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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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