Dear 4-H Members and Leaders,
After an emotional discussion last week at our office, the UMaine Extension staff decided it is only fitting that our local 4-H get involved with Haiti relief efforts. While this is not a local issue, it is one that has affected many of us her in Maine. As an organization designed to teach our youth the value of service to others and to develop them into effective leaders, we hope you will all support this effort.
Our plan right now is to partner with the Lewiston Maineiacs, Portland Pirates and Maine Red Claws to hold a raffle at a home game. We would then donate the money to American Red Cross. We’d like to do this in the next 2-3 weeks if possible, and would like to have 4-Hers involved as much as possible (soliciting raffle prizes from local business, staffing raffle table at the game). Also, the Maineiacs suggested the possibility of participating with the Chuck-A-Puck and selling tickets, where 4-H would buy several at a discounted price, then sell for the normal price and the difference would be donated.
Please send an email or call if you are interested in helping out with this program. This is a great opportunity for our 4-Hers to get involved in a project that will make a REAL difference in the lives of REAL people. We welcome any thoughts or suggestions.
Matthew Fornoff AmeriCorps*VISTA UMaine Cooperative Extension
24 Main Street
Lisbon Falls, ME 04252