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“Why Volunteer?”. Be A Volunteer and Experience the Power of 4-H!. The State, County and Local 4-H program is a dynamic organization that reaches out to youth in grades 3-12 (and even younger in some counties) with opportunities for personal growth and increasing social and technical skills. .

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“Why Volunteer?”


Be A Volunteer and Experience the Power of 4-H!

  • The State, County and Local 4-H program is a dynamic organization that reaches out to youth in grades 3-12 (and even younger in some counties) with opportunities for personal growth and increasing social and technical skills.


Be A Volunteer and Experience the Power of 4-H!

  • Volunteers tell us the most important benefits they receive from working with the 4-H Youth Development Program are chances to:

    • Help children grow in personal self-worth.

    • Gain a better understanding of their community.

    • Interact with others and create family togetherness.


Be A Volunteer and Experience the Power of 4-H!

  • 4-H volunteers enjoy the new friends they make and the realization that they make a significant impact in the development of young people.Share with the youth in your community and help them become more motivated, capable and strong.


What is a Volunteer?

  • A volunteer is defined as a person who did unpaid work (except for expenses) through or for an organization.


Trends in Volunteerism

  • 44% of adults volunteer an average of 3.6 hours/week.

  • 83.9 million adults volunteer a total of 15.5 billion hours; equivalent of over 9 million full-time employees

  • Nationally, volunteer contributions worth $18.04 per hour ($15.57 in Indiana).

  • Nationwide volunteers donated time valued at $280 billion.

    Source: Independent Sector, www.independentsector.org


Trends in Volunteerism

  • Volunteer characteristics

    • Women (46%) more likely to volunteer than men (42%)

    • 35-44 year old group most likely to volunteer (34.7%)

    • Those who volunteer typically contribute more than those who do not ($2,295 to $1,009)


Factors Influencing Volunteer Participation

  • People volunteer when asked to do so (71%).

  • 2/3 of volunteers first volunteered as a youth, often with their family.

  • Volunteer marketing campaigns simply heighten awareness

  • Typically volunteer to work on issues pertinent to them or their family


Are you thinking about volunteering?

Here are some tips to consider when volunteering…


10 Tips for Wise Volunteering

  • Research the causes or issues important to you.

  • Consider the skills you have to offer.

  • Consider volunteering as a family.

  • Would you like to learn something new?

  • Don’t over-commit your schedule.


10 Tips for Wise Volunteering

  • Nonprofits may have questions, too.

  • I never thought of that!

  • Give voice to your heart through your giving and volunteering!

  • Virtual volunteering?

  • Be a year-round volunteer!

  • Source: Independent Sector


What are the benefits of volunteers in 4-H?

There are many!!!


Benefits of Volunteers

  • Point of local contact for information

  • Historical perspective of the program; may have been participants themselves

  • Great network of contacts – for people, donations, etc.

  • Know who to contact; typically well-respected by the community


Benefits of Volunteers

  • Allow organization to reach wide range of audiences

  • The program is “owned by” the local people; staff members come and go, but the local people have the long-term ownership of the program


Youth need volunteers who…

  • Care about them;

  • Let them know they are valued;

  • Provide opportunities for them to make decisions and try out ideas;

  • Show confidence in their ability;

  • Help them develop new skills;


Youth need volunteers who…

  • Communicate realistic, appropriate, and positive expectations;

  • Listen to them;

  • Spend time with them;

  • Recognize their efforts, achievements, and special qualities; and

  • Serve as good role models.


How do I volunteer for 4-H?

Are you interested in volunteering for 4-H? Read on…


  • Purdue University and the State 4-H Program have adopted a screening process that each person interested in volunteering to help with the 4-H program must complete.

    The next few slides describe this process.


Volunteer Screening Process

  • Why?

    • Allows volunteers to reaffirm their commitment and dedication to the well-being of youth as they provide them with positive growth experiences.

    • Helps to ensure youth receive a high-quality education in a safe environment.

    • It documents volunteer excellence.


Who completes process?

  • All individuals who wish to volunteer with the program are included in the screening process.

  • Club and project leaders, committee members, advisory board members, any others who volunteer with the program.


What behaviors are addressed?

Source: 4-H 783 & 4-H 785

  • Follow rules and guidelines established by Purdue Extension, including those related to child abuse and neglect.

  • Be a positive role model for youth.

  • Be courteous, respectful, and truthful; exhibit good sportsmanship; handle conflict reasonably.

  • Represent 4-H Youth Development program with dignity and pride, accept supervision and support from others, participate in orientation and training, and work to create an effective 4-H Youth Development program.


What behaviors are addressed?

  • Ensure equal access to programs.

  • Understand that physical and verbal abuse and criminal acts are not a part of the 4-H Youth Development program.

  • Not allow, consume, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at 4-H Youth Development events. Limit tobacco use to times when volunteers are not with youth.

  • Operate machinery and equipment in a responsible manner; treat animals humanely; use technology appropriately.


Screening Process Steps:

  • Contact the County Extension Office and indicate that you are interested in volunteering with the 4-H Program.

  • The Educator will send you a packet with information on how to complete the screening process. This will include:

    • Cover letter

    • 4-H Volunteer Application Form

    • General information about volunteering in 4-H


Screening Process Steps:

  • Complete and return the 4-H Volunteer application.

  • The Educator will begin a confidential file for you, complete your three reference checks, and conduct a search of the Indiana Sex Offender’s Registry database.


Screening Process Steps:

  • After the Educator has completed the screening, you will receive a letter of notification

  • If accepted as a volunteer, you will receive a set of Adult Behavioral Expectations to sign and return along with a volunteer position description


Steps to complete:

  • Successful applicants will then receive an orientation on the basics of the 4-H program

  • This orientation will be followed by information on upcoming training opportunities.


Contacting your County Extension Office:

  • To find out about opportunities to volunteer in 4-H, contact your County Extension Office 4-H Youth Extension Educator.

  • Click on: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/; select County Offices, and click on the county in which you would like to volunteer.


Thank you for your interest in serving as a 4-H Volunteer!


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