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Volunteer with 4-H!

Become a 4-H Volunteer Today!

Why Volunteer with 4-H?

  • Work with youth and inspire them to grow.
  • Share things you are passionate about within your community.
  • Help cultivate contributing members of society.
  • Join a community of volunteers that share your interests.
  • Create more opportunities for your own kids through 4-H involvement.
  • The Essex County program provides assistance in funding, marketing, and support so you can focus on what you love.
  • Be recognized for your contributions.

Volunteers make a difference in our programs!

Volunteering is fun and rewarding, and enables you to share your experiences with others. Do you like bird watching, cooking, gardening or working with animals? There are many interesting projects and fun things to do in 4-H.

Imagine a young person's satisfaction at learning a new skill, or at doing a job well. Imagine your own satisfaction at watching a young person blossom. You can help our young people as they gain confidence and self-esteem - essential ingredients for happy, productive citizens.

Whether you want to be a club leader or work with kids on a short-term project, there's a role for you in 4-H. Some volunteers are engaged with the program for a long period of time, such as leading a 4-H Club for several years. Others volunteer on a one-time, short-term or even an annual basis, for example, leading the once a month Sparks Club, hosting a one-time workshop, serving as a judge for public presentations or the Essex County Fair. In whatever role you may choose to volunteer, our 4-H office can provide training, resources and support that can help make your volunteer position as rewarding as possible for everyone involved. Learn more in the NYS 4-H Leader Guide

4-H Enrollment Forms

The packet linked below is for enrolling as a Leader or Volunteer in the 4-H year that runs from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024.Forms change each year and must be completed on an annual basis. Every three years volunteers will be asked to consent to a criminal background check.

Leader/Volunteer Enrollment Packet  

How to start a 4-H Club in Essex County

  1. Complete the leader enrollment forms
  2. Attend a leaders meeting/training with CCE Essex Staff
  3. Enroll 5 youth in your club
  4. Have members choose a club name
  5. Plan monthly club meetings and projects with your club members

Last updated February 1, 2024