Posted: December 21, 2015

Two new endowments initially totaling $25,000 each will benefit 4-H youth development programs in Fayette and Greene counties, Penn State Extension has announced. Proceeds from the endowments 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 Joseph Conklin, Penn State Extension district director for Fayette, Greene and Washington 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, these endowments will help ensure the continued success of our 4-H programs in Fayette and Greene counties."

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.

Conklin noted that interested residents can enhance the impact of these endowments by making tax-deductible contributions to the funds. Donors can write a check payable to The Pennsylvania State University, indicating either the Fayette County Extension 4-H Endowment or the Greene County Extension 4-H Endowment in the memo line.

Checks for the Fayette County endowment should be mailed to Penn State Extension, 34 West Peter Street, Federal Building, Uniontown, PA 15401-3336. For more information, the office can be reached by phone at 724-438-0111.

Checks for the Greene County endowment should be mailed to Penn State Extension, 26 West High Street, Room 1, Waynesburg, PA 15370-1324. For more information, the office can be reached by phone at 724-627-3745.

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