4-H volunteers are an elite group of people who have passed background checks and interviews and have enough interest in the quality of the 4-H program to complete and continue training. Volunteers are special people who have a genuine desire to be a part of the growth and development of today's youth. Talents, skills and interests are shared by volunteers and by 4-H members so that everyone "learns by doing." Volunteers are always needed in big or small ways. Approved 4-H volunteers can chaperone field trips and lead clubs. Volunteers can teach one class or a series of workshops. Volunteers can even work behind the scenes helping with the 4-H website, recruiting volunteers or serving in an advisory or fund-raising capacity. In whatever way volunteers wish to participate, they are always welcome and appreciated.
Steps to becoming a 4-H Volunteer:
- Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and must submit to a criminal background investigation and reference check.
- Time for a personal interview with the County Extension Agent must be scheduled.
- Once basic approvals are established and depending on a volunteer's level or type of involvement, there will be other required training sessions (for example, Emergency Procedures, First Aid and CPR, Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness).