WESTPORT, N.Y. — Volunteers come in all sizes as proven by three young, dedicated Essex County 4-H members who were honored for their work at a horse rescue.

On April 1, just before National Volunteer Week, the Essex County Board of Supervisors recognized Paige Montville, 9; Natalie Mc Daniels, 8 and Olive Stewart, 10, were for their 4-H community service project at the Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue. 

“Although they may be small, they are mighty! Honorary Ranch Hands — Paige, Natalie, and Olive cheerfully groomed, fed, watered, mucked, exercised and of course, ‘loved on’ the Rescue’s resident horses.  These Equi-Riders 4-Her’s contributed over 90 hours this winter as general ‘ranch hands’ after school on Fridays under the guidance of their 4-H club leader, Chauntel Gillilland,” wrote Linda Gillilland, Quality of Life Issue Leader.

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The girls recited the 4-H pledge before receiving their awards from the Supervisors.

“The Westport citizens seized this leadership opportunity to become actively involved in their community.  The young ladies demonstrated all tenets of the 4-H pledge but especially their hands to larger service and for their club, community, their country and their world!,” said Gillilland.

Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue was founded by Eddie Mrozik and Nancy Van Wie who “are incredibly proud of Chauntel and our youth volunteers, who are also 4-H club members, for their selfless dedication and commitment to service. Chauntel works tirelessly with these kids and positively impacts their lives and the community with a ripple effect, beyond measure, that is real and lasting,” said Van Wie.

According to its website: Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Inc. was founded in 2003. In addition to saving equine lives, children, adults and those with special needs are helped through education and outreach programs. The rescue provides tours, field trips, education and outreach programs for local schools, youth organizations and the community.  They have participated in job-shadowing programs for high-school students, internships and externships for high school and college students to earn course credit for veterinary school and equine studies, and have hosted field trips to teach kindness and compassion as part of the local school's character development program.

To make a tax-deductible contribution contact the rescue at 7556 NYS Route 9N, Westport, N.Y., 12993 or call for more information call 518-962-8512 or e-mail horses@cmvhr.org.

See http://cmvhr.org/ for more information.

For more information on 4-H in New York see https://nys4-h.org/

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