On Thursday, Sept. 6, I attended the Chautauqua County Ag Day at the Winton Farms in Jamestown, and I was approached by Emily Kidd, Issue Leader for our County 4-H program. Kidd told me 4-H had recently established an endowment fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the members of our 4-H program had committed to raising $2 million for the fund by 2017. The income generated from this fund at the community foundation will be able to provide our 4-H program with the necessary funds that, when added to their annual fundraising efforts, will allow them to become self-sustaining. This endowment would then end the need for 4-H to petition for county taxpayer dollars to operate this excellent program.
Based on this new and refreshing approach, I will work to find bridge funding for our 4-H program in my county budget for 2013 to enable them to focus their efforts on raising the money for their endowment. I am so excited about these efforts I am also willing to assist the leaders of 4-H in their efforts to promote this endowment to all who are likely supporters of the children in our 4-H programs.
Many organizations are in need of financial support, and the county is required to send more and more of our local taxpayer dollars to Albany which prevents us from investing our dollars in local, proven programs which truly deliver for the people of our county. I applaud the 4-H leaders in working in this manner to make smart effective decisions for their organization.
To find out how to can help the 4-H program, contact Kidd at 664-9502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards