How Can Your Organization Benefit From Volunteers?

Does your organization have trouble finding or retaining your volunteers? Does your organization recognize your volunteers? Does your organization have policies for volunteers that protect your organization from risk of using volunteers?

Volunteers provide critical services for non-profit and faith-based organizations, as well as municipalities. Many organizations couldn’t function without volunteers.

Penn State Extension is offering a class for organizations that rely on volunteers to help carry out their mission.  The class, “Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program” will be conducted on Tuesday,       September 1, from 1 pm – 4 pm at the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus.

Fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees, and many human service organizations are challenged to find volunteers to help carry out their programs.

“Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program” will help managers of volunteer programs to improve their volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition events that are appropriate for both the organization and the volunteers.

Register for the workshop online at

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at

2015 Lackawanna County 4-H Roundup Scheduled

The 2015 Lackawanna County 4-H Roundup will be held on Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. –   4 p.m. at the Harry C. Brower Showground, Newton, PA.

Each Lackawanna County 4-H member’s registered project must have a judging sheet completed by a member and leader. All judging sheets are to be stapled to the back cover of the project book so judges can score the entries appropriately after viewing the project book. All entries must have the required components according to the 2015 Lackawanna County 4-H Round-Up Guide to be entered for judging (e.g. story, leader’s judging sheet, proper sized poster). Any project without a completed judging sheet will not be judged or exhibited.

Completed projects along with entry forms must be dropped off at the Lackawanna County Penn State Extension Office by Wednesday, July 15, no later than 4 p.m. Perishable projects are to be dropped off directly to the Showground between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 8.  Entry forms for perishable projects are due to the Extension Office by July 15.

Please contact the Lackawanna County Extension Office at 570-963-6842 with any questions or requests for more copies of the entry form, roundup guide, or judging sheet.

Local 4-H Members Place At Regional Fashion Revue

Seven Lackawanna County 4-H textile science members from the Glenburn Sewing Club recently competed in the regional 4-H fashion revue in Mehoopany.  The individuals were: Ava Ramsey, South Abington Township; Hannah Conahan, Anna Domiano, Lara Kane, Alanna Mecca, and MariKay VanFleet, Clarks Summit; and Emily Northup, Carbondale.

Thirty-five members from Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming Counties had their garments judged for appearance, fit, design, and fashion and construction techniques.  In addition, participants attended workshops on modeling, arm knitted scarves, and hair styles.

The day concluded with a fashion show and awards ceremony. Hannah Conahan was named winner in the senior wearable division. In addition, MariKay VanFleet and Alanna Mecca were named as senior division alternates.

Ms. Conahan will represent the region at the state fashion revue on the main campus of Penn State University on August 5. She will compete against 4-H members from across the state for the top 12 places.

The 4-H textile science program is sponsored by Penn State Extension.  It teaches youth, ages eight to eighteen, clothing construction skills and also increases their self-esteem, poise and confidence.

To learn more about the 4-H program or to volunteer to become an adult leader, call the Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.

The Lackawanna County 4-H textile science members who recently competed in the 2015 4-H Regional Fashion Revue included, front row, l-r, Emily Northup, Anna Domiano, Ava Ramsey, and Lara Kane. Back row, l-r, Hannah Conahan, Alanna Mecca, and MariKay VanFleet.