March 31, 2020: We hope this email finds you and your families in good health and weathering our social isolation in good spirits as we enter week three of our shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), the home organization for 4-H, maintains its directive to cancel, postpone or conduct online all meetings/events/gatherings statewide through April 30, 2020. Our offices are closed to the public and staff are working remotely.
4-H meetings either cancelled or held virtually
Please connect with your 4-H club leader, project leader, and/or camp directors to see what they are doing with April meetings: cancelling or holding virtually. UCCE staff have access to paid zoom.us account and can set up meeting rooms for 4-H volunteer leaders to use. But in some cases, holding a virtual meeting is not practical or realistic, so some meetings will be canceled. We also recognize people have other serious priorities; 4-H participation may not be a priority at this time. We also understand not everyone has a home Internet connection and may not be able to participate virtually. Our goal is to do the best we can in maintaining some normalcy and continuing the learning experiences for as many of our youth as possible, honoring the work they have put in over this program year and be able to bring projects to completion.
During this time, staff, 4-H volunteers, and youth members also may not represent U.C. or 4-H at in-person meetings, events, or gatherings.
For more information on UC ANRs response, please visit http://ucanr.edu/covid19
4-H volunteers might consider Skype, Google Hangouts, or ZOOM. UCCE has a zoom.us account and we can setup individual meeting rooms. Contact Linnea van den Toorn at firstname.lastname@example.org.