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Iowa 4-H community asked to help in hurricane relief efforts


AMES, Iowa--In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Iowa 4-H community has sought ways to help in the relief effort to address this crisis.


Hurricane Katrina affected many 4-H families and members in Louisiana and Mississippi. Iowa 4-H counties can contribute to the relief effort by donating money, non-perishable food items, and personal time toward this cause. Local 4-H staff are urging clubs and community groups to consider sponsoring county-wide relief efforts such as fundraisers, supply drop-off sites, and local 4-H drives. 


Below are ways to contribute to the relief effort.




A fund has been set up in the Louisiana 4-H Foundation for several purposes:


  • to provide assistance for Extension agents who have lost their homes and/or contents;
  • to provide materials and assistance for "dislocated/relocated" 4-H members;
  • to provide essentials for evacuees located at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center; and
  • to restore facilities, equipment and supplies as needed for the 2006 4-H summer camping program at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center


If individuals or 4-H clubs wish to make a donation, please send checks to


The Louisiana 4-H Foundation

P.O. Box 25100

Baton Rouge, LA  70894-5100


Make checks payable to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation and in the memo field of the check, put RELIEF FUND FOR EXTENSION AGENTS, 4-H MEMBERS, EVACUEES, or GRANT WALKER or ANY COMBINATION. Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be sent for their contribution. All funds will be distributed as directed and no funds will be used for administrative purposes.


To donate via credit card, visit the Web site at http://www.La4Hfoundation.org or by calling (225) 578-2196.






"Letters of Caring and Hope"

4-H members and volunteers can write letters of hope and encouragement for those 4-H members affected by Hurricane Katrina. The letters can be sent to:


Mississippi Operation 4-H Relief--Letters of Caring & Hope

P.O. Box 9641

Mississippi State, MS  39762


The Mississippi 4-H Foundation has set up a separate account for hurricane relief. Funds will go to 4-H families and to purchase supplies for the activity boxes sent to families and young people in shelters or isolated areas without power and services. Donations can be sent to:


Mississippi 4-H Foundation

P.O. Box 9601

Mississippi State, MS  39762







Contacts :

Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu