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4-H youth in Roseau County help others in the midst of hard times

4-H proudly teaches rural Minnesota youth the importance of using their hands for larger service!


Brianne is an 11th grader and has been a Roseau County 4-H member for the past 2 years. She recently participated in a “Pillows with a Purpose” service project with other 4-H’ers from across Roseau County. This project really showed her the importance of helping others in the midst of hard times.

18 youth and 10 adults volunteered in this project to make 90 pillowcases for people who are experiencing extended hospitalization or are in need of emergency shelter. These passionate 4-H'ers donated their handmade pillowcases to LifeCare Medical Center and the Northern Minnesota Red Cross Chapter. The project was an especially great development opportunity for Brianne, teaching her the value of people of all ages coming together to share skills and resources. She also learned that she could use her leadership abilities to do good and help others serve as well.

"4-H has taught me so much in the short time I've been involved," mentioned Brianne during a recent phone call discussing her community service experience. "I know it wouldn't have been possible without the time and money that people from around our community gave to support our project."

Private donations to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation provided funding for the Helping Hands Grant that Brianne and her fellow 4-H'ers received to purchase the supplies required for their sewing project. Last year, over $30,000 was awarded to 4-H groups across the state to support their community service activities.

90 pillowcases sewn & donated by
Roseau County 4-H'ers to comfort people in need
Brianne is just one of over 700 youth in Roseau County who are learning about community service from 4-H. You are invited to be a part of this important youth development work by making a gift today to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. Your investment will ensure other youth have similar opportunities to learn, lead, and succeed.

The Helping Hands Grant program funds worthy projects that Minnesota youth want, adults are ready to support and that both are willing to expend time and energy in achieving. Priority is given to community service projects that are led by Minnesota 4-H youth. To learn how you can help provide a Helping Hands Grant to Minnesota 4-H youth, please contact the Minnesota 4-H Foundation staff (fdnstaff@umn.edu / 612-624-7971).

by Erin Kelly-Collins
County Development Liaison
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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