To: Androscoggin and Sagadahoc County 4-Hers and families
From: Matt and Al, AmeriCorps VISTA
RE: MLK Day 2010 activity for 4-Hers
In an effort to provide a service opportunity for our local 4-Hers and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are in the process of organizing a program for 4-H members. We have come up with an event that, we believe, will be beneficial to the youth development and community development ideals of 4-H and enjoyable for those whom we are serving.
We have scheduled two events, one for each county:
Androscoggin: 4-Hers are invited to Clover Manor in Auburn in the early afternoon. We will have about one hour to socialize with assisted living residents. Other groups are coming to County Manor this day also, and the staff member we contacted suggested 4-Hers offer some kind of educational presentation about the life of MLK. In discussing this possibility, we are wondering if we can perhaps provide a forum where this role can be reversed so the 4-Hers can hear stories about MLK and civil rights the residents and everyone can learn and share their views on the issues.
Sagadahoc: The Highlands in Topsham has agreed to welcome to local 4-H members for one to one-and-a-half hour in the morning prior to lunch. 4-Hers will have the opportunity to interact and socialize primarily with assisted living residents. We have not planned for a formal program or presentation, simply a time to talk, share and play games with the residents who are often thrilled to be visited by the communities’ youth.
At each location 8-10 4-Hers would be ideal and would provide a good show of support for the community, the clubs and the program. We also would like 2-3 adult chaperones for each program (at least one other besides Al and Matt).
Help us spread the word to our 4-H members. We want to make this an annual service event and hope our 4-Hers take advantage of this educational opportunity and support the community and the ideals of MLK through this volunteering.
Please RSVP to the UMaine Extension office 207-353-5550 or by email to Matt or Al.
Matthew Fornoff, firstname.lastname@example.org Al Beseler, email@example.com
Please visit our website after the event to see a recap and photos!