Volunteer Resources

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 400 adult volunteers that have fun while making a positive impact on the youth in Dane 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), supporting 4-H summer camp, or helping out with Dane County UW-Extension’s community-based youth development partnerships. Contact the Dane County Extension office at 608-224-3702 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 Dane County 4-H Youth Development through 4HOnline
    2. Complete the online mandated reporter training through your 4HOnline profile      
      • 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 the in-person Dane County Extension Volunteers in Preparation (VIP) Training
      This face-to-face 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.

      • Upcoming training dates are scheduled for:
        • Monday, November 30, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm – Register for VIP 11.30.2020
        • If you need a one-on-one orientation that time, please contact the Lisa Curley at curley.lisa@countyofdane.com  to arrange a training time
    4. Pass a national criminal background check
      • In accordance with UW Regent and Dane County 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 collect the needed information.

Annual Leader Training:

Training for Volunteers


Sharing is Caring - Click Below to Share