Volunteer Resources

You can make a difference in a child’s life.
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Why help 4-H?

4-H is the belief that every child has the potential to be a true  leader.  We teach 4-H members how to think, not what to think.  It is an informal program though which caring adults help young people develop confidence, social skills, decision-making abilities, and subject matter knowledge. Volunteers can be parents, college students, teachers, working professionals, and retired folks.  4-H is for everybody regardless of their ethnic background, race, creed, gender identity or disability.

 4-H Volunteers Help Build Strong Communities

Adult volunteers are vital to creating an environment where youth have opportunities to thrive.   Jackson County has the 4th largest 4-H program in Oregon, so there are many volunteer opportunities to choose from.  Typically efforts begin at the club level or with a county event.  Mentors can help in areas such as: horse, photography, shooting sports, art, communications, theater and more!  And as you grow, we hope you can assist with summer and winter camps, national youth science day, robotics, interstate trips, county fair and much more.  We are interested in caring adults who enjoy sharing their talents in a way that has a positive impact on youth. 

 I don’t know anything about cattle or sewing.  Can I still help?

Yes!  No experience necessary – we’ll train you!  You decide the level of involvement that fits your skills and schedule.  You can live anywhere in Jackson County, but you must be at least 18 years old – or 21 years old to chaperone on overnight trips - and pass a criminal background check.  There are a variety of ways you can help.  You can lead a club, teach an afterschool program, serve as a chaperone, judge a contest, raise funds for a trip, design a community service project or work with other adults to create fun and exciting programs.   Whether you want to give an hour or a year, 4-H has an opportunity for you!

What are the steps to becoming a new 4-H Volunteer?

To become a 4-H volunteer contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 541-776-7371.  Complete the 4-H Volunteer Service Application and the Background Check form – which requires a copy of your driver’s license.  Documents are available at the Extension office or click on the link below:    

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/volunteer-resources

 Scan and email your forms to the 4-H Office, or mail/drop off forms to this location:

Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center (SOREC)
RE: Jackson County 4-H Program/Volunteer Application
569 Hanley Road    Central Point, OR 97502

 A 4-H staff member will follow up with you about the next steps in the volunteer enrollment process.  This includes a reference check, interest survey, online registration & training and meeting the 4-H Youth Development Educator face to face along with other new volunteers.  Jackson County is a great place to grow and raise the future leaders of tomorrow.  We hope to meet you soon!

Lena Hosking
4-H Youth Development Educator
541-776-7371 ext. 205
Lena.Hosking@oregonstate.edu

Kim Skomerza
4-H Program Assistant
541-621-2091
Kimberly.Skomerza@oregonstate.edu

Sara Shelton
4-H Office Specialist
541-776-7371 Ext. 213
Sara.Shelton@oregonstate.edu

Already a volunteer?

Thank you!  We are so happy for your continued commitment to the 4-H program.  We cannot do this without you, so please follow these 4 simple steps.

  1. Sign up using Oregon 4-H Online. You will need to use the email address and password that you used last year.  If you cannot remember your password don’t worry!  Enter your email address and select the link that says - I forgot my password – select Family as your role - then click Send My Password.  If you forgot the email address you used, call the 4-H office or email Jackie.Freeman@oregonstate.edu  Please do not create a new account. 
  2. Sign and submit a returning volunteer enrollment form which asks for health information, your code of conduct, conditions of service and assumption of risk.
  3. For the 2016/2017 4-H year – Only volunteers who have over 2 years of experience, and whose names end in A-K should complete the criminal history check.  Send the completed background authorization form, and a copy of your driver’s license to the OSU Extension Office.  We will remind you in the future.
  4. Submit a $2 check payable to Oregon State University.
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