Why Become a 4-H Volunteer?
Volunteers are essential to the 4-H program. 4-H volunteers help our youth acquire the skills that are necessary to become competent, contributing citizens.
There are several different roles available for volunteers in 4-H. Each role is equally important!
- General Club Leader – Volunteer leader who assumes primary responsibility for a 4-H group.
- Project Leader – Volunteer who leas a specific project or curriculum within a club/group.
- Activity Leader – Volunteer who gives leadership to an event or activity within a club/group.
- Resource Leader – Volunteer who serves a club/group as a source of expertise, an advisor, a leader of volunteers, or other resource capacity.
How to Become a 4-H Volunteer
- Complete a Volunteer Application online. (Paper applications can be requested by contacting our office)
- Complete a background check via Sterling Volunteers after your references have been checked.
- Complete the online Volunteer Education (Listed below).
- Attend a new volunteer orientation.
- Report your volunteer hours.
Instructions on making an account & enrolling: here.
This online course is designed to orient new 4-H volunteers. Participants will learn:
- Volunteer Roles & Relationships
- Positive Youth Development
- Youth/Adult Partnerships
- Safe & Inclusive Environments
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.
Volunteer Hours Reporting
Washington State law requires that all volunteers working in support of WSU programs are covered by worker’s compensation insurance. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industry uses the dates and number of hours that volunteers work to determine the amount of insurance that must be purchased to adequately cover our volunteers. To be in compliance with state law, WSU Extension has developed an online tool to facilitate the collection and analysis of volunteer contributions.
If you are currently a Kittitas County 4-H volunteer and do not have a username, please contact the Extension Office.