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4-H Volunteers

Are you curious about volunteering for 4-H? We hope so!

Missouri 4-H volunteers help youth ages 5-18 feel safe and supported to learn and lead.

Please contact the 4-H Youth Development professional at your local county MU Extension center to learn more.

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How to become a volunteer
Potential volunteers should first reach out to their county MU Extension center. Ask for the 4-H youth specialist or staff who can help you get started.

1. Fill out the annual volunteer application:

2. Wait for screening results.
For the protection of 4-H members and volunteers, all volunteer applicants are screened annually for child abuse and neglect as well as national criminal charges. For more information refer to our screening policy.

Annual screenings are done prior to a volunteer's individual work with any youth. The state 4-H office sends a postcard to volunteer applicants each year once their check is done.

3. Take part in a one time 4-H Volunteer Orientation. See the first link in the green box below.
The one-time volunteer orientation is available in a variety of formats. We encourage new volunteers to attend an in-person 4-H Volunteer Orientation done by the local 4-H Youth Specialist. Other options are also available and are listed in the green box below.

4. Document your orientation with our online form!
Submit the 4-H Volunteer Orientation Feedback form.

Volunteer Orientation - Three Easy to Use Formats:

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Opportunities to serve
4-H offers many ways for adults and youth to volunteer. 4-H needs enthusiastic parents, grandparents, and others who enjoy working with youth. 

Opportunities abound to volunteer on the county level.

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-H members.  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.

See Events for a complete listing.  Contact the state 4-H staff to volunteer for any of these events.

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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

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Can't find something?  Contact 4hyouth@missouri.edu (please include your county) or 573-882-9359

The Missouri 4-H website contains many PDF documents that require the free Adobe Reader.  You may need to download the newer version of Adobe Reader if you encounter problems reading the PDF documents.

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