Tis the Season to Be Thankful and We Are So Thankful for Our Volunteers!

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During the week of November 22–28, 2020, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Yadkin County is showing just how thankful we are for our volunteers. Normally, we have a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet to show our volunteers how grateful we are for their service to our office; however, this year due to COVID-19, that was not able to happen. We still wanted to do something for them though, so our staff decided that we would highlight our volunteer groups each day this week on our N.C. Cooperative Extension – Yadkin County Center Facebook page. After all, it is the time of year to show thanksgiving and let those that we care about know we are grateful for them. We are thanking all of our volunteers by doing this, but also showing how vast our program is and how many volunteer opportunities we have.

Our Card Designer, Skylar Kimmer-Yadkin County 4-H Member

However, this is not all we did to show our volunteers we cared, we also sent each one of our volunteers a thank you card. This card was special though because it was designed by one of our very own 4-H’ers in our county. Skylar Kimmer won our Volunteer Appreciation Card Design Contest with her fall-inspired card design. Skylar is an active member of 4-H in Yadkin County. She has attended county, district, and state events during her 4-H career thus far. Some of the events and contests she has been involved in are Fashion Revue, Food Shows, 4-H Camp, NC 4-H Congress, and is even working to receive her Bronze Level of the 4-H Ambassador program. For this card, she used yellows, browns, and orange to create a fall scene complete with leaves and a tree. She even showed her love for the 4-H program by drawing “4-H” with a heart around it on the tree featured in her artwork to make it looked like it was carved into the tree. We are so thankful for Skylar’s beautiful design and we know that this card will bring joy to our volunteers this week.

Volunteer of the Year, Laken Royall-Yadkin County WIC Director

We also did name a volunteer of this year with no hesitation. When nominating a volunteer of the year, we look for someone who has gone above and beyond to show support and give time, dedication, and feedback to Extension over the past year. It did not take long for our N.C. Cooperative Extension of Yadkin County staff to decide that Laken Royall would be a wonderful recipient for her service and commitment to our organization. Her efforts have gone into creating the WIC Community Garden, a new partnership between Extension and WIC, which is located outside the Yadkin County Government offices. Royall has not only provided her expertise but her unwavering encouragement for the agents in the Yadkin County Center when bringing new programs to the county. We are grateful for this partnership and we hope to see it continue to grow over the years. This partnership would not have started without Laken’s initiative and dedication, and we are deeply thankful for her service.

Thankful and Grateful for all our of Volunteers

We are so thankful for all our wonderful volunteers that keep our programs going. Without their service and support, we could not provide many of the great programs we do. We want to thank them for their service and we hope through these small acts we can achieve that.

Skylar Kimmer's Card Design

Skylar Kimmer’s Card Design

Laken Royall Receiving the Volunteer Award

Laken Royall Receiving the Volunteer Award
(Left to right) Hannah Lepsch, Laken Royall, and Ashley Beard