April 19-25 is national volunteer week, a time to salute our volunteers and say thank you. Fond du Lac 4-H volunteers teach, serve as role models, plan and organize, advise, help raise funds, and are mentors so young people may have the best experiences possible. Adult volunteers are essential to the 4-H program. They put 4-H’s researched-based, learn-by-doing model in action. Volunteers help youth learn and practice skills such as problem-solving, decision making, and communicating – skills crucial for their success in school, careers, and communities.
Do you know how to do grow vegetables or have some woodworking skills? Have you worked with animals, made a quilt, used a camera, or have baking skills? Maybe building rockets is your passion, or you like doing crafts. If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could share this passion or skill as a 4-H volunteer. The 4-H program is always seeking new 4-H adult leaders to work with youth on hands-on projects. You do not need to be an expert. We are looking for adults who may want to lead a session at our Family Learning Day, providing feedback to youth as a judge at the Community Arts Festival, or even help in the UW-Extension office. There are opportunities for you to learn with the youth, help support youth leaders, and share your knowledge. Volunteers can volunteer anywhere from once a year for a few hours to once a week!
Would you like to join them? To become a volunteer there are a few steps. The adult will create a profile on 4-H online. Once in 4-H online, the adult will complete a mandated reporter training, a required background check will be completed and a Volunteer in Preparation training must be completed. Adults can register for the Volunteer in Preparation (VIP) training by clicking here. VIP trainings are being held virtually at this time. Once all steps are completed the adult will receive an official volunteer letter. Find more information about 4-H and volunteering at our website, contact the Fond du Lac County UW-Extension office at 920-929-3170 or e-mail Tracy Keifenheim at email@example.com.