PARIS – Last year the Oxford County Youth Development program started a campaign to establish a trust fund through the State 4-H Foundation to insure that the current programs offered to the youth in Oxford County will be able to continue in the years to come.

This year the campaign is in full swing and, with the support of individuals and businesses, the hope is to reach the goal of $250,000. Business and individual support the past year was outstanding, with pledges and cash reaching $135,000. Again this year the participation of Oxford County residents and businesses is needed to reach the goal.

4-H is open to all youth in Oxford County between the ages of 5 and 18 and covers many areas, such as after-school programs, leadership training, 4-H club activities and projects, plus county, state and national programs.

Each year Oxford County has members participating in state contests, Eastern States Exposition, Citizenship Washington Focus and National 4-H Congress.

To participate in the campaign, contact Susan Jennings, Extension educator, Oxford County Extension, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, ME 04281 or telephone 743-6329 or 1-800-287-1482.

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