4-H Volunteers

4-H Volunteers Play a Significant Role

If you enjoy working with children, have a willingness to share your time and talents with young people in the community, like to have fun, learn new skills and make a difference, then being a 4-H volunteer is for you.

4-H volunteers play a significant role in helping youth to reach their potential. As a volunteer, you will help youth in your group learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through projects and activities. If you have a hobby or interest you would like to share with young people such as photography, leadership, animals, plants, fishing, drama, community service, computers and technology, woodworking, fashion design, arts and crafts, rocketry and more, consider becoming a 4-H volunteer.


As a volunteer you will GAIN:

  • satisfaction by making a difference working with youth
  • self confidence
  • leadership skills
  • recognition within the community
  • opportunities to engage in state, regional and national experiencesAs a volunteer you are PRICELESS:
  • you strengthen and improve the quality of our 4-H program
  • you provide your unique perspective
  • more youth can be reached
  • you have immediate access to the community
  • you provide greater visibility for the program in the community

Ways to Volunteer

The 4-H Program depends on volunteers to implement local education programs for youth. Each local 4-H office may have different committees and volunteer opportunities. But in all offices, the 4-H volunteers work with other adults, children or groups in a variety of ways. Volunteer opportunities include club leader, junior/teen leader, project leader, assistant leader, advisory committee member, fair association directors or advisors, camp board member, program committee member and judge/evaluator for a 4-H event or contest. For more information on these opportunities, please contact your local 4-H Office.

Volunteer Training and Recognition

Training is conducted at local, state and regional levels. New 4-H volunteers receive a general orientation, and depending on each local 4-H office, meetings will be held several times a year to help new leaders. The Connecticut 4-H Volunteer Conference is held every other year at the state level, and there is a regional 4-H volunteer forum.

Just as we recognize the efforts of youth, the UConn 4-H Program recognizes and acknowledges its volunteers for their efforts at the local, state and national level.

Getting Started

  • Decide that you want to volunteer with youth.
  • Contact your local 4-H Educator to discuss your interests and time commitments click here for local 4-H contacts.
  • Complete and return the Connecticut Volunteer Application.
  • Upon submission of the volunteer application, references will be contacted and a background check will be conducted by the UConn Human Resources Department. 
  • Once approved as a 4-H volunteer, you will receive an orientation about 4-H and being an effective volunteer.
  • Begin your journey as a 4-H volunteer helping youth to Make the Best Better.