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:
LG636, Missouri 4-H Volunteer Application Form
Adult Health Form (fillable PDF) - Check with your local
Extension staff on whether or not you need to fill this out along with
your 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.
- Organizing a 4-H club to help kids learn leadership
- Leading 4-H project groups such as robotics or crafts
- Helping at a camp, fair, judging or state event
- Teaching 4-H school enrichment programs
- Assisting with county fundraising activities
- or in many other ways........
Opportunities abound to volunteer on the county level.
- 4-H council/committees
Advisory group related to all county programming. Most counties have an organized group that meets on a regular basis to discuss the county's 4-H program, review 4-H activities and plan 4-H programs and events.
- County Fair
The fair is where members display their projects. Planning committees, volunteer organizers, contest coordinators, workshop presenters, etc. are some volunteer opportunities.
- County contests
Many counties sponsor contests such as the public speaking and demonstration contests or fashion revue for 4-Hers to exhibit clothing items.
- Social activities
Counties may hold extra social activities such as picnics, Clover Kid day camps, lock-ins, etc. where members can meet others throughout the county.
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.
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