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6 Ways to Give Back this Holiday

This holiday season we are inviting you to celebrate your 4-H roots, make a positive impact in your community and show the world what 4-H means to you!

Need help getting started? Here are some ways you can make a positive impact in your community this holiday season:

Volunteering is a great way to help others, celebrate your community and to meet new people. If you haven’t already, connect with your local 4-H Club or 4-H Provincial Council or paint the town green by bringing your 4-H spirit to a local charity you can also volunteer for.  

Become a Mentor
You don’t need a big title or a fancy corner office to be a mentor to youth in your area. Mentoring others can grow your own leadership skills, provide useful insight and help give youth the opportunity to enjoy meaningful, positive experiences that build confident, caring and responsible leaders. If you’re a 4-H alumni, get back to your roots and mentor through your local club or get involved through Club 1913.

Share a Skill
Are you a master at photography, well versed in financial planning or can knit one heck of a toque? Give back by sharing a skill. Many 4-H Clubs, community centres and senior residences are always looking for local talented professionals to share knowledge and transfer skills.

Recognize and Celebrate Volunteers
There are many ways to spread good cheer and it’s no secret that volunteers are the lifeblood of 4-H in Canada. When you nominate your volunteer leader for the National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award, you give them a chance to win a trip to the Global 4-H Network Summit where they will be celebrated by over 600 4-H’ers from around the world for their exemplary contributions to the 4-H movement in Canada.

Pay it Forward
Rake leaves or shovel snow for your neighbour pulling double shifts. Make dinner for someone who is sick. Help an elderly neighbour with small repairs around their property. Whatever it is, let your skills, time and effort help improve someone else’s day.

Donate to the Canadian 4-H Foundation Endowment and ensure the legacy of 4-H in Canada continues for future generations so they can use their Heads, Heart, Hands and Health to make a difference in their community, in their country and around the world.