Through 4-H, Family Forges Bond with Community, Each Other
Jeff and Donna Wiechman have been involved with their local 4-H Club in Jefferson County, Colorado, for nearly 40 years. Jeff Wiechman was a 4-H member as a child, and the couple’s three daughters have all participated over the years.
“So many adults gave their time to support, encourage and teach our kids, and we wanted to do the same for others,” Jeff said.
Today, the Wiechmans repay that support by donating their time and expertise to the next generation. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly 6 million young people with a consistent focus on cultivating leadership skills. Its programs allow children to perform hands-on projects in agriculture, science and citizenship, all while receiving guidance from adult mentors.
For the Wiechmans, helping to foster deep relationships — both with each other and the greater community — is the most rewarding. Their two oldest girls have both spent countless hours teaching their youngest to clip, sheer and show her animals, and have gone to new members’ homes to help them learn the same.
It was through Jefferson County’s 4-H programs that the Wiechmans were first introduced to the Les Schwab family, specifically local employees Chris Wiggins and Josh Bryant.
“Probably the most incredible part of this program is watching business people like Chris and Josh, at Les Schwab, interact with our girls and help support their 4-H and college dreams at the livestock auction,” Donna Wiechman said. “This leaves us speechless every year.”
“We believe this program helps these kids grow in responsibility, work ethic and business skills,” Jeff said. “The organization is such an example of generosity for this next generation that we believe it will be passed on for generations to come.”
Throughout the West, Les Schwab Tire Centers is a proud supporter of 4-H Club and its educational programs. For more information, or to get involved with the 4-H near you, visit the official 4-H website.
Longmont Kiwanis Carves Toy Cars, Connections with Local Youth
Members of the Kiwanis Club in Longmont, Colo., teach young budding craftsmen, most typically elementary school children, how to design, cut, whittle and refine woodblocks into toy cars that are then donated to local hospitalized and underserved children in the community. The project provided the novice woodcarvers with the chance to learn the old-time craft and foster new connections in the community. Outside of woodworking, other ongoing projects throughout the year include collecting shoes and books for kids in need, Salvation Army bell ringing during the holidays and other various fundraising activities.
The Kiwanis International footprint wraps around the globe, with thousands of Kiwanis clubs striving to serve the needs of children in every community through service projects and fundraising. Its work is rooted in local community action. Each year, the organization raises more than $100 million to support various projects at the community level. By empowering local members, the Kiwanis clubs are able to sponsor roughly 150,000 service projects — amounting to about 18.5 million service hours — each year.
At Les Schwab Tire Centers, we’re proud to support the important work undertaken by the Longmont Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis International. Our core values inspire us to serve as active and contributing members of those communities where we operate, and we view Kiwanis as a valuable partner in that mission, in Longmont and beyond.