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Program Contact: Nancy Baskett, Program Coordinator
425-738-0104 •

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

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.

As a 4-H volunteer, you will become affiliated with our state’s land grant university, Washington State University. You instantly have the resources of WSU Extension at your fingertips.

  • If you would like to volunteer with a specific Club, contact that Club leader and they will let you know the best ways to help their Club.

Club Level Volunteer Opportunities

General Club Leader: Assume primary responsibility for the Club.

Project Leader: Lead a specific project or curriculum within a Club, example someone who leads monthly dog project meetings.

Activity Leader: Provide leadership for an event or activity within a Club or on a short term, example someone who leads for a specialty event, a horse judge who comes out and discusses what we be looked for during a competition.

Resource Leader: Serves as a source of expertise/adviser for a Club, example a professional photographer who gives a 1 day photography workshop.

How to become a 4-H Volunteer

  • Contact the 4-H Office and speak to our volunteer coordinator Nancy Baskett – or 253-224-2884
  • Complete an in person or on the phone interview with a WSU 4-H Staff
  • Complete the Volunteer Application forms –  4-H Volunteer Application click here 
  • Solicit at least two references from people who know you and can comment on your abilities to work with children and include these names on application. We will then contact your references.
  • Complete the online E-Learning modules and Put the Child First child/vulnerable adult safety presentations, Make sure you save and print the last pages of the training to submit to the 4-H Office.
  • Complete and pass a national criminal background check – You will be screened by national background check database to work with 4-H youth.  You will receive an email from Floy Ziegler explaining next steps.
  • Complete the “4-H Online” enrollment process at:  (for assistance with enrolling online, contact your Club leader).

Online Volunteer E-Learning Modules

This training includes four interactive, self-paced training modules, complete with review: “About 4-H,” “Positive Youth Development,” “Getting Started in 4-H,” and “Leadership and Teaching.”

These trainings are intended for potential volunteers, as well as current or past volunteers wanting a refresher.

To register and begin these modules go to:

  • PUT THE CHILD FIRST – You will be asked to set up a log in and password and provide an enrollment key: KING4H  (all in caps) 
  • ELEARNING MODULES  – set up log in – enrollment key: KING4H (all in caps
  • Send the completion certificates for these trainings to the 4-H Office, Also verify in the email that you watched the safety presentation.

Put the Child First

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.

We appreciate your compliance with this requirement. For more information, contact your local 4-H faculty or staff.

Club Leader/Treasurer Financial Training

Note for Club Leaders and Club Treasurers – you can complete the WA State 4-H Financial Training Management Training at this site: (this is the same site as where you completed your E- learning and Put the Child First modules) Enrollment key: KING (all caps)

Volunteer Reports

Thank you for being a 4-H Volunteer! We report all volunteer hours at the county, state and national level. Additionally, you enjoy the benefit of WSU liability coverage and L & I coverage should you be injured while volunteering.

We now use GivePulse to record your impact to King County 4-H. You will need to claim your account, sign up with an email address (one per volunteer reporting. Choose your county and then log in. This link has all the information to get started with GivePulse. You can report all hours back to January 1, 2022 at this site.  All volunteer hours for the year need to be completed by October 31st of the year.

Volunteer hours include: time spent at 4-H events, planning 4-H events, recruiting for 4-H, receiving donations, doing community service 4-H events, basically anything that involves 4-H.


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

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