Extension  presenting Jersey State Bank with Community Partner Award
Jessica Jaffry, Jersey County 4-H youth development program coordinator, and Sara Marten, Extension 4-H youth development educator, presenting Jersey State Bank with the 2021 Community Partner Award. Back row (L to R): Kelly Plummer, Chad Bowker, Tom Schnelt, and Marcie Tonsor Front Row (L to R): Amber Clendenen, Kathy Landess, Joni Soer, Mark Schaefer, Jessica Jaffry, and Sara Marten

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. – Local business, Jersey State Bank was nominated by Jersey County Extension for the 2021 Community Partner Award. Jersey State Bank was selected for their exemplary service to University of Illinois Extension. Throughout the years they have continued to be a strong supporter of the local 4-H program. “In 2020, Jersey State Bank awarded Jersey County 4-H with a grant to promote youth development through 4-H in the Classroom. 4-H in the Classroom is an innovative program that highlights multiple project areas within 4-H. The program is currently delivered in the local school district. Jersey State Bank also donates annually to support the summer 4-H shows and fair auction,” said Jessica Jaffry, Jersey County 4-H youth development program coordinator.

This award is sponsored by Extension Council of University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, & Montgomery Counties. The council plans to recognize a community partner each year throughout our four counties. Extension Council is a volunteer board, which serve in an advisory role cooperating with Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating, and financing an Extension program designed to meet the needs, interests, and resources of the local communities served.

“We are incredibly grateful in Extension for amazing community partners like Jersey State Bank. They help us make a lifelong impact in the lives of the youth and the people of Jersey County through financial support, providing space for workshops, and promoting our research-based programs. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do,” said Lisa Peterson, Extension acting county director. University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, & Montgomery Counties is extremely proud to be able to provide this award to Jersey State Bank and to thank them for their service to Extension.

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