New Volunteers

Program Contact: Jenny W. Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 • jennifer.loyd@co.yakima.wa.us

Who can volunteer?

Both youth and adults can volunteer. Current 4-H members can provide volunteer leadership through the 4-H Leadership Project and by enrolling as a Youth Leader. Adult volunteer must be at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled as a 4-H member.

Why volunteer?

Share your passion – Inspire youth – Discover new hobbies – Bond with your kids and family – Learn new skills (personally and professionally) – Reconnect with your community – Gain experience – Be a mentor – Hone your teaching skills – Make friends – Connect with your heritage and history – Help your community –  Be a part of something greater than yourself

What do 4-H volunteers do?

Many 4-H volunteers are Club Leaders. As a Club Leader, you provide guidance, teach life skills and share what you love (cooking, art, engineering, fishing, cattle…and so much more!) with youth. Most Leaders work in partnerships within the same 4-H Club, as General Leaders, Project Leaders and/or Resources Leaders.

There are many other ways to help, including volunteering as a Volunteer Educator, training and supporting fellow 4-H volunteers, becoming an Outreach Educator, showcasing 4-H activities and information at local events, and holding a position on a local or statewide 4-H Council or committee.

To learn more about volunteering with 4-H contact us!  The possibilities are endless; 4-H is ignited by the passion of volunteers and the youth they mentor.

How can I join?

Let’s chat! You can call, email or visit the WSU Yakima County Extension office to learn how to make and impact in the lives of local youth and your community. We’ll want to know what hobbies/subjects/roles you’re interested in, what level of commitment you’re seeking, and if you’re looking to join an existing program/club or start something new!

All potential 4-H volunteers apply by completing the WSU 4-H Volunteer Application Forms. Member and Leader safety and acceptance is our top priority, so all applicants must also agree to participate in a screening process, which includes a reference and background check.

4-H youth and leader from the Finney 4-H Club4-H Leader and youth watering a rose garden