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Adult Volunteer

Being a Volunteer


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 our 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 and events.
Support 4-H'ers as they plan and execute activities and events.

New Volunteers

New Volunteers

All 4-H adults volunteers must apply and be appointed annually.

Process to become a new 4-H Adult Volunteer

1. Find a 4-H Club

Contact the club leader to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available. See our list of clubs for the clubs in Alameda County. You may also contact Cheryl Fraser, Alameda County 4-H Community Education Specialist, cyfraser@ucanr.edu for help in finding a club near you.

2. Screening Process

All new 4-H volunteers must go through a screening process. Our #1 priority in 4-H 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 4-H Volunteer Interest Survey in English or Spanish
2. Create a family profile and add yourself as an adult on 4honlineIf you already have a family profile, because you have enrolled youth members, then add yourself to that profile.

Please make sure the Family email address in the 4honline 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 may 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. The Live Scan expense is reimbursable for Alameda County 4-H Volunteers.

3. New Volunteer Training

  • All 4-H adult volunteers are required to complete online training courses in eXtension in order to volunteer with 4-H youth. The eXtension training sessions are interactive and most volunteers have no problems accessing and completing the training.
  • You will receive an automated message with the eXtension login instructions from your 4hOnline profile. The email will go to the Family email account you entered in 4hOnline.
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

Live Scan services may be provided at orientations.

4. Approval

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

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

Returning Vounteers

Returning Volunteers

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.

Your will receive the login information sent to your Family email after you update and submit your 4hOnline profile application for the new year.

Log in at https://campus.extension.org  Volunteer_Process_for_eXtension

3. Receive approval 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 were not enrolled as a 4-H volunteer the previous year. Please follow the process for New Volunteers when applying.