Adult Volunteer Opportunties

Steps to becoming a new 4-H volunteer/leader

Adult volunteer leaders are the core group of successful 4-H programs. As a 4-H volunteer leader, you play a key role in helping young people grow as individuals, acquire new knowledge and skills, and become active members of their communities.

Here are a few of our enrollment and registration guidelines to help answer some frequently asked questions.

Potential leaders must attend a training session. Each session is held at the Columbia County Office, OSU Extension Service, 505 N Columbia River Hwy, St. Helens. There will be three training opportunities.  Trainings will be held:  Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 6 to 9:30 pm; Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 9 am to 12:30 pm; or Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 6 to 9:30 pm.  Other requirements:

  • Complete the 4-H Leader Enrollment Form and other necessary documents.
  • Pass a Criminal History Check
  • Have all reference requests returned to the 4-H office (references cannot be family members or relatives).

When all requirements are completed and your background information has been processed, you will receive a letter from the Columbia County 4-H agent. If you are approved as a volunteer leader, you are ready to start your 4-H club.

As a leader, you will have the personal satisfaction and pride of knowing you have contributed significantly to the personal development of our Columbia County youth.

Have questions?  Please contact the 4-H office at 503-397-3462 or email Kara at  Our office hours are Monday through Friday; 8 AM to 5 PM, we are closed during the lunch hour on Friday's from Noon to 1 PM.

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