Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
SERVICE TO COMMUNITY
According to the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), our country is stronger when people trust and help others. The conference’s research shows that volunteering is still strong and stable, and Americans’ commitment to volunteering spans generations. Appling County 4-H’ers are dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which they live. Monthly community service projects teach youth generosity—one of the essential elements of 4-H—and are planned according to the needs of the community. Two hundred 4-H’ers in Appling County participated in community service activities that equaled 500 hours of service to others in the county in 2016. Activities included visiting residents at the local nursing home, playing games with members of the senior center, collecting art supplies for children’s hospitals, making crafts for cancer patients, Relay for Life, collecting can tabs and supplies for the Ronald McDonald House, and more. In addition, 26 4-H’ers and adults worked 156 hours at the local food bank passing out food, organizing shelves and assisting with office duties. Appling 4-H’ers are learning to give back to their communities at 4-H leadership conferences, summer camp and Project Achievement because community service is an element at all of these events. These learning experiences help youth become contributing members of society, an integral part of the mission of Georgia 4-H.
EXTENSION COLLABORATES WITH GEORGIA SOUTHERN
GSU College of Health and Human Sciences collaborated with the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and 4-H agents in Appling and surrounding counties to serve as preceptors for the Dietetic Internship program. The program has 20 interns who need experiential learning opportunities to graduate. The interns had a wide range of experiences during their Extension rotations, from job shadowing to teaching classes to both youth and adult audiences. Topics taught included nutrition, health and food safety. Before their Extension intern experience, most were very limited in their knowledge of Extension, with 28 percent having no knowledge of Extension at all and 65 percent having limited knowledge of Extension. One of the interns who was later hired with Extension wrote, “I began to seek a career with Extension after interning with the Appling County FACS Agent, where I witnessed the power of Extension. I was instantly attracted to the openness, willingness and genuine desire of Extension agents to be a resource and have an impact in their communities."
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA PECAN FIELD DAY
More than 33,000 acres of pecans are grown in southeast Georgia. Growers in this region need local pecan trainings and field days that aren’t in southwest Georgia, four hours away. UGA Extension in Appling County has hosted the Southeast Georgia Pecan Field Day for the past four years. Topics addressed include fertilization, diseases, the pecan market, thinning, hedging and transplanting. Each year, the field day presents new topics of interest to growers. More than 230 growers from 18 counties attend. On the importance of having a field day in southeast Georgia, one grower commented, “It gives growers a place to go that’s close to their farm; it’s basically the same insects and the same seasons we all have to fight down here together. I think we can learn to better produce pecans when everybody comes together and talks about it in our section of the state.”University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.