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University of Illinois Extension serving Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby Counties

Coles County
707 Windsor Road, Suite A
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-7034
FAX: 217-348-7940
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Cumberland County
102 S. Meridian
P.O. Box 218
Toledo, IL 62468
Phone: 217-849-3931
FAX: 217-849-2411
Hours: Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm). Closed Friday

Douglas County
122 S Walnut St
Arthur, IL 61911
Phone: 217-543-3755
FAX: 217-543-3757
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Shelby County
1125 W N 2nd St
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Phone: 217-774-9546
FAX: 217-774-9549
Hours: Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm); Friday - 8 to 10:40 a.m.

Gift of Grain

Gift of Grain

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FAQ's about Gift of Grain- for more information scroll down

Who holds the money – Money will be designated for local use and held by the Extension Foundation so there will be local control and oversight of funds. Cumberland will be held by 4-H Foundation designated for use in Cumberland Co. only.

Why do this type of fund raising campaign – 4-H/Youth Development runs on volunteers and many people give in that way, their time.  Other people see the value that 4-H/Youth Development brings to our community through fostering the growing and development of our young people.  This provides a way for other who might not be able to commit their time in helping conduct 4H/Youth Development programming with in their county to support the effort.

How will the money be used – Simple answer is to fund the 4-H club program and Youth Development activities in the respective counties and at the unit level.  The four Hs (head, heart, hands and health) represent four basic human needs: belonging, independence, generosity and mastery (BigM).  Research indicates that youth whose basic needs are met in positive ways are likely to grow into active citizens and contributing members of their families and communities.  Activities conducted through club and unit activities provide the learning environment that will develop these needs into abilities that will not only benefit them in their lives but the lives of others.  Citizenship Focus Washington, science enrichment in cooperation with Lake Land College and EIU, Space Camp, 4-H Camp, Special Interest Clubs (SPIN Clubs), show/exhibit events and competitive team events and judging contests are examples of the activities conducted to develop these needs into abilities. These funds will also help ensure continuation of local show and exhibit opportunities.

How will money be distributed – Each year the extension office develops a budget for the coming year.  The unit staff asks for a program donation from the respective foundations.  During this meeting the need for and the use of the requested funds will be presented.  This process provides transparency and local input in the distribution and use of the money.  Money pledged to the extension unit budget through this process is matched by designated Illinois Department of Agriculture funds.

Why is this important – 4-H/Youth Development has a long history of “Making the Best Better” through research driven programs and activities.  Learning by doing, the way 4-H/Youth Development works, is the most successful of any teaching/leaning activity.  Consideration for our changing world is factored into the design of the programs and activities.  The ultimate goal is to ensure the youth, our leaders of tomorrow, have the essential skills, attitudes, values and compassion to make the future the very best it can be.