The Clark County 4-H Foundation recently kicked off its annual fund drive seeking donations to support the local 4-H program. Because of decreased state and federal funding over the years, the 4-H Foundation has played a vital role in increasing local funding.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1979, raising money through the Fund Drive, annual BBQ, and other fundraisers. In recent years, memorials honoring individuals impacted by the 4-H program have helped the Foundation reach out to youth in the community. All money raised by the local Foundation will be used to support Clark County programs.

The money raised throughout the fund drive will be used to sponsor a variety of scholarships for 4-H’ers to attend camps and conferences, as well as support 4-H premiums, workshops, and the work of the 4-H and Youth Educator and Program Coordinator. The Foundation covers the $20 membership fee for all first-year members and provides a sibling discount and scholarships to any youth needing assistance.

Donations to the Foundation can be mailed to University of Illinois Extension, 15493 N. State Highway 1, Marshall, Illinois 62441.  Questions may be directed to 217-826-5422.