Contra Costa 4-H Program
University of California
Contra Costa 4-H Program

Adult Volunteer

Being a volunteer

True Leaders aren't born, they're grown

Our volunteers are a key part of the 4-H Youth Development Program.  

By volunteering, you are helping to grow the skills of 4-H youth to be future leaders.

Ways you can volunteer

Volunteering in 4-H is flexible and rewarding.  Share your expertise and experience with the youth and other volunteers to make things happen!

Provide administrative support for a 4-H club.
Provide administrative support for a 4-H club.
Share your expertise with 4-H youth.
Share your expertise with 4-H youth.
Help shape 4-H in California!
Help shape 4-H in California!
Spend a day or a few hours evaluating 4-H presentations and competitions.
Spend a day or a few hours evaluating 4-H presentations and competitions.
Support 4-H'ers as they plan and execute activities & events.
Support 4-H'ers as they plan and execute activities & events.

New Volunteers

 

New volunteer process
All 4-H adult volunteers must apply and be appointed annually.

 

 Process to become a new 4-H Adult Volunteer

1. Find a club

See our list of clubs to find one near you.  You can also contact the Contra Costa County Extension Office for help in finding clubs near you to start you on the process of becoming a volunteer.  Contact the club leader to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available in the club.

2. Screening Process

All new 4-H volunteers must go through a screening process.  Our #1 priority is the safety of young people.  We do all we can to protect young people and keep them safe while they are in our care.  When you become a 4-H volunteer, you are part of the plan to keep our young people safe.

1. Complete the online 4-H Volunteer Interest Survey in English or Spanish
2. Create an adult volunteer profile on 4hOnline

Please make sure the Family email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly.  This email will be used for most communications and to confirm your volunteer application.

*For Spanish: The 4hOnline system is only in English.  You can fill in the paper enrollment packet in Spanish and turn it in to your club leader or county staff for them to enter it into 4hOnline for you.  Please keep a copy of the paper forms for your records.

3. Complete a California Department of Justice Live Scan background check.

An important part of providing a safe environment is to conduct background checks on our volunteers and staff.  Everyone that will be spending an extended time with our 4-H youth is screened.

3. New Volunteer Training

1. New Volunteer Online Training

All new 4-H volunteers are required to take the New Volunteer Training online courses in the extension system before they become approved as volunteers.  This interactive training series introduces you to the best practices in positive youth development that are used in 4-H.

After you complete and submit your 4hOnline profile you will receive an automated message with the eXtension login instructions.  The email will go to the Family email account you entered in 4hOnline.

2. Beginning 4-H for Volunteers

In addition to the online courses, all new 4-H volunteers are required to take the Beginning 4-H for Volunteers Orientation before they become approved as volunteers.  Register for a Beginning 4-H for Volunteers orientation.  

Live Scan services will be provided at orientations.

4. Approval

The County Director reviews and approves 4-H volunteer appointments after

  • You are signed up in 4hOnline
  • You have passed the screening process
  • You complete all of the New Volunteer Training required by your county

Once you are approved, the fun begins!  Thank you for joining our 4-H family!

Returning Volunteers

Returning 4-H Volunteer process
4-H has grown in California because of the dedication of our volunteers.  Some of our volunteers have supported 4-H for 10, 20 and 30 years or more!

Re-apply annually by December 31

All 4-H volunteers must be appointed annually.  If you are a current 4-H Adult Volunteer, to continue in the next year you need to re-apply and be re-appointed by December 31st to continue with no break in service.

 

Re-application process

1. Update your 4hOnline profile.

Log in to 4hOnline to update your profile to enroll for the new year.  Please make sure the email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly.

2. Take the Returning Volunteers Training in the online eXtension system.

You will receive the login information sent to your Family email after you update and submit your 4hOnline profile application for the new year.  If you used a paper enrollment form, you will have to check with your county 4-H Representative for the instructions.

3. Get approved as a 4-H Volunteer. 

After all the application requirements and mandatory trainings are completed, the County Director reviews and approves the volunteer appointments.

NOTE: If you have a break in service

You have a break in service if you are not currently enrolled as a 4-H volunteer when you apply for the new year.  Please follow the process for New Volunteers when applying.

Resources for Volunteers


Go to 4hOnline login page

4hOnline Instructions - New Volunteers

4hOnline Instructions - Returning Adult Volunteers

Training for New and Returning Volunteers

Link to eXtension login page

Locations where Live Scan fingerprinting services are available

Link to volunteer Resources on State website. Hit back button to return to county page.
Link to volunteer Resources on State website. Hit back button to return to county page.

Page Last Updated: July 19, 2017
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