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How to become a Volunteer

Program Contact: Nancy Baskett, 4-H Program Coordinator
(206) 263-1923 • kingcounty.4h@wsu.edu

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.

Becoming a 4-H Volunteer

  • 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
  • New volunteers will need to complete Put the Child First & WA STATE 4-H VOLUNTEER TRAINING MODULES.  You can sign up at https://campus.extension.org/course/index.php?categoryid=159
  • This training is on the eXtension learning platform.  You will receive a notice that Guests cannot access the course – press Continue. This will take you to the eXtension log in page. If you have previously logged into eXtension campus, you may use the same log-in information to access these courses, as well.   For anyone who hasn’t created a login account with eXtension Campus, they will be directed to this screen:

    Is this your first time here?

    You may now use your Google or your Microsoft account to create an account at this site and subsequently log in. If you do not have either of those, then please use the regular email-based procedure through clicking on the “Create new account” button below.You will be asked to set up a log in and password and provide an enrollment key: KING  (all in caps) 

    Another alternative is an Account Creation Form provided by our fee-based storefront site which does not require email validation. Upon creating an account there, you will find a link to bring you back to Campus, where you will be automatically logged in. Subsequent logins, though are done directly on this page at campus.extension.org.You will be asked to set up a log in and password and provide an enrollment key: KING  (all in caps) 

    If you have any problems or questions about creating your account, see the Campus Help Page.

    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.

    They will receive a notice that Guests cannot access the course and will be give a “Continue” button. Clicking Continue will deliver your volunteers to the eXtension log on page. For 4-H Volunteers, they may have previously logged into eXtension Campus and may use the same login information to access this course as well.

    For anyone who hasn’t created a login account with eXtension Campus, they will be directed to this screen: :https://campus.extension.org/course/index.php?categoryid=159

  • Volunteer interview with WSU 4-H staff
  • 4-H Enrollment can be completed at: https://wa.4honline.com/Login.aspx?403D404D552F2B5A446F504E72383D (for assistance with enrolling online, contact your Club leader).
  • Note for Club Leaders and Club Treasurers – you can complete the WA State 4-H Financial Training Management Training at this site: https://campus.extension.org/course/index.php?categoryid=159

Both youth and adults can volunteer. Adult volunteers 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 nbaskett@wsu.edu 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.

Make a lasting positive impact on a young person’s life and become a    4-H Leader today!

Here are some thoughts from our friends at California 4-H:

Useful Links for 4-H Volunteers

 

Washington State 4-H Program Policy

Current Volunteers: click here to log your Volunteer Hours!