PULLMAN, Wash. — Emily Killeen, 4-H Program Coordinator in Thurston County, has been recognized for her thousands of hours of work and dedication to volunteers. For nearly 10 years, Killeen has provided leadership for the WSU Thurston County 4-H program training hundreds of adult volunteers about the stages of youth development. Killeen received the award from Thurston County Sheriff Dan Kimball at the “Making a Difference in the Life of a Child” event April 15th in Olympia.
“She is tireless in her commitment to ensuring every volunteer is equipped with the knowledge and support to successfully mentor our youth,” said award nominator Cliff Moore, Director of Resource Stewardship for Thurston County and former WSU Thurston County Extension Director. “Emily is often out attending 4-H club and department meetings four or five nights a week and is always available to help volunteers improve their skills so that they can better serve our youth.”
In an average year, the local 4-H program serves nearly 2,000 youth which are mentored by 250 adult volunteers trained, supported, and assisted by Killeen. The Thurston County 4-H clubs, the After-School program offered in conjunction with Rochester Boys & Girls Club, and many short-term workshops developed through Killeen’s efforts provide youth opportunities to learn independence, develop a sense of belonging, master project related skills, and engage in service to their community.