We’re so happy that you are interested in volunteering for the Dubuque County Youth and 4-H Program.  Through the efforts of more than 20,000 volunteers statewide, Iowa Youth and 4-H reaches more than 100,000 young people each year with educational programs and experiences.  Through 4-H, youth gain self-confidence, make friends, and develop skills that last a lifetime. 
4-H volunteers are the key to this program.  Volunteers hold many different roles within 4-H, including teaching, coaching, supervising, and advising young people.  In addition, volunteers may train other volunteers, manage events or funds, or assist with other program support.  Volunteers help accomplish many different jobs. 
The rewards for volunteering are great!  4-H volunteers make a significant contribution to their communities by helping young people grow and develop in positive ways.  At the same time, volunteers benefit thorough training, conferences, and meeting other concerned adults.  It’s also fun to be a 4-H volunteer! 
In order to become a 4-H volunteer, there are a series of steps for you to complete.  The purpose of this process is to help you know more about 4-H and to help us know more about you.  Knowledge about your interests, skills, and background will lead to a better match between your volunteer role and the needs of youth.  It is also a necessary step in protecting children and volunteers associated with 4-H. 

  • Complete the Volunteer Application, Staff/Volunteer Services Confidentiality Statement, Youth Safety/Well Being Statement, Volunteer Interest Form, Volunteer Background Disclosure, and the Volunteer Background Authorization Form.
Forms can be found HERE.
  • Return all of the forms to the Extension office.  Please seal the provided envelope to ensure that all information will be kept confidential. 
  • Your application will be reviewed, and you will then be notified regarding your volunteer status. 
  • If approved, you will receive orientation, training, and materials on your new role as needed.  

County 4-H News

October 21, 2016

Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dubuque County Council from a slate of six candidates at the Nov. 8 general election. 

Read the article to find out more about the candidates. 

Know Your Farmer - Know Your Food
August 3, 2016

'Shake the hand that feeds you' this fall with the 4th Annual Driftless Farm Crawl, Farm to Table Dinner, and special back-to-school lecture with Fred Kirschenmann. An inspiring series of events to showcase local farms, local chefs, and farm-to-school programs bringing healthy food to tri-state area families! 

Community Supported Agriculture
March 28, 2016

CSA is a way for farmers and consumers to connect directly throughout the year. In early spring eaters become 'members' or 'shareholders', and in exchange recieve regular boxes full of the season's best local foods.

January 8, 2015

Dubuque County 4-H t-shirts are available at the Dubuque County Extension Office. Prices are $6 per shirt is sizes XS-XL and $8.00 per shirt in sizes 2XL.  Stop and see Beth Oberhoffer and grab a great shirt!  

August 14, 2013

Although making friends comes naturally for many children, some children need a little help, says Susan Taylor, a family life program specialist with Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach.

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