The Middlesex County 4-H Teen Council members (youth in grades 9-12) are planning to give gift baskets to the women in a local battered women's organization for Mother's Day this year (approximately 10 women). We have worked with this
organization in the past and the youth are eager to once again make a difference in these women's lives. Because we are a non-profit organization we will be relying on donations from local companies as well as individuals in the 4-H Clubs and the community. Any support you can provide us will be greatly appreciated.
We will meet on May 7th in East Brunswick to put the baskets together; they will be delivered on May 10th, in time for Mother's Day.
The Middlesex County 4-H Teen Council group focuses on Service Learning and spends most of the year planning and fundraising for an event called Project GIFT, where they set up the 4-H Center as a store and allow limited resource families from Middlesex County, who are registered with
non-profit groups, come and shop "for free" for their children. The groups annual budget includes appropriated funds raised to support our Project GIFT event.
This year they have decided to add an additional community service project for the spring and have been working with a local battered women's organization to coordinate Mother's Day Gift Baskets for the battered women within the organization. The group they are working with is one of
the groups that has participated in Project GIFT for a number of years.
The organization usually works with around 10 women at a time and Teen Council has planned to give each of the women a gift basket which will include items the women can "pamper" themselves with.
There are approximately 30 youth who are coordinating this event. The goals are to provide a positive experience for women who are in a difficult situation and to recognize their efforts to better their lives for themselves and their children, as well as to continue to teach the
importance of community service and what it means to be a good citizen to the youth involved.
The anticipated outcomes are as follows:
4-H collaboration with agencies that serve battered women will be strengthened, 4-H youth implementing the project will develop leadership and citizenship skills, and the recipients of the baskets will be recognized in their roles as parents.