Youth in several White Pine County Extension programs volunteer by providing services to residents and businesses in the community. In 2020-2021 the 4-H Ambassadors, comprised of twelve 8th-12th graders served as helpers to set up and take down events such as the All Class Reunion, Annual Quilters Guild, and Arts in the Park. They also participated in organizing and running the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.
Outreach and Education
White Pine Extension promoted and advertised many programs offered by state extension including Engage Your Brian: A Four-Part Series about Alzheimer’s Disease and the 2021 Fall Home Horticulture Certification class offered of Zoom. These were promoted by social media and by posting flyers at local businesses and bulletin boards.
The White Pine office continues to be a presence for people in the community to ask questions about things like crops, growing seasons and problems in their yards and gardens. The office provides resources for where people can find answers as well as connecting them with experts such as Master Gardeners and specialists at the University of Nevada, Reno Extension.
February 2021 was designated Radon Awareness month by both the White Pine County Commission and Ely City Council in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno Extension Radon Program. The White Pine Extension office helped promote awareness that radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that, at high levels, raises the risk of lung cancer. The White Pine office provided free home radon test kits during the month of February and continues to have them for sale to the public.
4-H Youth Development
In 2020-2021White Pine Extension served 200 4-H youth in 7 community clubs and the 4-H Afterschool Program. 25 adults volunteered as project leaders, program leaders and advisors. In August 2021, the White Pine County Fair was held where 4-H members exhibited 8 market beef, 38 market lambs, 31 market swine, a market goat and a pen of market turkeys. There were also 9 breeding projects in 4 different species presented for judging. Members entered 165 projects in static exhibits in areas like gardening, leathercrafts, welding, woodworking and baking, to name a few. Other competitions members participated in include the Horse Show, Dog Show, Cat Show, Tractors and Shooting Sports.
The White Pine Extension’s 4-H program continued its partnership with the Boys & Girls Club serving White Pine County, offering Afterschool Programs for youth ages 5-14. Programs such as craft projects, science experiments and nutrition were offered each week. A week-long summer camp was held in July where children participated in hiking, Geocaching, outdoor cooking and trivia Olympics.
Workshops were held offering instruction in Crochet, Loom Knitting and String Art at the White Pine County Library. Children from 8-12 learned basic skills to complete a small project to take home.
The 4-H Health Rocks Program was presented to 4-H and other youth in the community. Children attended 2 days of workshops with activities designed to help them live healthy. This program was continued weekly at the White Pine Aquatic Center with the Boys & Girls Club.
County Funds Summary
Opening Balance: $191,965
Ending Balance: $205,677