Become a 4-H Volunteer Leader
4-H members are taught by adult volunteer club leaders. Every club has one or more adult leaders. Leaders teach, organize and oversee the club, help club officers conduct business meetings, and keep parents updated about 4-H activities and deadlines.
Adults interested in becoming volunteer leaders may contact the 4-H office to attend the required 4-H Orientation Night and complete the application and screening process. Volunteer adult leaders can start a brand new club anytime starting in October through April.
Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community.
In Benton and Franklin Counties, training is held annually during the winter and early spring starting in mid-January. For 2016, applications are due by January 20th, with classes to begin January 26th, 2016. Classes are four hours in length and are usually on Tuesday afternoons from late January until the first week of May. Forty to fifty new volunteers typically apply to participate in the program each year.
Master Food Preserver Volunteer
MFP volunteers are provided training, plus a packet of resource materials. Class instruction is appropriate for people with differing educational backgrounds and food preservation experience. After training, volunteers continue to receive update information on the latest research in the area of food safety/preservation. Through their experiences, volunteers develop skills in working with people, public speaking, and building self-confidence in addition to increasing their expertise in food safety/preservation.