Ways to Volunteer
There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of young people through 4-H. We can help you find a role that matches your unique interests, availability and schedule.
Lead a club: Some clubs have members who explore several different areas of interest – we call these projects. Other clubs focus on a shared interest or single project. As a leader of either kind of club, your role is to encourage and guide youth in their explorations, and use your skills to help kids explore and discover what matters to them so they can make an impact today and in the future. Help them set goals, foster a sense of belonging and independence, inspire a generous spirit, and master skills that will prepare them for their future.
Teach a skill: All of us have something we enjoy and do well, from gardening and programming robots to cooking and crafting. There are many different ways for you to share that skill, from teaching one-time workshops to organizing a club devoted to your area of specialty.
Judge projects: 4-H allows members to demonstrate their project learning several different ways. Members present an exhibit, speech, or performance to showoff their learning. Judges provide valuable critique and offer encouragement and concrete suggestions for improvement.
Plan or help at an event: Several activities are held to help members learn about topics of interest. Volunteer support for the planning of these events ensures local needs are met and adequate supervision is provided.
Serve on an advisory board: Local advisory boards are responsible for determining program priorities, ensuring the needs of all youth in the community are met, and expanding the 4-H program to new audiences.
Here is a sample of the many of the roles you can serve in your local 4-H program.