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4-H clover Volunteer with 4-H

Become a volunteer

Anyone age 18+ who cares about young people can volunteer. You don't need to be a parent or an expert.

Find out more and volunteer

Already a volunteer?

The 4-H Volunteer Resource Center contains tools, materials and training for current 4-H volunteers. 

Go to volunteer resources

Who can volunteer?

Adults (anyone age 18+) are welcome to serve as 4-H volunteers. 

What can I do as a volunteer?

There are many ways adults can support youth learning and leading in 4-H. Whether you are ready to join us for one day or one year, we appreciate and welcome your skill and knowledge. For some volunteer roles, you will need to complete a background check.

  • One-time volunteering, such as helping out at a 4-H event
  • Leading the youngest 4-H'ers — Cloverbuds in grades K-2
  • Chaperoning a trip
  • Teaching a topic you know a lot about — once or regularly
  • Leading a 4-H club
  • And more - explore our 4-H Volunteer Resource Center for other volunteer roles

Ready to become a screened and approved volunteer? Learn more and apply.

Why should I volunteer?

4-H provides a unique volunteering experience. As the largest youth organization in Minnesota with methods backed by university research, 4-H offers the opportunity for youth to learn how to solve problems, make decisions and communicate ideas.  Learn more about 4-H.

Volunteering with 4-H benefits the young people, the community, and you, the volunteer.

Make a difference

Feel pride in making a big impact in the lives of young people and adults in your community.

Training and support

You will receive ongoing training and support as you grow your network in your community and the University of Minnesota.

Learn more about 4-H

 4-H provides learning and leading opportunities for Minnesota youth. The sky’s the limit!


Want to learn more about volunteer needs in your area? Contact your local 4-H office.

Interested in volunteering but not ready to apply? Fill out the volunteer interest form.

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