4-H volunteers are community members who are invested in the positive development of the youth in our county and care about their future. 4-H provides an organized way for people with a wide variety of skills/expertise, backgrounds, interests, etc to work together for our youth. Read all about being a Michigan 4-H volunteer.
Washtenaw 4-H Staff Contact: Maggie Davidson, 4-H Program Coordinator, 734-222-3936
What can I do?
There are lots of different ways to volunteer with 4-H:
- Community Club Leaders oversee and coordinate the operation of the 4-H club. These leaders help members sign up for 4-H in their club, inform the club about updates in the 4-H program and opportunities available, etc. You can start your own club or get involved with an existing club.
- Do you have a special skill that you want to teach to youth, to make them as excited about it as you are? In 4-H, you can lead workshops and activities at the club or county level. Project Leaders are volunteers in clubs who are responsible for leading 4-H'ers who are involved in a specific project or activity. For example, a club may be involved in lots of different projects, with a leader responsible for each one--Beef Leader, Craft Leader, Community Service Leader, etc.
- Don't want to be tied down to a specific club? You can be a Resource Leader, someone who 4-H groups may come to for your expertise for workshops, activities, information, etc.
- Council/Committee Members help youth gain leadership experience as a part of the many 4-H Councils and Committees that oversee and advise the various aspects of the 4-H program, conduct educational workshops, grant scholarships, etc.
- Behind the Scenes Volunteers provide support for 4-H clubs/groups, events, workshops/trainings, etc. These volunteers may do a variety of things, from making sure the most up to date educational information is available to 4-H members and volunteers to organizing events and more!
- You can also provide state-wide leadership for projects or events. More information: Michigan 4-H Volunteers.
What resources will be available to me?
I want to get involved!
- Fill out an application.
- Notify your references that we will be contacting them.
- Drop off, mail, or email the application to Maggie Davidson, 4-H Program Coordinator. Note: turning in an application does not mean that you are now a certified volunteer. You will receive a letter once your certification is complete welcoming you as a new volunteer.
- WE will conduct your criminal history and child abuse checks and check your references.
- YOU will complete all 4 components of the 4-H Volunteer e-Learning Course. The password is: volunteer. (Be sure to fill in your county at the end. We will receive notification when you have completed the course)
- Once the last two steps have been completed, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person meeting at our office. Allow approximately 1 hour. This meeting will consist of an interview and an orientation specific to the volunteer role you will play. You will sign a Code of Conduct Agreement, Volunteer Enrollment Form, and Volunteer Authorization Form. You will receive a packet of resources to assist you in your new role. You will start receiving our CloverBeat Blast via email once per week (usually Thursday) with updates about everything that is going on in Washtenaw 4-H.
- You will receive a letter welcoming you as a new volunteer. Keep this letter for your records. Welcome!!!
Maintaining my status as a certified 4-H volunteer
Once you have completed all 7 steps of the Volunteer Selection Process as detailed above, you will be a certified 4-H volunteer. To maintain this status, you will fill out and turn in to the Washtenaw 4-H office the following forms annually (between September 1 and December 15):
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