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

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Success Stories

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.
Shooting Sports, 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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