March 13, 2020 - 12:30pm -- staubach.9@osu.edu

There is a lot of confusing information out there about COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus. Let me assure you that Hamilton County 4-H is doing its best to address the diverse needs of our population while also working to limit exposure and ensure the welfare of our must vulnerable citizens.

The plan is simple, 4-H is holding trainings and meetings virtually or postponing them until April 20th. Our club advisors have been briefed on ways to engage youth digitally and will receive updated resources on how to do that regularly.

Additionally, we have been developing an activity resource page for families and youth looking for things to do while we are dealing with these restrictions. While our “4-H Explorer Guide” is a work in progress we welcome you to check out these independent and engaging activities or share links to your own projects, ideas and starters that we can post.

A few key things to remember- be vigilant about washing your hands, if you feel sick- stay home, stay calm and continue to learn.

Yours Truly,
Tony Staubach
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Hamilton County 4-H Explorers Guide:
Looking for some activity ideas for your students, children or kids you serve. Check out these high quality, independent resources on topics as varied as Music, STEM, Virology and Agriculture. This page will be updated continually. If you have resources to share we encourage you to do so by emailing Staubach.9@osu.edu.

Chick Quest:
We are postponing this favored program and tradition for the first time in several years. If you currently have eggs, we encourage you to find an alternate plan to finish that process and will help you find a home for those freshly hatched chicks. If possible, we will resume this program on May 1, 2020 and consider supplementing this opportunity with a butterfly program.

Partner Highlights:
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: Are you looking for updates on how to deal with the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Are you looking for information on current restrictions and confirmed cases. Check out the Ohio Department of Health. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER: What can we learn from a chick? Find out as we embark on ChickQuest and help monitor the incubating eggs. Photos of the chicks will be posted on social media as they hatch. If possible join us as we observe the fluffy chicks when they hatch from March 25-28, 2020 .

Free for CMC Members or included with Museum Admission.

https://www.cincymuseum.org/sciencemuseum/stem-lab/

HAMILTON COUNTY FARM BUREAU: Hamilton County Farm Bureau has multiple scholarship opportunities for students pursuing post-secondary education including FFA students. Application Deadlines:
• Active Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• Community Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• FFA Scholarship – April 1, 2020
If you have any questions, contact our office at 513-831-5870 or via email at hamilton@ofbf.org.

Events: Check out our Hamilton County 4-H 2020 Calendar Here!

Ongoing

Online Volunteer Child Abuse Training

Ongoing (To Be Completed by May 1)

All volunteers must attend an in-person or complete the online training by May 1. Instructions can be found here: https://hamilton.osu.edu/sites/hamilton/files/imce/4-H%20Online%20Training%20Hamilton%20County.pdf

3/19/2020

Hamilton County 4-H COVID-19 Update

Online

Join us for a weekly video conference providing an update to our current situation: https://osu.zoom.us/j/4590987803

3/25/2020

New Volunteer Orientation

5:30PM-6:30PM

Digital Training

Pre-Registration Required by Emailing Staubach.9@osu.edu

3/25/2020

Child Abuse Training

6:30PM-7:30PM

Rescheduled as an online training. Instructions can be found here: https://hamilton.osu.edu/sites/hamilton/files/imce/4-H%20Online%20Training%20Hamilton%20County.pdf

3/25/2020

Advisor Update

7:30PM-8:30PM

Digital Training- Youth Leadership and Roles

Pre-Registration Required by Emailing Staubach.9@osu.edu

3/26/2020

Hamilton County 4-H COVID-19 Update

Online

Join us for a weekly video conference providing an update to our current situation: https://osu.zoom.us/j/4590987803

Donate: Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nancy and Colonel David Bull, we can enhance the impact of the 4-H program for generations of youth to come through the establishment of an endowment to be used exclusively for 4-H programming in Hamilton County. Nancy and David Bull have a deep sense of the community of philanthropy. They would like to leverage their gift of $50,000, half the amount needed to fund the $100,000 endowment, as a challenge gift to other donors who are interested in establishing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Their gift will match dollar-for- dollar to the first $50,000 raised to establish the Hamilton County 4-H Endowment. To donate click here.