Funding Available for ServeOhio Day Volunteer Projects
ServeOhio – along with partners American Electric Power Foundation and AmeriCorps – is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for ServeOhio Day on June 19, 2021. ServeOhio Day coincides with the summer solstice – the day with the longest period of daylight in the year – providing the most ample opportunity to volunteer annually. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000.
How can the funding be used?
The grants support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes through volunteer engagement. Funds may be used for supplies, materials and volunteer support.
Who is eligible to apply?
Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.
Ready to apply?
For the application and instructions, visit the ServeOhio website. The application deadline is May 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM. We look forward to receiving your application.
Quality Assurance is an annual requirement of the Ohio Department of Agriculture for youth taking livestock projects to county and state fair. In Fairfield County, Quality Assurance Training is required for all members who will be exhibiting a livestock project at the Fairfield County Fair or Junior Exhibitor at the Ohio State Fair. Beef (Breeding & Market); Dairy Breeding & Dairy Feeders; Goats (Dairy, Meat, Market & Pygmy); Poultry (Breeding & Market); Sheep (Breeding & Market); Swine; Rabbits (Breeding & Market), and Alpacas/Llamas.
Deadlines for 2021:
Youth planning to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by June 1st, 2021.
Youth planning to exhibit at the Fairfield County Fair must have their Quality Assurance completed by August 15th, 2021.
At this time, Quality Assurance CANNOT be taught by club/chapter advisors to Fairfield County 4-H/FFA youth virtually (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Google Classrooms, Facebook Live, etc.).
Here are the acceptable options to complete Quality Assurance in 2021:
In-Person 4-H Club/FFA Chapter Clinic taught by a 4-H/FFA Advisor who has completed the Quality Assurance Assistant Instructor Training this year (which took place on April 7th and April 26th). Advisors who attended this training will notify their members of their club/chapter QA Clinic date and will be responsible for getting all QA paperwork submitted to the Extension Office by the appropriate deadlines.
In-Person Countywide Make-Up Clinics: To be held on Saturday, May 8th at 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds. Attendance is limited and an RSVP is required. Please register online at this link for either countywide in-person QA Clinic: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0P19iWcND165rpQ
In-Person Beef Quality Assurance: Members who complete an in-person BQA taught by a certified BQA instructor must submit documentation to Leslie Cooksey at email@example.com.
In-Person Pork Quality Assurance: Members who complete an in-person PQA taught by a certified PQA advisor must submit documentation to Leslie Cooksey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth MUST be age 14 or older (current age) to complete in-person PQA. Youth will receive a PQA certification number from the National Pork Board upon completion.
Online: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This is the ONLY approved ONLINE Quality Assurance Program for youth in Ohio. For 2021, this web-based course has been approved by ODA for 8-18 year olds.
Fairfield County 4-H Members should select “sign in with 4-HOnline”. It will prompt you to select a state and then enter your 4-HOnline account information. After successfully logging in, you will be given a list of active family members. Select the family member and start the account creation process.
Fairfield County FFA Members (who are not in 4-H) should select FFA & Independent Sign-In.
You will need to select the web-based training ($12.00 per member, annually).
Support the 4 Legged Friends 4-H Club on Saturday, May 1st at their car wash between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Donato’s parking lot on Fair Avenue. Proceeds will directly benefit the members of the 4 Legged Friends 4-H Club.
Join Fairfield County & Tuscarawas County educators as we review what it means to be a Cloverbud 4-H Volunteer. This training is optional and open to all Ohio 4-H Volunteers!
This Cloverbud Volunteer training is open to any 4-H volunteer and will cover the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud program, State Resources, and Tips for a successful cloverbud year. This meeting will be held via zoom. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting link information. Register here to save your spot!
If you have any questions, please contact Aubry Fowler, email@example.com or 740-277-4626 or Kiersten Heckel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-339-2337.
In case you have not heard, 4-H Project Books are available at the Fairfield County Extension Office. This is the best way to make sure you get the correct book for your project and save a little money.
Members, check with your advisors if they are doing a club order for books. If so, make sure they have the books you want on their list. If your club is NOT doing a big order, you can email Stacy (Hicks.email@example.com) your book order. You will receive a confirmation email when your order is ready for pick up.
Advisors, please fill out the 2021 Ohio 4-H Project Books and Resources Volunteer Order Form. It can be found here. Please make sure to download this PDF before filling it out. Book order forms can be emailed to Stacy as well. You will receive a confirmation email when your order is ready to pick up. The Extension Office is open by appointment Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Here are some way to find the right project book for you:
Find the perfect book. Refer to your Family Guide in print or online to learn about the projects available this year. You can also preview books on Project Central and learn more about each project.
Make your own. If you would rather not purchase a book in this way, self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)
Don’t forget to submit your enrollment. All members and advisors need to have their enrollment in by May 1st! If you have changes to make to your project list and your 4-HOnline Profile has been approved, just send Missy Koenig (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email letting her know what changes you’d like to make to your projects.
Stay safe, stay healthy! You’re all Making the Best Better in 4-H!
Healthy Living Grab and Go Resources Page: Available Now!
The Ohio 4-H Healthy Living Design Team created activities that go along with many of their blog posts, and now they are organized on the Grab and Go Resources page. On the grab and go page you’ll find lesson plans that you can download and use at your next meeting. You can use one activity, or combine several related activities to create the plan for an entire meeting.
The lessons are grouped together by topics that correspond with the Healthy Officer Resource Book: nutrition; physical activity; and mental, emotional, and social health.
Additional topics include:
The newest section is Mindful Moments, which are short, 5-minute activities that can be used at the start of any meeting.
COVID-19 activities address situations brought on by the pandemic.
Creative Well-Being activities are fun activities that exercise creativity in different ways.
As the team writes new blog posts, they will continue to add resources to the grab and go page, so check back often. Don’t forget to click the “subscribe” button to receive an email notification about new blog content.
Hey, 4-H Advisors! Start your 4-H year with seven ready-to-go club meeting agendas detailing a family kick-off, team building, officer elections, public speaking and more. Learn how to adapt in-person activities to a virtual setting and strategies for including Cloverbuds. Find it at go.osu.edu/clubmeetingtoolkit.