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How to Become a 4-H Volunteer

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 approximately 200 adult volunteers that have fun while making a positive impact on the youth in Waukesha 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 woodworking or cake decorating), leading a session at camp, or helping in the UW-Extension office. Review the wide variety of project areas Waukesha County offers to see if there is a skill set you have that you’d like to teach to youth. For more information on volunteering please see the volunteer flyers below or contact the UW-Extension office 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. In order to be recognized as an 4-H active volunteer you need to complete the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development program, all adults age 18 and over must participate in the Youth Protection Program. The Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Youth Protection process includes:

•             Volunteer Application Form (4HOnline) which includes signed Volunteer Behavior Expectation Form and Assumption of Risk

•             Online Mandatory Report Training for Volunteers

•             UW-Extension Volunteer in Preparation (VIP) Training

•             Successful Background Check

Upcoming Volunteer in Preparation (VIP) Trainings: 

There are no group trainings currently planned. 

To register contact Molly Ellis 4-H Program Assistant, at (262) 548-7774 or at mellis@waukeshacounty.gov

UW-Extension via General Information Services, GIS will conduct a confidential background check through the Department of Justice.

Executive Board Committees: 

  • Activities & Events Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Camp (summer) Committee
  • Expansion & Review Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Food Stand Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Leadership Committee
  • Promotion Committee

Youth and Family Educator

James M. Boling, Jr.
(262) 548-7784

4-H Support Staff

Molly Ellis
(262) 548-7774


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4-H Extension Waukesha County
Univeristy of Wisconsin Madison
515 W. Moreland Blvd., AC G22
Waukesha, WI 53188

Civil Rights Statement: University of Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin counties cooperating. An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.