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Featured Alum: Tom Harding

Meet Tom Harding, a proud Hennepin County 4-H alum. 4-H was an impactful part of his development as a youth, teaching him critical public speaking skills and the importance of consistent community service. His club, the Kelly Drivers, visited monthly with the residents at Hammer School, a Wayzata-based residential program that served youth with disabilities. Over the many months that Tom and the other Kelly Divers Club members visited, they built relationships with the students through games and sing-alongs.

The commitment to community service that Tom developed during his years in 4-H remains a strong part of his adult life. He is currently serving his second term as chairperson of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation's Board of Trustees and also serves as a competition judge for DECA, a nationwide club for high school students who are interested in domestic and international business. Through his company, Infinity Direct, Tom engages regularly in group community service. He especially …

Serving others through a community garden

The Frankford Jolly Youth is a Mower County 4-H club in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. This group of youth, along with some supportive adults, partnered with the local school district to plan, plant, cultivate and harvest a garden that produced over 800 pounds of vegetables last year. This produce was donated to the Grand Meadow Food Shelf and several elderly community members.

"I volunteered with my family about 8 times over the summer to keep the garden watered and weeded and to pick vegetables when they were ready," said Emily, a 12-year old 4-H club member. "It gave me such a happy feeling to bring all that food to people who needed it. On the days when the food shelf couldn't take everything we'd harvested, we shared the extras with our neighbor Betsy. She's too old to grow her own vegetables, but she loves cooking them."

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation, through their annual Helping Hands Grant program, provided the start-up money for this community garden…