Contribute to 4-H
Why does 4-H need to raise money? 4-H develops life skills in youth through hands-on learning. Sewing classes, providing incubators and quail eggs to second grade classes, funding leadership training and all of our other programs require funding. The money for 4-H educational programs and awards is provided by contributions from individuals, businesses, and Kiwanis of Hendersonville. As participation in our programs, contests, and clubs grow, more funds are needed. Here are some easy ways to support 4-H:
- Buy plants! Each spring, Henderson County 4-H sells bare root plants (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and more) as a fundraiser. Because we join other counties with this fundraiser, we order large quantities, and can offer great prices. Email Denise_Sherrill@ncsu.edu if you’re interested in purchasing quality plants at reduced rates.
- Purchase grocery gift cards from Ivy Olson, Administrative Assistant. Henderson County 4-H will receive 5% of the purchase price. You can use the gift card to purchase groceries, prescriptions, or gas. You decide if you want a specific club or Henderson County 4-H to benefit from your purchase. Call Ivy at 697-4891 for more information.
- Donate books to Books for Good in honor of Henderson County 4-H, and buy books there to benefit many local non-profits. Henderson County 4-H receives a portion of the profit made from the books donated in our name. The store, at 50 Heritage Park Drive, in Fletcher, NC can be difficult to find. Please click on the address underlined above to see a map and directions.Regular Store Hours are: Monday – Friday 12pm to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm.
- Contribute to a Henderson County 4-H endowment. Henderson County 4-H has three endowments with the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the Mike Bayne Memorial Fund, the Jewel Dixon, Dawn Dixon Martin and Don Dixon Memorial Fund, and the Henderson County 4-H and Youth Development Fund. Annual income from these endowments supports young people who participate in public speaking competition at the state level, 4-H Congress.
Mike Bayne was an outstanding 4-H’er, 4-H Honor Club member, 4-H Camp Counselor, and NC State student, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1980.
Jewell and Don Dixon were the well-loved 4-H leaders of Tracy Grove Community 4-H Club from 1962- 1977. The family of 6 children, Debra, Dawn, Diane, David Michael (Mike), Dwight and Donna, achieved many local, district, state and national 4-H honors. All the Dixon children will tell you that 4-H helped make them who they are today. The 4-H program taught all of them important life skills, like goal setting, public speaking and perseverance. 4-H also embedded in all of them confidence, responsibility and leadership. Most of all, 4-H instilled a sense of pride in all of them, pride not only in their accomplishments, but also in their family, their neighborhood, their community and their country. The Dixon children firmly believe in the 4-H motto, “To Make The Best Better!”
Henderson County and the 4-H program have been very influential in their lives. After the passing of their mother, Jewel Dixon, in 1986, they established the Jewel Dixon Memorial fund in order to help other deserving 4-Her’s with scholarships. With the passing of their sister, Dawn, in 2009 and their father, Don in 2013, it has grown into the Jewel Dixon, Dawn Dixon Martin and Don Dixon Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County. The Dixon children continue to fund this important program today.
- Donate to the Henderson County 4-H Enhancement Fund: Income from the 4-H Enhancement Fund supports local 4-H programming. Fund raising for the Henderson County 4-H Program Enhancement fund operates under the auspices of The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax id 56-6049304. You will receive an official receipt for your donation.
- Contributions may also be mailed to: Henderson County 4-H, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Specify if you would like your donation to help sponsor a specific event or award, including 4-H camp scholarships, or be added to the endowment funds.
4-H staff salaries are paid by county and state governments, so your contributions go entirely to 4-H programs.