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Volunteer Information

Program Contact: Michelle Lain, 4-H Program Assistant
(509) 667-6540 • michelle.lain@wsu.edu

Volunteering with Chelan & Douglas County 4-H

“Volunteers are the Heart of 4-H” is a very true statement.

There are many roles and different levels of involvement, but it takes them all to support our 4-H  members with a strong program. Positive youth-adult partnerships provide a safe environment, physically and emotionally.  Adults may volunteer to participate as a leader in a traditional 4-H club or to participate in a variety of other opportunities that are available.  Volunteer leaders are provided with training and leadership materials to help guide youth through their 4-H projects.


Why Volunteer?

  • To share your skills and knowledge with young people.
  • To emphasize family and community.
  • To help youth learn by doing.

Youth need volunteers who offer support and encouragement as they learn by doing.

As a Volunteer, You’ll Receive:

  • Learning materials furnished through Washington State University and access to other support materials.
  • Volunteer liability coverage at bonafide 4-H activities.
  •  Required leader training.

Ways to Volunteer

General Leader of a 4-H Club – assumes primary responsibility for a 4-H club/group. Meets at regular intervals with youth in a club format providing support, guidance, leadership, and direction

Project Leader – leads a specific project or curriculum within a club/group. A primary educator of skills and knowledge associated with a specific subject matter

Activity Leader – gives leadership to an event or activity within a club or short-term group

Resource Leader for a Club – serves as a source of expertise, an adviser, or in another resource capacity

Resource Volunteer for the County – may assist the county 4-H program in one or more of the following capacities

  • teaches a specific project or skill at a county workshop or short-term class.
  • helps with a county 4-H activity or event judges contests or activities promotes 4-H or assists with fundraising assists in the formation of new clubs.
  • recruits or trains new leaders. assists with clerical/office skills, grant writing, or newsletter

How to Volunteer

  1. Complete and turn-in the complete 4-H Volunteer Application packet
  2. Talk with our Chelan-Douglas Counties 4-H Coordinator (509) 667-6540 for further explanation and placement.
  3. Attend a “New Leader Training” class
  4. Get Involved
    1. Chelan County Leaders’ Council Meetings are the first Monday of the month
      1. Chelan County 4-H Leaders’ Council By-Laws
    2. Douglas County Leaders’ Council Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month.
      1. Douglas County 4-H Leaders’ Council Constitution
  5. Report volunteer hours
    1. Volunteer Hours Form.pdf
    2. Volunteer Hours Reporting Instructions.pdf
    3. Volunteer Hours Reporting site

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