How to Volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to the 4-H program. Volunteers put 4-H’s researched-based, learn-by-doing model in action. They help youth learn and practice skills such as problem solving, decision making, and communicating – skills crucial for their success in school, careers, and communities. There are over 250 adult volunteers that have fun while making a positive impact on the youth in Washington County. Would you like to join them?

Volunteers contribute their time in a variety of ways- sharing a specific skill as a project leader (like for woodworking or cake decorating), providing support to youth camp counselors at camp, teaching a session at Art Discovery Day, or helping in the Extension Washington County office. Review the wide variety of project areas Washington County offers to see if there is a skill set you have that you’d like to teach to youth. Contact the Extension Washington County office at 262-335-4478 to inquire about the many other opportunities available.

Steps to Become an Adult Volunteer

4-H is proud of being a proactive, youth-serving organization with an excellent reputation for providing a healthy and safe environment for its members. The volunteer orientation process assures the quality of the program. To become a 4-H Adult Volunteer Leader, we need you to complete the following steps:

    1. Enroll in Washington County 4-H Youth Development through 4HOnline
      • Follow these instructions
      • As part of your online enrollment, you will be asked to agree to the Extension Washington County  Volunteer Behavior Expectation form and an Assumption of Risk Document. These must be completed by all adults who wish to volunteer with Extension Washington County
    2. Complete the online mandated reporter training through 4HOnline      
      • Takes about 30-45 minutes
      • It provides valuable information about how to recognize signs of child abuse and will provide the basis for some conversation at the in-person VIP training
    3. Register for and attend an Extension Volunteers in Preparation (VIP) Training
      • This training is required once for all beginning volunteers. After that, you can participate in ongoing virtual and in-person trainings based on your volunteer role and interests.
      • See our Special Events page to check for upcoming trainings

4. Pass a national criminal background check

      • In accordance with UW Regent and UW-Extension policy, we are required to conduct a national criminal background check for employees and volunteers holding a “position of trust with access to vulnerable populations” upon initial enrollment and every four years.
      • You will receive an email from HireRight to request information from you to conduct a background check.
        • HireRight is the vendor chosen to do the criminal background checks for UW-Extension employees and volunteers.
        • The background checks are done on a national and state level.
      • The subject line of the email should read “Action needed in connection with your current volunteer status with University of Wisconsin-Extension.”
      • Please check your junk email folder periodically.
      • Please be assured the HireRight website is a secure, encrypted site.
      • Please respond within 5 days to the request from HireRight.

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