Ivy Harness, 12, of Nampa, Idaho, a member of Idaho 4-H and a home-schooled seventh-grader, has been a very active volunteer in her community over the past four years, engaging in a wide variety of service activities with her 4-H group. Her volunteer work began in 2013 when Ivy started going with her mother and siblings to volunteer at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at The College of Idaho, where the family would do everything from shelving books to relocating specimens. Later that year, Ivy joined 4-H and eagerly took advantage of a broad array of new volunteer opportunities.
Since then, Ivy has worked at 4-H day camps, helped organize canned food and sock drives for homeless shelters and participated in a wig drive for cancer patients. She’s also pulled weeds and supervised games at a local church, sold concessions at the Snake River Stampede, taken guinea pigs to entertain residents at a retirement center and donated baked goods for various causes. And that’s just some of the ways Ivy has contributed to her community. “Through community service, I gained self-confidence,” said Ivy. “It makes me feel like maybe I can make a difference, like I can impact the world even if only one step at a time.”