Welcome to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Here, you will find the latest news and upcoming events from 4-H Youth Development, Family & Community Health Sciences, and Agricultural & Natural Resources. RCE of Somerset County helps both youth and adults improve their knowledge and skills, and resolve problems in the areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness; food safety; agriculture; environmental and natural resource management; and youth development. This is accomplished through the use of science-based knowledge and university research. RCE is an educational organization within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University.
In picture: Daryl Minch, FCHS Sciences Educator, Ruth Haggan, FCHS Advisory Council Member, Marsha Longshore, Rutgers Master Gardener, Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, Lisa Darby, 4-H Program Coordinator, Betty Sommerville, 4-H Volunteer and Cindy Hedin, Rutgers Master Gardener.
Each year, thousands of volunteers in New Jersey donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018.
This month, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County was presented with a proclamation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in recognition of their dedicated volunteers.
Ruth Haggan, a FCHS Advisory Council Member with 51 years of volunteering, Marsha Longshore, a Rutgers Master Gardener with 5 years of volunteering, Betty Sommerville a 4-H Volunteer with 24 years of volunteering and Cindy Hayden, a Rutgers Master Gardener with 3 years of volunteering attended the presentation.
Over the past year, over 800 volunteers served as 4-H club leaders, 4-H project leaders, FCHS Advisory Council Members, FCHS Master Food Preservers, and Rutgers Master Gardeners or in other roles. RCE volunteers are full and part-time workers, retirees, men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who provided 78,731 hours of volunteer service, with an overall value of over $2 Million.
RCE volunteers spend their time, talents, extensive knowledge and experience to mentor children, beautify green spaces, protect the quality of the land and water, improve health and enhance the overall quality of life of Somerset County’s residents.
“Volunteers are the backbone of the RCE. They provide guidance and support to expand our outreach in the community in our programs in 4-H Youth Development, Family Community Health and Sciences and Agriculture and Natural Resources,” said Daryl Minch, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator.
June 25-29,2018 @ 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Rd. Bridgewater
Description: Open to youth (grades 1-5), members/non-members. The fun-filled week is a combination of outdoor activities, workshops, science fun and new friends. Cost is $250 for the week. Full and partial scholarships are available to those who qualify. Space fill quickly, so don’t wait!
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