Mondovi (WQOW)- Patty George is a woman who is teaching the value of volunteerism to a new generation. She recently set out to revive the Hilltop Climbers, a Mondovi area 4-H group.
"Kids are so involved with electronics these days. And I think that 4-H totally takes them away from that. My kids have been spending a few weeks now working on their projects and getting ready for the county fair," says Vicki Howell, who nominated Patty for the Jefferson Award for public service.
Patty is the driving force behind the Hilltop Climbers. "My mom and a neighbor got Hilltop Climbers going when I was younger so we had a neighborhood group to be in this area for 4-h," recalls Patty. "It kind of died off so I wanted to bring that same name and that same club back to life"
The group has grown from 12 families just three years ago to over 30 and they've got a lot to show for it, from volunteering time at local nursing homes to road side clean up and putting together care packages for troops overseas the Hilltop Climbers have become well known in the community.
"I think it's good for kids to be able to see what's out there besides their local little town and their group of friends. And I think the community loves to see the kids involved they appreciate what they do," explains Patty. "Once you get started you don't look back. The reward comes from seeing what other people get out of it."