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New 4-H Volunteer Requirements

Adults interested in becoming a volunteer with the Madison County 4-H program must complete a seven step process.  These steps do not need to be done in sequence, but must all be completed before an adult begins working with youth in our county.  If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer, please call 740-852-0975 to schedule an interview appointment with Frances Foos, 4-H Extension Educator.  (Note: You may need to open some of the forms "in a different viewer". All pdf documents are "fillable".)

The Ohio 4-H Volunteer Handbook is a great resource for volunteers.

Returning Volunteers:

We have a tremendous core of 4-H Volunteers with the Madison County 4-H program.   4-H Volunteers who have given one or more years of service need to complete the following requirements:

  • Update a 4-H Volunteer online re-enrollment  by March 15 to the Extension office
  • Review, sign and submit the 4-H Volunteer Standards of Behavior (Updated 11/2020) and commit to upholding those standards (Completed via 4-H Online)
  • Submit a Background Check every 4 years (will receive notice in the mail when required)
    • Attend ONE mandatory 4-H Volunteer training AND the Club Update (or watch recording) or opportunity at the county, district, or state level or a non-4-H training that relates to your work as a volunteer
      • County offerings will be available on various topics from December-March. Check 4-H calendar and email updates for dates and topics
    • Complete the Minors Policy 1.50 training offered at county trainings or online (contact the office for more information)
    • At least 2 representatives from your club must attend the annual Club Update, held January 31st, 2022. There are two time options: 10:00am-12:00pm or 7:00-9:00pm. This is required IN ADDITION to one of the other training options.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Key Leaders are middle management resource individuals who assist with the 4-H program. If you have an interest/expertise in a certain project area or event, please contact Frances Nicol, 4-H Educator, to get an application

OSU Extension Madison County Advisory Committee   Any Madison County 4-H adult volunteer or 4-H member who is at least 14 years of age (as of Jan. 1) and is a freshman is welcome to attend the committee meetings.

4-H Volunteer Job Descriptions

Three categories will apply for filing purposes.  Please review the following descriptions and responsibilities and let our office know which position you will be coordinating.

• Organizational/Community Club Advisor—The lead volunteer of the club serves as the primary contact between the club and the county Extension office and gives leadership to managing and organizing club experiences.

• Project/Activity Advisor—This volunteer role is responsible for teaching knowledge and skills for project area(s). Share your skills, talents, and special interests in a single project area. Examples include clothing, dogs, rabbits, horses, bicycling, computers, woodworking, photography, etc. This volunteer could also coordinate club activities such as community service, fund raising, trips and tours, promotional activities, recognition programs, family nights, and more.

• Cloverbud Advisor—This role focuses on providing non-competitive experiences that meet the special needs and interests of youth 5 through 8 years old. Talk with your county Extension professional to find out more about the requirements to become a Cloverbud Advisor in your county