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Share Your Love of Pets with Children

Union County, NJ –The Union County 4-H Pet Clubs are seeking adult volunteers to lead their programs for the upcoming school year. Club leaders will work with small groups of children, helping them to learn the basics of animal care while developing important life skills including teamwork, leadership, organization and public speaking.

Union County 4-H is part of the national 4-H youth development program. It is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and supported in part by the Freeholder Board.

“The Freeholder Board is very proud of our 4-H volunteers, who perform a wonderful community outreach service,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Taking care of the family pet is a big responsibility and the Union County 4-H Pet Clubs are here to help children learn how to pitch in.”

The clubs seeking adult leaders are the 3rd Grade 4-H Pet Club, which meets from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month during the school year, and the 4th/5th Grade 4-H Pet Club, which meets from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday.

Both clubs meet at the Extension offices in the Colleen Fraser Building in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue East.

No previous experience in working with children is needed. 4-H provides club leaders with training, guidance and support, including ideas for hands-on activities, games, and crafts. 4-H also recruits members for the clubs, and arranges for parents to provide additional help during meetings.

To apply to lead a 4-H Pet Club, or to find out more about Union County 4-H, contact Union County 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 or, or visit


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