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4-H clover Volunteer with 4-H to make a local impact

To start the volunteer application process arrange a meeting with the 4-H Extension Educator, Jeremy Freeman by contacting him at 651-277-0150 or by email at jeremyf@umn.edu

Ways to volunteer

  • 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

Who can volunteer with 4-H?

  • Anyone age 19+ who cares about young people. You don't need to be a parent or an expert. For some volunteer roles, you will need to complete a background check and have some basic training.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Project groups

Help lead and coordinate positive youth development experiences around a specific 4-H project. In many projects we have youth interest but need to expand programming to provide learning opportunities:

If you have a new project area of interest you would like to volunteer towards contact 4-H staff.

Specific opportunities in existing projects include:

  • Shooting Sports & Wildlife Instructors
    • Mentor youth and provide on the line instruction/oversight during Shooting Sports practices
    • Commitment of 1 year (Spring-Summer)
  • Photography Project Leader
    • Organize learning opportunities for youth in the photography project
    • Commitment of 1 year (6 meetings)
  • Engineering Design Challenge – Coaches
    • Help support 4-H members through our Engineering design challenge (grades 3+). Training will be given and no prior experience with engineering is needed.
    • Commitment of 1 season (typically a 2-3 month cycle)
  • Robotics – Coaches
    • Help support 4-H members through our Robotics programs (all ages). Training will be given and no prior experience with programming is needed.
    • Commitment of 1 season (typically a 3-4 month cycle)

County Programs

Volunteer to assist in a variety of county programs we have currently available serving as:

  • Youth First Afterschool 
    • Design and lead learning experiences for community youth through our partnership with Youth First and Lakes Center for Youth & Families
    • Curriculum and resources already provided
    • Time commitment and location varies
  • Discover Clubs
    • Design and lead learning experiences for community youth through our partnership with the East Central Regional Library system
    • Curriculum and resources already provided
    • Time commitment and location varies
  • Workshop Day Instructor
    • Facilitate learning around a specific project at either our Fall or Winter Project Days
    • Commitment of 1 morning/afternoon
  • Clothing/Sewing Workshops and Camps Volunteer
    • Assist our Committee in offering clothing and sewing workshops to 4-H members
    • Commitment is seasonal and varies
  • Chaperone
    • Provide overnight supervision of 4-H members at BLU, YELLO, Summer Camp, State Fair and other overnight programs
    • Commitment varies
  • County Fair
    • There are a variety of ways you can volunteer at the County Fair! Contact us directly to learn how you can assist at this annual celebration!

Community Club Volunteers

For many of our 4-H members local 4-H Community Clubs provides a safe, enriching experience to learn and gain confidence. There are a variety of ways you can volunteer for your 4-H club, and in some cases we may be able to start a whole new club! Consider serving your club as:

  • Demonstration Coordinator
    • Assist and coordinate 4-H members in giving demonstrations around a variety of projects
  • Cloverbud Volunteer
    • Plan and coordinate Cloverbud learning opportunities for the club
  • Snack Coordinator
    • Coordinate healthy snack options for regular meetings
  • Activity Volunteer
    • Plan and coordinate activities for 4-H members to experience in and outside of 4-H club meetings
  • Fundraising Volunteer
    • Assist the club by coordinating fundraising opportunities

Committee members

Join into a 4-H committee to help provide guidance, direction and oversight to specific 4-H programs. Current committees that are open to members include:

  • Auction Committee
  • Cafeteria Committee
  • Clothing Committee
  • Dog PDC
  • General Livestock PDC
  • Horse PDC
  • Rabbit PDC
  • Shooting Sports & Wildlife PDC
  • STEM Committee
  • Other new committees (suggest to 4-H staff)

Site based clubs

Volunteer with us by helping build new partnerships and experiences at program sites across the county such as after-school sites or summer library programs.

 
 
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