Did you know that more than 400 adults volunteer with Tompkins County 4-H programs each year? Volunteering is fun and rewarding, and enables you to share your experiences with others. Do you like birdwatching, cooking, gardening or working with animals? There are many interesting projects and fun things to do in 4-H.
Prospective volunteers complete an application form. In addition, those who volunteer to work directly with youth will be asked to consent to a 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.
Organizational Leader – The organizational leader establishes and maintains a club structure that supports 4-H Youth Development activities for school age youth within a defined area. He/she works with the project leader, activity leader and youth in planning the club program; arranges for meeting facilities; complies with Cornell Cooperative Extension procedures; ensures that all enrollments, program registrations and reports are filled out and turned in to the county 4-H office; keeps the 4-H Educator staff informed about activities, accomplishments and problems. An organizational leader may also act as a project leader.
Project Leader – The project leader provides instruction and guidance to 4-H members when doing a project. The key component of the project leader’s role is teaching; the “classroom” is wherever the members meet in order to work on their project(s). Project leaders may also assist with project-related activities on the county level and guide members in the selection of projects and the completion of project reports.
Activity Leader – The activity leader is responsible to help members plan for and participate in one or more specific activities the club has included in its yearly plan. These include such things as community service, public presentation, special celebrations, trips, etc.
Resource Leader – Resource leaders are volunteers who are selected by Cooperative Extension staff to aid, train and work with 4-H club leaders or members on a short-term basis. They have a specialization in a certain program area. Resource leaders often teach workshops or serve as evaluators at fairs and contests.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Different 4-H programs can utilize volunteers who can’t make a long time commitment (like a club leader). Most of the following opportunities are a one-day commitment.
Public Presentations – needs volunteers for evaluators, room assistants, and sign-in. Usually held on the first Saturday of February.
Horse Bowl/Hippology/Horse Judging; DairyBowl/Dairy Challenge/Dairy Judging – needs volunteers to ask questions, assist in rooms, and assist at stations. Regional competition usually held mid-March.
Horse Clinic – need volunteers to help organize, facilitate event. Usually held in June.
Youth Fair – Need volunteers to help with many different jobs. Ex. Announcer, gate handlers, etc. Usually held end of July.
Last updated August 6, 2015