Janet Fox | 10/29/2005 1:48:41 AM
Family involvement has been a strong tradition in 4-H, and it appears the family volunteer spirit has gained popularity among the public as well.
National Family Volunteer Day, November 19, is designed to showcase the benefits of families working together, to introduce community service and encourage those who haven't yet made the commitment to volunteer as a family.
Family volunteering involves family members working together in community service activities, according to LSU AgCenter 4-H youth volunteer expert Dr. Janet Fox.
National Family Volunteer Day is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and kicks off National Family Week.
Family volunteering is defined as any group of two or more people that considers itself to be a family: parents, children, siblings, foster parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and any others who consider themselves a family. They may come from different generations and in various combinations.
4-H has a rich tradition of family involvement from grandmother helping grandchildren to parents involved in working together during 4-H community events.
Families work together on 4-H projects and engage in educational experiences while learning and growing every step of the way, according to Fox. With family time more important than ever, families are looking for ways to spend time together, to teach important values and to share the experience of helping others.
"4-H has tremendous potential to take advantage of and enhance the use of family volunteers," Fox says.
Volunteering as a family provides quality time, strengthens communication and provides opportunities for family members to be role models, while making significant contributions to their communities.
"Family volunteering creates life-long volunteers and a legacy of volunteering for the next generation to carry into the future!" Fox says.
For information on youth and family topics, click on the 4-H clover at the AgCenter Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com. For local information and educational programs, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.
Source: Janet Fox (225) 578-6751, or Jfox@agcenter.lsu.edu