Volunteer

There are Seven Steps to Becoming a Jefferson County Volunteer

1. Decide that you want to help kids grow and explore their futures.
Maybe you want to get more involved, but you just haven't been sure how.  This is a great way and opportunity to be a part of helping educate our youth to help them grow into productive citizens!
2. Watch the Orientation videos to learn more about 4-H and opportunities available to you.
3. Contact the Jefferson County ISU Extension office to find out about local opportunities.
There may be an opening for a leader in an area of you interest, a current club may need an extra pair of hands or there may be an opportunity for you to start your own club!
4. Complete Iowa State University Extension’s Child Protection and Safety Policy (CPSP) process if you will have direct contact with youth.
Stop by the Jefferson County Extension Office to pick up your Volunteer Application Packet to get started on the CPSP process.  This process may take 4-6 weeks from start to finish so it is crucial to start it as soon as you have decided you want to get involved!
5. Attend trainings.
Jefferson County has at least one (1) state required training each year to provide continuing education to our current volunteers.  In addition to this training, all NEW volunteers must attend a State training before starting their adventure as a new volunteer.
In addition to these training, Jefferson County will keep all volunteers up to date on the 4-H Risk Management Training.  As updates are handed down, an additional training may be hosted or an online training may be offered.
6. Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school, or even your church.
7. Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having FUN with kids!
Now that you have completed the seven (7) steps to becoming a volunteer, you may be saying "Now What?". The following are some help sheets that may provide a little extra guidance in the adventure of being a volunteer. 
How to Start a Club
Planning Club Experiences
Tips on Conducting a Club Meeting
Club Meeting Outline
Tips on Pre-Meeting Activities

County 4-H News

dinky computer for Basic Skills
August 25, 2016

Come and Learn Basic Computer Skills. A workshop with tips and information on the upgrade of computers. A refresher course for inquiring minds. Join us!

August 31st - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Located at IHCC  @ 112 South Court Street in Fairfield

August 25, 2016

The Teen Council will be made up of dedicated members from across the county that strive to make the best better for 4-H'ers and their families in Jefferson County. Be sure to read the Teen Council Guidelines, then fill out the application and return by 4:30PM on Monday, September 12th to the Extension Office or via e-mail at coop_rachelw@iastate.edu. NO late applications will be reviewed. Accepted applicants will be notified by Wednesday, September 14th and our first meeting will be on Sunday, September 18th at 2PM at the Extension Office. NOTE: If you've been on Teen Council in the past, you DO need to reapply. Questions? Contact Rachel at coop_rachelw@iastate.edu.

Teen Council Guidelines

Teen Council Application

field day photo
August 19, 2016

Brought to you by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association  Thursday, September 8, 2016   •  Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. •  Free and open to the public!  Contract Myron Rees at mrees@iastate.edu for more information.  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/meetserc.html

rainwater image
August 19, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Workshop, Sustainable Living Center, Room 18 at the MUM, 1000 N. 4th Street, Fairfield. Benefits and challenges of collecting, storing and using rainwater at home, at a business and on the farm. Learning the components of rain collection and storage system. Creating a rain garden to manage rain runoff, and tour the water catchment system at the Sustainable Living Center.

Speakers are Greg Brenneman, Linda Naeve and Dina Chammas. For more information call our Extension Office at 641-472-4166

lap top computer
August 18, 2016

The Jefferson County Extension office will be open on Saturday, Sept. 24th. if your family would like help navigating the online registration system. Please feel free to come in during that time.

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