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This week is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week. Historically, we celebrate MLK's legacy by stepping up to make communities more equitable and serving our neighbors.

Did you know that MLK Day is the only federal holiday that is designated as a National Day of Service? This holiday is meant to encourage us to volunteer and improve our communities!

Here are a few service opportunities for the whole family in Marion County: 

1. Volunteer with the White River Alliance to test the quality of our local watershed on February 5th from 12 - 4 p.m. Learn more here.

2. Volunteer for a food pantry or distribution shift to fight against hunger at Gleaners Food Bank. Learn more here.

3. Assist with Damar Services upcoming fundraising gala, which will help to support programming for youth and adults with developmental, intellectual, and behavioral disabilities. Learn more here.

In Service, 
Marion County 4-H Educators
Kody Orr, Ashley Shufflebarger, Rachael Smith
4-H Scholarships for Teens | Due January 25th, If you are a 4-H member in grades 10 - 12, you are eligible for 4-H scholarships! View scholarship website here to learn more about the $$ available!

4-H Showcase Animal Fever | Every year, Marion County 4-H hosts an Animal Fever contest where youth and adults paint a ceramic animal for a chance to win a ribbon! This year's animal is Roary the Lion. Please contact Linda Bauknecht if you would like to purchase your ceramic animal, $6/each.

Azzip Pizza Fundraiser | Support the Marion County 4-H Advisory Council and enjoy some delicious pizza! Please consider purchasing a a $10 or $25 gift card from Azzip Pizza in Greenwood - 20% of sales will go to the 4-H Advisory Council to support 4-H programming. Contact Linda Bauknecht to purchase a gift card today.

4-H Volunteer Connections | February 11th, Meet other 4-H leaders and volunteers and discuss important topics in youth development at the Marion County Extension Office on the second Saturday of every month. Next event will take place February 11th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact Ashley to RSVP.
Indiana 4-H invites any 5th and 6th grade 4-H members from Marion County and surrounding counties to kick-start the 2023 year at an Indy Fuel Game! For $15, join other 4-H members from central Indiana for a meal, activity, and a ticket to the game. Register via 4-H Online today! The deadline to register for this event is Friday, January 20th.
You may have heard rumors of a new Marion County 4-H Guidebook - well, it’s here! 

Based on feedback from 4-H families and volunteers, we have created a guide to Marion County 4-H geared toward new members and families. This guidebook includes basic information about the Marion County 4-H program to help bridge the gap of understanding for individuals and create a more inviting and welcoming program for all.

Additionally, we have restructured our website to serve as a more user-friendly hub for current 4-H news and information. For this reason, we will not have a separate 4-H Handbook document. All information that was kept in the Marion County 4-H Handbook will now be shared on the website. We are also very excited to share that we have an updated interactive map of active 4-H clubs in Marion County!

Access all these new resources using the links below:
If you would like printed copies of any of these resources available for your club meetings or 4-H gatherings, we are happy to print at the Extension office upon request.

Thank you to our volunteer focus group that helped us create and edit both the guidebook and website the last few months! Julie Ritchie, Mindy Manges, Melissa Broz, Linda Bauknecht, and Julie Ferguson
Ignite 4-H | March 9 - 12th, Join National 4-H in D.C. for a 4-day experience where high-school aged teens connect, make memories and find their spark by exploring the best 4-H has to offer in STEM, Agriscience, Healthy Living, Career Readiness and Emotional Well-being. Financial assistance available. Contact Ashley or visit Ignite 4-H website if you are interested.

Youth Advisory Council Applications Open | Due February 3rd, The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) is offering a leadership development opportunity for youth through their 2023 Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC is a paid leadership role for young people ages 16-24 who advise NYEC on policy, program development, and more. They are looking for youth who can commit to a 9-month term and attending virtual monthly meetings. Apply here.
This month, we want to shine a spotlight on the sixteen individuals who lead our Marion County 4-H Advisory Council.

4-H Advisory Council members are volunteers who help to lead the direction of the 4-H program in Marion County. They are passionate and dedicated to the mission and vision of Indiana 4-H, and spend many volunteer hours supporting the 4-H Showcase, annual events, and other fundraising initiatives to benefit the young people in Marion County.

This year, the 4-H Advisory Council is working to develop strategic priorities that will guide our program's focus for the next three years. In the picture above, the group is discussing the great things that are happening in 4-H, future opportunities for the program, and challenges or obstacles to consider.

Thank you, 4-H Advisory Council members, for your tireless dedication to Marion County 4-H!

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