Each year the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation:
- Provides $5,000 in annual support for Rock Island County 4-H and Extension programs
- Manages over $10,000 in community grants for 4-H and Extension programs
- Provides $4,250
in college scholarships to 4-H members in partnership with the Rock Island
(NEW this year – includes an additional $1,000 to the scholarship program for 2017!)
- Builds the endowment to sustain 4-H and Extension programs for future generations
- Provides support for special needs of Rock Island County 4-H Clubs or members
- Assists with fees for qualifying 4-H members to attend state or national 4-H competitions/meetings
- Provides scholarships for Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Trainings
Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation Donates $18,700 to support Extension & 4-H Programs and Scholarships
In May 2017, the Rock Island County Extension and 4-H Education Foundation gave $5,000 in annual support and $9,400 in grants to University of Illinois Extension Rock Island County to help fund local Extension and 4-H programs. The grants included $5,000 from Mel McKay Charitable Trust for horticulture programs, $2,500 from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation for 4-H teen leadership development, $800 from the Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club for 4-H Military Programs, $500 from the Moline Foundation for summer 4-H Farm to Table programs, $400 from YSA Youth Changing the World for a Food Packaging event to be held this fall, organized by 4-H member Clare VanSpeybroeck, and $200 from the National Rifle Association for 4-H Shooting Sports archery equipment. In addition, the Foundation gave $2,650 in college scholarships along with matching funds in the same amount from the Rock Island Rotary to four 4-H members. Receiving the 2017 Bert Blood 4-H Scholarships are: Shelby Ledbetter of Rock Island, Brittany Olson of Illinois City, Cole Whisman of Illinois City, and Courtney Wiedenmann of Coal Valley. The Foundation is also providing a $250 tuition scholarship for the upcoming Master Naturalist training which starts August 3rd. The 2017 scholarship is made in memory of Mike Flaherty. They contributed $400 for Rock Island County 4-H to attend the Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island Nebraska June 25 – 30. They also gave $1,000 in scholarships for 4-H members to attend the Illini Summer Academies, a hi-fidelity college exploratory experience on the University of Illinois campus where participants attend sessions led by university professors and enjoy a variety of engaging activities that provide a taste of college life and learning.
"The support of the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation is vital to ensure ongoing operations for programming in our community." said Jenny Garner, County Director. Foundation President John Flaherty said "University of Illinois Extension is a valuable lifelong learning resource, helping people at every stage reach their full potential and contribute to their communities. We are pleased to provide this support on behalf of our donors." The Foundation also has two endowments: the Lois Mitchell Rock Island County 4-H Endowment and the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Foundation endowment, both housed at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. To help support Extension and 4-H programs, send your tax deductible donations to the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation, PO Box 527, Milan, IL 61264 or through this website here
Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation Board members are: John Flaherty (President), Ken Maranda (Vice President), Christine Elsberg (Treasurer), Sarah Wright (Secretary), Jim Bohnsack, Joe DeMarlie, Julie Derrer, Sheila Guse, Mark Jackson, Carol Schoening, Melinda Simpson, and Mike Tharp.
4-H and other
Extension programs, many of the people you meet and the lessons you learn stay
with you forever.
Island County 4-H gives hundreds of youth positive experiences where they feel
a sense of belonging, and where they learn independence, generosity and mastery
For adults - University of Illinois Extension provides enriching educational experiences that help us live healthier, safer and more prosperous lives. Extension programs help farmers, families, small businesses, homeowners, communities, and senior citizens in Rock Island County