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:
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The Camden County AmeriCorps member volunteers in the UGA Extension office provide assistance to the 4-H program by marketing upcoming events, recruiting and managing volunteers, and planning and implementing programs. They also fundraise and manage projects at local, nonprofit organizations in an effort to overcome poverty. Every fifth-grader in Camden County’s public schools has the opportunity to learn about the local 4-H program and its activities. Camden County 4-H is the main provider of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for fifth grade by providing lessons on careers during the monthly club meetings. Fifth-graders also learn about parliamentary procedures with club officers, share their interests through public speaking and contribute to community service projects. The 4-H staff meets with additional students at the middle and high schools who have a vested interest in this program. Volunteer-led special interest clubs include Target Sports Club, Poultry Club, Arts and Crafts Club and the mentorship program. The 4-H program also focuses on life skill development, including decision-making skills, leadership, public speaking, citizenship, financial literacy, healthy lifestyles and workforce preparation.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The Camden County Extension office offers many agriculture and natural resources services to local clientele. The office staff offers soil, water and plant analysis through the university’s laboratories, as well as in-office and on-site consultations on issues such as pond management, lawn health and maintenance, gardening issues and strategies, water quality and land use decisions. A major focus has been on water quality and community involvement. As a coastal county whose economy and recreation are closely tied to marine resources, water quality is always an important concern. Camden County Extension holds two annual river cleanup events, one in partnership with Crooked River State Park and both in partnership with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Over the last three years, 223 community members attended these events, collecting over 3,529 pounds of trash from the shorelines of Camden County. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent also serves as a local Adopt-A-Stream coordinator and trainer. She has partnered with other agencies to hold 19 volunteer training workshops, addressing both chemical and bacterial monitoring parameters. Local participants earned 137 certifications in these workshops, which used U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved protocols to instruct on monitoring local waterways and investing in the local community.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Although Camden County Extension does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences agent based in its office, we still strive to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions regard food safety, food preservation, treating mold and mildew, healthy meal planning, family budgeting and SNAP-Ed materials. These topics and more are answered through a wide variety of free UGA Extension publications available at the county office or by phone conferences with Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents in surrounding counties.