Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for their 4-H Youth Development Dog Club. The ideal candidate(s) would enjoy working with both dogs and kids and possess basic knowledge of dog training. This position would come with the benefits of working with polite and eager children, their fuzzy canine partners, and supportive families. Seneca County 4-H Youth Development staff would offer support and training to help you have a successful experience. 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 Susan to find out about opportunities with the Dog Club and to become an approved volunteer. Help Seneca County 4-H have a positive impact on youth this year and into the future!