Volunteering for 4-H gives you the opportunity to:
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 – teach life skills – Be a part of something greater than yourself
Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H program. There are many ways you can support our 4-H family as a volunteer. If you’re great at organizing, fundraising, planning events, working behind the scenes, give our King County 4-H Program Coordinator a call. You will be surprised at the positive difference you can have in our community through volunteering in your local 4-H organization.
But you don’t have to take our word for it! Here are some thoughts from our friends at California 4-H:
- Complete the Volunteer Application forms – 4-H Volunteer Application
- Complete the Reference check forms –Volunteer Reference – mail and Volunteer Reference – phone
- You will be screened by national background check database to work with 4-H youth
- You must complete the Put the Child First Training by first signing up at http://universalvoltraining.wsu.edu WSU Extension remains committed in its efforts to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. In our continuing efforts to assure a safe environment for all program participants, Washington State University Extension is requiring child protection training for all faculty, staff and volunteers working with youth and vulnerable adults.This 20-minute presentation may be viewed at any time at your home or Extension office. Your registration for the training will be kept in the system as proof of your participation.
- Volunteer interview with WSU 4-H staff
- You must complete the four part E-learning modules at: http://4hvolunteerelearning.wsu.edu/volunteertraining/course.html (password = volunteer)
- Enrollment can be completed at: https://wa.4honline.com/Login.aspx?403D404D552F2B5A446F504E72383D (for assistance with enrolling online, contact your Club leader).
Both youth and adults can volunteer. Adult volunteer must be at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled as a 4-H member. Current 4-H members can provide volunteer leadership through the 4-H Leadership Project and by enrolling as a Youth Leader.
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 reference and background check. Once approved, volunteers receive direct training on youth development and program planning by 4-H staff.
Let’s chat! You can call, email or visit the WSU King County Extension office to learn how to make an 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! Contact Nancy Baskett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-224-2884
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 4-H 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.
The possibilities are endless; 4-H is ignited by the passion of volunteers and the youth they mentor.
Useful Links for 4-H Volunteers