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4-H Volunteer Resources

Program Contact: Wendy Waxman Kern, 4-H Program Coordinator
360-317-3303 •

Become a Certified 4-H Volunteer

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

Have you ever thought of sharing your talents with our local youth? If you have a hobby or interest that you enjoy, more than likely there will be a child who can learn from you. You don’t have to be an expert on a topic, because the “Learn by Doing” philosophy of 4-H is applicable to children as well as the adults who lead. If you enjoy working with youth, 4-H needs you. Experience with 4-H is not necessary to become a volunteer.

In addition to your passion for positive youth development, we ask that you:

  • Complete an initial application and a phone interview
  • Complete a national background check
  • Complete initial online training about child protection and the 4-H program
  • Sign up on 4HOnline, our online database
  • Log your volunteer hours on our online volunteer hour database

Some examples of 4-H volunteers are:

  • General Organizational Leaders assume primary responsibility for a 4-H group or club.
  • Resource Leaders serve a club or individual as a source of expertise, an advisor, a leader of volunteers, or other resource capacity.
  • Activity Leaders give leadership to an event or activity within a club or group.
  • Project Leaders lead a specific project or curriculum within a club or group.

Please call the 4-H Program Coordinator, Wendy Waxman Kern, at 360-317-3303 to learn more about volunteering opportunities.

Become a 4-H Collaborator

4-H Collaborators work or volunteer for other agencies and partner with the WSU 4-H Youth Development Program to utilize 4-Hprograms and/or curricula in their programs. They are expected to provide appropriate reporting and updates to their supervising WSU Extension 4-H faculty. Generally, these types of volunteers participate in school enrichment, military programs, or other special programs. These volunteers are not Certified 4-H Volunteers and do not enroll in the 4-H Online Enrollment System.

San Juan County 4-H has been honored to collaborate with the San Juan County Prevention Coalition, San Juan Island Library, and Hailey Averna of West Beach Farm, Orcas Island.

We welcome your partnership! Please contact the 4-H coordinator, Wendy Waxman Kern, at 360-317-3303 if you would like to explore how best to partner with 4-H in San Juan County.