Are you curious about volunteering for 4-H? Check out the video and volunteer support resources below. Visit with Extension staff in your county MU Extension center about volunteer opportunities.
Almost 10,000 volunteers guide 4-H members in becoming productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders and successful learners. But jus as important as what volunteers give is what they get back!
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How to become a volunteer
Sign up to be a volunteer through your county MU Extension center. Each county has an area 4-H youth specialist who can help you get started.
Volunteers are required to:
- Be screened. Please read the screening
For the protection of 4-H members and volunteers, all volunteer applicants are screened for child abuse and neglect and criminal records prior to their acceptance for the volunteer position. This screening and application process is completed each year.
- Fill out forms:
- Complete the one time required Volunteer Orientation training.
Volunteer orientation is available online, in print, in audio or in person:
The MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development is proud to promote Monsanto and National 4-H Council as co-sponsors of the Missouri 4-H Volunteer Orientation training kits for all 4-H volunteers within the state.
- Organizing 4-H clubs
- Leading 4-H project groups
- Leading 4-H advisory groups
- Being a 4-H council member
- Chairing a committee such as shooting sports or horsemanship
- Helping at a camp, fair, judging or state event
- Teaching 4-H school enrichment programs
- Assisting with fundraising activities
- or in many other ways........
Opportunities abound to volunteer on the county level.
- 4-H council/committees
Advisory group related to all county programming. Most counties have an organized group that meets on a regular basis to discuss the county's 4-H program, review 4-H activities and plan 4-H programs and events.
- County Fair
The fair is where members display their projects. Planning committees, volunteer organizers, contest coordinators, workshop presenters, etc. are some volunteer opportunities.
- County contests
Many counties sponsor contests such as the public speaking and demonstration contests or fashion revue for 4-Hers to exhibit clothing items.
- Social activities
Counties may hold extra social activities such as picnics, Clover Kid day camps, lock-ins, etc. where members can meet others throughout the county.
To help locally, check with your county MU Extension center.
Many regional areas offer 4-H camp where 4-Hers live in cabins to gain new experiences. There are a variety of different camps such as 4-H camp, teen camp and aerospace camp. All these events welcome the help of volunteers!
To help regionally, check with your county MU Extension center.
Missouri 4-H offers a variety of events for 4-Hers. One of the largest events is the Missouri State Fair where 4-Hers display their projects and/or animals, participate in demonstrations and much more.
Publications and Resources
Whether you decide to serve as a club leader, project leader or a volunteer, we have resources to help you.
Resources for volunteers