4-H Volunteer

Be a 4-H Volunteer; YOU Can Make a Difference 

People volunteer for 4-H for many reasons. One obvious benefit is to help guide and counsel our country's future citizens and leaders. You'll also grow as a person, develop new leadership skills, meet new friends and have great adventures! 4-H is non-formal education program for boys and girls ages 5-19. Its practical life skills education in science and technology, healthy lifestyles and citizenship can reach any kid ... anywhere ... any time through 4-H clubs, special interest programs, after-school programs and events. 4-H volunteers can capitalize on their strengths and interests in determining when, where and how 4-H "learn-by-doing" activities take place. With the guidance of 4-H volunteers, youth:

Learn through hands on experiences

Prepare, do and share their project work with others

Develop leadership skills

Build connections with others – both youth & adult

Give back to the community

More and more, youth need the values, skills and guidance 4-H offers. As a 4-H volunteer, you are supported by our staff through Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

There are many different roles adult volunteers can play

  • Organizational Leader - organizes and maintains their club structure.Responsible for record keeping including enrollment, re-enrollment, membership updates.
  • Assistant or Co-Leader - assists the Organizational Leader with the club management.May also teach projects.
  • Project Leader - leads or teaches projects and sees that members complete the necessary steps of the specific project.A project leader may teach more than one project.A club may have more than one project leader.
  • Resource Leader – teaches a specific project to 4-H clubs and/or 4-H volunteers.These volunteers are not attached to any specific club but offer their expertise across the county.

How to Get Started as a Volunteer

All volunteers begin with a required orientation, background screening and reference checks.In addition, a club management training plus ongoing guidance with 4-H staff are provided.Volunteers are notified about activities coming up through our monthly newsletter, Key Notes. Also the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office is your resource for project materials.

For a Volunteer application contact our office or click here:

Our 4-H volunteers make a difference in Washington County!


Chrys Nestle
4-H & Family Living Issue Leader
(518) 746-2560

Last updated February 16, 2016