Posted: December 21, 2015

A new endowment initially totaling $25,000 will benefit 4-H youth development programs in Crawford County, Penn State Extension has announced. Proceeds from the endowment, called the Penn State Cooperative Extension 4-H Endowment in Crawford County, will provide supplemental funds to help with 4-H operational expenses, salaries and wages. Funds also may be used to support awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments achieved by 4-H members.

"4-H is one of the most recognizable programs administered by the extension system nationwide," said Jon Laughner, Penn State Extension district director for Crawford, Erie and Mercer counties.

"With guidance from dedicated 4-H extension educators and the commitment and expertise of many volunteers, 4-H helps members develop valuable life skills and become contributing citizens and leaders in the community," he said. "In an era of scarce financial resources, this endowment will help ensure the continued success of our 4-H programs in Crawford County."

4-H serves more than 100,000 Pennsylvania youth through clubs, community-service projects and school-enrichment activities. Young people can engage in subjects such as robotics, animal sciences, entomology, plant sciences, family and consumer sciences, forestry, energy, geospatial technology, photography and other topics.

Laughner noted that interested residents can enhance the impact of this endowment by making tax-deductible contributions to the fund. To give to the endowment, donors can write a check payable to The Pennsylvania State University, indicating the Crawford County Extension 4-H Endowment in the memo line.

Checks should be mailed to Penn State Extension, 13400 Dunham Road, Suite A, Meadville, PA 16335-8344. For more information, the office can be reached by phone at 814-333-7460.

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