Become a 4-H Volunteer; YOU Can Make a Difference
4-H is a non-formal educational 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 utilize 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 will:
Learn through hands on experiences
Prepare, do and share their project work with others
Develop leadership & citizenship skills
Build connections with others – both youth & adult
Give back to their community
More and more, youth need the values, skills and guidance 4-H membership offers. As a 4-H volunteer, you are supported by our staff through Cornell University Cooperative Extension to provide learning opportunities in a positive youth development setting.
People volunteer for 4-H for many reasons. One benefit of volunteering is to provide you with an opportunity to positively impact the lives of youth. You'll also grow as a person, develop leadership skills, meet new friends and make a difference in your community!
There are many roles for volunteers:
Organizational Leader - organizes and maintains their club structure. Works with others to plan the club calendar, informs members & families of county events, involves parents & serves as liaison with the CCE office,
Assistant or Co-Leader - assists the Organizational Leader with the club management duties. May also lead projects.
Project Leader - leads or teaches projects and sees that members complete their projects. A project leader may teach more than one project; a club may have more than one project leader. For those volunteers who have a talent or skill to share, but have limited time, serving as a 4-H Project or Resource Leader is a great opportunity.
Resource Leader – Like a Project Leader but not attached to any specific club. They offer their expertise to clubs, workshops & events across the county.
Event Coordinator – organizes a specific event or group of events. This event can be at the county, regional or state level. How to get started as a volunteer:
All volunteers begin with a required New Volunteer Orientation covering polices & procedures. Next, with a signed consent form, our office conducts background screening and reference checks. The final step for a 4-H Leader is a club management training. Additionally, we offer ongoing support and guidance. Volunteers are notified about activities coming up through our bi-monthly newsletter “Keynotes” & our 4-H email list serve. Also, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office is your resource for project materials.
Our 4-H volunteers make a difference in the lives of Washington County youth!
Last updated January 4, 2023