Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for their 4-H Youth Development Program. There are many ways to volunteer including helping one time at an event, working behind the scenes at our office, offering to lead a series of classes, or being heavily involved as a club leader. Whatever your interest and time constraints, we can match you with a situation just right for you! Volunteers are valued by 4-H and are the key to successful programming.
There are many reasons that people volunteer. These include enjoying time with youth and other adults as well as feeling useful. Some volunteers report that they like doing something to benefit their family or community. Some volunteers are looking for an experience to maintain or strengthen their professional skills.
4-H Volunteer, Alicia Patsos, shared, “Volunteering with 4-H allows me to give back to an organization that helped me grow so much as a youth. I want kids to be able to experience the same opportunities that I had, including meeting new people and learning life skills. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t learned so much in 4-H.”
Seneca County 4-H staff provides training for volunteers. There is an orientation and information you receive when you begin the volunteer enrollment process. In addition there are in-person trainings each year for 4-H volunteers which are a particularly good time to trade ideas with each other. There are also online trainings around positive youth development, special events, and curriculums of interest.
If you are interested in helping please contact us to find out about a great fit, training, and the process to become an approved volunteer. Help Seneca County 4-H have a positive impact on youth this year and into the future!