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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. Learn more by contacting 4-H Youth Development staff at your county MU Extension center.

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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 staff who can help you get started.

1. Fill out the annual volunteer application:

2. Wait for volunteer screening postcard. Keep it for your records.
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 screening postcard to volunteer applicants once the annual check is done.

In Fall 2014, all applicants who have cleared the annual screening will also have a unique customer ID listed on the front of the approval postcard. This number should be entered into the Volunteer Orientation feedback form if that is how the volunteer wants to get credit for completing the one-time volunteer orientation.

Individuals going through an in-person orientation do not need to fill in the orientation feedback form.

3. Take part in a one time 4-H Volunteer Orientation. In-person trainings are best!

If you can not attend an in-person training, other options are also available and listed in the green box below. You will then need to demonstrate what you've learned and document your orientation by filling in the one-time, 4-H Volunteer Orientation Feedback Form.
Note: that you will need to enter the Customer ID number that was listed on the front of your volunteer screening approval postcard.


Volunteer Orientation - Three additional formats to choose from:

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NEW 4honline Enrollment System
On October 20, 2014, Missouri 4-H launched the MO 4-H Online Enrollment system. This exciting system is being used by most 4-H programs across the nation. Users report that it makes their volunteer work much easier and effective!

The goal for 2014-15 is to have all 4-H members and their families enroll themselves. Volunteer leaders are highly encouraged, not required, to go ahead and enroll in 4honline in 2014.   

Please send 4-H Online comments or questions to 4hyouth@missouri.edu and 4-H volunteer questions to gillespiet@missouri.edu, being sure to include your name, county and contact information.

Opportunities to serve
4-H offers many ways for adults and youth to volunteer. 4-H needs enthusiastic parents, grandparents, and others who enjoy helping youth build skills and leadership. 

Opportunities abound to volunteer for county

There are a variety of regional camps such as 4-H camp, teen camp and aerospace camp.  All these events welcome volunteer help! Contact your
county MU Extension center to learn more.

Missouri 4-H offers a variety of state events, including the Missouri State Fair where more than 3,000 youth exhibits are showcased. Short-term volunteers are needed the Tuesday before the fair begins. Contact state 4-H staff to learn more.

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Publications and Resources
Whether you decide to serve as a club leader, project leader or a volunteer, we have 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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