24 Iowa 4-H Clubs Receive Pioneer Rural Community Improvement Grants

4-H community serviceAMES, Iowa — Twenty-four Iowa 4-H clubs have been awarded 2012 Pioneer Rural Community Improvement Grants totaling $4,605 to support service projects within their own communities. Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development, granted $55 to $250 to each awarded club.

“The Pioneer grant program allows young people to make a positive difference in their communities while learning valuable life skills,” said Albert Grunenwald, chief operating officer of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “These grants give 4-H’ers a sense of belonging and appreciation for the communities where they live.”

Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. offers grants annually to encourage local 4-H clubs in Iowa to coordinate and participate in service activities and projects that benefit their communities. The grant money is used to cover the cost of labor, expertise and materials needed to complete improvement plans.

The 24 Iowa 4-H clubs received Pioneer Rural Community Improvement Grants for the following projects.

  • Appanoose County Wells Rustlers 4-H Club will purchase materials and erect foundations and brick pillars to support two purchased city “welcome” signs.
  • Black Hawk 4-H Youth County Council will design, plant and help care for a community garden for the Child Development Center of the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County.
  • Black Hawk County Cedar Falls Lucky Hawks 4-H Club will plant and care for two vegetable gardens, with produce going to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for distribution.
  • Boone County Bluff Creek Wranglers 4-H Club will make fleece blankets for chemotherapy patients at a local hospital.
  • Boone County Westside Hustlers 4-H Club will purchase neoprene sacks they will fill with healthy snacks, hygiene products and nutrition literature and games for pick-up at a local food pantry. The club will provide the items and fill the sacks each month for continued distribution at the food pantry.
  • Cass County Bear Grove Blazers 4-H Club will clean up after the fair, home football games and community activities and put out recycling bins for cans.
  • Dallas County Adel Junior Farmers 4-H Club will make a quilt to be auctioned at the Dallas County Fair with proceeds going to the Adel Food Bank.
  • Davis County Clever Clovers 4-H Club will landscape the Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department grounds.
  • Delaware County North Fork Kit Kats 4-H Club will plant and care for flower gardens around the City of Worthington.
  • Fayette County Fremont Friends 4-H Club will improve the exterior appearance of the Floral Display Building at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.
  • Fremont County Silver Skylarks 4-H Club will plan, plant and maintain landscaping for the rebuilt stage area at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
  • Henry County Salem Shining Stars 4-H Club will paint the community baseball diamond bleachers, bathrooms and snack shack.
  • Ida County Grant 4-H’ers 4-H Club will repair and paint all shelving used for displays in the 4-H building on the fairgrounds.
  • Ida County Maple Huskies 4-H Club will paint the pen-of-three building at the Ida County Fairgrounds.
  • Monona County Mapleton Majors 4-H Club will install a flag pole at the ISU Extension and Outreach county office building to fly the U.S. and 4-H flags.
  • Palo Alto County Fern Valley 4-H’ers 4-H Club will landscape and plant trees for the new community shelter house.
  • Polk County Intermediate Council will gather county 4-H’ers together to make greeting cards for nursing homes.
  • West Pottawattamie County Garner Blue Jays 4-H Club will make and donate heart-shaped pillows to Wings of Hope Center for women who have mastectomies.
  • Sioux County Floyd Venturers 4-H Club will purchase material and patterns and sew pajamas for a local service agency to distribute.
  • Taylor County Platte Peppy Pals 4-H Club will replant and maintain main street flower pots.
  • Van Buren County Friendly 4 Corners 4-H Club will assist in restoration at Roush Cemetery, including clearing brush, fixing fence, installing a new gate and possibly learning how to repair and reset the tombstones.
  • Washington County 76 Progressives 4-H Club will plant replacement trees at Benton and Jasper County Fairgrounds that were damaged or destroyed in the summer storms of 2011.
  • Washington County Limecreek Limelights 4-H Club will sew 25 pillowcases and purchase 25 pillows to donate to the local Ronald McDonald House and Shelter House in Iowa City.
  • Webster County C/C Sidekicks 4-H Club will plan, construct and install cat climbing stairs in several cat colonies of the new animal shelter.

For more information on Pioneer Community Improvement Grants and how to apply next year, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/PioneerGrants.html or contact Brenda Allen, 4-H Youth Development, bsallen@iastate.edu.

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