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Written collaboratively by Audrey Rider and Aimee Ladonski.


More than 4,000 volunteers help extend SDSU Extension’s work across many service areas in South Dakota. Volunteers use what they have learned through SDSU Extension training programs to facilitate Extension educational programming in their communities. From 4-H volunteers, to Master Gardener volunteers to AmeriCorps National Service members, thousands of volunteer hours are contributed each year for the benefit of all South Dakotans.

4-H members and other Extension volunteers have always been proud of the communities they call home. Whether they live in cities, towns, or rural areas, Extension volunteers make their communities better year-round.

National Volunteer Month Projects

In recognition of National Volunteer Month, county 4-H members will lead community projects to give back to the community on Saturday, April 29. The effort is part of a month-long 4-H True Leaders in Service initiative with thousands of youth nationwide rolling up their sleeves in service to their local communities.

Youth will lead in a wide range of service projects ranging from food drives to community clean-up initiatives. 4-H True Leaders in Service is a new national initiative launching in the 4-H community for the first time this year, but the idea of service is not a new one for 4-H’ers. A Tufts University national longitudinal survey showed 4-H’ers are four times more likely to contribute to their communities in service.

“As a way of saying thanks, we are joining with thousands of 4-H’ers and other volunteers from around the state to organize a True Leaders in Service National 4-H Day of Service on April 29.”  “This is a way for the youth to give back to all the volunteers that have helped shaped them and help make a difference in their community, states Audrey Rider, Volunteer Development Field Specialist for SDSU Extension.” 

Extension Master Gardener Clubs are providing educational programs throughout the month of April and initiating many more horticulture education programs for the summer.

Join the effort!

Interested in putting your passion to work for a stronger South Dakota? Contact:

  • Audrey Rider for 4-H volunteer opportunities.
  • Aimee Ladonski for Master Gardener, Health and Wellness and National Service volunteer opportunities.
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