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The Chaffee County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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Volunteer to Help Grow True Leaders:

A 4-H volunteer is many things – mentor, advisor, friend, teacher, referee, coach, role model, pacesetter and much more. Most importantly, a 4-H leader genuinely cares about young people and wants to help them learn and grow. As a 4-H volunteer, you are important to help our youth “learn-by-doing”. You will work side-by-side with 4-H youth in youth-adult partnerships, where you grow together in shared responsibility and decision-making.

What do 4-H Volunteers do?

  • Teach young people important skills
  • Help plan and conduct events
  • Work in partnership (adults and youth) to lead 4-H clubs, activities, and events
  • Supports and creates community service opportunities
  • Shares their knowledge and interests with young people
  • Chaperone camps, field trips, contests and leadership conferences
  • Recruit other volunteers
  • Develop and evaluate 4-H youth development programs
  • Contribute by promoting and supporting 4-H

Leadership in 4-H doesn’t depend on the amount of knowledge you have about a project. It relies on your willingness to help youth learn.

While a young member’s project might be photography, horses or sewing, the leader’s project is always the YOUTH. Leadership is the ability to get along with people; to tackle a job and see it through.

4-H volunteers are valued partners and the key to the success of a member’s learning, experience and continuing interest in 4-H.

Benefits of Volunteering:

In addition to growing and empowering youth, 4-H volunteers benefit from their involvement by:

  • Building new friendships.
  • Forming connections with youth.
  • Improving your community and making a difference!
  • Gaining leadership.
  • Building and developing new passions.
  • Creating positive change in youth and your community.
  • Enhancing and growing your own skills as you help young people build theirs.
  • Creating a lasting legacy.
  • Sharing your knowledge and expertise with new generations.

Who can be a Volunteer?

Anyone over 18 who cares about making a difference in the lives of young people! You don’t have to be a parent or an expert. You will need to complete a background check and attend basic trainings provided by Chaffee Extension.

Volunteer Position Descriptions:

How to I become a 4-H Volunteer:

Come volunteer for Chaffee County 4-H! Check out our Volunteer Enrollment page to learn more about the process of becoming a 4-H Volunteer. You can also contact your local 4-H agent.