Take the Lead. Volunteer. Become a Leader.
- 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.
- Teach a specific project or skill at a county workshop or short-term class.
- Help with a county 4-H activity or event.
- Judge contests or activities.
- Promote 4-H or assists with fundraising.
What is expected from Volunteers:
4-H volunteers 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 also 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 Verify Volunteer 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 passing a “Verify Volunteer” background check, potential volunteers are required to provide three personal references, attend a personalized orientation meeting with the 4-H extension staff, and receive a confirmation letter from the Extension Agent, prior to forming or enrolling members in their new club. Within the first year, volunteers must complete 3 hours of face-to-face training and online training.
Activity Leaders: Activity Leaders are required to complete a “Verify Volunteer” Background Check and all pages of the following form: Activity Leader Application Forms:
Volunteer Enrollment Forms