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Volunteer FAQs

How do I get involved as a 4-H volunteer?

This question can be answered by contacting your county Extension office or call the state 4-H office at 662-325-3350.

What are the requirements to be a 4-H adult volunteer leader?

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be 21 years of age to chaperone 4-H'ers

What are my roles and responsibilities as a 4-H volunteer?

  • The following roles are available in 4-H:
    • Organizational Leader
    • Project Leader
    • Activity Leader
    • Resource Volunteer
    • Teen Leader
  • 4-H Volunteer Responsibilities include:
    • Accepting assignments
    • Respect the confidence of public and 4-H
    • Follow guidelines and policies as established by the University Extension Service, State 4-H Program and County 4-H Program
    • Provide feedback, suggestions and recommendations to salaried staff
    • To use your time wisely
    • To communicate your limitations
    • Be considerate, respect others' competencies, and work as a member of a team

What training opportunities are available for 4-H Volunteers?

The following training opportunities are available:

  • County training conferences
  • Area training conferences
  • District Leader Forums
  • State Forums
  • Regional Forums

What types of recognition are available to 4-H volunteers?

  • County Scholarships
  • Trips
  • Reimburse assignment-related expenses
  • Service Stripes
  • Invitation to staff meetings
  • Accommodate personal needs and problems
  • Respect your wishes
  • Informal Teas
  • Cards
  • Greet by name
  • Volunteer Banquet
  • Persuade personal to equate volunteer experience with work experience
  • Praise
  • Thank You Notes
  • Recognition in media
  • Smiles
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Governor's Volunteer Service Award 
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Publications

Publication Number: IS1522
Publication Number: P1011
Publication Number: P3151
Publication Number: P1960

News

A teenage girl holds the halter on the face of her muscular, white steer as she and a tall man standing behind them look at the photographer.
Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Volunteers, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Livestock February 8, 2019

 The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions began in 1969 as a conversation between two Mississippi State University livestock specialists dedicated to building better youth through livestock programs.

A diverse group of youth displaying 4-H signs.
Filed Under: 4-H, Join 4-H, Volunteers October 3, 2017

Ready “to make the best better”? October 1 is the official start of the 4-H year!*

*If you don’t know what 4-H is, start here, with 4-H Wants You!

Success Stories

A teen with brown hair and wearing a green Junior Master Wellness Volunteer T-shirt stands in front of the Cleveland, Mississippi, Welcome Center.
4-H, Volunteers, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer
Volume 4 Number 3

Katelyn Orr helped Cleveland residents get their hearts pumping and burn a few calories during the Community Walk in April.

A blonde woman in a white shirt and ponytail stands in front of a wooden wall and holds a brown, black, and white baby goat.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, 4-H Safety Programs, SAFETY – Safe Archery and Firearms Education and Training for Youth, Join 4-H, Volunteers
Volume 4 Number 3

After working all day, Deidra Rollins knew the last thing she wanted to do was spend every evening and weekend at the ball field. But she wanted something she and her daughter, Tory, could do together. So she stopped by the local Mississippi State University Extension Service office.

Three women and one man hold a large 4-H clover
STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Volunteers
Volume 3 Number 4

When she started volunteering with Tate County 4-H almost 15 years ago, Joy Magness didn’t know much about the youth development program delivered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

She was home-schooling her two children, Samantha and Eli, and her fellow home-schooling parent and friend Adelia Gaines asked Magness if she’d like her kids to join 4-H and if she’d like to volunteer.

Joe Davis with two 4-H'ers with a champion heifer
4-H Livestock Program, Volunteers, Beef
Volume 3 Number 3

When third-generation cattleman Joe Davis was a teen, he had no idea his competition in the show ring would one day be his Extension agent in Union County.

A 4-H volunteer leader with two 4-H members at a 4-H Shooting Sports event.
SAFETY – Safe Archery and Firearms Education and Training for Youth, Health and Wellness, Volunteers
Volume 3 Number 3

Until recently, the Clover Dawgs 4-H Robotics team in Oktibbeha County needed a bigger robot. Club volunteer leader Robert Rice secured the first donation toward purchasing the machine from his employer.

 

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