultry barn.
• Floyd County Ulster Future Leaders 4-H Club will plan, make and erect “Floyd County 4-H Welcomes You” signs at four entries into the county.
• Henry County Salem Shining Stars 4-H Club will build equipment shelves in community baseball diamond storage sheds.
• Howard County Flying Hoofs 4-H Club will make safety improvements in the county horse barn.
• Humboldt County Weaver Valley 4-H Club will plan, purchase, plant and install new landscaping at the City Building.
• Ida County 4-H’er Cassidy Bottjen will refurbish the women’s bathroom in the exhibit hall at the 4-H county fairgrounds.
• Iowa County Fairview Zippers 4-H Club will plan and build a display case for the county fairgrounds.
• Jasper County Jolly Workers 4-H Club will provide comfort items to children admitted to Skiff Medical Center.
• Johnson County Monroe Hustlers 4-H Club will purchase and provide permanent recycle bins for use at the county fairgrounds.
• Jones County Fairview Thunderbolts 4-H Club will plan and landscape a walkway and park area and raise a partially sunken stone monument from 1924.
• Madison Country Eyes on the Child 4-H Club will build and maintain birdhouses and feeders for a local park.
• Marion County Friendly Guys and Gals 4-H Club will repair stones, erect wood crosses on unmarked graves, build a sign and maintain the grounds of a local pioneer cemetery.
• Mills County Leadership-CREW will plan, construct and maintain a ball pit at the county fairgrounds.
• Monona County Franklin Go-Getters 4-H Club will create and install a new nine-hole disc golf course at Lewis and Clark State Park.
• Muscatine County Goshen Gladiators 4-H Club will plan and assemble 20 adult and childcare baskets for the Muscatine Sexual Assault/Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program and Shelter.
• Poweshiek County Poweshiek Pioneers 4-H Club will purchase fabric and thread for workshops to make pillowcases to donate to the Children’s Cancer Connection.
• Ringgold County Twin River Tornadoes 4-H Club will purchase, engrave and install tiles around the flagpole at a community building to honor resident veterans.
• Sac County Innovative Pioneers 4-H Club will purchase and plant trees for Wall Lake Cemetery.
• Shelby County Lincoln Bluebirds 4-H Club will purchase yarn and crochet hooks to make blankets for the WCCA Shelby County Outreach.
• Sioux County Floyd Venturers 4-H Club will make and donate 24 tied fleece blankets for children at the Ronald McDonald House.
• Story County Indian Creek Circles Clover Kids 4-H Club will purchase, plant and care for planters on Main Street.
• Story County Palestine Peppy Pushers 4-H Club will purchase and install trash containers, benches and picnic tables in Slater Park.
• Van Buren County Friendly 4 Corners 4-H Club will purchase, pot, plant and care for flowers on the deck of the local Ronald McDonald House.
• Washington County Limecreek Limelights 4-H Club will plan and place pathways in new community garden plots and start vegetable plants from seed for the communal plot that donates to the Wellman Food Pantry.
“Service-learning through 4-H Youth Development takes community service or volunteer projects to the next level by empowering youth to identify needs in their community, creating a more meaningful experience for youth,” said Brenda Allen, 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Through service-learning, youth develop leadership skills and learn that they can make a difference in their communities.”
For more information on DuPont Pioneer Rural Community Improvement “Seed” grants visit www.iowa4hfoundation.org.