By Matt Reese
There will be Extension for another year in Lorain County thanks to some financial support from less-than-conventional sources.
A county probate judge decided to allocate $55,400 of the revenue from the sale of the former Green Acres orphanage to help fund the program. The donor of the property requested that the funds be used to support youth in the county. The $55,400, when combined with funding from a nonprofit group and a local recycling program, was enough to keep Extension for another year.
“It is wonderful and exciting here in Lorain County,” said Minnie Taylor, the 4-H educator in the county. “We’re alive and well and we are not going to let up. We’re already working on 2013.”
Taylor said the 4-H program in the northeast Ohio county is a blend of traditional rural youth and urban youth as well.
“We have a really good mix in this county and, through 4-H, we can work on a lot of partnerships between rural and urban areas,” she said. “When I go into our urban schools I let the kids know that you don’t have to have livestock to be in 4-H. 4-H offers so much more in science based hands-on projects. I never have a problem getting urban students interested in 4-H.”
After a failure of a .25% sales tax at the polls last fall, Lorain County Extension funding was on the chopping block. Fundraising efforts for a more permanent funding situation are already underway.