Frequently Asked Questions


How can I become involved?
First, decide which program within the 4-H program you want to volunteer for. Next, fill out a Volunteer Application available here on our web site, and send it in. We'll call and talk with you about your interests and how you'd like to be involved.

Do I have to have children to be a 4-H volunteer leader?
No. 4-H volunteer leaders simply need to enjoy spending time with children and youth, and be willing to help them learn and develop.

Do I have to know a lot about a subject to be a leader?
No. Volunteer leaders solicit help from other volunteers. In addition, volunteer leaders can attend training to help them feel more comfortable and knowledgeable in specific areas. Our 4-H Office also has curricula and other information on many subjects, and can help you identify activities and opportunities for your club or project.

Do I have to organize my own 4-H club, or can I help out with an existing one?
No. Just let the 4-H office know what you are interested in and the amount of time you have available, so we can direct you to the perfect volunteer opportunity (short or long-term).

Is there a cost involved?
There are no costs involved in becoming a 4-H volunteer leader!

What about background screening?
Those who volunteer to work directly with youth will be asked to consent to a sex offender and criminal background screening at Cooperative Extension's expense, as a means of ensuring the safety and security both of our volunteers and of the people we serve through our programs.

Whom do I contact?
Call the contact on this page for more information on how to become a Volunteer 4-H Leader.

Contact

Kate Ewer
4-H Community Educator
kde32@cornell.edu
716-664-9502 ext. 212

Last updated September 12, 2016