4-H New Volunteer/Leader Training *Registration Required

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4077 SW Research Way Corvallis, OR 97333

4077 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333
United States

United States

Sunset Meeting Room
Contact name
Carolyn Ashton
Contact phone
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Nationwide 4-H has over 500,000 volunteers that provide caring and supportive mentoring to all 6 million 4‑H’ers, helping them grow into leaders. 4-H volunteers are the key to a successful 4-H program! Volunteers create positive life-changing experiences for youth. 4-H offers endless opportunities to volunteer. Most volunteers commit to on-going service as leaders, while others may assist with a single event or activity. 

Oregon has more than 6,300 adult and teen volunteers who offer their time and talents to our program.  Benton County 4-H is home to over 250 of these volunteers.  New volunteers receive a comprehensive orientation and training specific to their role, no knowledge or experience is required. Discover below how you can become involved and make a difference for the youth in your community.

Volunteer Roles:

  • Contact Leaders organize and direct 4-H groups or clubs
  • Project (Assistant) Leaders teach members about specific project areas, and assist the contact leader with club needs.
  • Resource Leaders assist contact or project leaders as needed.  
  • Teen Leaders assist adult leaders by co-leading groups or clubs.

Steps to becoming a 4-H Volunteer:

  1. A completed application begins your volunteer leadership journey. Three references will need to be provided on your application. Please provide complete mailing addresses. References cannot be family members/relatives or others who live with you.
  2. A criminal background check is conducted by the Oregon State University Human Resources Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police. Please note a copy of your photo ID must accompany your release form.
  3. Attend a New Leader Training. This 2.5-hour orientation is held several times per year.
  4. Meet with a county 4-H faculty member for an interview.
  5. If the above steps have been approved by the 4-H Agent, you will need to complete a 4-H Volunteer Enrollment form. This form is to be completed annually, if continuing your service.

Once all the steps have been completed you may assist with a current club or start recruiting your own members to start a club. Contact our office to obtain a Volunteer application.