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H4H’s Education Program is in full swing

By: Telegraph Staff
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Hands4Hope (H4H) is known throughout the community for the work they do to support local area unmet needs through community service and service learning projects.

Did you know that H4H has service learning clubs on nine local campuses from Folsom to Placerville? H4H Youth Leaders provide leadership to their peers across five middle schools (Camerado, Herbert Green, Marina, Rolling Hills and Sutter) and four high schools (Folsom, Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, and Union Mine). Most clubs are at or above capacity, but there is still some room in the Herbert Green, Camerado and Union Mine clubs.

Camerado, Rolling Hills, Sutter and Marina Middle School H4H Clubs just wrapped up their first projects of the year. Both Rolling Hills and Camerado collected warm clothes and blankets for children in foster care. Rolling Hills hosted classroom competitions and Camerado hosted

Volleyball4Hope, a staff verses student volleyball game and the entry fee was warm clothes.

Together the campuses collected eight full barrels of warmth.

Sutter Middle School took the month of October to learn about breast cancer from local teacher and speaker Judy Pickett. The club participants then handmade cards for patients currently undergoing chemotherapy.

In preparation for Veterans Day, Marina focused on supporting homeless Veterans. The club planned and hosted carnival games at the Marina Fright Fest and collected $253.00 for local non-profit Operation Good To Go, to help support homeless veterans. Founder of the organization, Tracey DiVida came to speak with the club about the impact their donation will have on local homeless veterans.

Looking ahead, Union Mine and Folsom High Schools are teaming up to support Lilliput Families, Foster and Adoption Services. Together they will host Cookies with Santa, an event for families receiving support though kinship services. If you would like to help, visit their bake sale Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prairie City Folsom Safeway.

The Ponderosa H4H club is also hosting a bake sale featuring both human and canine treats to raise funds for Foothill Dog Rescue, a dog rescue and foster/adoption non-profit. If you would like to pick up some treats for you and your four-legged friend, stop by the Coach Lane, Cameron Park Safeway on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are interested in getting involved and/or volunteering in the community engagement/outreach opportunities, go to hands4hopeyouth.org for registration information and a calendar of current events.

Hands4Hope is a non-profit youth driven organization which offers education in service learning and community engagement opportunities. Hands4Hope serves youth in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties from Folsom to Placerville and has a mission to empower youth through service and leadership. Hands4Hope is comprised of youth participants ranging in grades from kindergarten through 12th grades.

For more information about Hands4Hope, go to hands4hopeyouth.org or call the Hands4Hope Youth Center at 916-294-7426.