Chico is an agriculture community. For multiple generations families have been stewards of the land, with organizations like the Butte County Farm Bureau, FFA and 4-H for members to actively engage and educate our community. 4-H is an agriculture youth organization that teaches members responsibility, leadership, public speaking through hands on activities. Butte County 4-H only succeeds with volunteers.
Unfortunately, the volunteers have been shunned. Volunteers have been disrespected, degraded and devalued by county staff. The staff in the Butte County 4-H office made a detrimental decision that has impacted the entire program. The actions of the staff are irreversible.
I invite my fellow volunteers, community members, donors and supporters to speak up and take action. Without volunteers there is not a 4-H program.
— Theresa Bertagna Schneider, Chico