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Volunteer FAQs

How do I get involved as a 4-H volunteer?

This question can be answered by contacting your county Extension office or call the state 4-H office at 662-325-3350.

What are the requirements to be a 4-H adult volunteer leader?

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be 21 years of age to chaperone 4-H'ers

What are my roles and responsibilities as a 4-H volunteer?

  • The following roles are available in 4-H:
    • Organizational Leader
    • Project Leader
    • Activity Leader
    • Resource Volunteer
    • Teen Leader
  • 4-H Volunteer Responsibilities include:
    • Accepting assignments
    • Respect the confidence of public and 4-H
    • Follow guidelines and policies as established by the University Extension Service, State 4-H Program and County 4-H Program
    • Provide feedback, suggestions and recommendations to salaried staff
    • To use your time wisely
    • To communicate your limitations
    • Be considerate, respect others' competencies, and work as a member of a team

What training opportunities are available for 4-H Volunteers?

The following training opportunities are available:

  • County training conferences
  • Area training conferences
  • District Leader Forums
  • State Forums
  • Regional Forums

What types of recognition are available to 4-H volunteers?

  • County Scholarships
  • Trips
  • Reimburse assignment-related expenses
  • Service Stripes
  • Invitation to staff meetings
  • Accommodate personal needs and problems
  • Respect your wishes
  • Informal Teas
  • Cards
  • Greet by name
  • Volunteer Banquet
  • Persuade personal to equate volunteer experience with work experience
  • Praise
  • Thank You Notes
  • Recognition in media
  • Smiles
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Governor's Volunteer Service Award 
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Success Stories

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Volume 9 Number 1

Ray Henderson’s love for the outdoors began in his youth with learning by doing in 4-H Forestry. He won the State 4-H Congress competition, went to nationals, and placed fifth. After he aged out of the youth development program, he pursued a career with the U.S. Forest Service, and he volunteered in the 1990s as a coach for a few 4-H Forestry teams in Wayne and Greene Counties.

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Since he was featured in the first issue of Extension Matters magazine in 2015, Nic Carter has continued his involvement in 4-H, breeding show pigs and attending the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions when he can.

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Cleaning Up Our Coast

About 2,400 community volunteers came together October 22 for the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup to tidy their beaches and coastal waterways.

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4-H volunteer invests in community kids

When Rose Coffey-Graham first began teaching children, she was just 7 years old and pressed into service by local families who needed someone to watch their kids while they picked cotton. Her teaching materials?

“I had a big tree to sit under and some cardboard, and I acted as if I was the adult,” she remembers.

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Noxubee County volunteers make a difference through service

Everybody who knows Landis and Katherine Mickens, who’ve lived in Noxubee County all their lives, knows they care about service. The Mickens’s ties to their Macon neighbors are strong and run deep, just like their 38-year marriage.

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