- Author: Jesenia Mendoza
On top of serving 4-H as a volunteer she is a nurse at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility, a mother to 2 4-H members, Bailey and Loomis, and a pet owner of a few animals including a turtle.
4-H has encouraged Sara to better herself. She mentions, “I'm actually pretty shy. I don't like speaking in front of people, I'm always afraid I'm going to mess something up! So when I start to worry about things like that, I think about what I would say to one of our youth members, and then I take a deep breath and go for it.” Sara is an inspiration to other volunteers.
Her work ethic and great sense of humor is contagious. When working with Sara, she is enthusiastic about everything she does. In 4-H, she is the go-to person and she usually has the answer to all questions.
Sara's decision to continue to volunteer for 4-H, is due to past volunteers. “When I realized that our organization is full of people who started out not knowing and learned as they went, I knew I could do it too. I was struck by how members and leaders shared a working relationship, building trust and camaraderie through their leader/member roles. I wanted to inspire kids the way my children's leaders were inspiring them! So that's what I try to do.” One of her wishes is to make Sonoma County 4-H more visible and enticing to more people. “I do my best to get the word out about this fantastic program, I tell anyone who will listen all about the amazing things it has to offer,”
One of her most memorable moments happened when “She recently received a letter in the mail from a young man who presented at County Presentation Day for the first time. I won't go in to details about the letter other than to say I was touched by his effort and the time he took to tell me what it meant to him. And his sweet letter, handwritten and hand-addressed coupled with seeing the pride on the faces of all the youth when they accomplish something through this program reminds me why I volunteer in 4-H. It's for the kids. They are our future, and our job (as I see it) is to support them in preparing themselves for it.”
Sara has worked hard to provide 4-H'ers “the best learn by doing environment” and we are grateful to have her as a volunteer. Thank you Sara!