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Program Contact: Melanie Owens, 4-H Coordinator
(509) 524-2685 •

Adult Volunteers

Adult volunteers are needed to assist youth in developing their projects & life skills. Caring adults act as advisers, guides, and mentors. Please contact WSU Extension, Walla Walla County, 328 West Poplar, Walla Walla, WA 99362 or call 509-524-2685 for more information.

For a printable brochure on being a 4-H volunteer click HERE!

Take the Lead. Volunteer. Become a Leader.

4-H Volunteers

  • Share your skills and knowledge with young people
  • Emphasize family and community
  • Help youth learn using hands on experience

Youth need volunteers who offer support and encouragement as they learn by doing.

As a volunteer, you will receive:

  • Learning materials furnished through Washington State University and access to other support materials
  • Volunteer liability coverage at bonafide 4-H activities
  • Leader training

Ways to Volunteer:

General Leader of a 4-H Club – assumes primary responsibility for a 4-H club/group. Meets at regular intervals with youth in a club format providing support, guidance, leadership, and direction.  Volunteers, on average, approximately 100 hours per year.

Project Leader – leads a specific project or curriculum within a club/group. A primary educator of skills and knowledge associated with a specific subject matter.

Activity Leader – gives leadership to an event or activity within the county, club or short-term group.

  • teaches a specific project or skill at a county workshop or short-term class
  • helps with a county 4-H activity or event
  • judges contests or activities
  • promotes 4-H or assists with fundraising

What is expected from Volunteers:

4-H volunteer’s help members learn and have fun. Volunteers are provided with training and

learning materials to help them guide youth through their 4-H projects and activities while teaching life skills. Walla Walla 4-H Leaders’ Council consists of all enrolled general & project 4-H leaders. The responsibility of the council is to provide input on county and state 4-H policy, promote 4-H, recruit and train new volunteers, secure and manage local 4-H funds, and fulfill the 4-H mission.

All program volunteers must pass a Washington State Patrol (WSP) background check.  Out-of-State or recently relocated volunteers may require a national background check.  This check is free of charge to you.

  • What is required to apply?

    General and Project Leaders: In addition to the WSP background check, volunteers are required to provide three personal reference checks and attend a personalized meeting with the 4-H extension staff, prior to enrolling members in their club.  Within the first year, volunteers must complete 3 hours of face-to-face training and online training.

  • Activity Leaders: are required to complete a WSP Background Check and sign a Valuable Partnership form.

Volunteer Enrollment Forms