The National 4-H Week is being recognized from October 8 through 14 this year and serves as a time to highlight the importance of the largest youth development and empowerment organization in the United States. The theme this year is ‘Inspire Kids to Do.’ California Tractor Supply stores continue to offer support of the 4-H program by participating in the Fall Paper Clover campaign.
“We are excited to partner with Tractor Supply on this annual fundraising campaign,” University of California’s statewide 4-H Youth Development Program Director Shannon Horrillo said. “The funds raised will benefit California 4-H members who wish to attend 4-H camps and leadership conferences across the country.”
The Tractor Supply Company has a long history of partnering with 4-H in various fundraising efforts to help more children take part in youth-led, hands-on learning experiences. During National 4-H Week, California Tractor Supply customers can support 4-H by purchasing paper clovers for $1 or more when paying for their purchases.
The Fall Paper Clover campaign first began in 2010. Since then, the partnership between Tractor Supply Company and 4-H has generated over $11 million to help fund essential 4-H programs across the country. “The Fall Paper Clover campaign raises approximately $140,000 annually in support of California 4-H leadership and camp activities,” said Horrillo. “It’s a fun way to support our 4-H youth!”
Over 109,000 youth and close to 14,000 adult volunteers comprise the California 4-H program. Nationally, 4-H cultivates the development of positive attributes in 6 million young people through 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension programs. Individuals are encouraged to display their 4-H spirit throughout the week by posting selfies wearing a 4-H clover, shirt or green on social media using #InspireKidstoDo or #TrueLeaders.
Tractor Supply Company was founded in 1938 and now operates more than 1,600 retail stores in 49 states. The company is the largest American retail chain to supply the lifestyle needs of farmers and ranchers, as well as anyone else who enjoys the rural lifestyle.